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  1. They are: 1) What are the weaknesses? 2) What is the worst placed piece? 3)
    What is my opponent’s intention? I’ve noticed I’ve lost quite a few blitz
    games online since I started using this method, because I usually miss some
    simple tactic. But I’m usually outplaying my opponent until then. Today
    will be my first over-the-board game on the long time control with this new
    mental algorithm in my toolkit, so we’ll see what happens.

  2. It’s important to use a physical trigger that is not very common. We
    normally don’t tap on our shoulder so it works very well as an anchor.
    Perhaps tapping your thigh works as well. Try it out.

  3. I realize none of these ideas are new. Weak pawns, and weak squares are the
    basis for all positional play, and the worst placed piece idea is the old
    “Tarrasch principle.” And the last question is basically prophylaxis. But
    what is special about this book is that these three questions, explicitly
    asked “out loud” (at least in my mind) are a simple way to come up with a
    plan in practical games, and they recall knowledge I’ve already spent time
    accumulating. So it’s not a magic pill by any means.

  4. Hi Majnu. I found a very useful exercise in Jacob Aagard’s book, called
    _Positional_Play_. I think a great deal of the paralysis I feel when I play
    a game, preventing me from calculating simple variations, is how to draw on
    my chess knowledge in a context sensitive way. The fear that I might be
    missing something smothers me. Aagard has a powerful algorithm of asking 3
    simple questions that has helped me to gain a great deal of confidence in
    my play, I think everyone should try it.

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