My next project(s)? – Blitz-rating, Paperback, Chess Journal, and more..

Hi,

In this newsletter, I will go over some of the things I’m currently working on.

I decided it was time to have some fun and play blitz again after a 45-day break. The break seemed to have helped as you can see below.

In 4 days I played 38 blitz games and gained 117 rating points. Looking at the games using aimchess.com I see the following:

Not surprisingly my time management is below the average for my rating group due to the shift from 10+0 to 5+0. However, it seems that I have improved my ability to find hidden resources in the positions and fight back from worse positions. As you can see in the diagram below I won 38% of the blitz games where I was down with a -4 evaluation at one point! The group with 2200-2400 rating “only” does that 20% of the time.

I think that looking at all those mate in two studies, and before that, endgame studies, has improved my ability to think more creatively.

Book news

Since I’m not able to attend any OTB tournaments in the near future, not because of COVID, but simply because it just isn’t possible right now with my kids sleeping patterns and family logistics. Therefore, I will continue to invest energy into publishing chess material, since I find it quite rewarding and fun to create chess books and it seems to have a positive effect on my chess.

So here comes some book news:

1. ‘100 Headachingly Hard Mate in Two Chess Puzzles Composed by Sam Loyd’ will soon be published as a paperback! The price will be 12.75 $.

2. I’m working on a ‘Chess Opening Journal’. The idea is to use it as a way to go over the openings from one’s games. You will fill out the move-list, mistakes, key moves, notes, and lines to research. There is also a diagram to fill-out with for the most important position.

https://twitter.com/saychess1/status/1398348836196782083


The whole idea is that the journal is a desirable difficulty. A wording that was coined by Robert A. Bjork, who is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California. A desirable difficulty can be described like this:

“Many tasks give the illusion of learning because they are too easy. For example, re-reading notes or a textbook is a common learning tactic that has been proven to be less beneficial than using flashcards. 

A student may feel like they are learning when re-reading, but this is partly due to the fact that the words are more familiar rather than that the material is being processed and learned. Flashcards, on the other hand, require the student to actively recall the information.

This is a desirable difficulty because it requires more effort and forces the student to do more complex processing. At first, learning with desirable difficulties may take longer and the student may not feel as confident, but over time knowledge will be retained better.”1

https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/XPllm-gtrMM?rel=0&autoplay=0&showinfo=0&enablejsapi=0

So while it is much quicker to just press ‘Request a computer analysis’ and skim over the mistakes. I think this task of writing and thinking about the opening phase of the game will prove as a good desirable difficulty.

The journal is not yet published, since I want to test the concept first.

Best,
Martin

*New Book* 100 Headachingly Hard Mate in Two Puzzles Composed by Sam Loyd

Hi everyone,

My puzzle book with 100 very hard mate in two puzzles by Sam Loyd is now available in the Kindle store. Here is a puzzle from the book:

I hope you will enjoy it! To those who already have preordered, please leave a review when you have the chance ☺️

Buy only 2.99$

For more info about the book, watch this video:

Best,
Martin

I have published a new chess book with challenging mate in two puzzles

I got an idea for a new book project, which is a bit dangerous since it has paused my work on ‘Blindfold Opening Visualization’. But I hope you also will find this one interesting too. When I searched for puzzles for ‘Blindfold Endgame Visualization’ I came across a composer whose puzzles caught my eye. It was the American chess player Sam Loyd (1841-1911).

It will be available on Kindle on 23. May and you can preorder it on Amazon now!

Preorder $ 2.99

I will introduce the book with a low price tag that I might raise later. If people like the book I will also make it available as a paperback. You can also get more info about the book in the below video

I hope you will like the book!

French Tarrasch – Building Pressure on e5

Due to my experiment, I can’t use an engine for the next 30 days. Therefore there is a good chance that I will miss something in my analysis. But it is also a good challenge to be thinking for yourself and experience chess like it was in the past.

90+30 game and My Digital Detox..

The game is co-annotated together with my opponent who did most of the annotations. I have inserted (Martin) where I have added lines and comments.

I’m doing a 30-day digital detox that include not using a chess engine, so my analysis will be a bit more rough from now on. If you spot anything leave a comment! If you want to read more about the detox go to my newsletter

Saved Some Bad Opening Play

Annotation streak now at 4 games. This one was against a strong Finnish player. I managed to play a bit to optimitic in the opening. The endgame was where I played best, I think