Friday, 12 December 2008

Mnemonic Chess - Paul Motwani Chess Training Mnemonics



Paul Motwani is a mathematics teacher by profession. He is a former World Under-17 Chess Champion and was also Scotland's first chess grandmaster. Ever since being taught the trigonometry mnemonic C.A.S.T. (representing Cosine, All, Sine, Tangent) as a schoolboy, he has found mnemonics helpful in assisting learning. In the Batsford Chess Books - H.O.T. Chess (1996) & C.O.O.L. Chess (1997) - Paul Motwani introduces a number of mnemonics to illustrate chess training points (listed below). For further clarification I recommend reading both titles.

H.O.T Chess:
  • Highly
  • Original
  • Thinking
F.A.C.E:
  • Fear
  • Allegro
  • Consistency
  • Enjoyment
T.O.D.O:
  • Tenacious
  • Objective
  • Dangerous
  • Original
The 4 S's:
  • Safety
  • Scope
  • Space
  • Structure
C.H.A.M.P:
  • Calculation
  • Harmony
  • Alertness
  • Memory
  • Preparation
C.O.O.L Chess:
  • Creative
  • Original
  • Opening
  • Lines

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