Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Visualization Exercise 0

What is the color of the square?

What are the squares controlled by a bishop at this square?

What are the squares controlled by a knight at this square?

How can a queen( rook, bishop, knight) attack this square and the next one?

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Visualization Exercise 3

How can the queen attack the other piece without being captured ?

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Visualization Exercise 2

Find the best move:
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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Visualization Exercise 1

Is the move legal?

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Tactics Training - My todo list

Yesterday i had a rappid tournamentwhere i did play against 2 FM's and some experts. They are much better in tactics :(
Since years i try to improve in Tactics, mainly by solving several hundred thousands of tactics- puzzles at several servers in the net. Only occasionally i did add other exercises like Board vision exercises or visualisation exercises, but i dont improve.

IM Roman Vidonyak  published several tactics exercises in the German Chess - Newspaper "Rochade" ( = Castling )  where he dissect tactics into 5 different elements: Pattern recognition, Visualisation, techniques, stamina and creativity. To each of these elements he offers specialised exercises. My problem with this "powertraining" is: there are not enough exercises! One puzzle about creativity or 6 exercises about visualisation per month is not enough.

So i try to create a trainings plan "in the spirit" of this powertraining. In a  first step i did screen my chess library for different trainings methods

I found these things to do:

  1. Mate in 2 ( and mate in 3 ) problems  - compositions
    ( Systematic search )
  2. Complex tactic puzzles
    chesstempo in mixed ( and hard? ) mode
  3. Endgame - Studies
    Endgames at Chesstempo ( deep calculation ) and Endgame Studies with Convecta-software and books( deep calculation and creativity )
  4. Thinking process
    International chess school (ICS), Smirnov: Calculate till mate, David LeMoir: How to Become a Deadly Chess Tactician Chapter 15
  5. High speed easy tactics
    200 puzzles each day at the chess tactics server ( CTS )
  6. Pattern
    Solving tactical puzzles sorted by pattern ( books , ct-art, chesstempo? )
  7. Visualization
    Board vision Exercises (ICS), Chess eye,...
    Based on the exercises at the ICS i will create several more exercises of this type.
  8. Blindfold play, blindfold tactics
    I think about writing some tools for blindfold tactics traing like the visualwize program. The problem with the visualwize program is that it does have not enough exercises. There are alternatives though..
  9. Board vision exercises
  10. Memorizing games
    I wonder if i should memorize master games form my opening ( Starting out? ) instead of "famous"  games, might have more effect on my play?
  11. Memorizing positions
  12. Solving tactical puzzles ( playing games? ) with the board turned around
 Now i need to create a timetable for all that : / Its important to stay with one type of exercises for several weeks to create the necessary skills !!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Memorizing master's games

Some Chess Coaches suggest to memorize chess games, some say its enough to just watch many of master's games.

I will try to memorize some games from this book : The Mammoth Book of the World's Greatest Chess Games by Graham Burgess (Author), John Nunn (Author), John Emms (Author)

That's the first game to memorize:

Edit: I have the impression that this game had already an influence on my play. I used the "method" of pushing the central pawns with "high" costs in a rapid game. But maybe i would have done that anyway?
So i wonder if the main goal should be: to learn ( situation -> method ) pairs.  That was the idea of Laszlo Polgar in his "Bibles" ( Chess Middlegames, Chess Endgames ). I will re-read  what Themposchlucker said about this. I did not like the high quantity's of errors in Polgar's examples..

Thursday, May 7, 2015


My main goal in Chess is: to get better in Tactics. After solving of much more then 300 000 Tactic puzzles at several Tactic Server the last years, i have to admit.. that is not easy.  After a few thousand puzzles the improvement on new ( = not known ) puzzles was virtuall 0. Now i found in the German chess magazin "Rochade" a new trainings method of IM Roman Vidonyak : power training.
This "power training" consist of 5 elements : pattern recognition, visualisation, calculation, mental stamina and creativity. Each of these elements has their own exercises.

Now i try to copy / modify this method for my tactics training, the amount of exercises in the magazine is by far to low.

  1.  Pattern recognition - is a "fast" process, so i need for that "fast" puzzles. The best server for this is the Chess Tactics Server (CTS) .
  2. Visualisation - several tools to do a training in visualisation are listed here
  3. Calculation - Is a slow process. Khmelnitsky recommend in his brilliant book Chess Exam to work complex tactics and studies and complex endgames. For complex tactics i use the Mixed mode at Chesstempo ( 5+ minutes per problem) , Studies and Endgames can be found here .
    A different method to improve in calculation could be to solve "mate in x" - problems.
  4. Stamina - i hope the exercises at 3.) help to improve here too
  5. Creativity - Studies?

At the moment i solve every day 200 tactic puzzles at CTS, a few sudies, a few endgame puzzles and a few complex tactic puzzles. This mix of different type of puzzles is by far!! more entertaining then the salt mines!!

The low level tactic training at CTS is quite interesting, i intend to repeat to solve the easiest 10 000 puzzles they have, until i reach a certain level of rating and only then i want to switch to more complicated ones. It is funny to see, that these easy puzzles are almost all strong related to the "find all check" board vision exercise.. It is interesting too, that my rating at these extreme simple tactics is now about the same which i have at the common settings (1600+) . So the rating system at CTS is not "all wrong".

An other idea is: to use this method for the endgame training too; solve high quantites of quick problems + a few of extreme complex problems. But i need to find ea resource of "quick and easy" endgame puzzles.