### xor versus and

In the recent Chess Carnival, Jack le Moine contrasted two approaches to solving problems, my solution-focused approach (goal to build up pattern recognition) and Reassembler's analysis-heavy approach (goal to build up calculation skills Kotov-style, one of a few techniques I discussed here for building up calculation skills as opposed to pattern recognition skills).

Obviously, these are not mutually exclusive methods or goals. Instead of staring for ten minutes and then quickly looking over the solution, or instead of staring for only one minute and then taking ten minutes to understand the solution, why not split the difference? Five minutes of analysis, five minutes of solution explanation.

This is what I'm doing in Circle 5.2 for the problems I can't solve right away. I didn't do this in Circle 5.1 because I wanted to get through it more quickly than previous first circles. It's an experiment: perhaps I will learn the problems even

What is xor? Find out here.

Obviously, these are not mutually exclusive methods or goals. Instead of staring for ten minutes and then quickly looking over the solution, or instead of staring for only one minute and then taking ten minutes to understand the solution, why not split the difference? Five minutes of analysis, five minutes of solution explanation.

This is what I'm doing in Circle 5.2 for the problems I can't solve right away. I didn't do this in Circle 5.1 because I wanted to get through it more quickly than previous first circles. It's an experiment: perhaps I will learn the problems even

*better*when the two methods meet with a handshake, as demonstrated by Donald Rumsfeld and Saddam Hussein in the picture above.What is xor? Find out here.

## 8 Comments:

I use the MAND method (Madman's AND). 15 minutes looking at the problem, 3 days looking at the solution.

:)

BDK, my method rulez and yours droolz. ( :) joke.) Each is a useful tool for improvement, nothing more.

Thanks for the XOR link - didn't know that. No background in formal logic. (Which might explain a lot of things about me ...)

ds

reassembler.com

Re :BDK, my method rulez and yours droolz.

Oh yeah. Derek well Blue Devils Rubber and you are glue what .....

sorry, had a junior high flashback.

8)

I also use the MAND method!

Derek: FOVEA's the shiznit so get outta my grill!

Grill? Mm... Grilled Ham XOR Cheese...

wonderful!

and photo! thank you so much.

talk about swagger meets swagger.

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