Finding my way in the chessdevelopment- and training jungle in order to improve my rating.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Drawing some teeth.
To scan only the most chanceful lines, I have drawn some teeth from the rakes. As I said in an earlier post, I combined the X-ray scan with the real scan. I will try to explain how that works. Basically if a rake meets my own pieces, I do a real scan. That is to say, I'm not trying to look with X-ray eyes through my own pieces. UNLESS my piece is in line with a hostile target. See for example the diagram below. Every color represents a rake. With the blue rake I use X-ray vision, which means that I look thru the pieces as if they weren't there. With the green rake my piece is in line with a hostile target. This means that a discovered attack might be possible. Here I use X-ray vision too. (I forgot the teeth of the green rake: d5-c6 e6-d7 f7-e8, sorry for that) The red rake I scan with real vision, which ends at d3.
In practice, this last restriction diminishes the amount of teeth to be scanned drastically.
Exercise does speed things up: Bishop scan was 30 seconds, now 5 seconds. Rook scan was 30 seconds, now 7 seconds. Queenscan was 45 seconds, now 25 seconds. Knightscan, under construction. Target scan, not started yet.
Today I started with the Queenscan, which is pretty tough. On the other hand it looks very profitable. After just two hours of work the time allmost halved. It wouldn't surprise me if all these scans together can be done in <10 seconds after a few weeks training. I'm curious what that will do to my play.