Although life still needs a lot of attention, the greatest calamities are parried now. Which means there will be a little more time for chess in the near future.
I don't think my blogging will be same however.
I have done my share in the circles and the blogging and a lot -if not the most- has been said. So if I write it will probably be not quite the same as in the past. But I trust you will bear with me.
Where am I standing now?
The past few months I have played only one game a week in our internal club competition. I belong now to the 4 best players of our club which is quite nice. I have read your chessblogs daily. Further I have done nothing chess-related. I really enjoyed the break after 4 years of daily training 7 days a week and doing 100K+ problems.
4 years of tactical circles, blogging and chessstudy didn't bring me the succes in chess what I hoped for. I learned a lot about the human mind and the learningprocess though. Which was my primary goal. So overall I feel content with it.
Before my break I wanted to look at the chessvideo's of chesslecture.com and the like. Further I wanted to look at positions from grandmastergames for 10+ hours per position. If I will start with chesstraining again, these two points will be the core of my plan.
How to get a good idea.
The past few months I have asked myself "where does inspiration come from?" I thought I could force the generation of good idea's by hard training, but that is clearly not the case.
For now I postulate the hypothesis that there exists an universal reservoir of idea's. Both good and bad idea's. We just have to learn to tap into this reservoir. We are at the receiving end and our receiver has to be disposed from impediments.
In general, hard training is the way to clean our system and make the way free for inspiration. But there isn't an evident relation between the efforts you put in it and the fruits you will be reaping. Without efforts, nothing will happen at all though.
One of the main impediments we suffer from is to be content with bad idea's. Discrimination is needed to seperate the bad idea's from the good idea's.
If the hypothesis above is true, the question is "what kind of effort cleans my receiving system?".