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Thanks Danny!! I am doing it, like the book analysis thing (@side lines) I tried to do it few times earlier, but now I will do that in a forcing way...
Hurt? No, it won't hurt. But I said, I think practical positions, from real opening structures and middlegames is *more* beneficial than random positions...
BUT in the interest of improving pure memory and visualization, no, I don't think random positions hurt.
are you really sure it won't hurt to set up random positions? can it really improve pure visualization?
I think it's a fantastic training tool, and I feel embarrassed that I forgot to mention it as a tool in this video series.
I think it's much more practical and useful to do this with position from real games, ie out of books, looking at a magazine of recent top tournament games, reviewing games in our News Posts, etc. I personally think that it's hard enough trying to reconstruct positions that might have some familiarity to not try and setup random, weird positions.
But yeah, even setting up "non sensical positions" can't hurt in terms of improving *pure* visualiziation skills.
Good stuff! Great comment!
Danny, i wonder if in your visualization experience, that u came across the idea that i dubbed years ago : POSITIONAL RECONSTRUCTION. This is a process, whereby u have a position set up, u look it over for a set period of time, then u clear the board and try to set it up exactly as it was. This can be done, for example, by looking at a position set up in a book after, say the 15th move. It can also be done by making a random, crazy, non-chess position and then reconstructing (using two boards is helpful in this case).The practicality of such an exercise is invaluable, e.g. how many times does it happen that players want to review a game, or position, and, after moving the pieces around cannot reconstruct the original position. i know that u mentioned that u should not touch the pieces and do everything in ur head. But if u are working with someone who doesn't do this, they will need to move pieces out of sheer necessity (e.g. reviewing a tournament or blitz game immediately afterwards) i, a coffeehouse and online blitz player encounter this all the time. What are your recommendations for dealing with this scenario, and what do u think of my idea of POSITIONAL RECONSTRUCTION?
So many great comments and discussions going on here! Sorry I can't comment on all, but your support is appreciated! I hope everyone visualizes like Kasparov soon ;)
in puzzle 2, can pawns promote
Hands down the best video I've seen on calculation skills. This is just outstanding. Danny, I feel like I should write you out a personal check.
The second exercise is covered in Andy Soltis book Studying Chess Made Easy pages 132 & 133
Soltis writes " It was sited by Russian educator Alexey Bartashnikov in 64 magazine"
My short-term memory is nothing compared to my long-term so without any hesitation I can say that I'm no good at this...
Very interesting video though Danny will there be a part 3? Is there a part 3 already I'm currently catching up on my videos lol
You missed g7
awesome videos - thanks!
danny i really like these two videos. lots of videos are fun and easy and you cater some information to us. spoon feeding us a little bit. because its light and fun. but this you are asking us to do a lot of work. and you believe in it 100%. you can tell you are very passionate about this series.
i believe too that basically you only get out what you put in, so if people arent getting something out of this, guess what, its not because danny didnt make the video right, its because you didnt put the work in...
that being said, i have a problem with playing too many games and not doing the right kind of chess study. its my problem and i can own it.
Danny, you realise you just gave away the key to the pandora's box of chess madness.
Do people know about the Blindfold Chess Players group here on Chess.com? If not, I'd urge you to join. With the new feature here on Chess.com of being able to hide the pieces on the Live server and play "blindfolded", it's a great way to get some blindfold games in! We actually going to have our second tournament coming up soon. We only had 5-6 players in the first one, but it was a lot of fun. The other thing I'll do from time to time is accept a challenge by a lower rated player on Live Chess and play blindfolded... He/she won't necessarily know that I'm doing this, but its great practice like Danny said. And IMHO not as hard as you might think!
by IM Daniel Rensch
Your spiritual chess journey towards full board enlightenment continues today. Will you put IM Rensch's training methods, passed down to him from the gurus and masters of old, to work? Or will you succumb to your own self-imposed limitations and give up in your search for nirvana? Follow Danny's advice and "break the roof off" your calculation skills and see further and more clearly than you ever have before... May the board be with you!
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With numerous "scholastic chess accomplishments" to boast of, both as a player and a coach, Danny has been a "chess professional" since his early teens. He was ranked in the Top 10 for his age in the U.S. every year from the age of 12 - 21years old, and at one point he was the highest rated 19-year old in the country. He earned the IM title at age 23. A part owner and full time Staff Member for Chess.com LLC, Danny is our Vice President of Content and Professional Operations, managing the products and "team of contributors" you enjoy here, as well as for our scholastic extension site, ChessKid.com.
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