Since March I was shifting gears from OTB to rapid time controls and improving my blitz rating. I needed to down shift and get back to slow play and practice focusing on thought processes and calculating as the 48th World Open is G60 matches. So, here’s my short list of preparation:
- 20% tactical studies
- 10% Opening reviews
- 40% G30 online ( Focus on thought process)
- 30% Middlegame studies (Focus on thought process)
Focus on thought process:
After studying Silman’s Imbalances, Kotov’s trees, Heisman’s “Is this move safe” and Andy Soltis’ “inner game of chess” I distilled this to recognizing when to calculate versus when a plan is needed and evaluating positions as best as possible.
For now, I am trying to recognize when to calculate under the following:
- Out of opening book preparation
- Sharp positions with a lot of dynamics ( Initiatives and development imbalances)
- Combinational opportunities ( Unprotected pieces, overworked pieces, double attacks)
- Control of weak squares
Sadly, I am so used to playing fast that I tend to recognized when I should calculate after I made a move and played a “gut reaction” or a “feel good move”. Recognizing these triggers now so I can better realign my thought process come WO48.
Hope to see you there.