I always had the feeling that there was something missing in what DLM told us about his method of chess improvement. Something he forgot to tell us. Not on purpose, but for the reason that he didn't realize that it was important. All the knights who aped his method over the years failed to get the same results as DLM did. Because of this little omission.
It took me 7 years of research to find out what that little something could be. Now I have found a reasoning that might explain everything. The pieces of the puzzle fall into place.
This should be the order of training:
- Add intelligence.
- Automate it.
With automation I mean you must make this concept so familiar that you can retrieve it without thinking. The recognition must become automatic. This is done by speeding up. There can be only one way to speed up, and that is by repetition. Since if something is new, you can't speed it up.
What most Knights Errant didn't do was taking the time to really grasp a puzzle. The focus was on patterns and speed, not on concepts and understanding. What we did was that we automated stupidity. (At which we became very fast, btw)
People are usually inclined to use only one of those two methods. CC players are focussing on understanding but forget to automate it, while others are focussed on speed but forget to add intelligence. I have tried both methods, but not at the same time and with the same material.