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Birdsell’s June Bounty (Intermediate Rapid & Classical)

Birdsell

I, Birdsell, being of sound-ish mind and relatively healthy body, do hereby declare that if I do not complete all tasks in the ChessGoals Intermediate Rapid & Classical plan, including the Maximize tasks, for four consecutive weeks starting June 1st, I will award a study plan to any ChessGoals forum member who posts four weekly updates in the month of June 2021. Progress will be tracked weekly in the Chess.com forums.

IgnoratioElenchi33

I'm in! tongue.png

Good luck with your training plan!

SmarterChess
IgnoratioElenchi33 wrote:

I'm in!

Good luck with your training plan!

Great! Let's go Birdsell!!

PrestaJay

Go Birdsell! You can do it!

RaymondL2007

How do I make a forum and share it to here?

SmarterChess

There should be a "new topic" button on the right, or on this page https://www.chess.com/clubs/forum/chess-goals

Birdsell

Hi RaymondL2007! If you click the green “New Topic” button, you’ll be able to add a post to the forum.

RaymondL2007

Ok, thanks. Should I just do all the tasks I got in the email from you guys?

SmarterChess

If you do all of the calendar tasks you qualify

RaymondL2007

Alright, thanks

Birdsell

Day 1 of the bounty is here! I’m going to continue from where I am currently in the Intermediate Classical/Rapid plan, so this will be week 6. I started it up yesterday (don’t worry, I won’t count it towards the challenge!) and got through Efficient and Maximize tasks pretty quickly, probably too quickly.
I’ll be posting updates to this post every few days for the month of May. Looking forward to see how this whole challenge goes!

SmarterChess

Good luck! I love the look of this printable sheet.

Birdsell

UPDATE: Thursday seems as good a day as any to provide a midweek update, so here goes. I’m on track after four days with the challenge. I’ve actually been maximizing the ‘Maximize’ tasks, which has been an absolute disaster for my blitz rating. I’ll not be doing any extra blitz play in the future.

Today I have a ChessGoals tactics class in the morning, then I’ll start working through the daily tasks. 
 

Birdsell

Week one of my bounty challenge is complete! Holy COW is it a lot of chess! Last week had two longer format games, a 30|30 June event with the ChessGoals Discord crew and the Lichess 45|45 league match. That there was four hours of chess in two games! It’s a good thing my wife has hobbies of her own...

I almost missed a game analysis last Friday. I had played a blitz game and told myself that I would analyze it later. It got to be 10:30 at night, I was already in bed, and I remembered I still had to run through the opening! Whoops! My takeaway there is that I need to make certain I have time for the game AND the analysis before I start playing. On to week two!

RaymondL2007

Haha, good luck!

 

SmarterChess

Nice work!

arghasen

Nice work @Birdsell. Love that tracking sheet

Birdsell

Today marks the halfway point of this bounty and I’m still plugging away! This is a LOT of chess. My wife hasn’t left me (yet) though she did ask if I loved chess more than her. The juggling of family/social commitments and a 17+ hour a week chess schedule is a lot to deal with. My ChessGoals Discord match from Sunday is a prime example.

Long format game, but we were celebrating at the in-laws’ house. I tried to block out an hour and a half, but between nieces and nephews, dogs, and inquisitive relatives, I had a predictable result. It’s hard to fit it all in and frustrating to not be able to try your best. Thankfully chess is a game and nobody is paying me to play, so I try not to take losses TOO badly.

RaymondL2007
Wow, keep going, you are so close!!!

 

SmarterChess

You're doing great! You set a very high bar for yourself plus you have work, family life, and other hobbies. It's all downhill to the finish line of this bounty :-)