back on the wagon

January 15, 2007

ok guys sorry i was away, but i was loaded with at the least 14 hour days all last week, but im back and even better, soon i will have my first vacation in over a year, which will give me time at home to tackle the heavy days of the circle program.. will keep you all updated!! thanks for the support!!


Minor Delay

January 8, 2007

Got into a minor delay in my program.  Didn’t look at the calendar quite right before I started the mini-circles, and it fell smack in the middle of a soccer tourney we’re organizing and I’m working 16 hour days, so as soon as this is over I will dive back into it.

January 4, 2007

before i dove into the full fledged program i decided to do a mini version with 200 problems.. today is the last day of the first step.. last night for the first time i went 25/25 and was pretty proud of that.. i have identified one major problem i have which is pretty deadly in chess, being impatient.. to make matters worse, most of my play is online correspondence,  where i have plenty of time to analyze.. that is the first area i will be addressing..
also, ive been playing around on a few sites, and i am still partial to redhotpawn.. maybe its cause i started there first, but i like the layout and interface..

moving along..

January 2, 2007

well i am continuing along on the “mini” program before i dive into the full version.. heres a pgn of the game i mentioned before.. im sure i had mates in 2 or 3 or 4 that i totally missed.. i tried to use chess publisher to load the game but the pieces keep disappearing and moving all out of sequence.. heres the pgn
[Event “XXX”]
[Site “”%5D
[Date “2006.12.21”]
[Round “?”]
[Black “PR4-me”]
[WhiteRating “X”]
[BlackRating “X”]
[Result “0-1”]

1. e3 e5 2. d4 f6 3. Bf1b5 Nb8c6 4. f3 d5 5. h4 Bc8e6 6. e4 Qd8d7
7. exd5 Be6xd5 8. g3 O-O-O 9. a4 exd4 10. Qd1d2 Qd7e6 11. Ke1d1 Bf8b4
12. Qd2f4 Bb4d6 13. Qf4d2 Bd6xg3 14. Rh1h3 Bg3e5 15. a5 b6 16. axb6 cxb6
17. Ra1xa7 Nc6xa7 18. f4 Be5xf4 19. Rh3c3 Kc8b7 20. Rc3c7 Kb7xc7 21. c3 Na7xb5
22. cxd4 Bf4xd2 23. Bc1xd2 Ng8e7 24. Bd2f4 Kc7b7 25. h5 Qe6g4 26. Kd1c2 Qg4xg1
27. b4 Nb5xd4 28. Kc2b2 Qg1g2 29. Bf4d2 Nd4f3 30. Kb2a3 Rd8a8 31. Ka3b2 Nf3xd2
32. Nb1c3 Nd2c4 33. Kb2b3 Rh8c8 34. b5 Nc4d2 35. Kb3b2 Nd2e4 36. Kb2c1 Rc8xc3
37. Kc1b1 Rc3b3 38. Kb1c1 Ra8a1 0-1

tip o’ da hat to susan polgar’s blog where i found this and i pass along

How chess and mess define the meaning of life

Stephen Poole previews cultural studies titles in 2007

Saturday December 30, 2006
The Guardian

It’s always nice to see one’s pet theories confirmed by rigorous analysis, and a subject close to this writer’s heart is encapsulated in the title of A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder, by Eric Abramson and David H Freedman (Weidenfeld, January). Looking at more than just my desk, the authors conclude that there is an ideal level of messiness that makes any system more robust and productive. The virtues of disorder are illustrated with examples from “business, parenting, cooking, the war on terrorism, retail and even the meteoric career of Arnold Schwarzenegger”, and the authors promise that their insights can be applied on a society-wide scale as well as to your kitchen. I would say more on the subject, but I seem to have lost my notes somewhere in the piles of detritus towering around me.Apparently averse to mess, on the other hand, is Phil Spector, legendary record producer and – it says here, rather unkindly – “demented control freak”. Are there well-balanced control freaks? Shouldn’t a record producer actually want to be in control? Spector gave his first interview in 25 years to journalist Mick Brown in late 2002. Two months later, the producer was arrested after an actress was shot dead in his Los Angeles castle. Thus prompted, Brown has written Tearing Down the Wall of Sound (Bloomsbury, April), recording his own “personal odyssey” into the bizarre story of the man with the golden ears who gave the world such acoustic palaces as “Unchained Melody” and “River Deep, Mountain High”. Spector’s long-delayed murder trial finally begins in January.Chess genius Garry Kasparov, whom no one would dare to call a “demented control freak” to his face, retired from competitive play in 2005, but has hardly been idle since, founding the Russian political party United Civil Front and continuing to write his history of chess, titled with no false modesty My Great Predecessors. Now, somewhat like a hirsute, modern Sun Tzu, he offers his general philosophy of strategy, How Life Imitates Chess (Heinemann, March). As he promised in a Wall Street Journal article last year, the book “examines the unique formulae people use in thinking and problem-solving. For example, the way hope and doubt affect how we process information, or the way we perform in a crisis. I hope it will also serve as a guide to improving these processes.” Can the ability to calculate a 20-move forced tactical sequence in chess help you navigate the shark-infested waters of office politics? We shall see.

Competing in the sage stakes is Terry Eagleton, the fun-loving literary critic who has lately taken to offering public lessons in theology to Richard Dawkins, probably not much to the latter’s enrichment. It will be interesting to see if this spat has any bearing on the content of Eagleton’s new book, breezily entitled The Meaning of Life (Oxford, February). (No doubt it’s only to me that this looks like a misprint for The Meaning of Liff.) Schopenhauer, Beckett and Shakespeare are wheeled on and off, and people are castigated for filling the void of meaning with Scientology or football. We are promised laughs along the way. “The meaning of life is a subject fit either for the crazed or the comic, and I hope I have fallen more into the latter camp than the former,” Eagleton writes. I hope so too; I really do.

It may not be clear where Paul Virilio fits in Eagleton’s curious schema of crazed or comic (to which there is no doubt more than mere alliteration), but the zestfully polemical French philosopher of speed no doubt hopes to ruffle a few complacent feathers with his Art As Far As the Eye Can See (Berg, July). Virilio loves to provoke with vast diagnoses. “The defining characteristic of mass culture today is cold panic,” according to his new book’s blurb. “The same panic which has used terrorism to derail democracy has hijacked the whole art enterprise. This panic is reliant on audio-visual technology to create a new all-seeing, panoptic politics. And the first casualty of this politics is the art of seeing … In the 21st century, the new battleground is art as light versus art as matter.” Is it true? What does it mean? It will be fun to find out.

More apparently traditional literary talk might be expected from Kevin Jackson’s The Book of Hours (Duckworth, March), which includes such curious facts as that dinner used to be taken at 10am and has gradually slipped ever later, and explanations of Linnaeus’s floral clock (which told the time using smell), or the system of bells on Royal Navy ships. In the hands of a lesser writer you might fear a merely twee temporal miscellany, but Jackson, author of the wonderful Invisible Forms (on the paratextual paraphernalia of books: indexes, acknowledgments, footnotes and so on), can be relied upon to make of it something fascinating. Meanwhile, a hush of anticipation should by rights attend the new book by Milan Kundera, whose The Curtain (Faber, March) is an essay on the novel. We each, he argues, have a preconceived notion of reality – “a magic curtain, woven of legends, hung before the world” – and the job of the novelist is to tear through it and reveal what lies on the other side. (A small wizard?) The maestro also promises to make more of translinguistic influence than is usually allowed in talk of “the English novel” or “the French novel”. We are lucky to have a great novelist who is also a great critic.

· Steven Poole’s Unspeak is published by Little, Brown

day two

December 29, 2006

well last night i ran through the chess vision/ knight moves as well as 25 problems from the pandolfini book.. i got 88% right (22-25) AND i even found a solution not given in the answers, which made me pretty proud.. im thinking to add variation to the chess vision drills and add pieces next week, perhaps Q v K, R, and N, something to spice it up once i have the original drilled into my head.. im trying to finish a game i am involved in, and i am very close to mate, and i have been using pins and discovered mates.. at one point i had a ‘double check’ and i am hoping to finish this off before i stumble into a stalemate.. i will post the game as soon as i am done..

day one

December 28, 2006

so i started on my quest to complete the MDLM program for chess improvement.. last night i ran the concentric drills using the K+R and i used the Q, R, B, and N.. i think every day i will change so i run a cycle of K+R, +Q,  + N, +B, and then i will change the starting squares.. the knight moves are quick to run through, and like it says, the squares start to pop out at you.. running through the tactic drills, i did about 25-30 from the little exercises in pandolfini’s chessercises, and interestingly enough, the ones i got correct, i found the answer quickly, maybe 5 minutes, but the ones that stumped me stumped me good.. i had about a 70% rate last night.. i found that i need to look at the board longer and carefully and not get frustrated so easily when the answer doesnt materialize quickly..

most everyone who browses the chessblogs knows about michael de la maza, his book, rapid chess improvement, and his articles “400 points in 400 days”, parts one and two.. there is a legion of disciples and devotees who have followed and implemented his program in part or in whole, or some sort of variant which seems to be inspired by this method.. those that have influenced me in my decision to implement some sort of program are chessforblood, j’adoube, bluedevilknight, temposchlucker, nezha, and a recent addition to the fray, GM-grandemerda.. interesting with GM-grandemerda is that he is from brasil.. while i am cuban-american, i live not to far from him, about 12 hours away, we both live in the northeast of brasil, albeit different states.. there are more “knights errant” around the web, but those that i mention are the ones i visit and see updated on a regular basis, if i missed someone i apologize.. heres the program i have fashioned.. i plan to do the chessvision drills described in part one, the concentric-capture drill and the knight moves for a month.. at the same time i will do a “mini” part two.. i will be using bruce pandolfini’s “chessercises” which contains 200 drills, in various tactics, mates, pins, skewers, etc, and i use the example in the article using a 8-4-2-1 cycle, 25 exercises in 8 days, then 50 in 4, 100 in 2, and finally all 200 in one day.. at this point i feel i would be better prepared to start the “full” version of the program with the 1000 exercises recommended in the article..i’d like to give a big shout out and thanks to patrick of chessforblood which provided the link where i found the tactics exercises.. this site here provides 3000 drills.. for my foray into this program i decided on the easy levels I, II, and III, medium I, II, III, IV, V, hard I, and advanced I.. i will be balancing work (general manager of a soccer team and and the junior teams), family, and chess into this mix, and as most of those who started this program can attest its not an easy climb.. i will pass along how my progress is going..

Cuba´s Bruzon Faces Off Ivanchuk at Mexican Chess Tournament
By Maryla García Santos


Merida, México, Dec 21, (P26).-Just as it was expected, Cuban Grand Master Lazaro Bruzon (2648), and Ukraine’s Vasily Ivanchuk (2741) will face each other today at final match of the international chess tournament Carlos Torre Repetto in Memorian, which is underway in this city since December 14.

Bruzon, who is the defending champion, won the ticket to the final round after defeating US GM GM Jaan Elhvest. For that purpose, it was necessary to play rapid games, as in the morning and afternoon games they drew in just 16 and 18 moves.


In the first of the two defining games, they also came to a quick Dra., after 23 moves, but in the second the Cuban youth played his usual aggressive game and with black pieces was able to surrender his opponent’s king.


For his part, Ivanchuk, defeated, after 60 moves, the other Cuban taking part in this phase of the competition: GM Frank de la Paz.


The Thursday match, will be\nan opportunity for Bruzon to keep the title that he won last year, and it will\nalso permit him the possibility of avenging the defeat that the Ukrainian dealt\nhim in the first round of the Capablanca tournament, in which Ivanchuck grabbed\nthe cup of the elite pool.

\n\n\n”,0] ); D([“ce”]); //–>The Thursday match, will be an opportunity for Bruzon to keep the title that he won last year, and it will also permit him the possibility of avenging the defeat that the Ukrainian dealt him in the first round of the Capablanca tournament, in which Ivanchuck grabbed the cup of the elite pool.

Cuba’s Bruzon Goes to Semifinals of Mexican Chess Tournament
By Maryla García Santos

Merida, México, Dec 20, (P26).- Cuban Grand Master Lazaro Bruzon has taken another step in his aspirations to keep the title of the Carlos Torres Repetto in Memoriam chess tournament after defeating Germany’s GM Alexander Graf.


Bruzon had to play hard in the match against Graf. The Cuban player lost the first game playing with black pieces but he won the second, and so they played 15-minutes games. Playing with whites, Bruzon beat Graf in 35 moves.


As he was totally recovered, the Cuban youth imposed his playing style in the definitive match, winning both 15-minute games. Such result permitted the tournament’s defending champion to advance to the semifinal round, which is played today. This time he will face US Jaan Ehlvest.


Ehlvest eliminated Mexico’s International Master Manuel Leon Hoyos, after drawing with him in the morning and winning in the afternoon in 53 moves.

The other Cuban that is taking part in this competition, GM Frank de la Paz, got a remarkable result by defeating the Netherlands number one player: GM Serguei Tiviakov.