It does feel like I got the band back together after a long dormant period in the chess world. I’ve previously posted about waking up, rallying an online community for support, establishing a baseline and improving study techniques. Consider this my online psyching up to play in my first OTB tournament in a little under a couple weeks after taking a bit of a long hiatus.
I thought I’d share where I’ve taken my approach to an active studying regimen. I want to maximize the “generation effect” and apply the Cornell Notes to chess notes. Since chess diagrams are necessary in a lot of note taking to help create patterns for the long term memory recall, I needed to create a note pad for this that allowed the left hand stimulus , right hand response and bottom summary. So I created a model sheet, went to staples and had them printed and cut for cheap to put in a mini binder.
Here is a sample of the page:
I am currently reviewing openings and whole games associated with them and recording key positions using a stimulus like “Whites plan?” and the response below the diagram. I am not only including opening positions but middle game plans as well from the games I am studying. I plan to add key tactics that I have a hard time seeing ( those I miss during drills become fodder for the chess notebook in a section for tactics). I plan on a similar technique for endgame patterns that I am weak on.
This is an experiment. I will see how this works in short order come the Boston Chess Congress on January 10-11th.