Chess with Broomsticks
It's always good to start with a loss. Wait, what?
Yes, I wan't to get better at chess, not win chess games online. Losing games correctly seems to be a big part of getting better.
"Correctly", you ask? If you don't review the game, then you don't learn anything from it. You've wasted a learning opportunity.
Here's game 1 of my self created training program. (Self created, not because I'm smarter than everyone else, but because I'm poorer. Incidentally, is poorer a word, and by asking, have I proven I'm not smarter than everyone else?)
My number one weakness right now is my thought process. It's not systematic, I just look at moves I can make until I find a good one, then I usually play it without even checking to see if it's safe. I've done some research into thinking processes and I've come up with what I think is a good one that will eliminate the senseless errors I continually make. I've come up with the solution. It's a broomstick.
"This guy's gone bat-shit crazy. A broomstick is going to help him play chess?"
When I was in high school, I joined the weightlifting team after football season. I had to learn to do the clean and jerk, a pretty technically complicated lift. To do so, my coach handed me a broomstick and made me do thousands of clean and jerks with it over the next month. When I could do 100 in a row perfectly, I could begin lifting real weights. It turns out that practice doesn't make perfect, but perfect practice does.
So I've built a broomstick. I've created a detailed thought process that should cover everything I need to look for in each position. I have Practical Chess Exercises by Ray Cheng which contains 600 uncategorized puzzles. Not tactics puzzles, everything puzzles. I'm going to use the thought process to solve these puzzles until it becomes impossible for me to look at a chess position without starting the thought process. Until I can learn to stop the blunders, nothing I learn will help me play better chess.
Good lord willing and the creek don't rise...