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Status: Chess (2020 - June)
(Text as at 03/07/2020 22:09:07)
(For earlier versions of this Note, see the table at the end)
The text of this report – apart from the automatically-generated statistics – hasn’t been changed since end March 2020 as this project is substantially in abeyance. This report is generated automatically.
Rationale for this Project
- For years I’d been thinking of returning to chess after a very long lay-off; effectively since my school days. Now, it seems, I’ve actually done so.
- For further information, see my Chess Page1.
- I have played – as and when selected – for the Billericay A & B Teams in the North Essex Chess League Divisions 1 & 4 and for the Billericay I Team in Southend & District Chess League, Division 1. Also, in the Billericay Chess Club Championship and any KO competitions Billericay may enter.
- After a decent start in 18Q4, my results have been rather poor, and I lost a bit of confidence towards the end of the 2018/19 season, drawing with – and in one case losing to – a string of weak players. Blunders!
- This season, my results have been terrible, and I had stopped playing even before the whole chess scene (at least “over the board”) went into lock-down mid-March 2020 on account of the coronavirus pandemic.
Summary of Progress during April - June 2020
- I spent 1.75 hours in 20Q2 on this Project, or related work (45 hours YTD, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2019). That's 6.8% of the planned effort (34.6% YTD). Overall, 0.2% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 2.2% YTD) - as against 3.7% planned (5.8% YTD).
- Chess (Total Hours = 1.75)
- I’ve been so fed up with the game I’ve put it on ice, and not even played through or recorded my last two games.
- I seem to have two main problems:-
- Firstly, my opening theory is non-existent, and this has resulted in cramped positions as black, or conceding quick equality as white.
- Secondly, in attempting to play in a more open manner than the stodgy and careful approach of my youth, I’ve left myself open to “tactics” that have resulted in the loss of a piece on many occasions. Sometimes these have arisen where I was routinely winning, and just failed to look at what my opponent was threatening.
- There’s no quick fix to either of these.
- The first requires opening preparation. There’s no reason why I shouldn’t do this.
- There ought to be a “quick fix” to the second, but “just concentrate” is easier said than done. It is said that blitz play sharpens your tactics, so I started to try this out – using 10-minute games against human opponents – on Chess.com – but have not continued. I need to!
- I’ve purchased three books on general strategy and tactics for the club player – I just need to read them!
- While (subject to the caveat above) I do review my games – see2 my Consolidated Results – I’ve not spent much time on study or training.
- Progress (if any) in the current quarter can be obtained from the relevant section of my Summary Task List3.
YTD Activity4: Chess (Total Hours = 45)
- Chess - Reading / Writing
- Chess - Admin (Total Hours = 23.5)
- 19Q3 Status Reports (1.25 hours)
- 19Q4 Status Reports (1 hour)
- 20Q1 Status Reports (0.5 hours)
- Billericay Chess Club: Communications, Admin, Grading, etc. (12 hours)
- Billericay Chess Club: Travel to Matches (5.25 hours)
- Chess - Discussions with Chris (2.5 hours)
→ See "Chess - Admin" (22.5 hours)
- "Ramon y Cajal (Santiago) - On Chess" (1 hour)
- Chess - Play (Total Hours = 12.75)
- Chess - Billericay Chess Club - NECL Match (3.25 hours)
- Chess - Billericay Chess Club - Southend League Match (9.5 hours)
→ See "Chess - Playing" (12.75 hours)
- Chess - Training (Total Hours = 7.5)
- Chess - Chess Dot Com - 10-minute Games (0.5 hours)
- Chess - Chess Dot Com - Review 10-minute Games (1 hour)
→ See "Chess - Chess dot Com" (1.5 hours)
- Chess - Training - Review Club games (6 hours)
→ See "Chess - Training" (6 hours)
Plans for the Near Future:
- I don’t want a repeat of the experience of my youth, so need to allocate a serious amount of effort to learn the theory of the game in order to play properly.
- Unfortunately, given a poor run of form, and because there’s no chess to be had over the board, I’ve reduced the allocation of time yet further to a measly 1 hour / week. Just to keep things ticking over for now while I decide what to do next.
- So, the following list is nonsense, but I can’t be bothered to waste time updating it:-
- Why Play Chess: Seriously consider the issues raised by "Ramon y Cajal (Santiago) - On Chess".
- Chess Study:-
→ "Hansen (Carsten) - The Full English Opening: Mastering the Fundamentals",
→ "Ris (Robert) - Crucial Chess Skills for the Club Player: Volume 1",
→ "Ris (Robert) - Crucial Chess Skills for the Club Player: Volume 2",
→ "Sadler (Matthew) & Regan (Natasha) - Game Changer: AlphaZero's Groundbreaking Chess Strategies and the Promise of AI",
→ "Speelman (Jon), Tisdall (Jon) & Wade (Bob) - Batsford Chess Endings",
→ "van der Sterren (Paul) - FCO - Fundamental Chess Openings", and
→ "Willemze (Thomas) - The Chess Toolbox: Practical Techniques Everyone Should Know".
- Chess Training:-
→ Chess.com (game analysis & daily 10-minute game),
→ "Chess - Chess - YouTube Videos"
→ Complete review of 2018/19 season's games, and keep up to date with those of the current season.
- Chess Play: Participation5 if and when play resumes in Billericay Chess Club:-
→ Club Nights
→ NECL matches
→ Southend League matches
→ Consider on-line club play
Summary of Progress to Date (since October 2018)
- I have now produced statistics similar to those for Bridge6, my Consolidated Results. Follow the PGN links for the actual games.
- Also, see what comes “free” with The ECF Grading Database.
- Enough of an indication of progress has been given above, though see also my Chess Page7.
In-Page Footnotes:Footnote 2: Footnote 4:
- As this project is substantially inactive, I don’t update the text quarterly as for the active projects, but only at the end of the academic year.
- If there are hours in the Plan, the Quarterly and YTD figures appear against that plan and are “as at” the end of the last Quarter.
- The YTD Activity-list is to make the end-year task easier, and to give a clearer idea of what – if anything – has been going on in the interim.
- Items on this list are “as at” the date of production of the report – which may be at any time in a quarter, so totals don’t necessarily cross-cast against the QTD / YTD figures.
- This used to say "full participation", but I've let the team captain know that my focus is now on Bridge, and that - while I'm willing to "fill a board" - I don't want to take the place of anyone more enthusiastic.
- In any case, there's now no over the board chess to be had.
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