Monday, October 03, 2005

Learn first simple

Right, Celtic Death! The principle «learn first simple, then compound» holds not only for multiplication tables, but also for tactics. As long as you still miss simple pins, forks and skewers (I do) then you have to learn them again and again, in thousands of variations. This is exactly why I am convinced of CTS as an excellent training tool. And still my rating is creeping up at a speed of roughly one point a day.


At 7:57 AM, Blogger Pale Morning Dun - Errant Knight de la Maza said...

In the United States we have a saying that goes, "Keep it simple, stupid." Basically, don't make things more complicated than they are. I am intrigued by CD's statement and your success with CTS. COuld it be just a matter of straight forward and simiple tactical study?

While I'll probably hold off on entering the tactical training world anytime soon, CTS will probably be my next tactical training regimen.

At 5:30 PM, Blogger CelticDeath said...

It's all about fundamentals. I'm starting to really be convinced of this.

It's just like ju-jitsu training (or any martial art for that matter). Or actually, you can probably apply it to any learned skill. You start out learning the basics. Then you learn them and learn them and learn them. Eventually, you will not have to think about them. The "patterns" or what we refer to as "second nature" are set in and automatic. Chunking has begun! Then, more and more complex tasks can be tackled, and eventually mastered in like manner. More patterns have become ingrained. Your level of skill rises accordingly. CTS is an excellent tool for this, because you can see how you compare to chess players higher up on the food chain. Those players have no problems with the ones we lower down on the ladder find challenging. Are they calculating more? I would say, "no." However, they have seen such positions many times before and have them ingrained. Therefore, it's a simple matter for them to see the solution.

At 11:20 AM, Blogger King of the Spill said...

Yeah, and the simple stuff never goes away. I just saw an IM walk into a simple fork on the ICC. Pretty rare for an IM.


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