79 ( +1 | -1 ) Novice Nook # 32Well, Novice Nook # 31, Heisman's Chess Lists, didn't generate much traffic, so let's see how # 32, "Chess Exercises" does. This week's article starts simple, with some visualization exercises (getting the knight around obstacles to a designated square using as few moves as possible) and gets gradually more complex. It culminates in a couple of position analysis exercises that could be the basis for an entire lifetime of chess study.
If you enjoy the early exercizes, Chesscafe has a whole column called "Chess Mazes", by the author of a book by the same name, which I encourage you to check out.
49 ( +1 | -1 ) Interesting read!I have yet to try the puzzles but it does look like they could be quite helpful for what they intend, I will probably leave them until I have properly caught up (up to #27 now) as I have so many things to be doing already. I haven't actually done any vision type stuff really, it might be interesting to see if they help a lot. Does anyone have any long term experience with them who would like to share their thoughts?
43 ( +1 | -1 ) Good question, Matt...I, too, would be interested to hear from someone who has some experience doing some board vision exercises.
BTW, I have an entire book called "Knight Moves" filled with conceptual ideas and exercised devoted to giving one the quick knowledge of the squares a knight can move to in 1-7(?) moves from anywhere on the board. Haven't got to it yet, but it looks like knowledge that would be very helpful in OTB play. ws
107 ( +1 | -1 ) I did try the exercises......and they aren't difficult. Quite fun, actually ...I have a feeling they are intended to develop a visualisation of the pieces in terms of their moves, rather than in terms of their physical shape. Stick a knight - or any other piece - and you see it in terms of the moves it can make - like lines of force. In the exercise with the knight and 4 pawns, for instance, one quickly became accustomed to seeing not only the pawns' locations (c3, c6, f3, f6) as obstacles, but also each square the pawns attacked: b2,d2,e2,g2,b5,d5,e5,g5. But you also start to look at the squares around the objective point as well, to check out likely approach lines. It was like visualising a line of play beginning at both ends and then joining them up. Now, this worked well for most of the exercises, but to what extent does it help chess visualisation? Well, it is true that one keeps an eye out for the imterrelationships of the enemy pieces and one's own, with a view to finding useful starting and ending points to lines of play. Maybe this is the beginning of a combinative chess vision? Others' thoughts? Cheers, Ion