Subject line: How Darth Vader can help your opening prep
When I came back to chess in my 40s, I found I struggled to remember opening theory.
I get it, our memories get worse as we age, but that doesn’t change the fact that, if I couldn’t remember opening lines, I was going to be at a big disadvantage. (Especially against younger players.)
And that sucks.
Fortunately, I found someone to help me…
From “Average Joe” to U.S. Memory Champion
His name is Joshua Foer.
Joshua went from having an average memory to becoming the U.S. Memory Champion – in just one year! He wrote about this journey in his book Moonwalking With Einstein.
I took his methods and adapted them to memorising opening theory.
In particular, a technique called the “Memory Palace.” This is the technique memory champions use to memorise a shuffled pack of cards in under two minutes.
Here’s how it works…
I imagine taking a journey – based on a real location you know well – where you encounter strange characters.
Those characters represent pieces, pawns and squares.
Let me give you an example …
Darth Vader on a Merry-go-round
I often play the French Defence as black. And one of the most common lines I face is the Advanced Variation.
For me, the locations I use for the Advanced Variation are in Montmartre in Paris. (I used to live in Paris, so I know it well.)
So, in the line:
1 e4 e6
2 d4 d5
3 e5 c5
4 c3 Nc6
5 Nf3 Bd7
6 Be2 f6
… I find myself in Place Saint-Pierre, looking up at the Sacre Coeur cathedral. In front of me is a merry-go-round. And, on the merry-go-round, sitting on one of the horses, is …. You guessed it, Darth Vader!
How to get my complete memory system …
You could use memory techniques to develop your own system. Or, you could let me save you time by showing you my system in detail.
You’ll discover …
* The exact system I use to memorise opening lines 25+ moves deep – even when there are dozens of sub-variations to learn.
* The right way to remember ANY move or capture – including en passant and positions where two identical pieces could move into the same square (usually notated like Ngf3 or Rad1).
* Why “remember the principles, not the moves” might be good advice for GMs, but is terrible advice for the average player.
* What to do when your opponent could choose from multiple moves.
* What to do when your opponent deviates from the lines you memorised. (And why your memorisation will help you find the best reply.)
Most importantly …
No need to shy away from your favourite openings because they have sharp sub-lines. Play the openings YOU enjoy playing.
And no more rote learning – it’s boring, time-consuming, and doesn’t work. These proven memory techniques work faster and better because they use your WHOLE BRAIN.
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Steve the Patzer
P.S. One of the added benefits of the Memory Palace method is that you can review your opening theory anywhere.
You don’t need a chess set. You can be standing in line at the Post Office and running through your favourite defence against 1d4. It’s a great way to use your downtime.