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  • #41

    ha! now you want to know because you too want to become awesome. 

    Ok it has to do with the way we learn and store information.  Ask yourself this, how are Gm's able to calculate at the speed of light? That's is correct they do not, they are simply accessing the depths of their subconscious minds the patterns and experiences that they have previously assimilated.  Remember what it was like when we started to learn to drive? it was a conscious effort, now we can do it without thinking  that is the subconscious mind. Unconvinced? let me reiterate what Grandmaster Andrew Soltis wrote in his book, 'Studying chess made easy', page 12., heading, Its often subliminal.

     

    This sounds strange, but the fact is you learn a lot about chess without being aware of it.

    Just flipping through the pages of a magazine and looking at diagrams, or analysing board positions with a board and pieces, is beneficial.   If you were lucky enough to have been born with the ability to focus attention, this kind of casual learning can be nearly as good as more intensive study!

    He then goes on to cite the example of Capablanca who flunked out of college for a year and just watched and played chess and when he entered tournaments he was awesome.

     

    So what does this mean?  Easy one or two move tactics. Lots of them, to the point where your conscious mind becomes overloaded and switches itself off leaving the subconscious open to assimilate the patterns and ideas.  No more than thirty seconds per puzzle, you don't know the answer, look at the solution, visualise it in your mind and it will enter the subconscious until you need it.  This is how Spassky practiced, lots of repetition, easy tactics.  Its no coincidence that Karpov himself was king of the two-move tactic.

    Playing rapidly through master games, lots of them, again to the point of saturation where your conscious mind switches itself off and you will be free to absorb all that goodness into your subconscious realm for use later.

    Just casually flicking through publications with lots of diagrams in a kind of self induced subliminal messaging.  Even Carslen uses this technique, infact he gets someone to hold up images of the positions and he tells them from what game the position arose. 

    Sounds like quackery I know because we feel we should be flagellating ourselves with jaggy nettles in order to improve, reading dry endgame manuals and the like but there seems to be method in the madness. wink.png

  • #42
    robbie_1969 wrote:

     

    Playing rapidly through master games, lots of them, again to the point of saturation where your conscious mind switches itself off and you will be free to absorb all that goodness into your subconscious realm for use later.

    Just casually flicking through publications with lots of diagrams in a kind of self induced subliminal messaging.  Even Carslen uses this technique, infact he gets someone to hold up images of the positions and he tells them from what game the position arose. 

    Sounds like quackery I know because we feel we should be flagellating ourselves with jaggy nettles in order to improve, reading dry endgame manuals and the like but there seems to be method in the madness.

     

    I saw this approach of playing through pro games recommended a lot in Go.

    In Pump Up Your Chess, they describe the woodpecker method of practicing tactics, which Tikkannen used to improve. This amounts to building up to working a large number of problems in one sitting after several periods of repetition.

  • #43
    Its incredibly interesting. I have not heard of the publication nor the author and have only one source that it might actually work and thats just some anecdotal evidence from a National Master Rene Philipps who says that his friend used it with excellent results.
  • #44

    thanks evreyone!!! you guys have helped sooo much!!! with your advice, i can defenitley improve in the sapn of 2-3 years drastically. You guys are awesome!!!!!

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  • #46
    kindaspongey wrote:

    man he punished himself too much, cold showers after a loss, never played through a Fischer game, seriously? The author should be tied to a whippin post and whupped for his blasphemy against the memory of the great Fischer. 

  • #47
    sanjayrame wrote:

    and a random chances, given that i am 13, and 1700 rating.... do i have chances for maybe top 100, top 10, maybe even world champion when i grow older?

     

     

    Do not stress too much on your ratings. Keep learning and Keep playing. Ratings and title will come on its own.

     

  • #48

    ok thasnk!

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