Training Update

Apr 5, 2009, 1:48 AM |

Continued to work my daily tactics problems. Still in the 2000-2200 range rating wise. I increased my success % by a couple tenths of a percent. 

I have started to work through Reti's Masters of the Chess Board. I have finished the sections on Adolf Anderssen and Paul Morphy. I have been pulling the games up in Chessbase, and putting it in training mode after removing any annotations, and then going through the game selecting candidate moves, analyzing, and choosing a move, and then comparing it to what was played, playing the response and starting over again. Once I have completed the game that way, I play through it a second time reading Reti's comments in the book.

I also spent a short amount of time this week looking at a line in the 2.c3 sicilian. I am looking to play the closed sicilian, or the 2.c3 sicilian. I imagine I will try playing both. I got a copy of Emm's Starting Out: The 2.c3 Sicilian at Border's with a 40% off coupon this week. 

I worked a bit further in Silman's Amateur's Mind earlier this week as well.

This weekend I spent some time looking at some different sources about thought process including Dvoretsky's Attack & Defense, Kotov's Think Like a Grandmaster, and Tisdall's Improve Your Chess Now. At the recommendation of Dvoretsky in his work, I ordered a used copy of Gufeld's game collection My Life in Chess, which is supposed to have some good articles of thought process and move selection. 

Favorite quotes of the week:

"I don't think like a tree - do you think like a tree?" - GM Anatoly Lein

"Shave on somebody else's face" - GM Arnold Denker