Spaced Repetition at Listudy

Created at: 2020-06-30

In this article I want to explain why I decided to use spaced repetition for Listudy and why I think that spaced repetition is relevant and effective for learning and training chess.

What is spaced repetition

But before we look at why spaced repetition is efficient for chess, I would like to explain briefly what spaced repetition actually is.

Wikipedia describes spaced repetition as:

Spaced repetition is a learning method that involves increasing time intervals between the repetition of learned content. It thus exploits the “spacing effect”, according to which content that is learned over a longer period of time is better remembered than content that is intensively repeated in a short time.

The learning contents are spread out in such a way that the interval between the contents increases. For example, ANKI, a program that uses flashcards for learning content, starts with cards that are constantly repeated. Later on, however, each card is only repeated every few days. In this way, what has been learned is better internalized.

Spaced repetition at Listudy

With Listudy you can apply spaced repetition for chess training. Openings are learned hands-on by playing against an opening repertoire and automatically learning the moves.

When playing against the repertoire, each move is internally considered like a “card” similar as is the case in ANKI. If you make the right move in a position, the value of the card is increased and it becomes less likely that the position will come up again. But if you don’t make the right move, the value of the card is reset to zero and it becomes more likely that the card will be next. In this way, positions that you are good at are played through less often than positions in which you have problems and have not yet learned as well. This technique is known as the Leitner system. If you open the wikipedia page you will find a useful diagram that explains the system visually.

This system is most effective when this process is repeated.

Explore openings to use this technique on or register and upload your own opening repertoire to train against it.

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