Weekly Progress Report #39

Hello and welcome to another weekly round-up.  I do intend to do these on Monday, but a casual observer would be forgiven for assuming that I used a random number generator to decide on which day of the week to write them.  The bad news is that, as predicted in WPR #38, last week wasn’t particularly productive; I only managed 4 hours 55 minutes.  The good news is that I’m now in an excellent routine, and am on course to manage 40 hours this week.  Voici la répartition:

Monday: Nowt

Tuesday: 1 hour 5 minutes working through Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual

Wednesday: 1 hour reading Gallagher’s Starting Out: The King’s Indian, 15 minutes ICC TrainingBot

Thursday: 30 minutes finishing off Gallagher’s book (which I found to be a useful refresher even though I’ve played the King’s Indian for years), 10 minutes playing an ICC 15-minute game, 50 minutes Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual

Friday: 1 hour 10 minutes starting to read Silman’s (recently rewritten) classic ‘How To Reassess Your Chess’

Saturday: 5 minutes PlayChess tactics training

Sunday: 40 minutes Reassess Your Chess

The second piece of bad news is that I’ve come to the conclusion that I can’t afford to play tournaments in Europe this summer.  The corresponding piece of good news is that I will be active on the British tournament circuit, and so far have entered the British Major Open and the e2e4 Sunningdale International.  Both are FIDE-rated, and both should offer a relatively strong and uniform field (in particular the latter, which is a round robin).


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