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Sat May 31, 2008 6:52 pm
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 Re: KingsBlade Chess
im glad ur starting a chess journal. If ur looking for things to do, I suggest signing up for chess tactics server. Tactics drastically improve your game. Just seeing tons of positions and drilling tactics in your head really improve your game

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Sat May 31, 2008 8:31 pm
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 Re: KingsBlade Chess
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Sun Jun 01, 2008 12:34 am
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 Re: KingsBlade Chess
Good to see a journal from ya! (By the way, if you saw my bedroom it'd remove any ideas of me being organized from your head. :-) )

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Sun Jun 01, 2008 1:38 am
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Sun Jun 01, 2008 6:26 am
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 Re: KingsBlade Chess
ive never tried ct art before but I really dislike chesstempo's problems. Some of them just seem ridiculous. In many of the problems there are many moves that win material but you have to find which one is the absolute best move. So i find chesstempo really frustrating :P

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Sun Jun 01, 2008 7:17 am
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 Re: KingsBlade Chess
I used ct art a lot. Actually that's the best chess software I have ever seen. The rest of their programs are very cool too. They have stuff on endgames, strategy ( my favorite ), tactics and typical middlegames arising from various openings

The ones on the internet always seemed a bit artificial to me and although I used to solve them I figured that tactics books, ct art and such are just better. Well that's me, I guess someone does benefit from the internet ones a lot but my point is they are just not realistic enough. Thus if someone asks me what should they get on tactics I would say either:
CT ART 3.0 by convekta or CHESS TACTICS FOR INTERMEDIATE PLAYERS by convekta as well. I made the letters so big just to show how much I like that stuff :)
Oh and the so called "orange book" ( anthology of chess combinations ) which Salesman is solving and posting videos about. That's a very good one too

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 Re: KingsBlade Chess
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 Re: KingsBlade Chess
I have the Polgar book with over 5000 tactics in it. (Always makes a pleasing thump when I throw it down on the plastic tables at work :-) ) I like it quite a bit. They are nicely set up to show themes without any words at all and you get a LOT of positions to look at and themes covered. I've done the first 600 or so problems and like it quite a lot.

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Wed Jun 04, 2008 12:40 pm
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 Re: KingsBlade Chess
Kingsblade wrote:
Robofriven
There is a big difference between sloppy and disorganized. I bet you know exactly where everything is in your room! :lol:


Ironically, I used to know where everything is, but having another person share the room with me now makes it near impossible to find things. While I keep a mess, but always put things in the same place, when looking for things she literally turns everything upside down and makes me lose everything now. :-)

I only comment on this now because I was reading the Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin last night and he was talking about how he purposely keeps things messy and disorganized to work on visualization and it made me think of your comment.

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Wed Jun 04, 2008 4:56 pm
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 Re: KingsBlade Chess
Robofriven wrote:
I only comment on this now because I was reading the Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin last night and he was talking about how he purposely keeps things messy and disorganized to work on visualization and it made me think of your comment.


Very interesting idea. I doubt the wife will allow it though. :lol:

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Mon Jun 09, 2008 10:19 am
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when u talk about no rating improvements are u talking about ur FICS rating or USCF?

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