Sunday, January 25, 2009

The Structure of My Struggle

I am approaching my personal improvement in this way:
  • Un-learning: 
    I have spent years trying to learn stuff way too fancy for my own good. Right now I am working on unlearning that stuff a la Heisman (home page), as channeled by Goldowsky (Mongoose Times). I started with "Logical Chess Move by Move" (Chernev) [done] and "The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played" (Chernev) [in progress]. I will follow this up with "Understanding Chess Move by Move" (Nunn), "Learn Chess Tactics" (Nunn), "The Amateur's Mind" (Silman), and "Chess Visualization Course" (Anderson).
  • Praxis:
    I'm back to regular Tuesday night play at MetroWest Chess Club, when not traveling for work. Also, I play the occasional game on ICC (Internet Chess Club), but no blitz. In the ICC games my goal is to develop properly to enter a decent middlegame.
  • Analysis:
    Take each of my weekly MetroWest CC games and seek advice, let Fritz run through it, and give it it my own blood sweat and tears. My goal will be to analyze all games somewhat, and analyze some of them deeply, with a post to this blog.
  • Attitude:
    This video of Josh Waitzkin giving a talk at Google sums up what I aspire to. Everyone needs to have their personal mountain to climb.
  • Competition:
    In addition to Club tournaments at MetroWest CC, I will play in two or three big tournaments during the year. Right now I am entered in the Eastern Class and Foxwoods CCA tournaments.
My goal is to use this blog to keep me on the path to improvment.

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