I learned sequentially, now I try to zig and zag in unknown circles.
In chess, there are openings, middle games, and endgames. For a new player, each phase of the game feels like a complete different culture from the other.
Openings then Endgame
Part of the reason grandmasters understand the game better than I do is that they know how to connect the dots between different concepts.
For example, the queen’s gambit accepted (QGA) is a well-known opening. Many players play this opening, and they put in time to study the move orders or different variations.
The top players use a different approach: they study endgames that arise out of QGA. They ask themselves which pieces should be traded, or how to manage the pawn structure.
After going through this process, they come back to the opening, check variations with computers, and maybe then new ideas or concepts will be born.
Slow Chess to Blitz
There are debates on how much does blitz help slower games. The answer is not straightforward, but the idea is to improve calculation and intuition skills.
When play blitz, there are no time to think, the instant reaction and fast judgement of positions will provide valuable patterns to our minds.
By going thru blitz sessions, we subconsciously connect information that we have used or learned from slower games.
Next time you see two unrelated topics, remember maybe there will be dots to be connected.