Originally posted by iChopWoodForFree
Sounds like an excellent excercise. I would only question the method. Do you memorise one game completely and then move on to the next game or do you only memorise the simplest concepts of, say, 10 games at once? Maybe 1 or 2 games a day?
Years ago, as a joke, a buddy of mine and I memorized Morphy's opera game and Fischer's "game of the century" and we would go to our club and play them in 3 minute blitz back and forth until a Master stopped by to kibitz and started cracking up laughing. I guess that would be a form of performance art?
Seriously though, I would go one game at a time unless you are studying miniatures. Here is one possible study method.
Day 1 - choose 5- 10 games that are heavily annotated, (less annotated and more modern the game the stronger a player you are)
Day 2 play through game 1 casually, pausing at moves that you didnt expect but nothing to deep. Should take no longer than 30 minutes for the whole game. You are allowed to look at one annotation of the game but don't try to go to deep into the analysis - just remember verbal comments like you would if you were looking at a chess magazine 30 minutes before going to bed.
Day 3 - rest and get a pint.
Day 4 - Give yourself 2-3 hard hours. Play solitaire/guess the move and after each set of moves write out everything you analyze and see. When you are done you should feel like you just played a rated game of otb.
Day 5 - play through the game 1-2x casually and mentally note what moves still don't click with you. By now you should have a short, logical narrative of the game but the nuances of many positions aren't sticking.
Day 6-7 pints, tv, or whatever
day 1 - start from the final position (in Karpov Spassky Rxd8) Play a weak engine (I use the kindle chess genius at 3 sec a move) and see if you can win the position from resignation. If you cant then you need to spend a day or two studying the ending until you can win it. Keep notes and make sure you are sticking to the discipline. You don't move forward until you can win from resignation at blitz pace - have a pint and say "the rest is technique." If you can win with ease, move farther back until you reach a postion where it is not clearly an easy win.
Day 2 (or more?) play through the game solely looking at tactics. Classify the tactics that come up and keep a file on them. (Knight sac opportunity in Karpov - Spassky, the not so hanging pawn on move 28 etc.)
Day 3 get a pint.
Day 4 Compare the annotations of different publications. Look for points of disagreement or where one source neglects the ideas that another mentions etc. You should be getting a very good feel for the why of the game at this point.
Day 5 Try playing the game from memory. Note where you trip up.
Day 6-7 rest, pint, tv.
Day 1 - test your memory of the game, you might have it down at this point? but most likely after a couple days off, a couple moves aren't jelling.
Day 2 - rinse repeat until you have the game mastered. You should be able to walk into a room of a chess club, go to the demonstration board and not only show the game but field questions about alternate choices. If not, try another solitaire and see how deeper your notes are now than before.
Something like this and then on to the next game. I would weekly check and make sure that you still remember the games you have covered.