Sunday, February 06, 2011

Searching for inspiration

Now my positional approach is on track, I need to work on that other area that I promised myself to look at more than a year ago: skills.

Where am I standing:
  • For a skill you use a different part of the brain than for (re)construction.
  • With my latest experiment of naming the squares I consider it to be proven that microdrills are the right way to train skills. I transferred an action from one part of the brain to another. At first I named the squares of the board slow and with conscious thinking, now I can name them fast and without conscious thinking.
  • I limit the skills that I want to develop to "calculation" (drilling into the mouth of the croc).
  • Blindfold chess adresses one skill that is needed for calculation. Since both in blindfold chess and in calculation you need to keep track of the pieces without seeing them physically.
  • There are other skills involved in calculation and I want to find out which.
I need inspiration to find out the other skills that are involved in calculation. Only then I can develop a drill for it.


  1. Good luck with building up your skills. I hope it doesn't take to much time away from the hours you can spend on other parts of your chess training.

  2. I am still astonished, that you can play blindfold and have problems to name the squares. How do you play blindfold : " the Knight from the kingside up and left, more left then up" ? With all the typical exercises from "chess eye" and the other blindfold exercise-tools the squares should be cut deep in your brain.
    You know "Training in Chess" from Dr. Fernand Gobet? He dont "like" blindfold chess: " (2) We believe that playing blindfold chess is at best useless, and at worst harmful to one’s development. The ability of playing blindfold comes more as a side effect of having acquired a well organized and easily accessible knowledge base (Ericsson &
    Staszewski, 1989; Saariluoma, 1995). Practicing blindfold as such may be harmful
    when it interferes with other types of training. "

    A Good chessplayer
    - can look on the board a few seconds and then rebuild the position
    - can remember a game ( without "learning" it ) for days or even longer
    - can talk about a game imediataly like: with rook to a2 the black Queen was forced to g3 ....

    I've read from a chesstrainer that his pupils became masters following his advice to learn ( 50+? )Top-Mastergames by heart.

    A big talent from our club told me, some Go-Master learnd Go-Mastergames by heart.

    I think, exercises who adresses these aspects (chess memory) might adress the aspect "calculation" and "blindfold-play" to. (and vice versa )

    "Your" microdrills,.. hmm... ehh... well... interesting ;-)

  3. I have a list of skills involved in chess analysis in "Bootstrapping Analysis Skills" - for an overall lists of chess skills see "Traits of a Good Player" and for exercises - Regards, NM Dan Heisman

  4. @Dan Heisman,
    thanks for your reaction. I'm working on a new post based on the inspiration that I got from your articles. But that will take some time.

    In that new post I will adress your comment too.