Friday, November 11, 2005
Between my continuing advetures at work--we're releasing a cool new product the week after Thanksgiving--and my complete hypnosis by The Chess Tactics Server (CTS), I haven't done much analysis of my games, or any other chess work, in about two months.
What I have done, is about seven thousand problems at CTS. I can get in 50 to 100 at lunch time, and every time I sit down at the computer in the evening intending to analyse games or work on openings, I start by "warming up" with a few problems--and 200 problems later, it's time for bed.
This weekend and next is the Marshall Chess Club Fall Futurity. I'm intending to play 7 of the 9 rounds (taking byes Sunday evenings). Considering I've done no preparation at all, I've stumbled into an experiment about the use of tactical problems as training: if I play well it will be evidence that tactical training is very helpful even for a relatively high-rated player--de la Maza fans rejoice! If I play badly, it will be evidence of, er, something else.
Here's a game I played back in August, where I got positionally crushed by IM Jay Bonin. It's the last game I did any work on before CTS ate my brain.