Finding my way in the chessdevelopment- and training jungle in order to improve my rating.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
. . . Knowledge and skill.
Let's talk a bit about skill now. I never get rid of the feeling that training skills has a huge potential. Despite the fact that I have found 101 ways to train the wrong way. When you exactly know which skill to train and how to train it would be a breakthrough.
Skill is a strange phenomenon. On the one hand an adult can learn the complex motorskills necessary to drive a car within about 50 hours. On the other hand, when I'm in time trouble, I have very much problems to annotate my gamescore well. No matter the fact that I have written all my life and I have been in time trouble for way over 50 hours. It even litterally hurts to shift from thinking about the game towards coming up with the names of the pieces and the squares. At the end of the game my writings become unreadable and incomplete. Until the last 5 minutes come as a great relief. When I put my pencil down all of a sudden my chess performance boost when I can just crank out the moves.
Somewhere in the two stories above must be a hidden clue. Why is it that in the case of learning how to drive a car the training of the motorskills seems to be adressed so naturally and effortless while in the case of annotation the motorskills don't take over no matter how often I have been in a learning situation?
Is there an exact training method necessary to learn to annotate fast in time trouble? But why doesn't this exactness of training method seem to play a role in learning how to drive? Is it a matter of interference between thinking about the game and writing down the moves? After all when I talk during driving my driving performance degrades too. But if it is a matter of interference then why doesn't everybody have the same problem with annotating games in time trouble?
What kind of motorskill is adressed by playing blindfold chess? You learn to keep track of your pieces without seeing them. You know globally where they are. When you focus on a certain part of the board you are able to reconstruct the exact positions of the relevant pieces. Reconstruction is nature's way of economic resource management.
Is keeping track of your pieces without seeing them of help with calculating a move? After all, even when you play blindfold chess you have to calculate future positions too. I tend to say that it helps.