Saturday, January 21, 2006


Circle 4 Complete

Yes! Enough said.

New look, new attitude. I have been considering changing the look of the blog for awhile, and, after many hours of trial and air playing around with hexadecimal color conversions, you have what you see before you. It fits with the diagrams nicely, but I suspect a few readers won't find it that easy to look at. I even think it takes getting used to. I need to fine tune it a little, like coloring of links in the posts, but I don't have the time right now.

After over a year of daily problem-solving I am loosening up about the scheduling. It will be more like 4-7 days a week, 20 minutes or more if I can. Some of this will have to be opening and other types of study/review. Hopefully this will help get me over the GAG factor which returned a little after subsiding during the recent review circles
. Also I am shifting into memorization mode with TCT, and the final circles will be more like mini-circles.

After all these months, I still cannot really tell anyone whether or not going the long route with TCT has forced me to learn it better. Seeing a 1900 player go over a game with someone brought home how incredibly minuscule my improvement is the larger scheme of things, that is when compared with most 1800 + folks. In that light, avoiding early memorization by not doing mini-circles seems a little like nitpicking.

The other big attitude change, or perhaps insistence, is that my chess time be more fun this year.

Lastly, last year Tempo asked me if I had a theory of tactics. I had ideas at the time, but nothing useful or substantive. Now I have something which may be the beginnings of one. It is going to be long, collecting bits of this and that from many months of tactical pondering, put together in typical Spill fashion. Stay tuned for further developments.


TCT Results

Circle 1Circle 2Circle 3Circle 4
Step 197%99%99%100%r
Step 293%96%95%97%
Step 393%97%97%96%
Step 480%86%90%92%
Step 574%



I like the new color scheme.
now i want to know the theory. ;) i like the color scheme too.
I like the colors too. I imagine it mirrors your character.
I'm looking forward for what you have found on theory of tactics. Take your time.
Great fall colors.

Congrats on finishing Circle 4. I am hoping to finish up Step 3 of TCT in the next couple of weeks. It is getting harder...
Congratulations! I have been meaning to tell you that I think you run a really good blog that is insightful and interesting.

You bring up a good point about "fun." This is something that can't really be overemphasized, and has a tendency to get quashed with pure tactical training. It all comes down to playing. If you can manage games OTB or on the internet on a regular basis, I think that is critical to whatever study you do. Playing is where the rubber meets the road, and is something we shouldn't deprive ourselves of. When I was doing the circles, I barely played and nearly burned out.
Thanks all for the feedback.
I what you've done to this place! :)
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