Supercharge my chess - day 8
Mar 21, 2016, 8:44 PM
Today I continue to write about my daily experiences in the 21 days to Supercharge your chess course.
You can read about the past days:
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7
1. I want to study chess in an organized way. I hope 21 days of organized study of the course will build my habit to create and follow my study plans after the course finished.
The structure of the study of Day 8 was the following:
- Theoretical section:
Psychology was in the focus in today's lecture. Knowledge is important in chess and good stamina helps, but we are emotional beings.
The fear of loss can be a key factor when we play against higher rated players. We should focus on our preparation and forget about the rating points. Tigran Petrosian once wrote: “The chess battle should be decided over the board, not in the head before the game”.
Young players tend to have more fire and prefer sharp positions where they can use their good calculation skills.
Older players are stronger in simple positions and in the endgames.
The conclusion in the 21 days to Supercharge your chess course was clear: "for young players it is better to play tactical lines against the older players; for older players it is best to direct a game towards the endgame and simple positions, where no tactics is involved whatsoever."
Self-confidence, ability to overcome loses and ability to learn from your own mistakes are very important skills to be a strong chess player.
We should improve those skills to reach our top potential in chess.
In today's game Tal-Botwinni, Tal lost a pawn and got weak pawns on the kingside.
When we have a disadvantage in one of the sides, then we need to try to attack, get counterplay on the other flank.
Tal was able to save the game by a piece sacrifice and a perpetual check.
You can follow the counterplay in the full game:
Today's 6 tactics were hard and pretty.
This was very hard for me, needed around 10 minutes to solve it:
Simple, but nice:
Today's pawn endgame gave me a big challenge. The attacker king needed to block the defender king and in the same time go to win the pawn. It shows the principle of multitasking. We should try to attack and defense in the same time, or at least be able to do it any time.
Can you find the solution? Give yourself 20 minutes!
Conclusions of the Day 8 of the
1. I learnt the importance of psychological preparation for playing in a top shape. Self-confidence, ability to overcome loses and ability to learn from your own mistakes are very important skills to be a strong chess player. We should overcome the fear of loss.
2. In today's master game we learnt, How to create the counter on the other side of the board, if we have weaknesses in the other side of the board
3. I solved puzzles about pins and forcing pieces to the desired squares.
4. The pawn endgame showed how important to multitask, try to attack and defend in the same time
I decided to follow how much time I use every day for the study and monitor the total time used too.
Today I used 60 minutes. The total time I used until today is 6 hours and 16 minutes. You can follow the daily training times in this --> document