Finding my way in the chessdevelopment- and training jungle in order to improve my rating.
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
The need for speed
. . . The brain seems to have a preference to do tasks with the slow conscious part of the brain. In order to automate a task you need to speed up your exercises. Only when you try to do the task faster than your conscious brain can follow the brain is forced to transfer the task to the automatic part of the brain.
Last saturday morning I was training with Fritz board vision exercises. My brain wasn't quite awake and I could not go faster than 15 targets per minute, what was my average the days before. 4 seconds is about the highest speed the conscious brain can go for low level tasks like deciding if a piece is under attack. After trying to speed up for one and a half hour, all of a sudden something changed. Suddenly I became aware of where the essential pieces were and what they were doing. There was no focus or interest of a particular piece, but I just was aware where they were without actually seeing them. There was really overview of the board. I was in the zone like that French master describes. Immediately I speeded up to 20 - 26 targets per minute, only restricted by my rather slow mousehand.
Those simple tasks of which the tables of multiplication exist (chesswise) must be done in <4 seconds. Otherwise you are thinking. That must be the way to do it!