### MDLM invented the mini-circle

Michael de la Maza, it turns out, anticipated how difficult the Circles would be for people with a life, and recommended mini-circles in his second article:

It's funny rereading his articles, as he says to do the Circles on 'simple' problems. But how many people think CT-Art problems are simple? Perhaps when he started he was not all that horrible at tactics. I used the software Chess Tactics for Beginners, which was great. Start with mate in one, and work up to three to five move combinations.

Although this study plan was designed for class players, you may find that it requires too much time to complete. If so, you should shorten the calendar time devoted to [the Circles], but maintain the overall structure. For example, suppose that you want to complete [the Circles] in two weeks instead of four months. Do this by choosing 200 problems and implementing an 8-4-2-1 plan: Do an average of 25 problems per day for 8 days, 50 problems per day for 4 days, 100 problems on average for 2 days, and all 200 problems on the final day. In the 8 day circle, give yourself 5 minutes to find the first move and 5 minutes to find the remaining moves. Divide this by four when you move to the 4 day circle and give yourself 30 seconds per problem in the 2 day and 1 day circles.Good to know. That's basically what I did with five sets of about 250 problems.

It's funny rereading his articles, as he says to do the Circles on 'simple' problems. But how many people think CT-Art problems are simple? Perhaps when he started he was not all that horrible at tactics. I used the software Chess Tactics for Beginners, which was great. Start with mate in one, and work up to three to five move combinations.