Tuesday, November 30, 2004
I need to remember to relax a bit after work before I jump into these.
Dinner before hand would probably be a good idea too.
Level 10 - 99% (Completed)
Level 20 - 96% (So far)
319 exercises completed 890 remaining in circle 2.
53 days down 102 to go.
Monday, November 29, 2004
Sunday, November 28, 2004
I think I may go as far as setting up a real board while I solve the problems.
Level 10 - 99% (Completed)
Level 20 - 100% (So far)
130 exercises completed 1079 remaining in circle 2.
50 days down 105 to go.
Saturday, November 27, 2004
It placed a blemish on what would have been a perfect score.
Enough whining, now for the upside. After getting hammered by the Level 8o and 90 exercises in the first circle, it was nice being the hammer for a change. It took all of 20 mins to cover the first 65 problems of circle 2.
ELO 1550 (Start) -> 1773 Current
Level 10 - 99%
65 exercises completed 1144 remaining in circle 2.
49 days down 106 to go.
Friday, November 26, 2004
Tomorrow is the start of circle 2.
I still plan on posting my ELO dynamics and scoring percentage totals.
It should be interesting.
1209 exercises completed 0 remaining in circle 1.
48 days down 107 to go.
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
But once I do that it will open the Pandora's Box named Circle 2.
Now that I have a better grasp on the tactical themes I plan on using more time per exercise than I did in the first pass, and search through the variations in their entirety.
1190 exercises completed 19 remaining in circle 1.
46 days down 109 to go.
Monday, November 22, 2004
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Sunday, November 07, 2004
This seems like a really good way to kill two birds with one stone.
Completed the level 40 exercises.
I read Don's view on building "Calculation Muscle". I understand and respect his approach, but I'm still holding to my plan of attack. It just makes more sense for me to gain exposure to the various tactics at my disposal before trying to waste over 100 hours (5 mins per exercise approach) on stuff I obviously didn't grasp before hand. I still spend about 5 mins total on each problem, it's just that I make a move at the 1 minute mark regardless. Then if my guess is correct I proceed with the next move. If it's incorrect I spend another minute before I take my next attempt/potshot. Once I have reached the correct solution I replay the exercise from the beginning to drill it once more into my memory.
On the second circle my idea is to be able to see the entire sequence from beginning to end before making any moves, this will work the "calculation muscle" but at least with that pass I will have a better understanding of where I should begin my search.
I also plan on posting my ELO dynamics and scoring percentage total.
822 exercises completed 387 remaining in circle 1.
30 days down 125 to go.
Saturday, November 06, 2004
Friday, November 05, 2004
Don's been wondering how I'm able to complete so many of these exercises so quickly.
Well it's not from any giftedness on my part, but more in part to how I'm approaching this first circle. The first two levels were easy. The level 30 problems of course are way more difficult as expected. I'm allowing myself about a minute max before I make a move. I'm not going to beat myself up trying to solve these puppies. Either I see the win automatically or I don't. If I could see the solutions then I wouldn't need to do these exercises. Bottom line I'm here to learn and hopefully get better. As I work through the problems I'm able to apply some of these new found techniques to solving these exercises that I would never have been able to do before this suffering began.
Let's face it, some of these exercises are so screwed up that I doubt many players below Master could solve them.
Especially the problems that aren't forced mates and require you to see all of the subtle in between variations that are about 6 moves deep and lead to the capture of a pawn at the end of a sequence that is played out automatically by the computer side.
Drift back to the days when you were in school and the teacher presented you with a problem that seemed impossible to solve. That was until the teacher worked through the solution by showing you how to break the problem down into smaller easier to digest blocks of mini problems. Then you realized how easy it was to solve all along. Well the same applies here with the CT-Art problems. You have to get that moment of "Ah-Ha!" so that's how it's done. Then start worrying about being able to solve the problems correctly each and every time you do the following circles. I'm not going to allow my ego to dictate my dedication to completing all 7 circles. I check it at the door by kicking frustration to curb each and every night before hammering away at this stuff.
On a lighter note, I did manage to win a rated Game 90 at the club tonight against an 1847 player. I didn't blow him of the board with any tactical brilliance; he got into time trouble and walked into a mate in one, while in an equal position. Those level 10 exercises paid off.
But seriously I'm just happy that I didn't self-destruct. So I guess if not dropping a piece is a start on the road to chess improvement I will take it.
605 exercises completed 604 remaining in circle 1.
27 days down 128 to go.
Wednesday, November 03, 2004
Monday, November 01, 2004
You'd be amazed at how many exercises you can finish while wading through the time outs and commercials.
400 exercises completed 809 remaining in circle 1.
23 days down 132 to go.