Thursday, December 25, 2008
Ready for take off
Tomorrow I start with the Schaakfestival Groningen as a warming up for the Corus tournament at the end of januari. I'm in the compact group, 5 games in 5 days at a pace of 40/120,SD/30.
If there are readers out there who visit the tournament (you never know), I would be delighted to shake hands. I'm the only participant with a rating of 1819 in the compactgroup, so it shouldn't be too difficult to find me. Otherwise you have a chance at the Corustournament, where I play in the Tienkampen.
As preparation I have read a lot about positional play. I intended to do some positional exercises too, but every exercise raised so much questions that I ended up reading in stead of exercising. So I don't feel quite ready, but I am in the best shape to learn something (with a lot of buzzing questions in my head and half-formulated answers).
I skipped the opening preparation totally, which is quite liberating.