Thursday, May 31, 2007
hello brick wall, it's me again
Tactical Study: I trained units 16-21 in PCT 2007, 200 CTS puzzles, fifty 1.c4 opening traps (twice), and a knight vision exercise (four times).
For the second week in a row, my CTS rating didn't go up--it's still hovering around 1326. Another brick wall has inexplicably appeared on the road to chess mastery. But I've climbed walls before. I will climb this one!
On the plus side, I'm solving 96% of the puzzles correctly.
Games: I played fifteen 2+12 blitz games on FICS and annotated them.
I usually play for a winning endgame, but since reading Euwe's Master vs Amateur, I'm attacking more often in the middlegame. He says if you have a development lead, you must break open the center and attack!
My attacks often lead to a won position, but then I miss a key continuation, and suddenly my opponent's back in the game. If the game reaches an endgame I usually win, even if I'm down a couple pawns.
Life: My family is visiting this weekend! :)