Of course I accept.
The Dutch ratings are not kept overtime.
To give you an idea of my rating progress:
During this years I studied chess in the classic way for about one hour per day. Openings, strategy, analyze your own games, playing through grandmastergames, reading books etc.
These figures prove:
- Classic study is of no help to me. My understanding and knowledge improve but my rating doesn't.
- I have no special chess talent which can account for a sudden dramatic improvement in rating.
A gain of 170 points in rating due to a different approach:
I dropped the classic study completely.
I started to solve a vast amount of tactical problems.
Plateauing again, in spite of continous problemsolving.
BUT... because I discovered the articles of de la Maza I changed my method.
I solve the same problems as I did and I repeat them over and over again, until I see the solution a tempo and all the subvariations in about 30 seconds.
And because of these repetitions I feel the swelling of my tactical muscle so I'm not afraid to pick up the gauntlet.
You can verify my rating of 1701 on 1 feb. 2005 at http://www.schaakbond.nl/rating/club0433.html
I'm the guy with id 7923355
The one below me with the same name and a rating of 1417 is my wife.
A chessplaying wife is, apart from a divorce, the only way you can do such brutal training as de la Maza's method.
She trains only now and then, but I wouldn't be surprised if her rating improves also.
The next ratings will be published here on 1st of may and 1st of august.
If my rating will improve the next six months I don't know but I'm pretty sure my English will....