Friday, 27 November 2009

A.C.I.S. of Caissa

I've been reading about the Adult Chess Improvement Seekers (ACIS) on Blunderprone's blog. The ACIS (pronounced Axis) of Caissa is quickly turning into a movement. Blunderprone himself states that: "The only real requirement is that you establish a method you can sign up for and blog about your journey." The paradigm seems to be that method is good, but different individuals might need different methods.

The A.C.I.S. of Caissa have inspired me to think through training approaches, and formulate techniques that I believe in. My basic model or method, if you will, will be:

1. Identify a problem
2. Find or design training techniques that may help
3. Train using these techniques

This means that the set of training techniques will not be static. It will change over time, depending on the problems that are addressed at the moment, and how far I've gotten in solving them.


  1. I'm adding you to the list! What method are you using to identify a problem? Are you using the Chess Exam book?

  2. The Chess Exam book is an interesting tip. You are right that this identification of a problems could be addressed by the subject methodical effort.

    Presently I don't use a methodical approach for this. Weaknesses are so plentiful. I pick one that is immediately pressing. Or I pick low hanging fruit, areas where I think I can make big progress with little effort.

    Also my coach give important pointers. A while back he showed me that my style is too positional, which make me miss tactical opportunities. This is the reason calculation and visualization are priority subjects at them moment.

  3. Welcome to the group! Now sssssh, study in progress. :-)