I have read probably all debates about memorizing chess with mnemonics in the forum.
Using some of the ideas that I read and some ideas of mine, I made a method that worked well so far.
It’s an alternative for the method that “Bangalos” presented here https://artofmemory.com/forums/what-methods-exist-for-chess-1492.html#comment-3220 and developed here https://artofmemory.com/forums/my-system-for-random-chess-pieces-848.html#comment-1618 that, in my opinion, is, by far, the best method presented so far.
I will talk to you about my method and would appreciate critics(specially the bad ones).
Besides it, I bring up a question about material. Which specialized chess materials do you use in your memorizations of chess? I use the ECO-code (encyclopaedia of chess openings), the encyclopaedia of chess endings and the encyclopaedia of chess combinations/middlegames.
So, my method consists of a A-O (action-object) system with 64 combinations
The 64 A-O represent all squares. (both, the action and the object, are related to the same square)
So, I associate 2 pieces to each of these series.
Ex: horse (first piece in movement), cutting(action that represents e5 for me ), with an axe(object that represents e5 for me) square), the queen(piece that develops the second move).
This image means: white horse going to “cutting” square and then black queen going to axe square. In the case, the queen won the horse. but if i used another object, the image would just say that the queen went to that other square after horse going to e5.
If i’m memorising positions, and not movements, then the idea is the same: this image would means: horse in the the cutting square + queen in the axe square. The only difference is that i add a modification if both pieces are white or black. ( if were talking of positions, maybe there are more pieces of one color).
This way, I memorise 2 movements per locus, easy and clean.
Since I use the same images of my P-A-O system in this A-O system, they are easy to remember.
This system can be used to 2 kinds of chess memorization, as I already said: to movements or to positions. In the first case, que A-O represents the square where the pieces “move”. In the second case, A-O represents the square where the pieces “are”.
This is the “basis”. But not the end of the method. Since chess has MANY patterns (tips of openings, middlegames and variations, I use specific images for them. For example, the queen’s gambit accepted is just 1 image for me, queen’s gambit neglected with e6 another, and so on. The use of “special images for long patterns” is a way of advancing with the method, when you advance in the knowledge of the game. And it’s really easy to remember those new images. (for languages, in which I used many sillabycal images, there were many more…)
Bangalos system is good. I used this one because I never learned major system.
So that’s the idea. If you have suggestions of material I would really appreciate it, and if you have critics, it would be a honor to hear them.