Friday, February 18, 2005

Quick Review

Things are finally slowing down, enough to where I will actually have the weekend off!
Off translates into not having to fix anything, build anything, or be somewhere that isn't my idea of fun. First thing tomorrow morning I'm going to meet with a few players for chess and coffee.
A couple of us from the club are going to play some of the local talent, and hopefully recruit some new members into our Thursday night gathering. The rest of the weekend I will spend bike riding and relaxing with my family.

Review Time:
I have been playing through the first 100 problems of the "1000 X Checkmate" CD over the past week. Along with easing back into the openings. First off I can tell a difference using the 3-D Fritz board versus the normal 2-D version. Last night at the club I didn't experience my normal adjustment period from computer monitor to OTB. I only lost 1 game the entire night, and that was to our resident Expert in the first encounter. In our second game I returned the favor to even the score. I guess the tie-breaks will be held tomorrow morning, I can hardly wait.

Back to 2-D versus 3-D, as a test I switched the viewing board back to 2-D for the first few problems and it took a few minutes for my brain to make the transition. In fact it was so noticeable that I have no doubt that I'm one of those individuals that suffers more than the average person when it comes to this type of thing. So for now I'm sticking with 3-D.


Don Q. said...

Good to see you Sancho. glad things are calming down a bit.

Temposchlucker said...

I stopped with doing things I don't like. Like going to anniversaries and so on. It takes a little courage to do but it yields a lot of time which you can use for the program.

Pale Morning Dun - Errant Knight de la Maza said...

Welcome back.

CelticDeath said...

Tempo, you are cracking me up! :)

CelticDeath said...

I've never been able to get used to the 3-D view on any of my chess software. I can only do the 2-D.

fussylizard said...

How well do you like the 1000xcheckmate CD? How does it compare to CT-Art (if you have used it as well)?

Sancho Pawnza said...

They both serve their own purpose.
I still mess around with CT-Art just to spot combinations from game situations.
The "1000X" is something I would
highly recommend to anyone as a primer to CT-Art. You should learn how to spot the different types of mating patterns, before worrying about searching for won pawns or drawing variations ala Ct-Art. Plus many of the Ct-Art problems are mating nets or use the threat of mate as the basis of a successful attack that wins material elsewhere on the board. Material is nice, but checkmate is nicer.