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Great tip - MJ4H - Google "oCam". I'd be hopeless at this, but I tried making a video of my own live game and realized what a great learning tool this could be.
You can sit there watching your own game shouting from the sidelines "Move your knight to d6!" or 'Don't do that - it's a blunder!" or pretend you're Admiral Ackbar "It's a Trap!"
I put up another vid just now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CE0pDFVFdnU
I recorded some games this morning but my philological conscience would not allow my parents to hear it. I played a lot today and was just tired. I wasn't explaining anything and my tactics were off! I'll do better.
I'll record some more tomorrow or Monday.
I love watching the videos by Squarology. They are really informative. I recommend them to all my friends.
im not being kind, im being truthful.
And extremely biased.
aww-rats gets my vote!
There were many great entries but I liked the Squarology's the best followed by TestViking and PeterLalic.
Squarology gets my vote.
Agree. A couple of summers ago, I made myself play one long standard game every day and make a video out of it. I made it almost a month of doing this every single day. I was very, very bad at chess at the time in my life. I actually used those videos to get better (along with much more normal study and help from a very strong player). It is actually very helpful to watch these videos back and spot your weak points in your thinking process. Try this sometime, if possible.
1) Play a game while videoing/talking out loud. Do your best.
2) Don't watch it back yet. Instead, go over the game thoroughly with a much stronger player. Take lots of notes.
3) Watch the video back and pay extra attention to why you missed what you missed. A lot of times, you will find extremely large chinks in your armor in this process. "Wow, I never consider the resulting pawn structure after a trade is offered." Who knows that kinds of things you will find, but you are pretty much guaranteed to find numerous flaws that are easily fixable.
This isn't really a "Blitz Session", but I thought I'd leave it here anyways : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylAyJeV0g5w
Basically a mix of puzzles, blitz and rants. If you liked it, check out the four previous episodes :)
I vote for 1. Skaternest0 2. Zibbit 3. TestViking 4. Peter Lalic 5. Squarology
My vote is for Squarology. Great stuff!
Aww Rats, gets my vote!
Anybody know about microphones - quality v. cost, good brands or models?
Do you have one built in on your laptop (if that is what you are using)?
I cast my vote for aww-rats!
I probably do, not sure atm. Are built-in mics usually of sufficient quality?
I don't know how good the quality, but they are sufficient for recording your voice at an arm's length with clarity.
I find that the microphone in my cheap Logitech webcam is just fine.
I only watched squarology's video, and liked it al lot
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