Thursday, September 29, 2005

Less Rapid Chess Improvement?

Some of you might have noticed a change in the title of my blog and wonder why? Well, after doing some serious thinking, i have come to conclude that a strict training program does not fit into my life at this time. My life is too big of a mess right now, to follow a strict program and give any estimates about when i will finish anything. Now this does not mean i will quit being a knight and stop blogging, cause i like this knightly online brotherhood in search of chess improvement, and i do want to keep at it. What it means is what it says. The rapidness of my improvement efforts will become a little less. Not giving any estimates. Not making any promises. There will not be any changes to what i am working on, which is the Personal Chess Trainer. I intend to complete the Personal Chess Trainer program entirely (as recommended). As it is my intention to start with, and finish, some of the programs that i own. Thus starting with the Personal Chess Trainer. Before it was always about taking a look at stuff, work with it a little, and start looking at the next. Now, going about it that way doesn't get us nowhere, right? However, as some programs might be about different things, i find i must have a cornerstone upon which i can build this castle called "Chess Improvement", so the cornerstone will be "Tactics". Tactics (or solving problems) will be the main focusing point (or key) in my efforts to improve my game. So no matter what the program, or the book, or the magazine, or whatever, will be about... I will always come back to doing tactics, as it is also one of the main focusing points of our beloved sensei Michael de la Maza :)


At 29 September, 2005 15:20 , Blogger Siliconpawn said...

Lots of points in this post to comment on but I will limit myself to one idea. In the book (and I think the papers as will) MDLM says after studying tactics he was still losing games and so he had to come up with a thought process that he used for each and every move in the game. It was at this point that he started actually winning.

At 30 September, 2005 05:07 , Blogger Edwin 'dutchdefence' Meyer said...

But i never was expecting that tactics alone can make it all happen... Chess improvement consists of many things. Not just tactics. But it is however, recommended (and i'm not even mentioning de la Maza here) to continueously keep doing them.

At 30 September, 2005 19:40 , Blogger takchess said...

I am thinking of renaming my blog
infinitely slow chess improvement 8). We all have our own methodology in the Knights and I look forward to you future blogs.

At 03 October, 2005 05:53 , Blogger Pale Morning Dun - Errant Knight de la Maza said...

Whatever works for you and keeps your life in order, then go for it. MDLM's program is really only for the truly insane. I did it but not all of it. In fact there is not a single knight who as actually done his program step by agonizing step. Just be mindful of tactics and how important they are. Study them but don't get completely fixated on them. Of all things, make sure you keep it fun, because that is what chess is supposed to be.

At 04 October, 2005 20:44 , Blogger Montse said...

Glad to read that you are continuing! Everbody have their own pace. Sometimes you run sometimes you walk but sometimes you really have to climb... . What ever phase you in, just keep smiling (at your chess Queen).


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