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I read an interesting article on Wired today and thought I would ask if anyone here uses a chess study method similar to it. I haven't read any of the papers by the professor mentioned in the article so I don't know if he has specific recommendations on how to study.
For those that don't want to read that article, the basic method is to practice many related concepts in a study/training session instead of just focusing on one to mastery.
I could see doing something like this, especially since I have a limited amount of study time. Would be interesting to figure out an efficient amount of time to study various areas if I only had one hour to study.
Maybe something like 15 minutes on opening study in a particular opening, 15 minutes of middlegame study, 15 on endgames and maybe 15 on tactics. Though, I think to most efficient I should try and study middlegames, endgames, and tactics that often arise from the opening lines studied.
Which brings to mind another question. What is the best way to find the types of endgames that result from certain openings. I think Chessbase might be able to do it but can any free utilities/programs do it or do some online sites have the information? I'll check SCID out more in depth later and see if its search parameters are helpful in that endeavor.
I kinda understood the article different.
In your example you still breaking it on blocks. 15 minutes opening... and the so.
The way I understood the article the study session would look something more like a selected game, even designed if that is the case. Where the person study the opening, the midle game, the tactics, and the end game, all in single game.
So to say, the game have certainly chossen opening that goes to some positional midlegame, that goes trougth some tactical combinatios that eventually ends in some end game theme...
Of course finding (or designing) games that have all this juice on them is quit some work.
The best method of "combined" training is the one advocated by the late SM Ken Smith, longtime publisher of the old Chess Digest Magazine which brought Soviet chess materials to the US.
He recommended you study GM games, like from a particular tournament, but to play over them all quickly, perhaps 15-20 minutes each initially. Slow enough to understand what is going on but not attempting in-depth analysis of each game (set aside games that interest or baffle you for later, closer study).
His idea is that openings can't be studied alone because each leads to a limited number of middlegame structures, so playing the whole game allows to see how to proceed when out of the opening, the plans that do and don't work in each position, and the common endings which occur in practice.
If your object is to learn a particular opening, just search for games in that opening, filter it down for the last 5-10 years and games between 2400+ players. Then play over ALL the games in the set, including losses for your side and draws, all quickly.
Another method is to study a favorite player's games, again look at them all. You can build a repretoire just like Carlsen or Anand.
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