Saturday, November 04, 2006

Great new chess training blog

Creatively called Chess-training, it is a new chess blog with lots of good stuff for improving club players. It has very well-written and helpful posts. One of the few blogs in recent memory that I liked so much I felt compelled to go back and read through all the old posts. I'm sure someone else has probably mentioned it when it first started (when it included only comments on the chess World Championship Match), but it has much more than match commentary.

BTW, does anyone know who the author of the blog is? His name is Mark. Based on the writing, I'd guess he is 2000+. (Note added: it appears he is markgravitygood at ICC, with a present rating of around 1800...thanks to Fierabras for finding that. It just goes to show that you don't have to be a GM to write good chess.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This could well be GM Mark Hebden (2545)! He is a English GM who is playing in the same 4NCL team as Susan Lalic.

In one of his posts he quite enthusiastically sings a 'happy birthday' to her.

11/04/2006 10:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did some further investigation. It is not Mark Hebden, but a player from the USA: check out markgravitygood

11/04/2006 10:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oops, bad link, this is the right one:


11/04/2006 10:32:00 AM  
Blogger Sancho Pawnza said...

Thanks for getting me hooked on Troyis.

11/04/2006 12:16:00 PM  
Blogger Sancho Pawnza said...

Thanks to your addictive little game I can't even look at a tiled floor without seening knight move patterns.

11/04/2006 02:56:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Sancho: hee hee. Yes, it will suck one in. I stopped once I finshed level 11. It was tough though.

It's always like "Just one more game."

11/04/2006 04:21:00 PM  
Blogger Sancho Pawnza said...

I tasted Level 17 and now I want more.

11/05/2006 01:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Level 17? My hands just don't move fast enough. With luck level 11, but usually level 9

11/05/2006 04:07:00 AM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Level 17 is insane! You must have broke 1 million in score. Dam!!

11/05/2006 10:10:00 AM  
Blogger Sancho Pawnza said...

I wish I had broken the 1,000,000 point barrier. On average you get into that a level 20, some 19 level players have done it but very few.
I ended up with 750,000 something.

The main thing is you have to keep moving. A lot of times there is only one path through certain areas. Clear out as much as you can without wasting time. Believe it or not the more you clear the easier it is to establish a path for a return visit.
A good rule of thumb is you have to be able to clear the first 10 levels with a large surplus of time remaining. The weird thing is after level 12 they seemed easier. Level 12 is my Achilles heal for some odd reason.
If tired forget about playing, on the good runs I'm able to see several lines in advance. When tired I see one or two next moves.

11/05/2006 02:05:00 PM  
Blogger takchess said...

11/05/2006 09:40:00 PM  

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