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wschmidt 80 ( +1 | -1 )
Novice Nook # 68 Greetings! This week's Novice Nook article is entitled "The Four Homeworks" and discusses the four types of tasks Heisman thinks are necessary for chess improvement:
1. Practice playing slow games (surely GK games fill that bill!)
2. Tactical (or other) problems
3. Reading annotated master games
4. Reading other instructive material
He discusses balancing these four tasks, recommends some books, programs and websites and in general does a pretty good job in a few pages of setting out a realistic guide to how to study chess. It may not be the only way, but I think it's pretty hard to criticize it.
Here's the link:
Let me know what you think! ws
marinvukusic 64 ( +1 | -1 )
Application on GK 1. play slowly :) a lot of people here play very fast, that kind of defeats the "qualitative improvement" purpose of correspondence chess

2. solve GK puzzles

3. read the best annotated games: gameknot.com

4. Hmmm... outside of GK?
I recommend:
- Jeremy Silman's page: www.jeremysilman.com
- ChessCafe: www.chesscafe.com