Monday, January 15, 2007


Today I finished my 70,000 problem at CTS. In order to get sharp tactically for Corus. Thanks for your patience.


  1. Hey, congratulations. I'll avoid putting you in my 'Knights Victorious' sidebar until you give us the go-ahead, though. :O

    Have you considered getting a coach, or are you too independently minded for that kind of thing? Since most coaches go over positional/strategic stuff (they can't really teach tactics, after all), perhaps that would help you in your positional quest. You could hire Magnus Carlsen.

  2. Congratulations and all the best for the tournament!

  3. OMG! Congratulations! You really have made history here. =)

  4. Blue,
    I will consider a coach when I have the feeling that I'm stuck. But that is not the case at all. On the contrary, my path is very evident.

    It is true that acquiring knowledge by reading books alone is very difficult, since books don't trigger much emotions. So it is very problematic to figure out what is the most important. There a coach would come in handy.

    But I want to be prepared for a coach. That means that I want to have learned everything already what I can think of my self. I don't want that a coach needs to say to me "study endgames". Besides that, I love to study myself anyway.

    It's true that I always have strong opinions. But they are strong in the sense that I think that an opinion must have consequences. Otherwise an opinion is useless. But my opinions aren't strong in the sense that I feel bound to them. I change opinions as easy as coats. Once changed, I have to bear the consequences though.

  5. Great! Congratulations! Hope you will not stop there. The 100k mark is not far away. Go, Tempo, at CTS and at Corus.

    Best regards,

  6. Congrats. I look forward to your Corus reports.Good Luck

  7. Tempo: you certainly don't need motivation from a coach, that's for sure!

    Since you are more advanced than me, you probably have a better sense of what you need to work on. I am not good enough to even accurately evaluate where I need the most work. That is, I have blind spots he is pointing out.

  8. HOLY CRAP, 70,000!? So you've done, like, TEN "Seven-Circles"s. Like BDK said: you should be in the "graduated" section. Although...have you done the *same* set of problems seven times? Is that a necessary requirement for graduation? (j/k)

    Make (us) proud at Corus :-)

  9. Well done. What can I say? i should take your determination as an example. With piece activity comes space.