I'd be interested in reading of any impressions people have if they've played this way.
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Looking over it with a machine was horrible, but effective. I spent about a day promising myself to give chess up. How can I play soundly one day and make that many mistakes the next? Fortunately I've just heard Peter Svidler say on a chat with Jan that it takes strong nerves to look your games over with a computer. To illustrate what I mean in case other patzers would like to chuckle to themselves, or promise themselves not to make such bad mistakes in their own games, here's an example.
I was black 1. Nf3 d6 3. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bc4 e6 7. Re1 9. Bb3 Re8 Nxe5 exd5 Kh1 click for larger view Here as black I should have been looking out for back row checks that I could use. From the second whitle played Kh1 I should have been thinking "Ahah - he can't get his K off the back rank, not with the pawns at g2 and h2". Instead I got absorbed in middle of the board pieces and whether I was in a lot of danger around d6 and f7 According to Stockfish I was Bb7 Nf5 Be8 Bxd5 Qd7 Nd6 Bxd6 Qxe1 Qe4 By now I'm over the worst, but Na5 Garn!
The game drizzled on to a BOC with me a pawn up and I couldn't win it. I always tried to view the game from the winning side, if possible.
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I cant tell if it made any difference. While that just deals with the mechanics of learning, the best actual experience comes if you play the openings you face. I found it really strange.
It's one thing playing over the moves sitting where your opponent would have sat. It's another one creating a game in actual combat while sitting in your opponent's seat. It was both the feeling of being "behind enemy lines" and having your own side coming at you that was hard to get used to. I didn't feel tempted to move the black pieces I was sitting behind, but I did have to remind myself that when the pieces nearest to me were in trouble, I was doing well.
We didn't try with clocks - reaching over for the other button we still have clockworks would have felt too extra weird. Would they even want to play the way the game is today?
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White initiates a Kingside attack, Black handles it or not, game over. Just as sports is getting too much into scientific method and numbers crunching, likewise chess. I think. I mean, sports and chess are games. Do we really have to analyze them to death? I guess so, because people want to win games, and that's how you do it, but a lot of the charm of the particular game is lost in the process. As for 20th century players, I suspect Alekhine and probably Botvinnik would love to have engines available for analysis and would fit right in. For example I've been doing a fair bit of tactics training recently and getting better at it.
But I'm getting too caught up in the analysis, and not having as much fun. I love those moments when I'm surprised to discover some nice tactic, but being told there is one and to find it is a bit like going back to school and doing homework. I suppose in short for me there's no substitute for playing another human being and sharing the pleasure. I like your point about Botvinnik, but I wonder about Alekhine. I read somewhere that he could get shirty if someone pointed out where he'd gone wrong, and was a bit prone to making stuff up.
He mightn't have liked the computers, which are no respecters of persons! Like computer graphics in movies, vs actors. Up to about Glicko a bit like Elo , I was solving everything on the basis of spotting what looked like a pretty move and investigating it. That would either solve the problem or put me on the right track. Above that I've gone from solving everything to solving almost nothing. The real solutions turn out to be the messy looking moves and feel unsatisfying.
And my motivation for doing the puzzles has fallen like a stone.
It looks like if I'm going to be successful beyond which seems like average club player level I'm going to have to either: a. Think of playing better chess as less than an aesthetic exercise and more of a sport where the pleasure of winning is my justification. That's less attractive I must say. Any suggestions please?
I like the idea of being able to say to myself in a live game: "Now here's the kind of position I've seen in puzzles. I bet there's a winning move somewhere".
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Moreover, tactics and strategy go hand in hand; a good tactic can often overcome a bad strategy, while a good strategy can only rarely overcome a bad tactic. I advise advanced juniors to practice 10 puzzles per day, then per day if they are preparing for a tournament. Yes this becomes "homework" but it is also a fundamental part of improvement. Just like athletes lift weights and jump rope even though it has nothing to do with their sport, we practice solving puzzles to stay sharp and learn pattern recognition.
A great way to improve is to find decisive games in this database without any kibitzing comments yet, then figure out why they resigned. If you are unsure, you could post, "I think White wins with Another great way to improve is through posting your games in your chessforum for advice and analysis, looking for improvements. From your last diagram: click for larger view Rd8 wins a piece as White has a weak back rank; White would probably get one Pawn for the piece with Be3 and now you don't want A pin against a mate threat is called a Terminal Pin, so the Bd5 is pinned against the potential mate threat on d1.
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You could study puzzles by theme Mate, Fork, Pin, Skewer as a teaching tool; my students and I prepare puzzle sets based on our own games. If you don't like knowing the motif first e. User: WTHarvey has thousands of free mixed bag puzzles on his site. Good luck.
taylor.evolt.org/sucug-santa-mara.php I was a positional player. Played the English with white. However, when run through the computer, my pre-computer games show that I didn't miss much. Today for fun I've played 1. Not because I think these things are great, but to see what I missed.
It's funny, because I see all the tactics I missed playing the English. E5 to e6 pawn advance.
Typically in the English my bishop goes to g2 by move 3 or 4. If black responds bg7 there will be no Qh5 tactics because of the g6 pawn. I go for 10 correct solutions in a row, or how many can I solve before the kettle boils. The solution is nearly always simpler than I think it is.