Saturday, March 24, 2007

At the Gate

Welcome to the very first post from your favorite chess player's favorite chess player: The Rise and Shine Good Knight. In the weeks and months that follow, I will share the pain and glory of true chess dedication (eye of the tiger plays in the background)

And no, I won't be happy until blood actually pours from my forehead.

I'll be using the Chess Tactics for Beginners program for my circles and doing drills simultaneous with the circles every day. I'm hoping to complete my seven CTB circles in far fewer than 127 days but we'll see what happens. In any case, I won't be doing more than 2 hours 40 min of tactical problems each day. Here's the game plan:

1. Concentric Squares Drill
a. Rook
b. Bishop
c. Knight
d. Queen

2. Sight Drill
a. Knight
b. Bishop
c. Rook
d. Queen

3. Knight IQ Drill

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4. The Seven Circles
a. Chess Tactics for Beginners
b. Chess Tactics for Intermediate Players
c. CT-ART 3.0
d. Sharpen your Tactics (book)
e. 1001 Winning Sacrifices and Combinations (book)


The game plan is to work through the Concentric Square Drills as fast as I can, checking my answers with the solutions guide as I go.

Then I'll slow down and really take my time to visualize during the Sight Drills. Finally, I'll speed up again and go through the IQ test as fast as I can. After the exercises I'll get up and walk around for a little while.

Once I've got the blood flowing, I'll jump right into the circles.

That's a 4 hour 40 min commitment each day (gulp)

Wish me Luck! :D

The pain starts March 29.

May God have mercy on my soul.


Pale Morning Dun - Errant Knight de la Maza said...

Huzzah! Welcome to tactical madness. Good luck in your pursuits. I look forward to your future posts. I did the circles and it was tough. Let me just give a piece of advice: find time to play actual chess during your training. You wont regret it.

BlunderProne said...

Another Knight rides the bus...

Great to have some new blood. FInd a routine that works for you.

BTW.. where in Maine are you headed? I grew up in Brunswick but have been "from away" since 1995 following the tech industry.

The Rise and Shine Good Knight said...

Hi! Thanks for your comments, my blog is no longer a ghost town! I just got back from Bar Harbor and it was beautiful :D

I'm really looking forward to contributing as a member of the Knights community and I'll be sure to create a blogroll as soon as I figure out how ;)

Blue Devil Knight said...


The FAQ has a link on how to update sidebars.

Rocky said...

Welcome and good luck in your quest!

Ron said...

Welcome! Good to have you. I'll be adding you to my sidebar shortly...