My next learning step: Analyzing master games

My next learning step: Analyzing master games

ilcca
ilcca
Feb 23, 2018, 1:41 PM |
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I have been playing and learning chess for some years now. What I have done so far is:

 

A.) ENDGAME: I started with studying endgame. Over the years I have - among others - studied de la Villa: 100 Endgames You Must Know and also tried to learn a bit more with Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual 4th edition. One of my goals I completed some time ago, when basically I wanted to know all 100 positions by de la Villa. Actually, I have now 160 exact endgame positions in flash cards (and growing), to know the solution in a flash, but I admit, that some of the positions are possibly too difficult for me at the moment. Anyway, I have also some 50 important positions, which I train against computer. Also, everyday I make some endgame practice in chesstempo.com for free.

 

B.) TACTICS: It is so important. Everyday I do 30-60 minutes tactics (both standard and blitz time controls) for free in chess.com and chesstempo.com

 

C.) MIDDLEGAME STRATEGY: Then, I studied strategy. The greatest book in my opinion is Pachmann's Modern Chess Strategy. I also learned a lot of books by Ristoja (a Finnish chess writer) and Alburt & Palatnik. At the moment I do every day one free strategy lesson by IM Silman in chess.com.

 

D.) OPENING REPERTOIRE: I have been building one for some time. At the moment, I have 141 opening lines (and growing), some main lines memorized as deeply as over 30 moves. I am rather happy with most of my lines, many of them being quality GM openings. My next goal is to have the most important 3 to 4 lines in every opening, so that I would know a variety of the middle game ideas in all positions.

 

Now, the time has come to look back to C.) STRATEGY. What I am going to do next, is to analyze some master games. I have decided to start with Capablanca and continue with Alekhine, next. I am going to write a detailed analysis of World Championship games year 1921 and 1927. First, I will play the game with guess a move -method. Then, I will prepare an analysis of the game, including some candidate lines in all positions. I will also compare my notes to Capa's own notes. All this will be done without the help of a computer. I try to do an abstract of Capa's playing style, and find some important things to learn from every game. Maybe finally, I might check the lines with computer. I expect one game to take at least 2 weeks work, so we will see how far I shall get.

 

I don't necessarily expect people to be interested of my work. Maybe no one will ever read this blog. happy.png  But I simply state this objective for me, so that I will get it done. But if someone learns something of it, that would be great. I also welcome comments and suggestions for improving my analysis.