Saturday, April 22, 2006

Scalped an 1800 at a quick event !

Well, here is an attempt to include a game with an embedded aplet. This was last night at the Waltham CC during a G29 tournament.

He was rather upset. Since my Quick rating was 1394 and his was 1810. He slammed his king down and walked off in a huff.

I don't play too many quick tournaments...because ..I am slow! What I did find though, was that after all the tactical training I've done to date, tactical shots were jumping out like a singing sword!

Post edit... I am getting a java applet load error with ChessViewer ... how do this so it works?

Here's the game in pgn:

[Event "WCC G29"]
[Site "Sudbury"]
[Date "2006.04.21"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Duval, George"]
[Black "Soucy, Glen"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A45"]
[WhiteElo "1394"]
[BlackElo "1810"]
[Annotator "Duval,George"]
[PlyCount "29"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bf4 c5 3. e3 d5 4.
c3 Bf5 5. Bd3 Bg6 6. Nf3 e6 7. Ne5 Bxd3 8. Qxd3 Qb6 9. Nd2 Nbd7 10. Rb1 Be7 11.
O-O O-O 12. Ndf3 Rfe8 13. Ng5 Rf8 14. Nxd7 (14. Ngxf7 Qd8) 14... Qd8 15. Nxf6+

Post edit 4/27/2006: attempted to Fix PGN Viewer per PEndax's suggestions (Thanks)
post post edit... 5/2/2006 I think I finally fixed it... I think.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Question to the Knights: Any one hear of the Bangiev's Squares strategy?

I've come across a couple references made to the Bangiev's Squares strategy pertaining to a couple of training CDs from the IM Bangiev based on color complexes to help refine the search for candidate moves. Apparently, its a complete thinking process. Has anyone out there actually (a) heard of this or (b) even tried this?

A sort of review can be seen here:

Monday, April 17, 2006

14 penalties and Still I get 46 points!

Man, the 90's are tough. Actually, to be realistic, its the 90 "and greater" level. So far I am still trudging through the first iteration and I am seeing only about 20% that are actually a score of 90. The rest are 100, 110, 120, 130 and 140 mainly with multiple variations and sub-lines. I am pulling a modest 42 % hit rate with the first run.

I am starting to see the "themes" but realize how its a complex of "nested" motifs. This one is going to take me a while. With the nice weather, fishing season... it will take a lot of effort to keep me on track.

( am I done yet?)


Thursday, April 13, 2006

Made it through the 80's ( without big hair)

So I am up to a total of 8336 tactical problems completed in my quest on CT-ART 3.0. i've just finished my 7 concentric mazes with the level 80 problems with the following results.

level 80

I am finding with the last couple of levels, I tend to do the 6th and 7th iteration back to back and that seems to give me favorable results. For instance, the 6th time around on level's 60-80 took me about 2 hours while the seventh only took an hour ( or less). Grant it, these levels had less than 100 problems and level 80 was no doubt the shortest with only 44. I suspect hitting a 91 percentile on the seventh round shows I was able to retain more in my small short term memory.... oh well. I am heading to the 90's. I just may very well have the circles done by May!