Friday, June 24, 2005


TCT Circle 1 Complete

That was alot of problems! My average score was 74% for Step 5, but that is probably inflated a percent or two because of TCT's requirement of finishing 10 problems per group before it saves your results. I just couldn't get through some of these later groups in a 30-40 min. session, so I ended up doing a "redux" on some them the following day to keep getting a total score.

I long for the mini-circles :-). I hope by doing TCT the long way I will be building a better variation calculation muscle. If all you want is pure memorization, I definitely think mini-circles are the way to go.

I got an ICC account and am playing when I can. I seem to be playing a little worse than before I began this intensive tactical study, and although it was fairly easy for me to get to 1535, it honestly seems inflated due to horrible blunders by a few of my opponents. I have gotten into some blitz there, so I will need to keep that in check (ha ha).


Tactic from a blitz game that I missed under time pressure:

White to move.


Finished TCT Circle 1
Result step 1: Average score 97 %
Result step 2: Average score 93 %
Result step 3: Average score 93 %
Result step 4: Average score 80 %
Result step 5: Average score 74 %

Finished circle 2 of book problems 204-218

Congrats! I hope to join the ranks of those who have worked through TCT once soon....Don't wait up for me.
is this tactic forced? what if the king moves instead of taking the rook?
Congrats on the circle completion.
Takchess, the King can only walk in another fork.
ah I see it now. You can say I missed it without time pressure
thanks Jim
Yes, Rf8+! Ke7?? Ng5+ allows White to keep his Rook.
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