Sunday, May 08, 2005

Fishing habit

Why I understand Pale so well. This picture is taken standing in front of my house. No trouts here, but carps, breams and pikes.

Bahus notified me at a chessquiz from Dan Heisman
My advise is, don't do that, it's bad for your ego.
I got a tactical rating of a pathetic 1350.
It's strange that I do tactics for about 3 years, my clubmates think of me as a tactical beast and then this!
The test has a strong emphasis on speed, which I didn't realize at that moment.
But if I set my ego aside, a message can be learned from it.
Those 3 years of training tactics gives me the feeling that I have the right to claim "I'm good at tactics now!". Well, I gained 230 ratingpoints in that period and that's not too bad. But if I am really honest, I don't have the feeling that I am very good at tactics now. The method I used the last three years was to master tactics by the sheer amount of problems I solved.
This was not very effective, and after the first two years I didn't grow further. Only recently I started with repeating the problems in DLM-style, and immediately my rating started to grow again.
The test shows me that a lot can be gained by continuing training tactics. My progress is from extremely bad in tactics to just plain bad in tactics. And that is, however painful, a good message!
Because training tactics is simple, you only have to do it.
So I'm not going to change my trainingsplan for the next future: tactics, tactics and more tactics!
Allthough I have to admit that the lessons from the book of Seirawan "Winning chess strategies", which I got from fatboy, fall on extremely fertile ground here.

A warm welcome to our newest Knight who picks up the gauntlet, Satish Talim
Alas I have some troubles when loading his site. I E-mailed with him about it, so if you have the same problems, please let him know by leaving a comment on THIS post.


  1. Nice pic. Looks like pretty fishy water, and with that cloud cover.....mmm good.

  2. Please do let me know what problem you are facing to access my blog.

  3. Hi Satish,

    I sand you an E-mail, but it seems that you didn't have it. So I copied the content:

    It takes about 5 minutes to load your page, and then some actions on your blog, like trying to E-mail you or moving the slidebar, take another few minutes.
    Even my browser crashed when I tried to leave your blog.
    I have never seen a problem like this before. Maybe some javacode is screwing things up or something tries to load what isn't there.
    Your other blog, gives no problem

    I tried to find out what's the problem with your website.
    The main posts are loaded fast enough, but the sidebar takes about 5 minutes.
    When I look at the windowstaskmanager I see the following: a second instance of my browser appears (iexplore 6) and both apllications are not reacting for some time. CPU-usage is often 100%.
    At a certain moment two times WWloader appeared in the taskmanager.
    You seem to have a lot of links with, which was not in the air during my tests. Maybe this slows things down.

    There are a lot of softwareguru's among the Knights, so maybe one of them can shed some light on it.

  4. Thanks. I did not get your email but have read your comments. I need to do something about this. Technorati could be a problem, but I have used other people's blog where they too use Technorati and I could load their blog within seconds. I use Firefox and do not use IE at all. I will explore further. Any ideas?

  5. I tried loading my blog using IE 6 and it never could. This is funny. Try loading
    in IE 6. I have tried to emulate Technorati struff from here. This blog loads immediately in IE 6.

  6. I think the problem is fixed. Blogger had screwed up my post on 'Chess Nonsense Blog'. I re-wrote that post and now the blog loads within a minute in IE 6.

  7. Yes, the problem is over.
    It loads within seconds now.

  8. Tempo, It is not enough to just do tactics, you have to know them instantly. That's where the MDLM plan helps. Having done 1000+ problems in CT-Art per MDLM, I still have a long way to go. I'm certainly better, but there is still so much more to learn on the tactics front. Even on some simple problems (from various sources) it takes me a minute or longer to solve them, so this indicates I still have work to do.

  9. How do I send an email to you? I am sorry I could not find an email id and so I am posting here.
    I use Firefox, where the side bar is perfectly visible. In IE 6, the sidebar is visible right after my last post. I have not been able to figure out the problem yet. Any ideas?

  10. Satish,
    The problem is solved now. Yesterday the font of your post was bigger and your side bar was at the bottom of your site. I gave my E-mailadres a more prominent place so you should be able to find it easier now.