How to calculate (4) - Weekly training case study report 1

How to calculate (4) - Weekly training case study report 1

Apr 15, 2016, 4:28 AM |

Today there were two possible topics. This week I observed a GM misplaying a pawn ending in a 3-Minute-Game and in another game my opponent rated 21xx went into a lost pawn ending which I mistreated.

But the training case study report of the first 6 days is more important.

Summary so far

  1. Detecting bad thinking habits and trying to build up better one I focused on the first step of tactical thinking: Look out for every chess at first for 45 training days.
  2. The training material are the 5 daily free positions of the tactics trainer here and if this is below 15 minutes I continue with the task on
  3. The thinking process over every position is reviewed to detect more material for further training and for reflection over the case study.

This should be enough. If you want to read more you can look at this post:

At first there is a simple data, the rating curve here.

This looks like a success. But let's stay cautious. This could be the effect of looking out for checking. It could be the effect of other variables too. One of them is being more serious with solving because I observe myself and report the effect of something I want to be a success.

What did I observe and notice about my thinking process?

  1. Solving 5 tasks here and reviewing the thinking process needs about 30 minutes.
  2. It is hard to start with looking out for all way of checking. The first two days this was easy. Today, on day 6, I failed twice.
  3. Overlooking the best defence of the opponent was so far the the best guess if I failed solving the task.
  4. Following Aagaard on his blog post series about training on I want to build up four categories of mistakes I run into. Now there are three. 1. Not looking out for giving chess. 2. Overlooking the best defense. 3. Not finding a threat.
  5. So I need more material to come to further conclusions. This will surely come over the next weeks.

As this is about chess you must get clear cut examples.

Not looking out for all checks:

White to move. I needed too much time because I didn't look out for all checks. You can solve the task here:

Not seeing the best defense:

Seeing the best white move I didn't see the best defense. Statistical a hit became a failure in the thinking process. The link to the task is

Overlooking threats:

This is the link

Here I was fixed on the attack against the pawn, saw the restriction of the white rook, but didn't go into it deeper.

Asking for help: As you surely remarked I'm no native english speaker. This time I had really problems with the words check and chess, as they are identical in german. Please comment on my grammatical and word selection mistakes. It helps me to get better in your language and it will make reading more agreeable for you.