Wednesday, August 03, 2005


Incremental Chess Improvement

I was thinking about the MDLM approach recently, partially prompted by recent blog criticisms. Comparing my study time verses the time MDLM put in, I would say that I am hoping for 400 points in about 800-900 days.

I started out Step 5 going way too fast and got even worse scores than in circle 1. Now I have slowed to 6 minutes or less per problem and it averages to quite a bit under 4 minutes as some of them pop-out as more obvious.

I found an honest to goodness incorrect answer in TCT. In Step 5, 7a, #10 move 1... d5 is marked it as incorrect but is the best at 3.50 vs playing 1...c5 at 3.07 (Fritz @ depth 11). Horray for instinct!

[Event "Tasc Chess Tutor"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2005.08.03"]
[Round "?"]
[White "White"]
[Black "Black"]
[Result "*"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "r1bqr1k1/pp1p1ppp/1bp2n2/8/3NP3/2NBQP2/PPP3PP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1"]
[EventDate "2005.??.??"]

1... c5 (1... d5 2. Rad1 c5 3. Qg5 h6 4. Qg3 cxd4 5. Nxd5 Nxd5 6. exd5 Qxd5) 2.
Nde2 c4 3. Nd4 cxd3 4. cxd3 d5 5. Nce2 Qd6 *


TCT Results

Circle 1Circle 2
Step 197%99%
Step 293%96%
Step 393%97%
Step 480%86%
Step 574%*75%

Coming up to the end of my first circle I have slowed down a bit too. It makes my results much better and I think I learn from it more as well. I have to keep myself from thinking that the challenge is purely completing a circle!
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