Papa Polgar has proven with his educational experiment on his three daughters that any child can be a prodigy with the right training.
The question is, do you have to be a child to accomplish this?
Well, it helps, but I find no reason in cognitive science why this should be the case.
My quest is to find out if this can be done at an older age.
So I find myself doing tactical exercises everyday.
It helped me to gain my first 170 extra ratingpoints.
Last summer I played two tournaments and looked seriously at the gamepoints I didn't got and why I didn't got them. 70% of the points I didn't get would I probably have won if I had more tactical abilities. 30 % of the points I could have won if I had more endgame technique.
Because of this analysis I made a serious start with endgame training, until I looked again at my games.
All of a sudden I realized that the endgames wherein I was involved only came on the board because of insufficient tactical skills.
So I dropped the endgame training and decided first to drive my tactical skills to the limits.
According to some, for instance papa Polgar, you can get a rating of about 2000-2200 maximum by this.
I looked where my tactical training flawed and came to the conclusion that the problem lied in that I didn't repeat the problems.
"Repetitio mater studiorum est". Repetition is the mother of study as the old Romans said (and the young Romans living in old times).
I'll see how far I can get with tactics.
De la Maza talked about 400 points in 400 days. Well, I don't know about those 400 days, but 400 points will bring me to the limit of my tactical skills.
In the end I always have the safetynet that I can start with studying positional play and endings to develop further.
For the moment I look only 100 points ahead, I'll do anything that is neccesary to get a rating of 1800.
6 hours ago