I have the illusion that my ego isn't bound to any of the theories I advocate here, so feel free to critisize. Just realize that after you have called me crazy for three times in a row, I don't consider it to be news anymore.
For me, believe it or not, my thoughts aren't chaotic at all. I often compare it with a maze, where I go to the left at each crosspoint.
Even if a road looks like a dead end, I have to follow it. Just to make sure I can exclude it. Allthough it is a very labour intensive method, it is a very secure way. After exclusion I don't spill my energy anymore to methods that aren't working. That's where my labour pays off.
Here is a list of methods for improvement I have investigated over the years and their status (from an earlier post).
|Study openings ||No rating improvement||Basic opening knowledge is needed. In the fridge. |
|Study positional play||No rating improvement||In the fridge |
|Study mastergames||No rating improvement|
|Endgames||Very important||In the fridge. Tactics first. |
|Write a chessprogram||No rating improvement||Fun to do|
|Play a lot||No rating improvement||Usefull for incorporation of learned skills|
|Play blitz||No rating improvement||Fun|
|Develop a thoughtprocess||No rating improvement||Periodical habit|
|Training visualisation||No rating improvement||Get lucid dreams of chessboards|
|Blindfold play||No rating improvement||Impress your family|
|Tactical training||Rating improvement of 230 points||Grinded to a hold. Under investigation|
I like to reformulate my findings on a regular base. Everytime from a slightly different angle. That way I discover new things every now and then. So the above list isn't definite.
Take for instance those microdrills. Two times in the past I rejected them based on logical reasoning. Now I have found new facts that shed a different light on it. And thus I have to re-investigate it. It might be a dead end. So what?
I still have the strong believe that tactics is the first area to master and that there is a fast method. The problem is to find that. We allready found a slow non efficient method that works: massive repetition. The method of exclusion gives me the feeling I'm coming closer to a better training method everyday.
Besides that, I really enjoy these theoretical ramblings. I hope you do too.