Friday, March 30, 2007


The first day of the regimen was intense. Unfortunately I was only able to do 30 min of tactical problems, so much for the scheduled 2 hour 40 min :(

I'll chalk that up to waking up at 4 am for the bus ride back to Boston, or at least that's my rationalization :/

Today will be different though, I'm going to start at 11 AM rather than 7 PM and hopefully complete a full day :D


Concentric Squares
a. rook -> 8:30
b. bishop -> 14:26
c. knight -> 30:07
d. queen -> 2:18

Sight Drill
a. knight -> 4:35
b. bishop -> 5:44
c. rook -> 7:19
d. queen -> 9:24

IQ Test -> 10:38

Seven Circles
a. 1st circle -> 72/1312


The rook concentric square drills were pretty straightforward, although I did miss one at the beginning. I found a few errors in the bishop solutions on diagrams 25 and 62, so I should have those errors fixed and a new solutions manual up for download on the next post. If anyone discovers additional errors, please let me know and I'll update :) The knight drills were a little bit trickier, but mostly just time consuming in checking the answer.

Doing the sight drills made me feel like I was looking into one of those magic eye paintings, a couple of times I had to get up for water because I felt a little dizzy :P

The knight sight drills went well once I realized that the squares the knight attacked would be opposite the color square the knight occupied. Once I realized that, the squares popped out much easier. I also noticed I have some difficulty visualizing the queen's squares. I'll need to put in a lot more work before those squares pop out without calculation.

The IQ test was very relaxing and the most fun out of all the drills, I really recommend everyone to use it in their programs, it really breaks up the monotony.

I only did 30 min of tactical problems in CTB (sniffle) but I'm going to come a lot harder on day two >:D.


takchess said...

Springs coming. Perhaps I will see you at au bon pan in Harvard Square by the chess players.

Good Luck

The Rise and Shine Good Knight said...

I'll be there :)

Blue Devil Knight said...

Intense. I still have trouble making the queen's squares popout, as there are so many and they go all over the place. I envision the squares like a starburst.

One reason I kept bugging you about putting the queen on that cheat sheet is that it will be so useful to use it on the lunch hour, with the board pictures there.

Do you literally mean an IQ test? That is one of the strangest things I've heard. Are you still in school?

The Rise and Shine Good Knight said...

I'll include the queen in the solutions on my next post :)

It's more of a Chess IQ test, the link to where I got it from is in my first post.

Blue Devil Knight said...

Thank goodness you didn't mean a real IQ test. That would suggest you...have...problems!!!