Friday, July 13, 2007

Gotdammit I've been tagged..

What is your blogger name and URL?

Rise and Shine at

How did you learn about the circles?
I saw Rapid Chess Improvement at Borders and after going over a few pages I had to get it.

When did you learn about the circles?
This was in early March 2007.

How long have you been going through the circles or how long did it take if you finished?
I've been working on them since the end of March. So about four months and some days now.

How is your progress?
It's off and on. I have 2 to 3 week spans where I'm able to put in a bunch of work every day, but unfortunately other things sometimes demand my attention. I think I'm doing alright though, I'll definitely be done soon.

Does working with the circles alone work for chess improvement, or is it more helpful to join the Knights?
It helps a lot to join the Knights because you'll feel more guilty if you stop, so you have some good motivation to keep going.

Are you a scholastic player?
Nope. I might as well be though ;)

Would you recommend the circles to a scholastic player?
Most definitely. As long as he's a willing participant and not being tortured by his father. Because that will turn him off to the game in the long run.

Do you use other training methods to supplement the circles?
I do 15 min of blindfold chess exercises a day, although I stopped doing them due to my recent tactical surge. I'll throw them back in pretty soon though. I also keep coming back to Silman's Complete Endgame Course as my rating increases. I've read Weapons of Chess a few times for some basic strategy. I also like to watch the ChessMaster 10th edition Academy lessons while I'm eating lunch or dinner. Most importantly though, I play and analyze one 45-60 min game each day and record the moves and make notes in a moleskin notebook.

Any general comments about chess training or the circles?
It's the second most important thing you need to do in order to improve. Playing and analyzing being the most important.

Down Under Knight, you're it!


Blue Devil Knight said...

Cool beans.

Now you have to tag someone. Don't you know how to play tag!? :)

Note I've already been tagged and there are no tagbacks.

The Rise and Shine Good Knight said...

ooops I forgot about that. I tag the Down Under Knight!