Playing Down

Playing Down

Blunderprone
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Dec 27, 2017

Because of the busy schedule, I committed to chess by starting a club at work during lunch time. There are a lot of folks who “play-only-on-chess.com” and were eager to playing someone who played “seriously” or at least, us...

Making room for chess

Making room for chess

Blunderprone
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Nov 4, 2017

Two years slipped by and it feels like yesterday. Let’s see, since my last post more “life stuff” happened. My other parent was in her last chapter, I changed jobs, kids got married, and lots of travel. Since my last real active ...

Wait, I play chess?

Wait, I play chess?

Blunderprone
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Aug 2, 2015

That’s how it feels this summer. I’ve been caught up with typical life things called work and family. I haven’t been doing anything chess related since my last post and oddly I’m Ok with that.  I’m working on an interesting medical device at work ...

Chalk it up for experience

Chalk it up for experience

Blunderprone
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Apr 4, 2015

 Chess hasn’t been a priority in my life recently. But I LOVE this game and wanted to “enter the arena” at least once a month. I signed up for the Mass G60 one day event.  I played 3 out of 4 games  with a first round forfeiture with my opponent n...

Plateaus and walls: Asking the right questions

Plateaus and walls: Asking the right questions

Blunderprone
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Mar 14, 2015

A couple posts back I touched on the topic of George Leonard’s work on Mastery. The Dabbler, Obsessive and Hacker were mentioned.  Just revisiting this made me more aware lately on how I approach things when I hit the wall or am stuck on a plateau...

Building a better time machine

Building a better time machine

Blunderprone
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Mar 1, 2015

When I say time machine, what I mean is a chess clock. A few years ago I was involved in a project that was to add USB to a chess clock to aid TD and users in general who have trouble setting the chronos or other digital chess clocks especially in...

Mastery: Dabblers, Obsessives, and Hackers

Mastery: Dabblers, Obsessives, and Hackers

Blunderprone
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Feb 20, 2015

From my last post, one reader commented that I should read some books about sports psychology. It reminded me of a book I did read on the subject a few years ago called Mastery: The keys to success and long term fulfillment by George Leonard.  You...

The Psychological Game: Confidence Index

The Psychological Game: Confidence Index

Blunderprone
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Feb 7, 2015

I recently played in a one day G30 event with friends. Despite my deliberate practice honing chess skills with my opening repertoire, positions that may arise and tactics; when you’re off your mark, you will have poor results.  After a draw and th...

The Games I played ( Boston Chess Congress 2015)

The Games I played ( Boston Chess Congress 2015)

Blunderprone
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Jan 17, 2015

                              For me, an adult with a full life outside of chess, there never seems to be enough time to prepare for a tournament, let alone any rust that forms after any long hiatus. I set aside the “poverty mind” ,...

Attempting Deliberate Practice

Attempting Deliberate Practice

Blunderprone
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Jan 7, 2015

I was away over the holiday and became ill, this slowed down my enthusiasm to train for the upcoming tournament on the  weekend of January 10th and 11th.  Despite these life obstacles, I still managed to continue my quest of creating more Cornell ...

On Old Dogs Learning New Tricks:

On Old Dogs Learning New Tricks:

Blunderprone
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Dec 26, 2014

  What does chess improvement , neuroscience, Rolf Wetzell, and Cornell Note taking methods having in common?  For some reason I’ve been putting these concepts in my blender-brain ( or should  that be “blunderprone blender brain”) and trying to m...

Here we go again

Here we go again

Blunderprone
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Dec 19, 2014

I want to thank Jason Oliphant ( at http://www.thegreatpatzer.blogspot.com/) for helping to chisel me out of some sticky amber with his question on whether there is still anyone out there keeping tabs on Adult chess improvement seekers (ACIS) or l...

Peering through the amber...

Peering through the amber...

Blunderprone
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Dec 13, 2014

I recently saw a post by The Great Patzer ( www.thegreatpatzer.blogspot.com) who was looking for what happened to : “A Great deal of people who have enthusiastically blogged in pursuit of higher ratings seem to have left their efforts; while ther...

Part 2 on AoW: Chapter 2 Waging War

Part 2 on AoW: Chapter 2 Waging War

Blunderprone
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Oct 30, 2013

"He who wishes to fight must first count the cost” Since chess costs money to play competitively in rated events,  I thought I’d attempt this chapter line by line and make sense in the chess sense. 1. In the operations of war, where there are in ...

Eidetic Imagery and Total Immersion in Chess

Eidetic Imagery and Total Immersion in Chess

Blunderprone
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Sep 8, 2013

How I found this rabbit hole One of the books I got from dear old dad was Fischer’s “My 60 Memorable games”.  I vaguely recalled a blurb somewhere that Fischer had trained by studying in depth old classic games and was trying to relate some...

Dare I blunder some more?

Dare I blunder some more?

Blunderprone
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Sep 1, 2013

  For the past couple of years, my priorities in life had shifted pushing chess to the bottom shelf behind the therapeutic guitar. One thing I’ve learned is that given time, things do change and shift.  Things tend to level off, a new harmony res...

Chess on a busy schedule and limited resources

Chess on a busy schedule and limited resources

Blunderprone
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Oct 21, 2012

My chess pieces feel so neglected they are about to form their own EMO-punk band singing songs of prolonged neglect and searching for wood chippers. Life has a way of getting real and limiting my ability to enjoy my favorite hobby. My last foray w...

Blunderprone finds chess in Montreal.

Blunderprone finds chess in Montreal.

Blunderprone
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Jul 5, 2012

This past week I’ve been vacationing in Montreal QC with my wife instead of hanging out in Philadelphia with all the other riff-raff at the World Open. I left the chess board behind but could not help keep an eye on the games in the evenings after...

Leaning into the sword

Leaning into the sword

Blunderprone
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Jun 18, 2012

Someone suggested I post a couple of those horrendous games I mentioned from the previous post.   I did a position search in the data base to see where I veered off or my opponent and not to my surprise it was rather early on. Also, I found mysel...

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