Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Training Update for 3/31/2010

Today I spent some time working through Silman’s Endgame Course. I got back through all the sections up to class C. I was ready to start class D when I working on this before my daughter was born in October. The class C section is a decent size so it will take some time to work through that again.

I also worked through the 1st 2 sections of chapter 6, passed pawns, in Chess Strategy for Club Players. I am liking this book so far.

I am somewhere in round 6 of the Cambridge Springs 1904 games that I am playing through quickly for pattern recognition.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Training Update

I have made it up through game 32 in Tarrasch's 300 Games. I have been playing through them fairly quickly over the board. There was a funny game he played against Willhelm Cohn I believe that went something like (recalling from memory): 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.e4 d:e4 5.c3 d:c3 6.B:f7+ K:f7 7.Qd5+ Ke8 8.Qh5+ g6 9.Q:c5 Qe7 10.Q:c3 Q:e4+ Kd1 1-0. I played through the 1st 2 rounds of Cambridge Springs 1904 on the computer and part of round 3. I have finished chapter 5 about weakened King position in Chess Strategy for the Club Player. I have continued to do my daily tactics problem solving as well and managed to keep myself from spending too much time on it.

The biggest thing I have done for my training has been changes regarding life outside chess. I have changed my sleeping schedule to make sure I am getting a full night's sleep, and have been eating better. I am also starting to work out again with a plan of dropping around 50 pounds in the next year. This should help a lot with being sharper mentally, and having more energy which should be a good thing for chess. As a result of this I will also be forced to be more efficient in how I spend my chess study time. I have plenty of time to spend on chess each week, I just need to utilize it better.

Lasker - Napier, Cambridge Springs 1904

I have been quickly playing through the games of Cambridge Springs 1904 for the pattern recognition training suggested by Jeremy Silman on One of the games in round 3 was Lasker - Napier. I've seen it before somewhere, but it wasn't until the end that I recognized it. Now I need figure out which book it was that contained it.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Back in training

Well it has been about 6 months now since our daughter was born, and this past month I have finally gotten back into the routine of studying chess.

I followed some recent Jeremy Silman advice of playing through lots of games very quickly on the computer for pattern recognition. This past week I played through all 19 rounds of St Petersburg 1909. I plan on going through a lot of tournaments this way.

I finished working my way through McDonald's The Art of Planning in Chess. I started over from scratch in Silman's endgame course, but it should only take a few days to get back up through the class C section.

The main thing I am working on right now is working through Chess Strategy for Club Players. I have continued my daily tactics problem solving on as well. It is nice to know that my horrid streak in form on the solving right after Julia was born was mostly likely a combination of stress and exhaustion, and not the result of something breaking in my brain which is what it seemed like at the time. I need to make sure I moderate my time spent tactics problems. It gets addicting to sit there and work them one after the other. I think 25/day at most is more than enough. Wherever I end up for the day is where I end up. I don't need to keep trying to raise my score if I had a bad run. It will most likely just cause more frustration and a further drop. Better to wait and get the points back on the next session.

R.I.P. Vasily Smyslov

Former World Champion Vasily Smyslov passed away in Moscow today at the age of 89.

A game of his that I recently played through while studying is given below.