Following my post four weeks ago, here is the next in my series of ‘T- reviews’.
FIDE standard: 1957 – 1962, +5 points
FIDE Arena rapid: 1920 – 1920, +0 points (no games)
FIDE Arena blitz: 1936 – 1944, +8 points
I picked up a few points at the first 4NCL weekend, where I drew with a 1989 after missing a chance to be considerably better, and beat an 1810-rated junior rather comfortably. The 24 points I gained at the European Railway Chess tournament have yet to appear on the list, but assuming they do at some point I will be up to 1986. I have played very few Arena games, so tracking those ratings remains of little importance.
Assessment: Green (little cause for concern)
The amount of study I am managing to do remains well below target; I have now done 1010 minutes of deliberate practice against a target of 3600. The same reporting issues remain as in the last report – i.e. I am still not recording time spent analysing my games or doing other chess activities as I am not convinced it meets a strict definition of deliberate practice.
The crumb of comfort in this area is that I may be having some success establishing a pre-work study habit. Initial attempts to establish a post-work study habit in a coffee shop before going home proved unsuccessful, as I was tired and hungry after my long day and just wanted to get home. Instead I have been trying to get into work a little earlier and do some study before starting my day, and I managed this in four of the last five working days in the period I am reporting on. It has been an exceptionally busy time at work, so I have reason to hope that I will fit in more early morning study in the future.
Assessment: Red (cause for concern)
The first big test of this phase of my project starts tomorrow: the London Classic. I will be playing in the FIDE Open – nine gruelling rounds of classical chess over eight days – and following that with the ten round ‘Super Rapidplay’. A post with some of my games will follow after the Classic, possibly incorporated into my T-36 review which is due on the 20th.