Saturday, September 24, 2005

Ok, so he's talking 400 days, right?

Initially satisfied with my newly found plan (as mentioned in the "Progress report 1" post), i became unsatisfied with it again. Why? Well, because my newly found plan was about going over each phase of the Personal Chess Trainer seperately. Giving each phase a certain timespan. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but i need to see it as a whole. This only shows it to me in parts. Also, it does not really have that de la Maza structural feeling to it. Or is it just me :) Anyway, i have come up with yet another change of plans. de la Maza is talking 400 days, right? Well, then 400 days it shall be. I am going to attempt to finish all of Personal Chess trainer in 400 training days. I say "training days", cause you might remember me mentioning something about weekends off. Well... There you have it. My new plan. Although it has been under way for 15 days, with a progress report comming up :)

3 Comments:

At 24 September, 2005 18:08 , Blogger Siliconpawn said...

In the book MDLM says that he studied about 2 or 3 hours per day so I guess you could figure that 400 days mean approximately 1000 hours. Divide it up anyway that you want but I look at like a diet or exercising program you have to be consistent.
Second could you post a review of PCT software? I'm considering purchasing PCT or Chess Mentor or some Conveckta middle game studies.
Third, I can't find your training plan on the blog. I would like to review it as I have to come up with my own written plan

 
At 25 September, 2005 04:57 , Blogger Edwin 'dutchdefence' Meyer said...

Ofcourse i'm aware of the fact that Maza didn't study all day long, but maybe i should. Cause i am telling you (and i allready realized it at the moment i made this post) i am being too over ambitious again with this new plan. But i am going to give it a try. So do you actually have Maza's book? Is there still much in it not covered by the articles? Anyway, you wanted a review of PCT? Well what can i say? Personally i like it, since it deals not only with tactics alone. Though the tactics make up for most of the program, it also deals with endgame and strategy. What i did notice is that it does not tell you whether you're dealing with a single move tactic or a multiple move tactic e.g. "mate in one" or "mate in two". I was used to that from other programs. But in a way i can appreciate it, since during a game there is also nobody telling you when there is a mate in one or mate in two or whatever. But the best advice i can give you (to see if you like it) is to go download their demo. To be used unlimited. It is only limited materialwise. But you can use it forever. Check it out here. Now, for my previous training plan... You can't find it you say... I know... Finding previous posts can be confusing on blogger. What you should do is click on the September link on the sidebar, under Archives. You will then see everyhting i posted in September. What you see now is only a part of it, since i set it to only show 4 posts on 1 page. But i warn you, my previous plan might be kinda confusing since i wrote it while i was very tired. So it might not make sense :)

 
At 25 September, 2005 19:38 , Blogger Siliconpawn said...

Yes I do have the book. I purchased it a couple of years ago when I found it at a book store even though I was in one of my non-chess-playing phases at the time. I had not read the papers on chesscafe.com so I had to scanned them before writing this post. The book spends a lot more time discussing the amount of time needed to complete the program. He figures that he studied 2100 hours in order to improve from 1300 to 2040 (this includes 600 hours for 200 tournament games).. He has a long section with timetables for completing the 7 circles. The vision drills section is much longer with a lot more exercises. He says that most players tend to ignore vision drills (me included) because they are so basic but feels that they are absolute necessary. After writing this I got to start doing some. There are whole chapters on screenshots of CT-Art, analysis of some of his games, testimonials from other players, and a few pages of tactical problems to test your ability. In my opinion this is just filler. The book is only 124 pages and without this filler it would be about 90 pages. The last chapter has his thoughts on improving from Expert to Master. He says that at that level piece coordination is important and he is not sure how to develop this skill. Also throughout the book he talks about using Fritz for game analysis.
Thanks for the link to the PCT demo. I will give it a try.

 

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