Sunday, October 29, 2006

Mistakes get me to 1200

While it seems long ago that I started, my goal with all this is to reach a solid 1200 level at ICC. A little over a year and a half ago, I was at about 950 at ICC. Within a couple of months I was at about 1050, where I stayed for about a year. Then I was solidly hovering around 1100 where I have been for about six months. Strangely, I have won about seven slow games in a row after taking a break from slow games, which has given me a rating high of 1207!

This does not reflect my actual chess skills. Half of the games have been decided by gross errors on my opponents' part (leaving pieces en prise). In one game, the guy resigned after move eight in an even game. Odd.

I now feel fairly confident that when these circles are over, and I reliably use my thought process, I should be a solid 1200 player.

Then I'll relax, play some master games, and start to learn a little something about the endgame. In other words, once these tactical and mating motifs are embedded in memory, I'll start to focus on fun and balance.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


10/29/2006 03:30:00 PM  
Blogger takchess said...

Half of the games have been decided by gross errors on my opponents' part (leaving pieces en prise).

A 1200 player who does not make gross errors
is a 1400 player. It sounds like you are on your way. congrats and enjoy 8)

10/29/2006 04:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Darn, that record of you at Troyis is hard to beat!

10/30/2006 06:09:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Tempo: level 11 is really hard. I have only solved it twice. Also, to give away a secret: I signed up for the game (20 dollars US), and when you do that the board is larger as there are no ads. This helped me a lot. Also, playing on a desktop with a hand-held mouse it is easier to move the knight around quickly.

10/31/2006 12:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A few days ago I discovered CTS and got hooked. My initial 1500 rating dropped in minutes below 1000. I am now around 1150 after more than 1300 tries. Am I too "novice" to play at ICC?

First time on this blog...

12/21/2006 09:09:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Juan: there's a huge range of players at ICC. I'm sure you'd be fine.

12/22/2006 12:32:00 AM  

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