Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A New Plan

My daily tactics drills are paying off. I start the day in a zen state solving tactics problems for 15-20 minutes. This routine has brought me up to 1846.6 at but it has also been my road to the depressing insight that my ICC skills are roughly half my chesstempo skills!

Ergo: In order to do some good for my U1200 Team4545 I had better reach 2400 at chesstempo pretty soon!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Some notes

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Winning Streak!

Holy cow! I did my debut in a warm-up team league called "Korpen" tonight. Last season I played three games and scored zero points. Our team, average ranking at least 250 points below the second worst team, scored a few draws.

Tonight we struck gold! We started off neatly with a walk-over win at one of the three tables.

I had tried to book up a little on my black repertoire but for some reasons I found myself behind the white pieces. Yikes, two moves and I reached the end of my Opening knowledge. Anyhow, my dear opponent played a few generous moves and I came out ahead! A win! Win-win-win, baby!

Modesty? No more..... or maybe....

I will post a few notes on my game in a day or two.

Friday, September 11, 2009


I took a semi-vacation from chess after a series of extremely bad games. I was amazed that I still could play that bad without a hidden agenda and I had to measure my height twice a day to double check if my head had fallen off.

Now is a good time to start to play my A game as my only live tournament for the year has started. I benched myself for the first round but I will be on the team and in the gun smoke on Tuesday.

I swear by my daily 15-30 minutes of Tactics Problems and reached a new ATH at chesstempo today: 1808.3

If that rating is anywhere near a remote image of my true chess skills, then I think it is about time to beat my fellow 1200's at ICC with some frequency.