Saturday, October 21, 2006

Friday Update

As usual, the weekly Friday update. Since I played in the 2-day tourney last weekend, I spent quite a bit of time analyzing and annotating my games. I did get back to the tactics training by the end of the week. At CTS my rating is now at 1641 after 16515 tries. That's about where it was last week. I don't mind the CTS rating holding steady while I delve into other chess activities. I do expect that I need to work on more ingrained pattern recognition in this department though.

In CT-Art I finished level 20 and have just begun level 30. Level 30 threw me for a loop at first, but once I started to focus better I began getting the problems with a healthy struggle. CT-Art stats:
  • level 10: 97% (110 problems)
  • level 20: 92% (286 problems)
  • level 30: 93% (13 problems done, 208 to go)
  • elo: 2076
I expect the numbers to decrease later in level 30 as the problems tend to get harder as the levels go on.

I have also done the first 10 problems from The Reassess Your Chess Workbook. Silman gives a lot of text for the solution of each diagram along with a list of the important Imbalances and Ideas. While his biggest point is to make sure we understand the important characteristics, the solutions must necessarily involve playing the tactics correctly, so it's fairly well rounded.

I've read the introduction to Stean's Simple Chess and I'm almost finished the section on Outposts. I'm not sure what impact this book will have on my game, so I'll reserve any judgements until much later. I do have high hopes for it.

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At 7:30 PM, Blogger takchess said...

I just looked at the chess position in you recent blog. I liked N x f7 but I couldn't quite tell why exactly i liked it. that is excellent analysis were you able to cook that up yourself or was that with Fritz. Regardless very nice game and work.

At 1:43 AM, Blogger Loomis said...

I played Nxf7 in the game and I had it pretty well figured out OTB. I think it took me nearly 20 minutes. Fritz pointed out some inaccuracy like Qf5 is better than the Qxh7 that I played, but both are winning.

I didn't see winning the queen when I played Nxf7. In that sense it was really a piece sac because I intended to be down a piece after Qxh7. But I knew the king would be too exposed for the position to be safe. I did see winning the queen after my opponent played Qxc3 before I played Qg6+. I think that's a crucial move because you want to figure out what you're going to do to the king before you start checking him. If the king had gotten to b8, I'd have been in trouble.

At 7:33 PM, Blogger King of the Spill said...

Great percentages - you are one of the few who are starting out in Sancho Pawnza's League :-).

At 7:44 PM, Blogger King of the Spill said...

Great percentages - you are one of the few who are starting out in Sancho Pawnza's league :-).


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