127 ( +1 | -1 ) Chess StudyAs a self taught chess afficionado ( learned from Reinfeld books) I have always wondered about the best study techniques. Having little or no talent, I play just for fun, but as any competitive individual would do, I would dearly like to improve. I have found that book study only gets me to a certain point. I reach a point in which the multitude of algebraic notations just conspire to make things more difficult. In other words, showing a position and then going into myriads of alternate variations just clouds the issue for someone at my level. I have always wondered if the stronger players are able to visualize these variations and remember them, or do they, like myself, actually have to set them up and play them out? I have always been of the opinion that a better technique of study is actually far more beneficial than actual study itself. In other words, rather than spend hours upon hours of studying variations which I will not remember, is there a technique to be learned that will help me to visualize and remember the things I do read. Please limit any responses to the issue of a technique of study. Thank you.
39 ( +1 | -1 ) Chess study...The thing you want to pay attention to in your studies is the principles of the game... Like when studying openings, remember that your only task of the opening is to get a playable middlegame... Dont play the memorizing variations technique, but try to understand the general strengths and weaknesses of each opening... Understanding the principles and the characteristics of the positions will help you accellerate in your studies...
35 ( +1 | -1 ) IMOIt is more important to understand moves you study. Maybe you need (less advanced?) books with verbal comments instead of variations? Of course stronger players can visualize/memorize variations faster, thanks to better chess understanding. They see positions, plans, patterns. Not just long list of moves with +/= in the end :-)