Saturday, August 11, 2018

Analyzing the analysis

Today I could finally devote a few hours to chess. This is the plan I concocted.

I devoted 2017 to unearth the tree of scenarios and the PLF (PoPLoAFun) system. These two things tend to improve the quality of analysis. At the expense of the use of extra time, though. So at the end of the day I didn't get the result I was looking for.

The holy grail of chess improvement is the transfer of chess thinking to the unconscious.

There are quite a few area's where I managed  to make this kind of transition happen. When it does, the unconscious kicks in and works its magic. For this transition to happen, I needed somewhere between 50 hours and 25 years, depending on the area. Usually there is no relation to what you study and the result the unconscious will come up with.

I learned in about 50 hours to drive a car. The magic my unconscious came up with, was to estimate how fast I could go through a bend in the road just by listening to the noise of the engine. I certainly didn't study that. But it was the magic of the unconscious that I got for free.

If the thinking mind was up to the task of estimating the best speed through a bend in the road, it probably would come up with some complex math. I'm pretty sure, that my unconscious mind doesn't make use of math to do the job.

So what do we know about this miraculous transformation?

  • There is little to no relation between what you study and what the unconscious mind comes up with.
  • Only the effort of studying doesn't count. The study has to be effective. But what is effective when there is no relation between what you study and the result?
  • The direct manipulation of the unconscious doesn't work. Since we don't know how the unconscious works its miracles.
  • It seems that the miracles are worked automatically when the conscious mind isn't overwhelmed by complexity.
tree of scenarios and PLF (PoPLoAFun) are a great way to analyze a problem. But to prevent my conscious mind from being overwhelmed so easy, I must analyze the analysis. How can I simplify my analysis to the bone?

The most logical thing to do seems to make use of problems that I have already analyzed in the past. I'm going to re-post the posts from the past on the current date. Complete  with the comments and all. That way, we circumvent our addiction to chess positions, and can we focus on the method of how to come to the solution in stead of finding the very solution itself. Let's see how that works out. I wilt start with the post of Dec 13th, 2017.

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