Mr Silman posted a Great Article on how to design a Chess Study Program. It is time to spend a little more time on reading Chess Books.
Learn Basic Tactical Patterns: The Art of Attack in Chess
Create an Basic Opening Repertoire: FCO (pretty, almost done!)
Positional Play: Weapons of Chess, Simple Chess (waiting for the revised/rewritten Reassess Your Chess due in April 2010)
The Endgame: Silman's Complete Endgame Course (to a suitable level)
Time Frame? This reading package will probably take forever but I am OK with that. I will still do my Chesstempo sessions etc.
The challenge will be to find a suitable "Chess Hero". I think I have falsely been under the impression that tactics is my main skill (relatively speaking!) since I have done tons of tactics problems. A dear friend pointed out that my best games might have been more of positional chess. OTB I do not mind grinding out a win but I somehow do not feel comfortable assuming any degree of positional chess skills. I just don't have any training in playing positional chess. Furthermore, it is so much more fun to look at master games filled with fireworks.
My understanding of Silman's article is that the areas suggested above should be covered before starting the heavy work with master games. That will give me some time to find and accept a Chess Hero.
All input are most appreciated. Both suggestions on what hero to choose but also which annotated game collection to study.
I do think that "Best Game Collection for Improving Players" has higher priorities that "Most Appropriate Chess Hero". "Learning" as compared to "Pretending to be", if you get my drift?
Semifinaler i PRO Chess League
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