Sorry Venda but I could not disagree more about not using books.
First of all it is a time proven method of studying. Chess before computers
produced some of the greatest players the game has known.
Yes it can be a wee bit laborious going back to the last diagram
to re-set position but if the writer has added a varaition then they
must think it is important. Some of them best ideas I have found
OTB have come from a note.
I have in my time (70 in June) played 1,000's of combinations and
not one have I ever made up on my own. The idea/pattern has come
from something I looked at the in the past from books.
The knack I use (I was put onto this method by a strong player)
was to ignore the notes and play over the main moves first.
Then do the game again, this way patterns and lessons sink in
and in a few cases you do not need to play out a note because you
aware of what happened and you have become so familar with the
game re-setting it is easier.
There is no short cut, and anyway I really enjoy playing over a game
from a book. I'll go over it again and again. When I was mustard hot
on chess spending an hour on one game was not uncommon.
There is no quick fix.
The trouble with DVD's and online puzzles is it not increasing or aiding
your 3d vision. You must get the eyes roaming all over the board and staring
at postage stamp sized pictures just does not do it for the average player.
The other problem is the swamping speeed of skipping through a game
online. People do six or seven games in 10 minutes. What are you learning?
Maybe the gifted few, the kids in the top 20 today can do it but they are the exceptions.
I'm reading the Soltis book on Carlsen - a game a day. He studied with
a book and board till he was about 15. Up till then, according to his trainer,
he was computer illiterate. (good book, enjoying it. I look forward to going over
a game, just the same way one looks forward to seeing a film.)
Hi Couch Curls,
Looks like you are NOT one of the exceptions. That means you are like the
rest of us, the 99.999%. Do not fret. Happy days ahead.
All I can do is rec a book I know helped me. The good news is I know for sure
it helped thousands of others and a good book and board makes studying
not work, but good relaxing fun and something to look forward too.
LogicalChess by Chernev (the algebraic version.)
Take your time - no more than two a day. Go through each one three times
till you have the ideas behind the moves memorised. Once you have the ideas
and patterns stored you will find, without even trying, you could be able to
produce the whole game from memory even though that was not your intention.
It won't happen overnight but you get will better and increase your
enjoyment of the game. Speaking of which: Game 14210015
ghiocel - You RHP 2012. White has just played 16.f4.
When one player shoves their f-pawn from a 0-0 position it is always a critical moment
in any game. It is either good or bad. You played 16...Neg4 which is OK but you could
have won a pawn by force. There was no need to have lost this game.