|But my first dilemma---do I believe him? Is he considering my play or just walking me through a series of canned lessons?|
He taught using positions arising from my opening repertoire and various endgames to illustrate ideas. He's certainly given similar lessons on thought process before, but he showed me it's a problem in my play and clearly the lesson was customized for my particular style.
|Heisman's "Checks - Captures - Threats"|
It's obvious, but I don't do it consistently. I tend to spot a reasonably good move, and then stop looking. If today's lesson had value, it wasn't so much in the content--which I could find in books--but in the diagnosis, prioritization, and discussion.
|Silman's "Dream Positions"|
He showed me several endgames where having a plan and taking reasonable steps failed, but calculating backwards from that dream position, or some combination of calculating backwards and forwards, effectively cracked the position.
|Play more slow chess.|
My coach wants more play vs. study.
We'll see in a few months.