Takchess Chess Improvement

A Novice chessplayer works to get better at chess using an improvement program based upon the methods of Michael de la Maza and the teachings of Dan Heisman

Saturday, September 09, 2006

CT-Art Plan

Sun morning 269-299
sat evening 250-269 L20 c1
sat afternoon 230 -249 L20 c1

My plan at this time is to go through all the problems in CT-art before doing any of the problems over again regardless of accuracy. I think it would be beneficial just to see them all just once even if alot of it is over my head. At one point I did the level 20 problems in circles quite a few times than stalled before proceeding on to Level 30.

I am now in the level 20's. Although not perfect, I am feeling some residual benefits from my earlier minicircles. For the heck of it, I took a look at the last problem in the ct-art set a level 90. Alot of variations and moves.


  • At 6:35 PM, Blogger transformation said…

    please dont take my short commend to be glib, it is the 11th day of a 12 day 'vacation' and----long story----papers are all over my desk and house, and i have been home working for DAYS crunching hard on a project, and very much enjoying american NPR radio via data streaming, windowsMedia, RealPlayer, etc...

    i did the first two levels, then started over when i got a new pc. then those two again (much better 2nd time, as you did) and now the third level, which is WAYYYYYY harder.... then a certain fatigue set in... and, like you, i am not doggedly resolved to do all nine even if it is over my head, as you so well put it.

    oddly, some of my scores on level 5 or 7 or even 9 are often better, i think, because i 'scrunch my head' and REALLY have to concentrate.

    i always appreciate your posts, and hope all is well.

    im ok here, but after a long chronic depression im almost substantially out of, a career as an architect, a big career on wall street, all the zen and asian studies, then following a guru, then, oh well, to just add a few.... serious chess study? thats all.... after all that, there is a time not to read or write more or even not more tactics or talk on the phone or booze or women or email but to sink our feet and rake the ground beneight our very own feet.

    and to say those brief personal things not unrelated to serious CT-Art3.0 study!

  • At 12:58 PM, Blogger takchess said…

    trans. Hang in there . Jim

  • At 2:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    a> Ct Art is simply an excellent program. "Circling" the levels is a great way to train and learn. The person who said that he did better on some of the higher levels has pointed to a weakness of the program: some of the lower-level problems are more difficult, not because of the variations but because of the mindsets one has to get past. Also the rating is inflated. But these weaknesses are not so important. What is important is that this program presents positions that can be seen and are in(if you look for them) all games. One GM uses this program to train masters to become IM's. Need one say more?


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