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

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

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