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|Aug-18-18|| ||morfishine: Hello <Dionysius1>! Yes, tactics are what keeps us interested in playing chess I think. Thats where all the fun is. But I too grew tired of all the tactics training. These days I focus on one simple strategy: Quick development of pieces. Mass counts even if the pieces are not on their best squares (yet). Then I like to turn them loose in one big avalanche|
The tactics take care of themselves
|Oct-07-18|| ||thegoodanarchist: < Dionysius1: I love the way top players can visualise future positions as clearly as they can see the position on the board.|
I'm working on it as part of my overall programme to increase my personal efficiency. But golly it's hard - I hope it gets easier. >
I think playing "blindfold" chess will help with this.
|Oct-08-18|| ||parisattack: You might also give Practical Chess Analysis by Buckley a look-see. It has some basic visualization exercises.|
|Oct-08-18|| ||thegoodanarchist: Lev Alburt's multi-volume course had visualization lessons too. |
It's a great course - wish I still had my set.
|Oct-09-18|| ||diceman: <thegoodanarchist:
Lev Alburt's multi-volume course had visualization lessons too.
It's a great course - wish I still had my set.>
Do you need a set with visualization lessons? :)
|Oct-09-18|| ||thegoodanarchist: Well, I've never <needed> a single one of the chess books that I enjoyed so much.|
|Dec-20-18|| ||Dionysius1: A sad story. Like all fun stories it starts : "It was a dark and stormy night". It was also a ferociously wet one, and the roads were so shiny black with rain that I couldn't even see the lane lines. Every major roundabout was a nightmare with traffic light colours and rear lights of cars refracting through the waves of raindrops on my windscreen.|
With 25 miles to go, I turned back. I had had a vision of an accident, with a policeman peering in at me while we waited for the ambulance to arrive. "So what brought you out in such terribly dangerous driving weather sir?" And him laughing at my reply.
So I let my chess buddies down. I was expected at Leighton Buzzard to play for Northampton and I didn't make it. Of course I texted my captain so he'd at least know not to expect me.
We conceded my game. And Northampton lost 3 - 2
The same day (2 days ago) concludes a period in my life when the medics had put me through loads of tests just to prove I hadn't got one of the big diseases.
And the kicker, which chimed so well with being defeated on the road? "Well sir," said the medics "at your age we can't be too careful."
|Dec-20-18|| ||OhioChessFan: Good stories are worth repeating.|
|Dec-20-18|| ||OhioChessFan: I always warn a new boss that I am unaccountably afraid of driving in snow and that he can be sure I'll miss work sometimes because of it. But I usually make it.|
|Dec-20-18|| ||Count Wedgemore: <OCF> Don't ever move to Norway.|
|Dec-22-18|| ||Dionysius1: Thanks <OhioChessFan>. I've just realised what you meant!|
|Dec-24-18|| ||Count Wedgemore: God jul from Norway, <Dionysius>!|
|Dec-28-18|| ||Dionysius1: Thanks <Count Wedgemore>. Godt nytt ar to you when the time comes :-)|
|Dec-31-18|| ||Dionysius1: Two one-word jokes for the new year
|Jan-01-19|| ||Dionysius1: Now here's a thing. If it's true that top players play the game in their heads (how many times have I heard them say "blindfold chess isn't that scary - that's what we do with one on one games anyway") why do they all tidy up the pieces so compulsively at the start of every game. |
And for that matter why do they hunch over the board? If they do need to see the pieces after all, they can sit back and see them. A lot healthier too.
|Jan-02-19|| ||Count Wedgemore: <Dionysius> I suppose that even if they don't absolutely have to look at the board, it is preferrable, because it's less mentally exhausting and they don't want to risk missing something and getting it wrong, somehow.|
That said, there are some top players that spend quite a lot of time NOT looking at the board. Ivanchuk is a prime example, he just stare out into space a lot, but perhaps he is simply thinking about what to have for dinner after the game, who knows :)
|Jan-02-19|| ||diceman: <Count Wedgemore:
perhaps he is simply thinking about what to have for dinner after the game>
Hmmmmmmmm, will it be french, or sicilian?
|Jan-02-19|| ||diceman: |
Super GM Wesley So solves three studies without a chess board!
|Jan-03-19|| ||diceman: <Dionysius1: Now here's a thing. If it's true that top players play the game in their heads (how many times have I heard them say "blindfold chess isn't that scary - that's what we do with one on one games anyway") why do they all tidy up the pieces so compulsively at the start of every game.> |
The way I see it, the board is a place holder for your actual position. You leave it to calculate, but eventually
come home to it, to remember where you are.
So I guess "tidy" is better vs "untidy."
<And for that matter why do they hunch over the board?>
Probably makes it easier to plant your elbows on the table, and stick your fingers in your ears. Even though they
have tremendous memory, and calculation
abilities, they're still susceptible to noise. :)
|Jan-03-19|| ||OhioChessFan: <dice: The way I see it, the board is a place holder for your actual position. You leave it to calculate, but eventually come home to it, to remember where you are. >|
Hello <dion> I think that is the primary point. If you get out, say, 18 plies, where the real possible point of departure was your seoond move, 3rd ply in, it might be hard to remember just what your starting point was. I'm guessing some of the examples of GM's hanging pieces in blindfold comes from them forgetting what ply they started at, and not necessarily the position on the board.
|Apr-20-19|| ||Dionysius1: Watching professionals obsessively straightening every piece before a game, I think they are discharging (earthing?) the electricity in their body that's been generated by their nervousness.|
|Jun-24-19|| ||Diocletian: Interesting discussion, this. I find that thinking about pulling a hippopotamus from a swamp clarifies my game better than watching the board too much, but I am no good at all with blindfold chess. I wonder if I could develop that skill.|
|Jul-20-19|| ||Dionysius1: I remember Dad used to do the same thing when he was driving. He would touch the gear knob and the handbrake every 5 minutes or so. Not to use them, though. I thought then it was a way of grounding/dispelling nervous energy in him. Maybe the same in straightening the chess pieces.|
|Nov-24-19|| ||Dionysius1: Weird to start the FIDE rapid and blitz world championships on Christmas Day this year. Even if it's only technical meeting and opening ceremony, and even allowing for the location. |
Is this some sort of tongue in the cheek laugh by the sponsors? https://www.fide.com/calendar/50104
|Dec-01-19|| ||Dionysius1: See you guys. Enjoy next year's world championships, and whatever delights the tournaments bring. I'm gorn.|
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