Saturday, March 03, 2007

Recent lesson

I had a chess lesson Thursday night after two weeks off. It was nice to meet up with coach again. It seemed to reinvigorate my chess enthusiasm. We went over some games. Mostly I suffered from inactive play in the endgame. In the endgame, they say, it is especially important to have active pieces. Perhaps my newfound appreciation of activity (discussed in the previous two posts) will help me out.

When I told him about my definition of piece activity, he leant me Soltis' book Rethinking the chess pieces, which looks very cool. He found no major problems with my definition, and thought the book would help fill things out in my mind some.

We also spent quite a bit of time going over an anti-Tartakower system (from the black perspective), as I got crushed in one such system playing black.

I'm in the middle of Circle 3.4. I'm also doing 5 or so problems a day from CT-Art. There is actually a fair bit of overlap between CT-Art level 10 problems and CTB Stage 3.

# CirclesPercent Correct
Problem Set 11498-99-100-100-100-100-100
Problem Set 21590-93-96-99-99-99-99-99
Problem Set 3385-93-97
Problem Set 40
Problem Set 50
NOTE: Circles undertaken with CTB.


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