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Post #1 Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2016 12:39 am 
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I like to recreate problems on the board and test out sequences while solving them. But now I'm worried that this will hamper my mental reading ability. Should I be trying harder to solve problems in my head, or do you think using a board isn't an issue? Anyone else do this?


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Post #2 Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2016 12:43 am 
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Post #3 Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2016 1:25 am 
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To quote myself from viewtopic.php?p=204147#p204147

Bill Spight wrote:
I especially encourage beginners to do as I did, to play around with positions from their own games. They can learn a lot by doing so.

Finally, let me end with this quotation from chess grandmaster Nigel Davies:

Nigel Davies wrote:
It really doesn’t matter what you study, the important thing is to use this as a training ground for thinking rather than trying to assimilate a mind-numbing amount of information. In these days of a zillion different chess products this message seems to be quite lost, and indeed most people seem to want books that tell them what to do. The reality is that you’ve got to move the pieces around the board and play with the position. Who does that? Amateurs don’t, GMs do.

(Emphasis mine) From http://rlpchessblog.blogspot.com/2011/0 ... rtesy.html


Edit: Also this, from here: viewtopic.php?p=101175#p101175

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Here is what Segoe Kensaku, one of the world's top players in the 20th century, recommended. First, try to solve the problem by looking only at the diagram. If you cannot, then set up the problem with a real board and stones, and try to solve it in your head. (My hint: Try to set up the problem from memory, looking at the original only to check.) If you cannot, then play the problem out to solve it. If you still cannot, then look at the answer.

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Post #4 Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2016 5:51 am 
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There is absolutely nothing wrong with it. Everyone has probably done it at some point. The progression should be: for a while lay it out on the board and play the physical moves on the board; when you are comfortable with this lay it out on the board but don't play moves, just look at it and try to work it out; when you master that try to do them without a board.

EDIT: I just reread this an realized it is ambiguous. I did not mean the three phases for the same problems. I meant different problems in each phase until you are comfortable with that one.

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Post #5 Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:18 am 
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After you gave it a good time trying to solving it. yes.
and going step by step understanding the intend of each thread and each response.

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Post #6 Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 12:57 am 
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To be honest, this is why I prefer Tsumego books rather than apps because with the book, I actually have to think of the answer instead of just tapping on different points on the board until I get them right. However, laying those problems out on a board I never really tried myself, but it could have some use. Any go practice/training is good for you, no matter how you go about it (to some degree).

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