Chess Nonsense Blog
While browsing the net I came across the Chess Nonsense blog that I found very interesting. I have been trying to improve my game of chess and when Paul Salcido mentioned about 'Errant Knights' and their plans to increase their chess ratings by '400 points in 400 days', I immediately got interested. I found a link which talks about Rapid Chess Improvement by Michael de la Maza. His plan is essentially to do just over 1200 problems of increasing difficulty seven times each over the course of about 5 months. The first 3-4 times are supposed to develop one's ability to use tactics in a game. The last 3 are supposed to improve one's ability to recognize patterns/similar situations so that in an actual game the person is able to see the correct move immediately. I am unable to get the book in my city so I am downloading his articles 400 Points in 400 Days - Part 1 and 2. I am going to give it a shot. The Boylston Chess Club Weblog talks about me and wonders if I too would become a Knights Errant. Let's see.
However, not everyone is enamoured of Michael de la Maza's book and method. Jeremy Silman, for example, gave it a terribly unfavorable review.