Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Day 5 Bitches!


The problems in CTB are definitely getting harder, plus I'm probably a little rusty after my two day hiatus. All in all though, I think I'm making good time :)

DAY 5
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Concentric Squares
a. rook -> 5:39
b. bishop -> 10:04
c. knight -> 16:47
d. queen -> 2:22

Sight drills
a. knight -> 3:44
b. bishop -> 3:48
c. queen -> 7:53

IQ Test -> 5:27

Seven Circles
a. 1st circle -> 735/1312
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I breezed by the drills pretty quickly today, probably because I stopped tapping the board and just visualized. I forgot my board and wasn't about to start tapping on my laptop screen ;)

When doing the sight drills, I found it helpful to look at another area of the board while trying to keep the path visible in my peripheral vision. Because even if you can make a piece's squares easily pop out while focusing on it, it won't help you in a real game if your sight goes away while trying to move your other pieces. I really should've been doing this from day 1, oh well..

In some alarming news not related at all to chess, my wife saw a cyclist get hit by a cab, fly in front of a truck, and die :O

She saw some things on the street that really ought to stay inside of your body :P (ugh..)

The moral of the story is to always look both ways.

In more important news, I received my copy of Silman's endgame course! I've never studied endgames before, so naturally I'm real excited to start :D

I'll probably read the first chapter of the book and play some games on FICS (Free Internet Chess Server) to close out the day :)

As always, don't die.

2 comments:

Blue Devil Knight said...

Are you in phase 3 or 4 of CTB? I am finding Phase 4 a significant leap up in difficulty compared to 3.

The Rise and Shine Good Knight said...

I've done about 15 problems into phase 4 and you're right, the problems have gotten a lot more interesting :)

I have to look at the solution for about every 2 or 3 problems now, as opposed to 1 out of 10 before.