Monday, March 31, 2008

Scheme extreme

In order to derive some definite conclusions and fuelling the discussions I have reworked the scheme of Phaedrus to the extreme.

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Thinking can give you a maximum rating advantage of 200 points. That is when every factor that constitutes the filter is 100%:
  • Your stamina = 100%
  • Concentration = 100%
  • Time management = 100%
  • Coffee = 100%
  • No alcohol = 100%
  • Visualisation = 100%
  • etc. = 100%
If one of those factors is below 100% the maximum extra rating gain drops below 200 points.

Knowledge can transfer to the board by transformation into motorskill.
Complex motorskills take care of the scanning of the board and the recognition of patterns. Someones rating is mainly based on the complex motorskills he has trained.


  1. hey - you play the scandlenavian D ? was wondering if i could use it...

  2. The Qa5 Scandinavian is a sort of 'fort knox' defense like the Caro Kann... in comparison to it, it's a wee bit less sturdy, but at it's rare anyone < 2200 can prove it, and you get to avoid learning the sharp Panov lines.

  3. Hello Tempo,

    I think you variation on my scheme is very valid, but I have three remarks:
    1. I think that stamina, timemanagement,etc are factors that also contribute to rating below a 2600 level. I supose you would not think otherwise, but your scheme suggests so.
    2. I am not sure if I can agree with your division between consious thinking and pattern recognition. I think that pattern recognition can also be a part of consious chesstraining.
    3. The basis of this scheme are the motorskills. Since we still have not clear picture on the components of these skills I tend to prefer my (albeit more conventional) scheme. Though this needs some elaboration as well.

  4. not sure about "coffee=100%". :)

    what about "tea=100%"?

    and some chess players at my club play a lot better after alcohol. really.

  5. Sparfy,
    the Scandinavian is a good way to avoid the Ruy. Since you get it on the board 30% of the time while your opponent plays it only once a year you usually have an edge.

  6. Phaedrus,
    about point 1: maybe the terms top rating and base rating are not well chosen and cause confusion. We agree on the same idea, though. On the other points I wil elaborate in the next post.