Thursday, March 22, 2007

Phase 3 complete!

It's late. Too late. A long day at work (6 hour surgical procedure on a rat's brain among other things). Here I am sitting at lab waiting for Mr Rat to wake up from anesthesia, and I completed 301 tactical problems on my eighth circle in Phase 3 of Chess Tactics for Beginners. Phase 3 (out of five total) is done!

Strangely, I needed fewer circles on this Phase before I was solving the problems 'by hand' rather than by thinking about them. Perhaps I am learning to learn tactics?

I can't wait to start Phase 4: it will be nice to see some new problems. Phase 3 was pretty tricky (for those who've done CT-Art, Phase 3 of CTB is about equivalent to level 10 of CT-Art, though a wee bit easier). I predict 83 percent correct in my first circle of Phase 4.

The above Escher piece is called 'Spirals or Circles?'. Which do you think it depicts?

# 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 40
Problem Set 50
NOTE: Circles undertaken with CTB.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

go to sleep you idiot

3/22/2007 04:31:00 AM  
Blogger rockyrook said...

Keep up the good work!

Rat brain surgery? What do you do for a living?

3/22/2007 09:07:00 AM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Rocky: I'm a neuroscientist (I study the rat nervous system).

anonymous: thanks for spreading your unique brand of inter-love. I'll be sure, when it is you in the pentobarbitol slumber, to not stay up late to make sure you don't have complications.

3/22/2007 09:58:00 AM  
Blogger BlunderProne said...

Heh, did you ever have a chance to read through my Come from behind victory analysis post on my blog? I'd be interested in your feedback along with some of the other knights.

3/23/2007 12:12:00 AM  
Blogger transformation said...

greetings... too late in the wee hours for meaningful converstion or comment, just: hello, and, as always, bravo. dk

3/23/2007 08:12:00 AM  
Blogger Tom Chivers said...

I think it depicts . . . a migraine!

3/23/2007 01:58:00 PM  
Blogger takchess said...

I imagine after your circles you will become less timid. You will have the advantage of knowing that you win material when you execute a combination rather than base it on intuition (should read...hope) like I often do. perhaps you should look to force yourself to sack some pieces unsoundly and see if you can get yourself out of a jam. Or at least to explore lines that you see potential and cannot calculate fully. After all its just ratings and can be gained back quickly. It be interesting to determine if I lose more games to over agressiveness than you lose to passiveness. I have got tired of chess tactics for beginners and figure I will take another run at CT-art

3/23/2007 03:25:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Level 4 of CTB is definitely a step harder than Level 3. 3-5 move problems are the norm, whereas in Level 3 it was almost all two move problems.

3/23/2007 05:57:00 PM  

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