Wednesday, February 22, 2006



My blitz rating just hit 1450, and I credit the circles. It doesn't seem all that long ago that I thought hitting 1200 blitz was an accomplishment.

I don't consider blitz to be real chess, but it's fun. Surviving the time-pressured, mistake filled, frenzied play can really give me a high, when I win that is. Looking at blitz games afterwards continues to highlight BIG gaps in my play, as well as putting things into perspective. Take this position for example:

Black to Move: is c1=Queen good?

It's actually horrible, and that's just what I did. To prove the point that chess is all about mistakes, my opponent ignored the perpetual check:
41.Qe8+ Kg7 42.Qe7+! Kh6 43.Qh4+ Kg7 44.Qe7+ etc. 1/2-1/2

2b3k1/7p/2Q3p1/4bp2/4p3/4q1P1/6KP/2q2B2 w - - 0 1

I guess a win is a win.


I am starting circles 5 through 7 on TCT Step 3. My focus is on keeping a "game-like" mental approach throughout, which is more difficult than it might sound.

I wanted to say I have noticed that there are many and interesting games and discussions posted recently in the chess blog-o-sphere. Very cool :-D.

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