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Status: Chess (2019 - December)

(Text as at 19/01/2020 23:41:17)

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Rationale for this Project


Summary of Progress during October - December 2019
  1. I spent 29.75 hours in 19Q4 on this Project, or related work (29.75 hours YTD, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2019). That's 57.5% of the planned effort (57.5% YTD). Overall, 4.4% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 4.4% YTD) - as against 6.7% planned (6.7% YTD).
  2. I spent just over half of the time allocated, mainly because of the encroachment of Bridge, and also because Chess is harder work and less fun than Bridge.
  3. I played three gradable games in the last quarter, all draws, maintaining my 130 grading. I’ve not kept up regular blitz play.
  4. I seem to have two main problems:-
    1. Firstly, my opening theory is non-existent, and this has resulted in cramped positions as black, or conceding quick equality as white.
    2. 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.
  5. There’s no quick fix to either of these.
    1. The first requires opening preparation. There’s no reason why I shouldn’t do this.
    2. 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!
    3. I’ve purchased three books on general strategy and tactics for the club player – I just need to read them!
  6. While I do review my games – see2 my Consolidated Results – I’ve not spent much time on study or training.
  7. Progress (if any) in the current quarter can be obtained from the relevant section of my Summary Task List3.

Chess (Total Hours = 29.75)
  1. Chess - Reading / Writing
  2. Chess - Admin (Total Hours = 13)
    • 19Q3 Status Reports (1.25 hours)
    • Billericay Chess Club: Communications, Admin, Grading, etc. (7 hours)
    • Billericay Chess Club: Travel to Matches (2.25 hours)
    • Chess - Discussions with Chris (2.5 hours)
      → See "Chess - Admin" (13 hours)
  3. Chess - Play (Total Hours = 9)
    • Chess - Billericay Chess Club - NECL Match (3.25 hours)
    • Chess - Billericay Chess Club - Southend League Match (5.75 hours)
      → See "Chess - Playing" (9 hours)
  4. Chess - Training (Total Hours = 6.5)
    • 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 (5 hours)
      → See "Chess - Training" (5 hours)

Plans for the Near Future:
Summary of Progress to Date (since October 2018)
  1. I have now produced statistics similar to those for Bridge5, my Consolidated Results. Follow the PGN links for the actual games.
  2. Also, see what comes “free” with The ECF Grading Database.
  3. Enough of an indication of progress has been given above, though see also my Chess Page6.



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Table of the Previous 12 Versions of this Note: (of 27)

Date Length Title
10/10/2019 23:58:34 6899 Status: Chess (2019 - September)
14/07/2019 20:29:46 6036 Status: Chess (2019 - June)
05/04/2019 10:36:29 5504 Status: Chess (2019 - March)
06/01/2019 23:36:58 7257 Status: Chess (2018 - December)
10/10/2018 16:43:41 13876 Status: Chess (2018 - September)
09/10/2017 23:25:26 6804 Status: Chess (2017 - September)
14/10/2016 22:14:53 6962 Status: Chess (2016 - September)
07/10/2015 00:27:22 6121 Status: Chess (2015 - September)
23/04/2015 21:14:24 7021 Status: Chess (2015 - March)
13/01/2015 19:07:41 6444 Status: Chess (2014 - December)
07/10/2014 17:39:50 4720 Status: Chess (2014 - September)
16/10/2013 20:08:10 4532 Status: Chess (2013 - September)



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