Monday, July 02, 2007

Call for teammate, and Circles Update

If any ICC members are out there reading, my team, The King Assassins, is looking for a teammate in the T45/45 League. We play slow time control games, one a week, surprisingly with the time control of 45/45. We need someone rated between 1190 or so and 1236. It is a fun league, and our team is competitive but relaxed about it. If you are interested, please leave a comment or email me!

As for the Circles, I'm plugging away in the final stretch. I'm at that strange point in the fourth problem set where solving most of the problems is, as J'adoube puts it, like playing a video game, just slamming out moves without thinking...

Also, to facilitate finishing these Circles (it's been over a year and I'm just sick of 'em) I'm gonna avoid all opening theory and just play games and do tactics until I'm done. Plus, I really want to smoke that victory cigar! While studying the openings is extremely fun, I just don't need to be focusing on that right now. Hopefully this will free up some of my time and limit the burnout I've started to feel...On days I'm not playing slow games, I'm also trying to limit myself to an hour of chess a day, and limiting my blog intake.

# CirclesPercent Correct
Problem Set 11498-99-100-100-100-100-100
Problem Set 21590-93-96-99-99-99-99-99
Problem Set 3885-93-97-99-99-99-99-100
Problem Set 4573-87-93-96-98
Problem Set 50
NOTE: Circles undertaken with CTB.


Blogger Phil Willis said...

Sorry - you've probably mentioned this in other blog entries, but what is in the problem set 1, 2, 3 etc that you are doing?

How many tactics are in each set? Are the sets progressively harder?
How hard are they? Two-move combos? Five-move monsters?

Thanks for the info. And good luck with the current circle!

7/03/2007 12:59:00 AM  
Blogger Phil Willis said...

Oops - I just found your link to Chess Tactics for Beginners.


7/03/2007 01:02:00 AM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Phil: CTB is broken up into five sets of problems, with about 300 problems each (fewer in the first and fifth set). I'm doing each multiple times instead of all of them at once to avoid burnout, a common problem with the true Circle warriors.

7/03/2007 09:44:00 AM  
Blogger Luke said...

Hi! I'd love to join your team, but my rating is currently 1246 standard, with an all time high of 1266 (I've only been on ICC a couple of weeks).

Maybe I could just drop a couple games ;)

7/03/2007 10:06:00 AM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Too bad, Luke. If you know anyone who would be reliable, send them my way (or to the captain of the team at ICC: Mutaant).

Unfortunately, they do a strange averaging procedure, so your official league rating would be based on your game history rather than just your rating when you joined...

7/03/2007 11:29:00 AM  
Blogger Luke said...

bummer. oh well. I added you as a friend on ICC anyway, hope that's alright. I'd like to play you sometime, I'm a constant reader of your trials and tribulations here on the blog, although I'm not nearly daring enough to undertake the circles.

ICC handle: westfall

7/03/2007 12:21:00 PM  

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