Train like an animal.
Eat like a horse.
Sleep like a baby.
Grow like a weed.
I always had the feeling that there was something missing in the method of DLM. I have done the circles 7 times or more for different types of problemsets. It gave me the feeling that my motor was running at full throttle.
But the car didn't go.
It was evident that there was something missing between the motor and the wheels. Something that DLM forgot to tell us. Either because he didn't realize the importance or he just didn't know.
I have searched for about a year what that could be.
Now I have found it.
Almost just by accident.
Well, not really of course, because I tried systematically.
What I mean to say is that I hadn't predicted it nor anticipated it.
My approach to chess was very unbalanced. You can compare it with the situation in agriculture before the discovery of fertilizer. After farming the land for centuries the land was totally exhausted. The structure of the ground was extreme good though because of all the work on the land.
With the use of only a little fertilizer the crops exploded from the land.
That's how I feel right now.
Ok, after almost two years of blogging you should be accustomed to my ravings.
This is always the finest hour, after the first premature results of an experiment speculating about the future. Without harsh facts that disturb a future expectation.
Please accept it, this enthousiasm keeps me going.
What are we talking about?
I'm talking about positional play.
About pawn play, to be precise.
I didn't know anything about pawn play.
The book "Winning chess strategies"from Yasser Seirawan was really an eye opener.
This book I got from one of the Knights who jousted me (us).
I bet that the genuine Lance Armstrong Foundation yellow "Live Strong" wristband wouldn't have improved my chess so much:)
After only two weeks study of the PCT strategy module and Yasser's book, both Margriet and I showed a remarkable difference in our play. I saw totally new things in my game that I would have missed before. It was quite evident that my opponent missed it too.
Margriet played 4 times with a 1696 guy. One slow and three blitz games. She won the slow game and two of the three blitz games.
I don't know where this is going to lead me. What I do know though, is that seeing things that I never saw before and what is very hard or impossible to see for an opponent who lacks the knowledge, must lead to extra wins.
Of course the very basis of improvement is tactical exercises. But the engine needs a clutch.
BTW I use the words "positional" and "strategical" in an interchangable way. But the words are probably not synonymous. What's the difference?
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