“First, play through the whole game without hesitating more than a
couple seconds at each move. If you have the urge to pause longer –
don’t! Take a piece of paper and make some notes if you wish, and
continue to play the game to the end. Then get a cup of tea or coffee,
relax and try your best to recall from memory the spectacle you
have just seen. Try to establish the reasons why certain decisions
were made.

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Second, play through the game again, somewhat slower this time,
and make notes of everything that you did not see the first time.
Third, now go straight to those pencil marks and give your
imaginative and creative energy free reign. Try to play better than
my partner and I. If you do not agree, look closely at each decision,
either for White or for Black, with a critical eye. If you look at a
game like this you will discover a lot of new and useful knowledge,
which you can use for your own benefit.
Write your findings in a notebook in order to look at them later
when you are in a different mood, especially if you like the game…
When I was learning to play chess, I studied thousands and
thousands of games played by the older generation in exactly the
same way and gained a lot from them.” – David Bronstein, A Sorcerer’s Apprentice

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