New but blunder way too much

andrewnox

Yes, I'm currently doing the Woodpecker Method myself, and Yes, it does work doing the same puzzles again and again. Imagine learning a language - the only way you can learn the vocabulary is by creating flashcards, by reviewing the words again and again. That's how they get stuck in your long-term memory.

Similarly, by doing the same puzzles, you'll really cement the ideas and when you have similar positions and opportunities in your games, you'll be more likely to see them. 

andrewnox

Also, I'm a similar age to you (I'm 34 next month), and this method is what has helped me the most to get my brain in gear. Still have a long (long, long) way to go, or course.

MichielTummers

I will buy the book in a few months, i reckon these are all harder tactics so  i am now quite busy with step 1/2 and the polgar book of tactics. Just really getting the basics down pat. I have done 3500 tactic puzzels on Lichess now (several a day) and my rating there is around 1700, which is not very high but some are really above my level for now, or just really dont make sense , several others i marvel at my brilliancy and how i came up with the solution lol grin.png I am really taking my  time for these from now on, no more moving and hoping its the correct one.

kaukasar

andrewnox & llamonade: What you are saying makes perfect sense, i will try switching from doing different puzzles to do the same ones until they are more or less hammered in. Or at least sticking with the same tactical theme until it sticks.

MichielTummers

exactly, thats what im doing also right now by going religiously back to very basics and try to really drill them and hone them until i dont even have to think about it anymore. In the end i will just " see"  them and have time free to think about higher tier strats and tactics. Now i really need to think about everything. am i not blundering? AM i missing a mate in one? etc. It frees up memory to think about deeper strategies and tactics, thats why i am really going back to basics with step 1 , mates in one and lower tier tactics, to really hone them happy.png 

FireAndIce

Try https://chesspractice.com. It takes a different approach to improving one’s chess

kaukasar

Since i've posted last time in this thread, i've re-visited a series of tactical puzzles containing various themes, doing them for a second time. Then i did them for a third time, trying to do them quicker and put several hours per day on this. I do notice some positive results - my blitz rating has increased and i have a new puzzle rush record. My tactical awareness is a bit better.

The woodpecker method works! (but it requires time & dedication) happy.png 

MichielTummers

I dont want quick fixes , if it was easy, everybody was grandmaster happy.png
I want to study hard and become good , great comment btw grin.png

kindaspongey

https://www.chess.com/forum/view/general/the-backyard-professor

andrewnox
kaukasar wrote:

Since i've posted last time in this thread, i've re-visited a series of tactical puzzles containing various themes, doing them for a second time. Then i did them for a third time, trying to do them quicker and put several hours per day on this. I do notice some positive results - my blitz rating has increased and i have a new puzzle rush record. My tactical awareness is a bit better.

The woodpecker method works! (but it requires time & dedication)  

Excellent! Happy to hear it.