Monday, September 21, 2020
Sunday, September 13, 2020
Good study session this morning, think I have the Knights on the Attack series fully studied on Chessable, so in a day or two will add the next piece themed book. Lucena and Philidor positions starting to click. Grabbed an ebook copy of the My First Chess Opening Reportoire for White so I can print it off for reference while studying it on Chessable. My one big knock is that while the text of the book is almost entirely in the Chessable package for the book, it's not really readable in the way a book is. It's PGN chunks, basically.
Quick 3+2 game while watching the Ravens this afternoon. Felt the attack on the White King was strong, but completely missed the idea of clearing the g-file with g4 so the Rooks could play too.
Saturday, September 12, 2020
Dedicated study the last week has settled into a routine via Chessable.
After getting out of bed, I make a coffee, smoke a cigarette (bad habit, I know) and settle in for about an hour. The current lessons include a tactics series (presently knight focused), updating my openings (working on Italian Game) and endgames (R+P).
Today's work was about an hour and a half. Feels good. What I recall of Personal Chess Trainer software I was using years ago feels like Chessable. Repetition to ingrain pattern recognition.
Hopefully it starts to pay off!
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Getting some 5/0 games where time allows (got my bltiz rating over 1000 :p).
Still plugging away at Amatuer's Mind- finding time to just hammer it out is tricky with a family and other hobbies (fishing, Dungeons and Dragons), but I feel like I'm getting close to making a big jump. I have been feeling great when I sit down for my long games, and I enjoy looking over my games win or lose...I just feel potent right now and believe that I will see my patchwork study and practice coalesce into real improvement soon...maybe a steady 1600+ FICS standard rating.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Here is the Watchbot for the game: http://mekk.waw.pl/mk/watchbot/game/2989161
Haven't run it through a computer yet, and haven't looked deeper than my notes above. I don't have a whole lot of time at work (:P) right now to add more comments.
I did my best to stay focused and not post a bunch of comments during the game. I stayed cool and focused, until I lost it zeroing in on the false winning of a pawn.
Tunnel vision killed me here. This week, I will go way back to de la Maza's board vision exercise- Concentric Circles. Wednesday and Friday I'll do those. Thursday will be for some reading from Amateur's Mind. Saturday or Sunday, I'll see if I have time to get a Stoyko (sp?) exercise in. Some practice visualizing and evaluating will be useful now.