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Status: Chess (2019 - June)

(Text as at 14/07/2019 20:29:46)

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Rationale for this Project



Summary of Progress during April - June 2019
  1. I spent 61.5 hours in 19Q2 on this Project, or related work (235 hours YTD, where for "YTD" - Year to Date - I mean the (academic) year that commenced in October 2018). That's 68.3% of the planned effort (90.6% YTD). Overall, 10.2% of my Project effort in the Quarter was directed towards this project (making 12.9% YTD) - as against 14% planned (13% YTD).
  2. I only spent about 2/3 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 received an ECF “F” rating of 151 in January 2019, based on 7 games played in 18Q4. This was rather flattering and has resulted in my being selected for higher teams, or playing on higher boards, and the weaknesses in my game have been cruelly exposed by stronger opposition. That said, I’ve played pretty poorly against some weak opposition as well.
  4. My grade is trending towards an ECF “B” grade of – according to my calculations – either 129 or 134 depending on the rules, which is much less flattering, though maybe more accurate. The gradings are due out at the end of July.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 intend to try this out – using 10-minute games against human opponents – on Chess.com.
    3. I’ve purchased three books on general strategy and tactics for the club player – I just need to read them!
  7. I don’t divide my time as sensibly as I ought. While I do review my games – see2 my Consolidated Results – I’ve not spent much time on study or training, and I again spent quite a lot of time footling around on administrative matters.
  8. Progress (if any) in the current quarter can be obtained from the relevant section of my Summary Task List3.

Chess (Total Hours = 61.5)
  1. Chess - Reading / Writing (Total Hours = 3.75)
  2. Chess - Admin (Total Hours = 26.25)
    • 19Q1 Status Reports (2 hours)
    • Billericay Chess Club: Communications, Admin, Grading, etc. (16 hours)
    • Billericay Chess Club: Travel to Matches (7 hours)
    • Chess - Billericay Chess Club - Club Nights (1 hour)
    • Leap PQ99075 Chess Clock: Reading User Manual (0.25 hours)
      → See "Chess - Admin" (26.25 hours)
  3. Chess - Play (Total Hours = 16.75)
    • Chess - Billericay Chess Club - Club Nights (1 hour)
    • Chess - Billericay Chess Club - NECL Match (12.25 hours)
    • Chess - Billericay Chess Club - Southend League Match (3.5 hours)
      → See "Chess - Playing" (16.75 hours)
  4. Chess - Study (Total Hours = 2.75)
  5. Chess - Training
    • Chess - Training - Review Club games (12 hours)
      → See "Chess - Training" (12 hours)

Plans for the Near Future:
Summary of Progress to Date (since October 2018)
  1. I have now produced statistics similar to those for Bridge4, 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 Page5.



In-Page Footnotes

Footnote 2:


Live Version of this Archived Note

Date Length Title
10/10/2019 23:58:34 6899 Status: Chess (2019 - September)


Table of 12 Earlier Versions of this Note (of 25)

Date Length Title
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)
28/10/2012 10:24:58 8135 Status: Chess (2012 - September)
18/10/2011 19:10:34 7664 Status: Chess (2011 - September)



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Summary of Notes Links from this Page

Status: Bridge (Summary of Progress to Date) Status: Summary Task List (2019: April - June) Theo Todman's Chess Page (2)    

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Summary of Note Links to this Page

Status: Priority Task List (2019: June) Status: Priority Task List (2019: September) Status: Summary (2019 - June), 2 Status: Summary Task List (2019: April - June) Status: Summary Task List (2019: July - September)
Status: Summary Task List (YTD: 18Q4 - 19Q2) Status: Summary Task List (YTD: 18Q4 - 19Q3) Website - Progress to Date, 2    

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