Takchess Chess Improvement

A Novice chessplayer works to get better at chess using an improvement program based upon the methods of Michael de la Maza and the teachings of Dan Heisman

Saturday, June 04, 2005

thoughts on Pattern Recognition

One thing I find interesting in doing chess tactical problems is the degree that things are solved conciously and unconciously. In solving a problem for the first time, I run an internal monalogue. The king and queen are on the same diagonal seperated by some spaces and a pawn. How can I take advantages of this situation.
pin, skewer, can I move a protecting king by a slap check (that's what I call a sacrifice check, a piece next to the king forcing a capture by the King).

I think there is a benefit to collecting, classifying, thinking about and naming a tactic. I once browsed through a book called Chess Master at Any Age by Rolf Wetzel (sp?). he collected positions wrote them on flash cards with a name. I recall there was a position that he named the Red Baron. Now I don't remember what this position was because it had no personal significance to me. I guarantee that the author who
named it, reviewed it, and has a personal attachement to would quickly recognize it in a game.

It was a great help to me to learn the term removal of a guard. Often seeing a piece guarding I ask if I remove it can I capture material. Now I was aware of the tactic earlier but I see it and am able to take advantage more because I have thought about


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