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