Training Schedule Week of 9/27/2010

For the past two weeks I have had a difficult time sticking to the schedule, and while my performance at chesstempo has improved over the past few weeks it has become difficult to squeeze in 1 full hour of training. I wrote about training plateaus on my beginchess.com blog, and I think I’m coming accross another plateau at this time. One of the things that came out of the article, was to frequently change your training. In strength training the P90x system changes things around every 30 days, so this is what I need to incorporate into my training program. I have been performing essentially the same training routine since 7/8/2010 and I am overdue for a change…which I’ll have ready for next week’s training schedule.

Monday 9/20/2010
Tactics
The Middlegame Euwe (pg. 87-90)

Tuesday 9/21/2010
Tactics (Step Method)
Continue reviewing rook and pawn Endgames (pre-lucena / pre-philidor positions)

Wednesday 9/22/2010
Tactics
Analyze game

Thursday 9/23/2010
Tactics
Stoyko Exercises

Friday 9/24/2010
ChessTempo Endgame Puzzles


Saturday 9/25/2010
Tactics
Play & analyze standard game

Sunday 9/26/2010
Review openings {Colle}
Review Master game (Logical Chess Move by Move Game(s) 19)

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Training Schedule Week of 9/20/2010

I did not have the time to setup the schedule for the week of September 13th, and my training has been unfocused to say the least. I have played a few games, and I have definitely done my tactics training, but I have neglected most of the content from the books that I am currently reading. The strange thing is that my chesstempo score has jumped from 1666 to 1747 in the past week…go figure. I do have a couple of comments and modifications I want to add to the training schedule which I mention below:

1. Analytical Training – Set up 0-1 star difficulty positions from Imagination in chess on a board and perform Stoyko Exercises.

2. Opening Study – Spend approximately 1 hour per week working on my repertoire. This will consist of going through games where the openings in my repertoire have been played.

3. Step Method Tactics Training – It’s usually more convenient for me to practice my tactics via chesstempo.com, but I have to concentrate on finishing step 4 of the Step Method tactics.

Monday 9/20/2010
Tactics
The Middlegame Euwe (pg. 84-86)

Tuesday 9/21/2010
Tactics (Step Method)
Silman’s Endgame Course Ex. 10-12

Wednesday 9/22/2010
Tactics
Analyze game

Thursday 9/23/2010
Tactics
Stoyko Exercises

Friday 9/24/2010
ChessTempo Endgame Puzzles
Review Rook and Pawn Endgames (pre-lucena / pre-philidor positions)

Saturday 9/25/2010
Tactics
Play & analyze standard game

Sunday 9/26/2010
Review openings {Colle}
Review Master game (Logical Chess Move by Move Games 17-18)

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Training Schedule Week of 9/6/2010

Monday 9/6/2010
Tactics
The Middlegame Euwe (pg. 77-80)

Tuesday 9/7/2010
Tactics (Step Method)
Silman’s Endgame Course Ex. 4-6

Wednesday 9/8/2010
Tactics
Analyze game

Thursday 9/9/2010
Tactics
The Middlegame Euwe (Pg.80-84)

Friday 9/10/2010
ChessTempo Endgame Puzzles
Silman’s Endgame Course (ex. 7-9 )

Saturday 9/11/2010
Tactics
Play & analyze standard game

Sunday 9/12/2010
Review openings (defense against 1.d4) {did not do this last week}
Review Master game (Logical Chess Move by Move Games 15-16)

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Endgame Notes

King and Pawn Endgames

  • In a King and pawn vs. lone King, the weaker side loses if he can’t get his King in front of the enemy pawn. However, rook pawns often allow all sorts of exceptions due to the fact that there isn’t a file to the side of the pawn (which creates many odd stalemate possibilities).
  • You can gauge the result of an upcoming Trebuchet position this way: the side whose King can make first contact with the enemy pawn can force a winning Trebuchet.
  • King an two doubled pawns vs. lone King always win unless the pawn’s can’t be properly defended.
  • You can calculate the square of the pawn by drawing a diagonal extension from the awn to the end of the board; drawing a line from the side of the pawn to the edge of the board; connecting all the lines. The defender’s King can step into this square, it will stop the pawn, if  it can’t the pawn will Queen.
  • Outside passed pawns are a valuable commodity, since they pose a serious promotion threat.

Source: Silman’s Endgame Course pg. 139.

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