How To Be A Second-Rate Checker Player
I do all this writing about checkers and maintain this web site, which, I must modestly say, has earned a compliment or two. Yet I'm admittedly I'm still a poor player. Why so?
I think I understand the reasons, and will share them with you here:
- When doing book study, I flit from book to book and page to page, aimlessly moving the pieces around without real concentration, or making any effort to understand the moves.
- I try lots of different openings instead of learning just a few, but learning them well enough to be used over the board.
- When practicing against the computer, I go click-click-click, oh well I lost, instead of taking each game seriously.
- I don't bother to go back and review my games to see what I might learn from them.
- My method of problem study is to look at the diagram, think for ten seconds, and then read the answer--- without bothering to try to visualize the moves.
- I don't play very often, thinking that a little disorganized study is just as good as real practice.
Is all of this what I really do? Well, no, it actually isn't, although some of the items apply at times. But I've presented a surefire recipe for being, and staying, a second-rate player. As they say in the Talmud, "Learn from this."