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Status: Chess (2020 - September)

(Text as at 04/10/2020 00:27:22)

(For earlier versions of this Note, see the table at the end)


As this project is substantially in abeyance, this report is mostly generated automatically, with minor textual additions at the end of each academic year.


Rationale for this Project
Summary of Progress during July - September 2020
  1. I spent 17.25 hours in 20Q3 on this Project, or related work (62.25 hours YTD, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2019). That's 132.3% of the planned effort (43.4% YTD). Overall, 2.5% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 2.2% YTD) - as against 1.9% planned (4.8% YTD).
  2. Chess (Total Hours = 17.25)
    1. Chess - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 0.75)
    2. Chess - Admin (Total Hours = 10)
    3. Chess - Training (Total Hours = 6.5)

Summary of Progress during October 2019 – September 2020 (YTD Activity2)
  1. Chess (Total Hours = 62.25)
    1. Chess - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 2)
    2. Chess - Admin (Total Hours = 33.5)
    3. 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)
    4. Chess - Training (Total Hours = 14)
  2. I’ve been so fed up with the game I’ve put it on ice.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. While (subject to the caveat above) I do review my games – see3 my Consolidated Results – I’ve not spent much time on study or training.
  6. Progress (if any) in the current quarter can be obtained from the relevant section of my Summary Task List4.

Plans for the Near Future:
Summary of Progress to Date (since October 2018)
  1. I have now produced statistics similar to those for Bridge7, my Consolidated Results. Follow the PGN links for the actual games.
  2. Also, see what comes “free” with The ECF Grading Database (though this has now been superseded by ECF Monthly Rating Database).
  3. Enough of an indication of progress has been given above, though see also my Chess Page8.



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Table of the Previous 12 Versions of this Note: (of 30)

Date Length Title
03/07/2020 22:09:07 7216 Status: Chess (2020 - June)
04/04/2020 00:14:24 6049 Status: Chess (2020 - March)
19/01/2020 23:41:17 5635 Status: Chess (2019 - December)
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)



Note last updated Reference for this Topic Parent Topic
04/10/2020 00:27:22 851 (Status: Chess (2020 - September)) Status: Summary (2020 - September)

Summary of Note Links from this Page

Status: Bridge (Progress to Date: 2020 - March) Status: Summary Task List (2020: October - November) Theo Todman's Chess Page    

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Summary of Note Links to this Page

Status: Bridge (2020 - September) Status: Priority Task List (2020 - November) Status: Summary (2020 - September), 2 Status: Summary Task List (2020: October - November) Status: Summary Task List (YTD: 20Q4)
Theo Todman's Chess Background Theo Todman's Chess Page, 2 Website - Progress to Date (2020 - November), 2 Website Generator Documentation - Functors, 2, 3, 4, 5  

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