Friday, December 21, 2007

Season's Greetings

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all. I hope that the new year brings you lots of chess knowledge/rating points.

I finished 2007 with 2 personal bests:

Highest rating : 1890
Highest Published rating: 1890 (Feb 2008)

These are my 2008 resolutions that I hope will push me over 2000 in 2008:

1) Average 7 hrs of sleep a night
2) Average 30 min of cadio. per day and 2-3 days of strength training per week.
3) Drink more water (64 oz/day) and eat healthy.

4) Average 50 CTS problems per day
5) Repeat the ~1200 CT-ART 3.0 problems 7 times (Errant Knights)
6) Create a binder of positions in which I missed the best move, print them out, and solve them regularly. (See comments by A. Vaja in this entry)
7) Read the following books:
Tal's Winning Chess Combinations
Art of Attack in Chess by Vladmir Vukovic
The Life and games of Mikail Tal
Rook endings
8) Play 5-10 rated games a month


  1. I just finished reading the following below listed book, and it was great and I recommend it.

    Title The survival guide to competitive chess / John Emms.
    Publisher London : Everyman Chess ; Guilford, CT : distributed in North America by The Globe Pequot Press, 2007.

  2. Ivan . should I put you down on my links as a Knight Errant or a friend of the Knights?

    Ivan as for your earlier questionaire
    I play on playchess only with the name of TAKCHESS around 1500.

  3. Ivan

    you wont get to 2000 by improving tactics alone takes a lot more than that.


  4. Ivan,

    Congrats on your best ever rating...wish, you change your blogger profile to "Getting to 2100" next year


  5. Souvik,


    Looks like your 1984 is also a personal best.

    David Cardenas also has a peraonsl best of 1958!

  6. Ivan: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family.

  7. Old (but great) seasonal chess joke:
    A group of chess enthusiasts had checked into a hotel, and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse.
    "But why?" they asked, as they moved off.
    "Because," he said, "I can't stand chess nuts boasting in an open foyer."

  8. Ivan,

    I had 1985 after state championship last year. So 1984 is close second. However, forgetting the rating, I do feel that I can now appreciate the chess in much more depth and breadth.


  9. Congratulations on reaching a rating personal best.

    Good luck in 2008!