Sunday, August 10, 2008



  1. resounding applaus!

    clap, clap, clap!!!!!!!!!!!


    [up late here, to see the NYSE (new york stock exchange open] and sell some calls against intrinsic equity]... 33 more minutes, so watch odds and ends R10 at the FIDE Sochi Grand Prix (glad no bombs going off there--yet) and skim all the RSS feeds et al.

    warmest, dk

    damn, you deserve this man... youve worked like a dog! (my fingers keep typing god, honest, had to erase and retype five times to get that off),

    sweet the joy for you. most impressive!

  2. Congratulations! Your study plans obviously worked very well. It would be interesting if you were able to list the key books/learning strategies that you used for each of the six time periods, and perhaps the numbers and types of games that you played in each period. Thus labelled, the ratings graph might suggest some hypotheses for optimal learning. I predict you can do even better as there is no plateau yet. Alastair.

  3. I know you must have had your share of doubts & frustration along the way, we all have. but you know, in the end, your progress seems to be linear. and as we know chess improvement actually gets harder the higher you get, it means you're getting better and more efficient at training! :)

  4. Alastair,
    Here you can find some explanation of the different stages.

  5. WW,
    I certainly honoured the title of this blog. Allthough I was continuous looking for miracles it was the sheer amount of work that was responsible for the progress. It proofs that hard work can break through any plateau.

    The amount of work was in no proportion to the results. Chesswise, that is. I deliberately accepted that because of my second goal, to learn more about the human mind. The progress I made in that area has been enormous, which was what kept me going.

    Along the road I have overcome the laziness of my mind, which has adapted to continuous learning. At the moment I'm busy with a French course, since we intend to go to the chesscamping again next year.

    I do still believe in miracles, and I will keep trying to invoke them. But I lost the illusion that invoking them is easy. In 3 weeks the new chess season starts, and I will make a new start. At this moment I'm not sure I will have much energy and time to blog about it, but I'm ready for the next step.

  6. nice graph. Mine looks more like somebody who has died. There's a steady decline followed by a flat line as I sit on my floor that my rating can not fall below.