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At 10:28 talking about "brother squares" I thought I heard Danny say "a3 g8". I must be misunderstanding because I think the a3's brother should be h6, right?
You can kill two birds with one stone. Start with the second exercises, the diagonal vision. Because squares in a diagonal are pretty much same-colored anyway.
For example, when I drill myself, I say:
Bishop on c1. Dark. a3 b2 c1 d2 e3 f4 g5 h6
Bishop on d1. Light. a4 b3 c2 d1 e2 f3 g4 h5
Bishop on b8. Dark. h2 g3 f4 e5 d6 c7 b8 a7
And so on.
Mind you, I'm not just only blindly reciting the squares in alpha-numerical order, I'm also imagining the diagonals, the way they look, and their color, in my mind's eye (these examples look to me like huge check-marks if you will, or the letter V with varying 'prong length', 2 to 7 squares long)
Hope this helps.
When we memorize this stuff, are we supposed to just basically make flashcards and learn what color corresponds to each letter+number? I think I could do that fairly easily since there are only 64 squares. Probably in a week or so. However, how would this improve visualization?
How did you intend for us to learn the colors of each square? How should we go about learning it?
This stuff is gold
@jamesfri: Part 2 is here: https://www.chess.com/video/player/achieving-full-board-nirvana
This stuff scares me a bit as I don't have the ability to visualize anything. Apparently this skill is ubiquitous enough that the idea that one may not be capable of doing this stuff doesn't come up. So what can one do in this spot? Well I guess one can improve the workaround for this, conceptualizing the pieces, which is a skill that seems to benefit from practice at least. Going beyond just a few moves is tough as you have to remember how it all fits together without seeing it. That's what I call blindfolded :)
how to you get to part2 of board visualization lecture with dany rensch
If anyone would like to learn how to play Blindfold Chess in a step-by-step systematic way - read the blog post: http://www.chess.com/blog/Samantha212/playing-blindfold-chess-with-your-mind-wide-open
Hey all "full board awareness" fans.. I'm developing an app for ios/android/windows that uses many of the ideas presented here (among others). www.blindfoldchesstrainer.com . PM me with feedback!
do you retrear in endgame
I don't want to be electric shocked.. Nice video, I loved it.
This video is a piece of .........gold, hidden away on chess.com
Just found that one of the shared decks on anki flashcards, has a deck for learning the colours of the squares. Just in case you don't have someone willing to test your visualisation. The program is free to download and use..... https://ankiweb.net
@mythas wow you just nailed it on the head for me, thank you so much! Your exercise focuses more on pure visualisation than just counting the letters and numbers, also very creative.
For working on the diagonals I have been playing "Bishop pong" in my head. Start with an imaginary bishop on any perimeter square then send it down a diagonal and say the next perimeter square it hits, then bounce it of the edge as if it were a ball and keep going around the board till its stuck in your head (ex. a2 -> g8 -> h7 -> b1 -> a2 ... ). Then move to a new start square and repeat.
To make it harder you can start putting imaginary wall across ranks or files to limit the movement of the piece (eg. have a wall along the g file so a bishop on a2 goes a2 -> f7 -> e8 -> a4 -> d1 -> f3 -> a8 -> then back the way it came).
Playing this game has helped me a lot more than just reciting diagonals as the simple add/subtract 1 from each coordinate seems more like a counting exercise than a visualization one.
Whatever you're comfortable with Dark_Passanger
I don't think it's that important at first, as long as you are building the muscles!
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