Druss Blog

An account of my attempts to try and improve my chess.

Thursday, June 23, 2005


I've now completed 748. That's another 130 in the last 9 days - an average of 14.5 a day. Which is under the 16 per day I'm supposed to be doing. And also I've started a new group of tests and been working my way through the easy ones!

So I'm a bit depressed. Seems like I've been doing these tests for ages, and I can't really remember when I started. One thing's for sure - I'm not going to complete it all in 6 months. At the moment I can't really see an end to it at all.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Over half way through

Now completed 618 tests out of 1217 - so past the half way mark. Still a long way to go though.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Other people doing Maza training

Apparently there are quite a lot of people out there following the rapid chess improvement training program. Here's another blog http://mandelamaza.blogspot.com/.

I've decided to alter the way I approach CT Art. Up to now it has been fairly ad-hoc and I've been just trawling through the categories of problems in the random order that the CT Art monster presents them to me.

New plan - go through them in difficulty order.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

My pursuit

I want to improve my chess and want to try to get a rating of 2000. It is a nice round number and also seen somewhat as a watershed between the amateur and the expert.

So … 2000? How do I get there?

At the moment my maximum rating on the internet chess club http://www.chessclub.com is 1334, which is an improvement of about 150 to 200 since I started playing. Unfortunately, I started two years ago!

Also, I'm playing a lot of email correspondence chess using E4EC http://www.e4ec.org/ . Again, my rating is about 1300 ish on that.

So how to make up the difference? Where can I get an extra 700 points in my rating? I remember reading that Bobby Fischer increased by about 300 points a year … year on year. Even if I was as good as him (which obviously I'm not) it would takes ages.

Well, my new plan is much like Scitcat's http://scitcat.blogspot.com/2005_04_01_scitcat_archive.html - I have just started following Michael de la Maza's Rapid Chess Improvement course. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1857442695/qid=1118218981/sr=8-1/ref=pd_csp_1/103-7125100-8916642?v=glance&s=books&n=507846.
This is a six month course focused on two things: (1) Lots of visualisation exercises to improve your "chess vision" - seeing all the squares a knight can move to etc. I'm doing some of this, but I get a bit bored. I do need to improve my "knight vision" though :) (2) Improving your tactical skills by running through all 1217 chess problems in CT Art, seven times!

So far I am part way through my first cycle and have completed 537 problems, but it is a slog