Thursday, December 30, 2004

Day 4 - Starting 6!!! Circles

Yesterday, I bought "303 Tricky Checkmates" and "More Chessercizes: Checkmate." That brings my total of problems to 1533. I'm going to be doing a 96 - 48 - 24 - 12 - 6 - 3 (6-Circles Plan). The total of days is now going to be 189 rather than 127. I changed the plan because of the hightened number of problems. I think that the order of difficulty is:

1. 303 Tricky Checkmates
2. More Chessercizes: Checkmate
3. 365 Ways to Checkmate
4. The ChessCafe Puzzle Book

That is also the order I plan to do them. If I need to, I can substitute some of dejascacchi's sets of 100. (The 2 last puzzle books I mentioned in the list are very high quality, nice books, but you pay extra for that. The first two are fairly easy problems with a few errors here and there, and the price mirrors that.)

On Tuesday I had completed 115 puzzles of "366 Ways to Checkmate." Yesterday, I did 124 problems from both "303 Tricky Checkmates" and "More Chessercizes: Checkmate." Today, I did about 100 problems.

If I can, I want to do a 48 - 24 - 24 inside of the 96 (48+24+24=96) and then resume the plan as scheduled.

I realize that my plan is ambitious, but If I can make it a habit of studying every night, I have a chance at making it all the way. I wanted to speed up the 96-day cycle so that I can improve enough to see results at my high school's chess club and go to the state tourney again. :)

On Tuesday it was 115 out of 1533, 1418 to go.
On Wednesday it was 239 out of 1533, 1294 to go.
Today it is 339 out of 1533, 1194 to go.

1.5 hrs completed, 5 total (rating same)


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