Monday, March 13, 2006


Step 3 Complete!

Circles 5-7 DONE! Most of the time I gave the problems proper consideration, and I admit I occasionally saw some new aspects in some positions on the seventh circle. I think another bit of review time is upon me.

I went through another annotated game in The Art of Logical Thinking. In Nunn vs Solokov on move 18 (p. 49), I wonder why McDonald didn't analyze White sacrificing the exchange.

18. Rxf6 gxf6 19. Nxf6+!

seems worth considering, where the Black King will be forced onto either the d or f file, thus allowing the a-1 Rook to essentially develop with tempo. Black's Bishop and Rooks are not developed and White is more active. The resulting position is a bit beyond me, and I would have appreciated some master help.
This book continues to drive home how frequently GMs are doing 2 or even 3 things in a turn. This is exactly what I am not doing, which seems to be indicated in my blitz play and rating. I am not seeing alot of what is on the board, and on average I am having less ideas, especially as compared to last month. After thinking about it awhile, I have concluded that the boost in blitz performance last month was due to working on the "Simultaneous Advantage" document. I worked on it for three months, and, combined with the circles, I must have been in a better tactical state of mind. Soon after I finished it, I stopped thinking about it (as it was done), and now something has faded from my play. For me, learning tactics is the opposite of learning how to ride a bike; any tactical theme can be forgotten, sometimes rather quickly.

Anyway, as a remedy I am going to review my own darn post and post-mortem my games more from a simultaneous advantage point of view.


TCT Results

Circle 1Circle 2Circle 3Circle 4Circle 5Circle 6Circle 7
Step 197%99%99%100%r
Step 293%96%95%97%96%99%100%
Step 393%97%97%96%96%98%99%
Step 480%86%90%92%
Step 574%77%83%87%

When I did TCT for the first time it happened rather often that I learned a new theme, which appeared in the very next game. What raises the question: was that possibility there in previous games too but did I not recognize it because I didn't know it? It happened to me often that that moment was the only time I was aware of that theme. As if that theme happened only once in my games, coinciding with the study of that theme.
You must be synchronistic! That rarely has happened to me, although sometimes similarities to something I just saw in a problem has helped my defense.
Can you see simple tactics instantly yet?
Hmm...I would say that some tactics certainly "pop" out faster, but I still blunder if I rush things.
Indeed the rook sac is THE line preferred by Fritz. I don't know if you ran the computer analysis on it. Very strong. I'll give McDonald a little slack, because he's such an entertaining writer. Hands above the rest in my opinion. Good eye.
Thanks PMD. I really couldn't figure it out, so I did use Fritz to see the details. Complicated position! I was surprised how it thought ...Kf7 was much better than anything else. Not what I guessed at all.
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