Finding my way in the chessdevelopment- and training jungle in order to improve my rating.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
How to shuffle cards
(looks like cheating to me)
Once I explained my mother how to shuffle cards. I told her that a supple wrist was absolutely essential. We hadn't a deck at hand, so I could not show her. When I came home and took a deck of cards and shuffled them, I noticed that my wrists were stiff during shuffling. In fact it was virtually impossible to shuffle the cards with lose wrists.
On the internet there is no lack of good advice about chess. But even if somebody is a renowed chessplayer, that doesn't mean that his advice is good. Because what happened to me, can happen to the mere mortal side of any master. It is absolute necessary that the advisor has put his advice into practice and has used the feedback for finetuning his idea's.
When you want to improve at chess you have to be very carefull with your use of time. Since there is more good advice around than you can ever follow within a lifetime. And most of it is not put to the test.
Take for instance the famous tree of analysis from Kotov. It is impossible to follow the advice from Kotov in practice. Nunn critisizes this, but his own proposal can't stand the test either.
After studying according to the tree of analysis during a few weeks, a hierarchy in branches starts to unfold. The basis is the risk that is involved. If you sac a knight, the line must work. So what happens when the opponent doesn't take the knight is the last line to investigate. Further the mind doesn't treat serial lines and parallel lines the same. For that reason I consider it to be best to handle the long serial lines first. Then you work your way backwards to the beginning. I hope to formulate a more definite tree-handling-system within a few weeks. The fact that these obvious points aren't mentioned, signals that the authors have devised their idea's theoretically, but that they haven't put them to the test.
The same is true for the famous CCT-system. Checks, Captures and Threats. If you apply this in practice in a complex situation you will find that your list with candidate moves is way too long. A lot of the candidates are simply not worth to investigate. In general it works better from the end backwords in stead of starting with the candidate moves.
I must express myself precise. I don't say that the idea's of the tree of analysis and the CCT system are wrong, I say that they are not worked out in practice. Which means you have to invest a few months yourself to make these theoretical idea's usefull in practice.
And even that is not bad, but of course you always hope that someone has done the dirty work for you.