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cigoL - the Pledging Pawn Pusher

Ramblings by cigoL about chess, and his way to master level


    • Learning to swim with fish

      Today I started a new training regimen with my chess engine, Stockfish.  I played the first 10 moves of 10 games in a row with the White pieces, against Stockfish, set at a search depth of 5 ply (which should equal a rating of about 1600). All g... | Read More

      • cigoL
      • | Nov 28, 2011
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    • Games against Game Explorer

      Here is my first "game against Game Explorer". I will post more in time. The idea is simple, I choose a side, and play my moves, then I pick one of the top three replies from the database, and without looking at the list of moves, I make my next m... | Read More

      • cigoL
      • | Nov 28, 2011
      • | 806 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Something is rotten

      I was better at chess two weeks ago, than I am now. I don't know what's happening, but certainly things are not going in the right direction. I'm losing almost every game I play, and my Tactics Trainer rating has gone downhill quite a bit too.  ... | Read More

      • cigoL
      • | Nov 26, 2011
      • | 954 views
      • | 11 comments
    • When the engine shelved the Latvian

      Until today my favorite Black opening has been the Latvian Gambit. But after playing with my new toy, Stockfish, for some hours, I have decided to put the Latvian Gambit to rest. I've enjoyed playing the Latvian Gambit, and I think I've learned qu... | Read More

      • cigoL
      • | Nov 24, 2011
      • | 1296 views
      • | 41 comments
    • My worst loss

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      • cigoL
      • | Nov 21, 2011
      • | 775 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Just lost 50+ rating points

      I just lost more than 50 rating points, in a manner of minutes, since I resigned a handful of turn-based games, since I think I learn little from playing these games.  I will not play any more turn-based games this year.  Further, I will not p... | Read More

      • cigoL
      • | Nov 20, 2011
      • | 590 views
      • | 7 comments
    • 700 hours with chess!

      Eureka! I'm now more than 2/3 of the way to my first 1,000 hours. With a little luck, I will pass the 1,000 hour mark before the end of the year. Well, let's see. 700 hours! It's hard to believe. It's been 13 days since the 600 hour mark, and abou... | Read More

      • cigoL
      • | Nov 18, 2011
      • | 789 views
      • | 0 comments
    • 600 hours with chess

      Just a quick note, to say I passed 600 hours with chess today.  It's been 15 days since I passed 500 hours, so I average about 50 hours weekly. Pretty good. Especially considering having three days without power, heat and running water, due to h... | Read More

      • cigoL
      • | Nov 5, 2011
      • | 478 views
      • | 3 comments
    • How to use the Tactics Trainer

      Tactics are paramount, if you want to get better at chess. And Chess.com's Tactics Trainer is a great tool for helping you with this important training. However, instead of just bashing through thousands of tactical problems with the Tactics Train... | Read More

      • cigoL
      • | Oct 22, 2011
      • | 1274 views
      • | 3 comments
    • 500 hours with chess!

      Eureka! I've just passed another landmark on my way to chess excellence: 500 hours of practice and play - in less than 12 weeks, averaging more than 43 hours weekly. I began studying chess sometime in August this year, inspired by Dan McLaughlin,... | Read More

      • cigoL
      • | Oct 21, 2011
      • | 808 views
      • | 0 comments