As you may know I had a bad tournament at Whitsuntide.
Analysis of my games showed that I might need extended micro-level drills on a crowded board.
The micro-level drills are step 1 from DLM's improvement plan. I had never done them because they are too simple and artificial. An extended version that suited my needs had to be invented.
I romped during a week with the micro drills and the unsurpassed Chess Vision Trainer from Fussy Lizzard, but I couldn't find useful excersises that satisfied me.
So I gave this route up.
After a lot more research I came up with the idea that I had to work on step 3: transferring my pattern recognition to my OTB-play. I analysed my common blunders for that and I invented a scansystem to prevent them. I got much inspiration by the other Knights, especially from King and Mousetrapper.
After that I invented a system to jog through the exercises.
Now the dust has settled and I have an honest look at what I have made, I have to acknowledge that I have actually invented extended micro-level drills on a crowded board!
So I'm back to step 1 again. . .
I train 2-3 hours a day with my extended microdrills.
Most pieces cost me less energy now, but the extended Queenvision drill is very resilient.
Maybe I have to split it in two parts.
Extended bishop vision. Was 30 seconds, now 5 seconds.
Extended rook vision. Was 30 seconds, now 5 seconds.
Extended queen vision. Was 45 seconds, now 25 seconds.
Extended knight sight. Was 30 seconds, now 10 seconds.
Target vision. Not started yet.
Total scantime is 65 sec (without target vision).
This is a maximum value. Most of the time do the pieces have less possibilities, so I have to scan less. So at the moment the queenscan start to cost me less energy, I have a workable system.
Only the target vision has to be implemented yet. I will start tomorrow with that.
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