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Been training tactics

After years of playing mindless blitz chess, I finally realized that if I wanted to improve my game I really needed to practice some tactics. So, I've started dedicating about 1.5 hours each day doing some tactics exercises on chesstempo. Initially it was really difficult, but I think I've got the hang of calculating long variations now. I struggled a lot in the 1700s range but sailed smoothly through the 1800s and just crossed the 1900 mark today which feels great. Once I reach 2000, I think I'll start working on some basic endgame stuff. I also played a tournament this year where I scored 5/7, achieving rank 5 among 53 players, and earning a cash prize of Rs. 3000. Chess is awesome. Very Happy

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I've never been any good at it. I either lose horribly or I play so randomly my opponent can't figure out what is going on. I did beat a friend because I had no strategy and he was trying to anticipate my moves. He would come up with a couple possible moves and move his pieces based on that but then I'd do something random and what he had done just wouldn't work. I beat him and of all the chess games I've played (next to none Razz) that was the first I'd won.

I've tried to look at where the pieces can move and if one particular piece moved I'd look at where I'd go and what their next move would be. But I don't think my brain is at that level, I can't remember all those moves so that's probably why I play pieces randomly on the board.
TheGremlyn on Thu Sep 11, 2014 4:04 pm
TG. That sounds like a great technique. Bikerman here seems to be a whizz at anticipating chess moves. Would be interesting to see what he would make with your random moves. Would be nice to revive the Frihost chess games. I never participated, but some of the members had a great time with it.

Codegeek. Never heard of this before. Sounds like a great exercise for one's little brain cells. Well done! Cool
deanhills on Thu Sep 11, 2014 11:26 pm
The way you are doing is good but why don't you try something besides chess. I think if you take some yoga lessons you can improve your concentration of your mind more and take control of the situation whenever in need.

Best of Luck for your games.
Nyasro on Mon Oct 13, 2014 2:55 pm
Hey codegeek, wanna share your learning progress?

I been playing chess since grade school but when I got job, its not often for me to play with others except computer AI.

I feel I lost the excite to this game like before because I never went to real people match. I lost the feeling of being nervous whenever I play even there are no bets. Now its like win or lose, I never care.

Its nice to know people like you still keeping making progress to Chess even at your peak.
zacky on Thu Oct 23, 2014 8:45 pm
Hi zacky,

Sorry for the late reply. I should really turn on notifications for these things. It's great that you played chess previously. I also get why you quit. Sometimes, I too feel like quitting because after losing to people better than me at chess, I feel like I can't improve anymore or that I am no good at this. But then, the game lures me back. I sit down and analyze games and it feels good and empowering. I think my game has improved just a little bit since I started doing the tactics exercises. After I posted this blog, I realized that 1.5 hours a day was too ambitious, since it's difficult to put in the time regularly. So, I've resorted myself to solving tactics puzzles on my phone in my free time, for example when I'm waiting for a friend, or between classes, or in the cafeteria. Basically, I'm never bored! Very Happy

Currently, I am doing some work on my endgame because I feel that's the part of the game I'm weakest at. I am reading Andrew Soltis' book on the endgame. It is laid out in the form of a dialogue between a grandmaster and an amateur player. It's very fun to read, but I doubt how much I can take away from it. Anyway, I also downloaded a database with around 300 endgame positions. After I read the book, I want to play these positions out against my engine, so I know where I'm lacking, and I also find the right plans and moves. I don't really dedicate much time to the game, so it's going to be a long-range plan, something like 6 months to a year I think. But at the end of that, I should be pretty good at endgames. Hopefully. Very Happy

I hope you keep playing chess. If you want an opponent, we could play online on or some site like that.

codegeek on Sat Jan 03, 2015 4:40 am

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