So WOW....I have had a string of wins, and against some tough opponents. So much so that I am now on the brink of 1400 rating in Online Chess. In fact....I *could* have hit 1400 2 hours ago....if it weren't for....
Yes - my opponent, who is 2 moves from bring checkmated (funny - I've already gone into Conditional Moves, and pre-moved EVERY combination available to him all the way to Checkmate) - went on VACATION.
He has faithfully moved within the 3 days allotted, usually in the 1-2 range, since our game started. It's a Tournament game that, sadly, allows vacation.
So as I sit at 1394 rating....and click on the "Show Rating Change" link (+6 for a win!), and calculate - YES - I will hit 1400 in 2 HOURS!!!
Yes, he's been online numerous times. yes, he has 6-7 OTHER games, also delayed by VACATION.
On a brighter note....I'm 1394 rating!!!! I've been doing loads of Chess Mentor sessions, over and over. I have been doing Tactics Trainer puzzles (although I am now CONVINCED that rating changes are bugged on mobile devices), and diligently reading two books - both by Silman - re-reading a couple chapters in "The Amateur's Mind", and purchases his End Game book on e+Chess Books for the iPad. Here are a few things I've learned in the past 1-2 months...
- Superior Tactical play REALLY CAN win games! Most of my wins in my recent streak have come from superior tactical play.
- Aggressive playing. Silman talks a lot about not worrying about you opponent's plans (too much), and sticking with your plans. Ignoring single-move (baseless) attacks, and pushing forwards for space to create imbalances, and/or take advantage of imbalances. I have done my best to do all of these things, and I can tell you it's taken me from 1200 to 1394 (1400?!?!) in a very short period of time.
- I have been slacking on live games.
- I feel "less" skilled in opening theory since my recent games have been so long, they've been tactical battles for many moves.
1400 vs VACATION.