Druss Blog

An account of my attempts to try and improve my chess.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Progress

I have completed the level 40s, and scored about 64%. Not too bad. I'm now repeating the ones I didn't get 100% right, iterating through them until I do. I did this with the previous levels and found it a good way to improve.

Also, my 5 0 blitz rating on ICC has improved - my peak rating is now 1421. My goal is to try and reach 1500 which now seems in sight rather than a distant dream. I am certainly improving. Mostly this is as a direct result of the tactical training. After one year of tactical training this peak has risen by just over 100 points. Not the 400 points in 400 days though! But then I do have a job.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

John Nunn was an early knight!

Still plodding through the level 40s, but it is going OK with my new approach. I'm taking my time and trying to think deeply about the problems - I even get a surprising amount right!

On a more interesting note however, I came across this bit in Jacob Aagaard Excelling at Chess:


It is a game John Nunn played against Portisch in the Reykjavik World Cup 1988.

Black played 31 .. c5? and Nunn followed up with a nice tactical finish:
32 Re4 Rg8 33 Qxh7+! 1-0

Aagard says:
"Nunn had obviously intended this combination. It is no coincidence that in his Best Games Collection he writes that, as a child, he had solved every combination (999 in all!) in a book and this very same theme had featured."

Sounds like knight training to me, and even a grandmaster level game can be decided as a result!