The Woodpecker Method
The Woodpecker Method is the name given by Axel Smith to a training system developed by his compatriot and co-author Hans Tikkanen. After training with his method in 2010, Tikkanen achieved three GM norms within a seven-week period.
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 trouble and improved intuition.
- ch1 Easy 222 exercises
- ch2 Intermediate 762 exercises
- ch3 Advanced 144 exercises
Set: The exercises you will solve before starting again
Cycle: One round of solving the set
Step 1-solves as many exercises as possible in 4 weeks. This is your set and solving them ends the first cycle
Step 2-take a break for at least one day
Step 3-Cycle 2 is repeat the same exercises but faster with 2 weeks being the goal
Step 4-repeats steps 2 and 3 but halving the solving time each time
Step 5-the Woodpecker Method has been completed when the full set of exercises has been solved in one day
I need to take a break after the Budapest Open before starting Project Woodpecker