Just finished Ch. 24 of Book 2 (think I was on Ch. 7 when the Challenge started). Average of 69%, down from 82% from Book 1. I expected a drop but disappointed it was so large. It does speak I think to my ability or lack thereof and makes me worried I will not get my goal of 2000 – currently 1900. And I have been in the 1900s a long time.

Remind me please what is your rating again. I only beat your score in Chapter 3 of Book 2.

Gerry ]]>

One thing I was wondering, are you still playing on line? If so, where and what are your current ratings?

]]>Solid progress – doesn’t look like I’m going to catch up any time soon. 🙂 That ties in with my experience of the first book.

Cheers.

]]>I played a tournament last weekend and had an interesting chat with an FM friend about study material/practises. I mentioned that I’d skipped 2 of the orange books and he recommended going back and just doing the positional chapters, as these are tougher than the tactical ones. It seems good advice and I’ll probably do that.

Good luck at the British.

]]>Spatial intelligence is a cornerstone of chess ability and a significant part of any IQ test so the two are obviously correlated. Levitt famously wrote about the correlation and even suggested a formula: Elo ~ (10 x IQ) + 1000. You can read more at: http://www.jlevitt.dircon.co.uk/iq.htm

Other than that, just look at the (Wikipedia) biography of any (super)grandmaster.

Judit Polgar defeated a family friend at chess blindfolded at age 5 (try teaching your average 5-year-old blindfold chess — good luck!)

Bobby Fischer had an off-the-charts IQ (180+).

Magnus Carlsen “showed an aptitude for intellectual challenges at a young age: at two years, he could solve 50-piece jigsaw puzzles; at four, he enjoyed assembling Lego sets with instructions intended for children aged 10–14.”

Another example from your country: John Nunn. “At fourteen, he was London Under-18 Champion for the 1969/70 season[2] and less than a year later, at just fifteen years of age, he proceeded to Oriel College, Oxford, to study mathematics. At the time, he was Oxford’s youngest undergraduate since Cardinal Wolsey in 1520.[3] Graduating in 1973, he went on to gain his doctorate in 1978 with a thesis on finite H-spaces (titled “Some Problems in Algebraic Topology”[4]), and remained at Oxford University as a mathematics lecturer until 1981, when he became a professional chess player.”

Best,

Luke