Road to Improvement

May 22, 2009, 7:55 PM |

My intentions of writing this blog is hopefully to keep myself on track ad force myself to go through  with my plan for improvement, and hopefully to also inspire others to work hard to  become better at chess.

A little about my self- im a sore loser... its true,  but its only because i feel that when I lose my all my effort is wasted, i know people say learn from your losses, and i do. I work harder so that i make sure next time i dont lose, sort of a motivating force. It's not easy putting hours upon hours of study only to lose a game especially one that you should have won. Anyways you cant win them all.  

so back on track, so what is this sore loser going to do to make sure he starts winning more games, (and of course increase that rating) here's more or less my training plan.

Tactics is King  right now im training my tactics with the tactics trainer on here on chess tempo and chessimo (formerly pct) I will  review each in later blog posts. I spend probably 2-3 hours every day on thembut i plan on bumping it up to 4

Calculation/ visualisation- i recently purchased this program  heres a description  as found on the site 

The built-in chess playing engine acts as your training partner. The position displayed on the chess board is not the true position but the past position a certain number of half-moves before the true position.

You do not decide the moves based on the displayed position but based on the true position (which you do not see but you are trying to visualize). This means that you are always forced to look ahead of the chess position you see in the board.

Then, there is the concept of 'Blindfold Areas'. Blindfold Areas are quadrants of the chess board and these are areas where the pieces are invisible. One of the intentions of this concept is to solve the problem of 'blind spots'. Using the concept of Blindfold Areas will also help you to develop chess board memory. This idea of dividing the chess board into quadrants for the purpose of visualization is revealed by Buckley in his excellent book Practical Chess Analysis.

The combination of these training exercises will improve your visualization and move calculation skills.

   You can set itup to 15 ply ahead so basically the position u see would be 15 half moves behind the actual position forcing you to look ahead, u can also set it as low as 1 ply. also when you get more advanced you can hide parts of the board which are seperated into four quadrants, you can hide all four and play blindfold against the computer. I actually played a game where i hid the top two quadrants so basically 5th rank and up was invisible and i won.  It's definetly a great way to improve this area in chess.

I signed up for the international chess school which is online and they send you a series of lessons monthly im still in the first month  this should cover all of the other aspects of chess.

openings- not studying anything on them  at the moment just follow common sense basic principles and it has been working for me.

Memorizing gm games- i dont know if any of you have heard of memorizing chess games of grand masters before but ive heard from a few sources that its really great for improving one of them being gm ziatdinov.

not to mention actually playing games as well, cant forget that.


thats all for now ill give updates on my progress and what i do daily