I have a new chess project:
I'm going to study the games from the 1984 Kasparov -Smyslov match. I'm very excited about it. First of all, it's an awesome awesome match with lots of classic middlegame structures and some rocking endings. Plus it's the old guy against the new guy in the Candidates Final. Great openings: some Tarraschs (I'm trying to learn this), some super-sophisticated Slavs, some isolated d-pawn positions. And I've never studied anyone's games, so a match seems like a nice, managable place to start. Don't you think?
This is how I'm going to do it:
1. For each game, first I'm going to guess the moves for one side.
2. Then I'm going to go through and stop at 3-6 points in the game and try to predict what Rybka's assessment of the position is. Just to see if I'm on the right track about the trends of the game. Doesn't that sound like a fun little exercise: "What does Rybka think?"? I can give myself rewards for guessing close to the right number.
3. Then I'm going to try to annotate it by myself a little. Just fill in important calculations or candidate moves.
4. Then I'm going to read some annotated version and have rybka running to answer any questions I have. I think Kasparov describes the games in something I read recently.