This week's Novice Nook article, is, I think, the shortest one we've had so far. 3 pages. It contains three examples from Heisman's book, "Looking for Trouble: Recognizing and Meeting Threats in Chess", which had just come out when the column was written. A little self-promotion, to be sure, but probably not overdone.
Matt, I see from another post that you're catching up to us. What else are you doing now that you're out of school?
356 ( +1 | -1 ) Wschmidt, things I've been doing!I've been doing a range of chess related things since finishing Uni and settling down, as mentioned in the previous Novice Nook I have been catching up with our weekly article (only 5 more to go now) but I've been tackling them in a slightly different way to how I first approached them.
Now I read the articles slowly and extract the important paragraphs/examples etc and put them in a review schedule, when these extracted articles come back up for review I then 're-extract' the most important bits of these paragraphs or most important moves from a particular problem (or the whole combination if necessary) and place them back in for future review. This has worked very well I think, one example of this working in practice was when mybookrunsdeep posted a problem in the Chess Coaching Club about the 'Saavedra' problem (in Novice Nook #10) and due to having seen the key moves and ideas numerous times before (in addition to the whole problem) by breaking them down in the review schedule it was really quite easy to recall. The reason why I think it is quite helpful to isolate some of the key moves is that they will almost invariably appear in some other form in another situation at some point, having the information as a whole ending and as a set of important motifs should make it easier to apply in new situations...maybe! If anyone disagrees please speak up, I'm always open to improvements or even something completely different if I'm going about things in a strange way. If not then I recommend trying something similar to anyone who is willing!
I'm also currently doing the same as you with Fritz, that is using it to analyse my own games to isolate my own errors and then using these as a set of chess puzzles which would be taylored to exactly suit my own weaknesses. Unfortunately due to the huge overhaul of my thought process (as anyone who is playing me will have noticed, I move about 10 times slower than I did before!) I think many of the mistakes that I made in some of my not so recent games would have been caught by the simple 'sanity check'...then again that doesn't necessarily mean that I am not in need of improvement in those areas.
I'm also using the increasing review schedule on problems from the Chess Tactics Server. I think I have finally found a reasonable balance in this respect, I was a bit dubious of merely attempting puzzle after puzzle and never really doing anything about the ones that I failed - now I put all the ones I fail in for review. I think this might be a reasonable comprimise, though I'm still not positive. I put all the problems from Chernev+Reinfeld's into the same schedule and am currently in the process of doing the same with Seirawan's Winning Chess.
I plan on finally adding 'Logical Chess Move by Move' into this somewhere, but like we discussed earlier, I'm still not 100% sure on what would be the best way to go about using a game collection book.
Anyway, that was assuming you were asking about chess!! :) If not, then I've been sorting out the new house, practicing with the band, learning Jazz history (soon to be followed by some more specific theory etc) and praciticing various memory related things - current record stands at one pack of cards, I'll have to try two at some point this week...completely pointless I know! :)