Finding my way in the chessdevelopment- and training jungle in order to improve my rating.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Apprentice with an attitude problem
I called the procedural memory the ultimate apprentice since it works by imitation. In the past weeks I used the word "consciousness" to indicate the decisive factor whether the apprentice would learn something or not. But I now realize that is the wrong term. The difference is made by the attitude of the apprentice. Whether his attitude is "active and inquisitive" or "passive and lazy".
I gave an example of the choir I'm in where the people have problems with singing the vocals. Margriet has corrected us about 50 times, yet we forget it and make the same mistakes over and over again. The first problem is that we don't hear it ourselves. The second problem is that we don't believe Margriet. The third problem is that we think it's our neighbours problem. The fourth problem is that we act passively. "Margriet must make us sing well" while we lay back. You can't say we are unaware or unconscious of the problem. But we treat it as if is is purely theoretical.
The only way to solve this problem is to become active and to take the responsibility of the problem ourselves. Only if we start to work ourselves we can begin to hope to solve the problem.
This example put me on track to identify what goes wrong with our chess study. Why knowledge isn't "transferred" to the board. If the apprentice is passive, the knowledge isn't transferred to the procedural memory, no matter how often it is repeated. There has to be a certain tension, an active attitude which is paramount.
If you have driving lessons you don't lay back and say "the instructor is responsible for the fact whether I get an accident". In stead the sweat drips from your armpits in your attempts to do things right. That's the attitude needed. Otherwise eternal patzership is our fate.