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Old 08-04-2015, 03:18 PM   #151
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8/3 log

tactics: 42/50 intermediate set. Ok, last session on this set for now. Going to go through the missed problems with spaced repetition and see how good I can get at them.

Chapter 10: Stalemate combinations: stalemate in the endgame, decoying, the "desperado" rook, various stalemate constructions.

Test: 19/20. Gave myself partial credit on the problem below since I saw a very similar line that he awards the 2nd point to but with the wrong initial move.

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8/5 log

37/48 - intermediate tactics I got wrong. Wow, I tried to do each problem in under 1 minute but was still surprised at how many I missed. I'm doing this set (only a couple hundred I think) as spaced repetition until I've got them all down. But it's clear most are ones I just don't immediately see.

Chapter 11. The semi-open file: attacking a backward pawn, opening the semi-open file.

Test: 19/20 Excellent

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8/6 log

75/91 - intermediate tactics I got wrong. Still obv don't have some of them down. I think they tend to be ones where it appears like there is an obvious material win or something but it turns out some sort of in-between move is necessary so the opponent doesn't take a piece with check or something.

Chapter 12: Mate with bishop and knight. The 50-move rule, coordination of pieces, correct corner vs. wrong corner, five phases of this endgame. I seem to vaguely remember there may be multiple methods for this mate and if so, it may help to point out this uses a knight "w" maneuver for the trickiest part (getting the king to the correct corner after forcing him into the wrong one first).

Test: 21/24 Excellent. I mean, the theme was pretty clear but I have to say the test was quite tough. I'm not sure I got too many of them without playing them out, probably a testament to my weaker visualization ability as it was hard to visualize after the first couple of moves while still searching for the right thematic continuation. Not sure just doing this chapter means I can perform this mate OTB without significant time on my clock. Especially if it's a couple/few years before I encounter it. Although, at the same time if it takes years to encounter it, getting a draw vs. win doesn't seem that particularly bad.

12-8 1 out of 2 points.



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I was traveling up in Northern MN this last few days and was able to make good progress on the Yusupov training book. I didn't really work on anything else while I was up there, though.

8/7 log

Chapter 13: Combinations involving files. Opening files, supporting the attack, the g-file, the h-file, the f-file, combinations involving two files.

Test: 21/23 excellent

13-4 1 out of 2 points.

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13-10 2 out of 3 points

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8/8 log

Chapter 14: Outposts: the c6/c3 square, d6/d3 square, e6/e3 square, exchange sacrifice, regrouping.

Test: 16/20 Good

14-3 1 out of 2 points

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14-9 1 out of 2 points



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Chapter 15: Combinations involving diagonals. The long diagonal, opening a blocked diagonal, combinations on other diagonals.

Test: 16/17 Excellent

15-7 0 out of 1 point

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Chapter 16: Elementary endgames. Coordination of pieces, queen vs. bishop, queen vs. knight, queen vs. two knights, queen vs. two bishops, queen vs. bishop and knight.

Not exactly sure why this was called "elementary endgames" rather than something like "simpler queen vs. pieces endgames" since I'm not sure I've even ever encountered any of these.

Test: 18/21 Excellent

16-1 1 out of 3 points


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8/11 log

Chapter 17:

Test: 19/19 Excellent

Woohoo, my first perfect chapter in the second book! (I had 5 perfect chapters in the first book). Despite having fewer excellent chapters, I am currently at 87.54% of all available points vs. the 84.98% I ended up with at the end of the first book. So I have to say my overall performance is going well. It helps that I'm fighting very hard to not just "Pass" any chapters but really try to get "Good" or "Excellent" wherever I can.
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8/12 log

Btw, Chapter 17 was on Combinations with Knights

Chapter 18: The principles behind mobilization. Developing the pieces, when to break the rules, the principles behind mobilization.

Test: 17/19 Excellent

18-10 0 out of 2 points.

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8/13 log

80/90 - intermediate tactics I got wrong.

Chapter 19: Perpetual check. Perpetual check in defense, an open king position, combinations, in attack, in the endgame.

Test: 16/18 Excellent

19-2 2 out of 3 points.

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19-3 One out of 2 points.

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79/95 - intermediate tactics I got wrong.
9/18 - standard problems. I missed the first several in a row and dropped 100 rating points, lol. I really shouldn't go so long between solving these types of relatively complex standard problems. Some of the Yusupov tests probably keep this a bit sharp but they involve themes. The intermediate tactics are a little too basic and lead me to thinking I've solved a standard problem without being very careful. At least I rallied to get back to 50% right on the day.

8/15 log

46/52 - intermediate tactics I got wrong. I think there are 151 I got wrong and I'm probably pretty close to being able to go through all of them without missing any if I'm not on my phone and careful. That is my goal anyway. To get all but maybe 1 or 2 right within 1 hour of total solve time.

Chapter 20: Mate in 2.

Like last time these these were studies. I started off missing the first (didn't check my move properly) but then rallied and got the rest correct).

Test: 11/12 Excellent

20-1 0 out of 1 point.

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8/16 log

Chess lesson. Played a 20/15 unrated game with my coach doing live sweat. I won and certainly played a couple of moves after my coach encouraged me to play them. I didn't play anything I didn't see and he saw, though, at least to try and keep it somewhat fair. Some of my biggest mistakes were going with a different move than the one I initially mentioned as a strong candidate move. I probably should vet my initial candidate moves better unless I see a clear problem with them since from everything I've read, the intuitive move you see quickly is most of the time a very strong one.

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Old 08-19-2015, 02:10 PM   #160
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8/18 log

Chapter 21: Combinations with major pieces. Cooperation, mating set-ups with the queen, with the rook, coordination of major pieces.

Test: 15/15 excellent. Technically, I should only get 1 out of 2 for the last problem (below) since I didn't see the mate in 6 continuation. However, the line I saw (and stopped looking) is evaluated as -11 (hero is black) so I'm giving myself full credit. I could have found the mate if it mattered, but it seems unreasonable to keep looking for solution(s) after finding an overwhelming material gain.


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I was thinking I could finish this book this week but it looks like I won't expect to until next week since I still have 3 more chapters and then the final test and I'd rather not try to rush through it. I haven't found as much time the last few days for chess but still feel motivated so that isn't the problem, just life stuff.
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Old 08-31-2015, 04:27 PM   #161
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8/18 chapter 21

8/20 log

Chapter 22: Coordination of the pieces. Developing all the pieces, coordinating them, coordinating in the endgame, "general advance."

Test: 15/17 excellent

22-3 0 out of 1 point

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22-11 1 out of 2 points

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8/23 log

Chapter 23: Combinations with knights 2. Dangerous knight moves, knight forks, attacking a hemmed-in king.

Test: 16/18 excellent

23-9 1 out of 2 points

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23-11 1 out of 2 points

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8/26 log

Chapter 24: Zugzwang. What is zugzwang? Reserve tempi, other zugzwang situations.

Test: 16/16 excellent

Final Test: 31/38 Good

Geez, I did worse on this than I would have liked but I missed a couple of two-pointers that just seemed tough to me, there weren't even any careless errors imo, I simply didn't find the right idea properly:

8/29 log

F-4 0 out of 2 points

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F-10 2 out of 3 points

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F-17 0 out of 2 points

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F-21 1 out of 2 points

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F-24 1 out of 2 points

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Total results for Boost Your Chess: 88% (446/506 available points)

% of chapter grades
Excellent: 75% (15/20)
Good: 25% (5/20)

So, overall did better than the first book even though I suspect this one was a tad harder. I feel like I spent more time on this one and very early on in the book stopped trying to rush through tests, which helped me get Good or better in all chapters. This was the main difference in results imo.

Going to take at least a week break from these books before starting the 3rd. I have the 4th and 7th ones coming in from the library to see how the mid- and high-level series seem to compare (e.g. Can I even do a random chapter from either of them).
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9/9 log

23/27 intermediate tactics I got wrong

9/10

2/2 standard
46/55 intermediate tactics I got wrong

9/11 log

Chapter 1: Combinations involving bishops. Open diagonals, various motifs.

18/22: Good

1-1: 1 out of 2 points

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1-9: 0 out of 3 points

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9/12 log

Chapter 2: Diagonals. Opening diagonals, the light-squared bishop in the Queen's Gambit, fianchettoing the bishop, some guidelines for playing with the bishop.

18/20: Excellent

2-9: 0 out of 2 points

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9/14 log

Chapter 3: Queen sacrifices. Forcing the play after a queen sacrifice, material compensation, attacking the opposing queen.

21/22: Excellent

3-6: 4 out of 4 points. Just putting this one here b/c there are so few 4 star problems and I really spent a lot of time (more than I was supposed to I'm pretty sure) trying to figure this one out.


3-10: 2 out of 3 points.

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9/16
66/70 intermediate tactics I got wrong

Chapter 4: Realizing a material advantage in a pawn ending. The standard plan of "winning by deflection," the "semi-stalemate" method, drawn positions, positions with fixed rook's pawns and an extra pawn on the other wing, the endgame of g- and h-pawns against an h-pawn.

17/18: Excellent

4-11: 2 out of 3 points.

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9/17 log

Chapter 5: Realizing a material advantage. Two methods, how to force an exchange of pieces, combining both methods.

15/16: Excellent

5-2: 0 out of 1 point.

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9/18

56/59 intermediate tactics I got wrong
143/147 (97%) in 36:45 going through all intermediate tactics I got wrong


9/19

Chapter 6: Attacking with queen and knight. Coordination of the pieces, the strenth of the queen and knight duo, typical attacking ideas.

16/17: Excellent

6-8: 0 out of 1 point.
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9/20 log

Chess lesson. Went over coach's game where he played the Zukertort. I definitely like the game he got but it ended up in a draw. Pretty interesting to try and figure out what's going on in a game he so recently played and get shown why some of my ideas are complete rubbish and how some of them may be working or don't quite work.

9/21 log

Chapter 7: The Open Game. Attacking the f2- and f7-squares, rapid mobilization, security of the king, practical examples.

So, I haven't played 1. e4 or 1...e5 since, ummm, before high school anyway. I was expecting to struggle with this chapter but it went more or less fine. I did not feel super comfortable in a lot of the positions. Sure I figured many of them out but having to do that OTB routinely as part of knowing so many slightly different open game variations has never appealed to me. Perhaps I just wasn't very prepared for such positions vs. my opponents so gravitated towards openings that were much harder to fall into traps.

18/21 excellent

7-3. 2 out of 3 points.

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7-4. 2 out of 3 points.

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7-12. 1 out of 2 points.

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9/22 log

29/34 intermediate tactics (>60second solve time)

9/23 log

27/33 intermediate tactics (>60second solve time)

Chapter 8: Attacking with queen and rook. Coordination of the pieces, the exposed king.

Hmm, so the examples were pretty cool and tough, the actual test seemed somewhat easy except one problem where I still am not sure the book move is the best move. Thanks Yusupov! :P

18/21 excellent

8-4: 0 out of 2 points.


8-5: 1 out of 2 points.


9/26 log
22/55 intermediate tactics (>60second solve time)

9/27 log
5/5 intermediate tactics (>60second solve time)

Chapter 9: Forced variations. Active moves, forced play, introduction to the test.

20/24 Good

9-2: 2 out of 3 points.


9-8: 0 out of 2 points.


9-10: 2 out of 3 points.


9/29 log
55/64 intermediate tactics (>60second solve time)

9/30 log
17/20 intermediate tactics (>60second solve time)

10/1 log
10/11 intermediate tactics (>60second solve time)

Chapter 10: Attacking with Queen and Bishop. Coordination of the pieces on a diagonal, other forms of cooperation between queen and bishop.

15/17 Excellent

10-5: 2 out of 3 points.


10-10: 1 out of 2 points.


10/4 log

Chapter 11: Positional Advantages. Evaluating the position, positional elements, maintaining and exploiting a positional advantage.

22/24 Excellent

11-7: 1 out of 2 points


11-9: 1 out of 2 points


10/5 log

48/53 intermediate tactics (>60second solve time)

10/6 log

80/89 intermediate tactics (>60second solve time)
Finally finished this tactics set.

10/7 log

Chapter 12: Bishop against pawn. The most important fortress, the scissors, principle of the single diagonal, pawns in the sights, attacking from the rear, exchanging all the pawns.

23/27 Excellent

12-9: 0 out of 2 points


12-10: 2 out of 3 points


12-11: 2 out of 3 points


10/8 log

Chapter 13: Attacking with Queen and Pawn. Coordination between queen and pawn, exercises.

Missed one (and part of one more) of the exercises, none of the test problems.

24/24 Excellent

10/9–10/14 log

Worked on 4 etudes sent by my coach. Actually, I don't think it corresponded to these dates exactly but whatever. Man, I only got 1 of them. Almost got a second (he said I got "1.9" lol). And whiffed on two. The 4th problem I actually saw the solution but never confirmed it lead to a forced draw — I thought etudes were problems that had to lead to a white win. :/

The sad thing is the key move in every problem was the same damn motif. Which would have made them much more doable but even after basically getting 2, it never occured to me that they shared that. Probably b/c I looked at them on such unrelated sittings.

10/14 log
Realized I hadn't done many standard tactics in quite a while so decided to work on them a bit instead of quicker tactical/calculation problems.

standard 3/6

10/15 log

standard 3/5

10/16 log

standard 2/3

10/17 log

standard 0/2 lol, wasn't patient at all which doesn't work for me very often for 1800+ problems.

10/19 log

3/3 standard

Chapter 14: Attacking. Bring up the reserves! Coordination of the attacking pieces, weaknesses in the opponent's castled position, exchanging a good defensive piece, the pawn storm.

I thought this would be quite tough and it was. I did manage to not completely fall apart but I have to admit the two 3 star problems I whiffed on was pretty frustrating considering I saw the idea, but executed it poorly and got no credit.

14-2 1 out of 2 points


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14-9 0 out of 3 points


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14-10 0 out of 3 points


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18/27 - Good

10/20 log

5/6 standard tactics (2003 live rating, finally getting my standard deviation under 50 so it would "count". A pretty massive 50+ point PR)
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10/21 log

1/1 standard problems

10/23 log
Chapter 15: Attacking with rook and bishop.

22/23 excellent

15-2: 2 out of 3 points.

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10/25 log

21/28 blitz problems

10/25 log

3/4 etudes for the week. Need to look at the last problem I didn't get yet further. So I'll try to solve that this week.

Chess lesson.

10/26 log

Chapter 16: Knight versus pawn.

16-5 1 out of 2 points.


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21/22 excellent
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10/29 log

chapter 17: Attacking with rook and knight. Coordination fo the pieces, examples of cooperation between rook and knight.

19/19 Excellent

10/31 log
4/7 blitz (5/0) games

11/1 log
45/45 game with sallenko. Not a super high quality game but I definitely learned from it and I hope he did too.

11/2 log
chesstempo blitz: 10/14

11/3 log
chesstempo blitz: 35/70

11/4 log
chapter 18: Semi-open games. The role of the center, typical plans in the Closed Sicilian.

16/23 good

18-2: 0 out of 1 point.

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18-3: 1 out of 2 points.

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18-6: 0 out of 2 points.

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18-10: 0 out of 2 points.

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18-12: 2 out of 3 points.

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11/5 log
5/8 blitz (5/0) games

11/7 log
45/45 "slow league" chess.com game

11/8 log
chesstempo blitz: 24/39
chess lesson

11/9 log
chesstempo blitz: 27/41

11/10 log

chapter 19: Combinations involving promotion

19/21 excellent

19-10: 1 out of 3 points.

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11/11 log
3/7 blitz (5/0) games

11/12 log
chapter 20: Mate in three moves. Calculating short variations, introduction to the exercises, exercises with mate in three moves.

One in particular (that again involved underpromotion) took me quite a long time. But the rest were fine although some took longer than others.

24/24 excellent

11/13 log
chesstempo blitz: 14/28

chapter 21: Mating nets in the endgame

I was very happy with my performance in this chapter. I even fully got a 4* problem, which I stared at forever, then came back to later on and got quite quickly based on the ideas from my first think. I'll show it below for kicks.

30/30 excellent

21-7: 4 out of 4.

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11/15 log
45/45 "slow league" chess.com game. My power went out in the middle of it and I did not play very well after that letting a position where I had an advantage slip away and then fall apart. Kudos to my opponent though. I also missed pretty forcing tactics even before my power went out. A pretty clear miss imo given that this opening is supposed to become my bread and butter.

11/17 log
chesstempo blitz: 23/40
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11/18 log
chesstempo blitz: 62/102

Chapter 22: The Passed Pawn. The value of a pawn, the higher value of a passed pawn, guidelines for playing with (and against) passed pawns.

17/20 Excellent

22-4: 1 out of 2 points.

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22-7: 0 out of 2 points.

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11/19 log
chesstempo blitz: 28/40

Chapter 23: Combinations including files. Coordination of the major pieces, typical tactical ideas.

21/22 Excellent

23-11: 1 out of 2 points.

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11/20 log
Chapter 24: Queen against Rook. Evaluation of the endgame, important drawn positions, winning methods.

19/21 Excellent

24-4: 1 out of 2 points.

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24-12: 0 out of 1 point.

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11/22 log
Final Test

44/48 Excellent

F-6: 0 out of 2 points.

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F-9: 0 out of 1 point.

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F-24: 2 out of 3 points

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Total results for Chess Evolution: 89.88% (515/573 available points, 1 away from 90%)

% of chapter grades
Excellent: 84% (21/25)
Good: 16% (4/25)

Even better results than the last book. I definitely took more time going through this one and was really trying near the end to get my overall % to 90%, getting upset if I missed any points on any problems.

The Fundamentals Series Totals
Points: 87.69% (1425/1625)
Excellent: 78.7% (59/75)
Good: 17.3% (13/75)
Pass: 4% (3/75)

I think it's pretty clear from the results that for someone around 1800 USCF, this series is definitely not overly difficult. I will reiterate that I worked quite hard to get these results. You can tell based on the difference between the first book results and latter books as I focused more and spent more time. So I'm sure I benefitted from going through the series and it also has helped me realize I likely don't have any huge holes or parts of my game that are lagging (which YKW has confirmed via lessons).

Pretty excited to see how Beyond the Basics is given that it is supposed to be more for my rating strength (up to 1800 ELO). We'll see, though, since perhaps I am 1800 ELO already. However, I already can tell I shouldn't regret going through all of them from the beginning, even if I could have just started with the 3rd, u2100 series. Unless I get too frustrated not being able to get Excellent in most chapters and just rage quit. Then maybe starting with the easier ones would be a mistake, lol.
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I am on the third book of the Beyond the Basics segment of the series. It is quite a bit of work. Do you play through all the examples as the author suggests? I do think the series is worth the time spent on it though.
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I do try to play through everything but often on my small magnetic set. If it's tactics and a 1 star problem though or something I might not set it up. Same with exercises that I don't think I'll need or want to move pieces around for.

So that means you're almost done with book 6? Did you do the first three? Any thoughts on how the levels compare and/or how much you think the work might be helping you?
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I didn't go through the first three books. My rating has improved 50 points. I am going to play through the last three for sure. I like the author's recommendations on openings to play, for instance he recommends the four knights defense, the petroff's defense, playing 1..e6 in response to 1c4. Simple openings that don't require a deep knowledge of theory.
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What is your rating? Good to know you feel there's been a direct improvement. I'm sure I'm getting better to some degree but I don't play regular otb rated games, although I'm going to start trying to play 30min games at the chess club.
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Also, what kind of results have you been getting? Have you done better with the latter books in level 2 in terms of "grades"? I'm going to assume since you're progressing to the third level that you haven't failed a bunch of them and found them impossible or anything.
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I am rated over 2000 on chess.com standard and am trying to get my blitz rating to over 1900 (peak is 1863 on that site) I haven't found anything in the books to be overly difficult, although there are some problems with a a lot of difficulty. I think the example games may be more beneficial than the problems, since the author is presenting material that he thinks that a 1800-2000 rated player needs to know.
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Old 11-26-2015, 04:49 PM   #174
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Re: Yugo's log of will he or won't he

I have spent a ridiculous amount of time solving chess problems in order to try to improve my chess rating but I have really plateaued with my problem solving rating.So I am now just using Yusupov's books and playing blitz with occasional tactic training just because I like to solve the puzzles.
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Old 11-26-2015, 04:59 PM   #175
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Re: Yugo's log of will he or won't he

Interesting. You are definitely stronger than I am so its good to hear you seem to be getting something out of them.

When you say puzzles do you mean the types in Yusulov or etudes or other types of puzzles?

My blitz is around 1700 (exclusively 5/0 games) but I feel like I'm not very good/comfortable at it in general. My standard is 17xx although I think I'll end up in the 1800s or 1900s even if I don't improve based on my trajectory.
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