Thursday, April 26, 2007

Finally a Plan I Can Follow

I've been having a really hard time accepting the fact that I can "memorize" a tactic. I drill it and drill it but then review it several days later and go completly blank ... no idea how to solve it. So I decided that I need to review previously covered problems. As I started to review I found that all my time was being spent on review and that I didn't have time to cover new problems ... it's like I'm an over-worked piece!

I decided to divide all 1039 problems by 7 (days a week). This came about to be 148. To make things even, I say 150. Now I'm reviewing all the problems at least once a week and I have time to study and memorize new problems.

Generally the schedule will go like this:
Sun: 1-150
Mon: 151-300
Tue: 301-396 (396 is the last "memorized" problem)
Wed: 397-410 (adding new problems)
Thu: 397-420 (review new and adding more new problems)
Fri: 397-430 (review new and adding more new problems)
Sat: 397-440 (review new and adding more new problems)

Sunday I start over with 1-110. Eventually Tuesday will be 301-450 and then I'll only have Wednesday through Saturday to add new problems. I think you get the drift.

Assuming I keep up every day with this pace, which is completly do-able, then I'll finish around the 3rd week of September.

Last night I had some time to work on tactics.

CT-ART: 397-410
CTS: 40 (2056 total) 1393 rating


BlunderProne said...

An Admirable pace I must admit.

After finsihing the circles the first time around last summer, I was despondant to find out that not very many of them stuck after a couple months of not doign tactics regualrly.

To make matters worse, I did hte "chess exam" and discovered my weakness was tactics ( still). I must have really sucked at tactics prior to the circles or am constitutionally incapable of grasping the ideas... or so i thought.

What I discovered was that doing the MDLM method turned out to be more of a memory exercise rather than *learning* to recognize key tactics. So I am back to do the circles again... in order, not like the concentric circles I did last time. I am focusing on throught patterns and forcing myself to not guess and remember. I am looking for the "Heisman's Seeds of Tactical destruction" for cues. I am on my 3rd tour of second coming of tactical circle training doing mini circles ( only levels 10-40)this time. When I get through 7 of the MC's I plan on doing the test again.

The Common Man said...

@blunderprone: by "chess exam" are you referring to the Khmelnitsky book? Or is there something else? I haven't seen this book before, but it came up on a Google search.

BlunderProne said...

Commoner: Yes that's the Book!

takchess said...

with a schedule like that no wonder your kicking my butt at playchess. Playing you and a number of other good players I am going to give the scandanavian a try. we will see where that leads me.
you might want to take a look at the understanding chess tactics book

BlunderProne said...

I will not post about our game on FICS without your permission. Its always a milestone when two knights get a chance to play a game. I'll let you take the wheel of that announcement if you wish.

Good game BTW... Like I said before, I used to play that open as white, and i knew what I didn't like to face coming from Black.

The strongest defense against the London is an early c5 by Black ( 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 Nf5 3. e3 c5 )

It shifts the activity of White's hopeful king side attack to supporting the weak spots on the queen side.



likesforests said...

It's scary both how quickly you can forget things and how much study you need to retain your current level. It's the same for foreign languages, piano, tennis, and anything else you master, really.

I've switched from CT-ART to PCT. I figure really pounding the basics will help me more in the long run than doing complex stuff.