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The quick explanation of the Woodpecker Method is that you need to solve a large number of puzzles in a row; then solve the same puzzles again and again, only faster. It’s not a lazy shortcut to success – hard work is required. But the reward can be re-programming your unconscious mind. Benefits include sharper tactical vision, fewer blunders, better play when in time trou ...more
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Dec 22, 2019 rated it liked it
This book describes a method - “the woodpecker method” - of improving at chess. You solve the same tactics problems over and over, getting faster each time. One of the authors invented this method using a different tactics book, solving all the problems front to back, then starting over from the beginning and repeating. This book advocates using the same method, but using the tactics problems in this book, which were chosen for the purpose. The rationale is that you need your subconscious to rec ...more
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I own the hardcover book but did my later cycles on chessable (

I've wanted to try this method since reading about it in Pump Up Your Rating. However, even though that book has instructions I never quite felt I was doing it right and abandoned the method after a couple of short attempts. When I heard this book was coming out I was very excited and bought it day 1 in hardcover.

I was not disappointed. I felt much more motivated working on this than other tactics trainin
Veselin Nikolov
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An interesting collection of chess puzzles. The advanced part was too advanced for me but it was short and I had fun with everything else.
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
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The book is addressed to chess players and shows (according to authors) how quickly increase playing strength. The method in nutshell consists of repeated solution of hundreds of tactical exercises, albeit faster every next time. Authors claim that in this way the player can increase his/her ranking rapidly. One of them, International Master Tikkanen, after implementing the Woodpecker Method scored quickly three GM norms. The book is mainly the collection of tactical exercises and their solution ...more
This is pretty much the non-flaky version of de la Maza which was a notoriously hyped book on how to cram study for Tactical Chess Problems for fast results.

That book was pretty much snake oil and this book is the equivalent for masters trying to break through into grandmaster territory. Burn through tactical studies and then repeat those studies over and over till you get faster results.

I'm not sure if this is a path that 98% of people would take, and Silman ridicules this method as well as a f
Isaac Clemente ríos
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Después de un mes de trabajo con el libro, y tras haber finalizado la primera ronda, hago la review.

El contenido es una serie de ejercicios (1168) divididos en niveles fácil, intermedio y difícil. Los autores se basan en el método de los 7 círculos de De la Maza, para mejorar en ajedrez. En esencia, se trata de resolver una serie de problemas tácticos en un periodo de tiempo cada vez menor. Primero en un mes, después en dos semanas, una, y así hasta hacerlos todos en un solo día. Lo cual tomó al
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