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Intuition
11-05-2007, 11:29 AM
What is it that the pros do to stay sharp between tourneys and work on their game? Obviously, at that level opening prep and analysis plays a significant role but do tactics in general still get a decent run in? I think I read somewhere that Judit Polgar does tactical problems every day??

Was also wondering what strong aussie tourney players 1800-2200 who still work ect put into chess on a daily basis and what types of things you guys do to train.

Cheers :)

Brian_Jones
11-05-2007, 11:52 AM
Was also wondering ... what types of things you guys do to train. Cheers :)

We drink lots of beer and chase crocodiles! ;)

Desmond
11-05-2007, 12:16 PM
I try to study mistakes from my last tournament.

Kevin Bonham
11-05-2007, 10:03 PM
Was also wondering what strong aussie tourney players 1800-2200 who still work ect put into chess on a daily basis and what types of things you guys do to train.

I don't quite work full-time (about 85% at the moment) but I do so many other things with my spare time that I probably don't have much more time for chess than many full-time workers.

I analyse every game I play, using computer assistance, and annotate the more interesting ones. I am also progressively annotating all my old games but not making very much progress with what will probably be a lifelong project at the current slow rate of progress!

Before major tournaments I will often brush up on a few openings that I am feeling rusty in. Nothing major, just an hour or two in total on anything from, say, two to six different lines.

I'm pretty lazy really. I just don't believe that spending hours and hours more on chess would make any real difference at my age (mid-30s) and given both my strengths and limitations. In particular I am hopeless at learning theory; I can't just sit down for several hours and swat up piles of it the way some people do.

MichaelBaron
12-05-2007, 12:23 PM
I'm pretty lazy really. I just don't believe that spending hours and hours more on chess would make any real difference at my age (mid-30s) and given both my strengths and limitations. In particular I am hopeless at learning theory; I can't just sit down for several hours and swat up piles of it the way some people do.

If you do not see improving in chess as one of your key goals (i certainly have this problem myself) then there is no point in working on the game seriously. However if you do, I do not think you should worry too much about the "limitations". Let sky be the limit and see how far you can get!

Garrett
12-05-2007, 02:14 PM
In particular I am hopeless at learning theory; I can't just sit down for several hours and swat up piles of it the way some people do.

Can you point out some people that "sit down for several hours and swat up piles of it the way some people do" ?

I think I'll get Gunner Duggan to pay them a visit :evil:

Intuition
23-05-2007, 02:18 PM
Thanks kevin/boris, but i guess with the majority not discolsing thier top secret prep and daily chess efforts we will be winning no olypiads for oz soon :rolleyes: Analyisis of games is common and I think no doubt very effective.

MichaelBaron
25-05-2007, 02:56 PM
Thanks kevin/boris, but i guess with the majority not discolsing thier top secret prep and daily chess efforts.

Mine are top secret :D . Do not expect me to disclose them to you :owned: