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  1. Standard member ark13
    Enola Straight
    01 Jan '06 20:16 / 1 edit
    Has anyone taken the scored test at the end of this book?

    I took it and got a 71 which puts me in the catagory "The average master lives in awe of you." Now I know that I'm not that good. Perhaps I spent longer on it than other people. Maybe Seirawan has underestimated master' ability. I'm curious if anyone else has taken this, and what score they got.
  2. 01 Jan '06 21:30
    I have the book, but I didn't take the time to run through the test I'll try to do that tonight just to see; I'll post back here with an update if I do.

    Perhaps you're just very good tactically? Couldn't one perform at a ~2200+ level tactically but fall a little shorter on the positional nuances?
  3. Standard member ark13
    Enola Straight
    01 Jan '06 21:53
    Originally posted by Chesswick
    I have the book, but I didn't take the time to run through the test I'll try to do that tonight just to see; I'll post back here with an update if I do.

    Perhaps you're just very good tactically? Couldn't one perform at a ~2200+ level tactically but fall a little shorter on the positional nuances?
    Yes, but I always thought I was the other way around. Guess it's possible that I don't know myself well.
  4. 01 Jan '06 22:44 / 1 edit
    I recall getting 40ish the first time I did it and I was at 1400 OTB rating about. I put all those puzzles from the book into my 1000 puzzle tactics training program so I should get the max points if i do them again At least for the easy and medium ones at least.

    I think the rating he uses is way to easy also. After I read what my points meant, I was like haha no way!
  5. Standard member ark13
    Enola Straight
    02 Jan '06 01:35
    Originally posted by RahimK
    I recall getting 40ish the first time I did it and I was at 1400 OTB rating about. I put all those puzzles from the book into my 1000 puzzle tactics training program so I should get the max points if i do them again At least for the easy and medium ones at least.

    I think the rating he uses is way to easy also. After I read what my points meant, I was like haha no way!
    I'm currently 1500 OTB, but I'm on the way up. I haven't lost in about 10 games.
  6. 02 Jan '06 01:42
    No way! How come your RHP rating is over 1900? I'm 1728 OTB and after seriously playing chess on here for 5 months or so at 2/3 games at once, i've gone up 150 points to 1661.

    You don't play enough OTB or what?
  7. Standard member ark13
    Enola Straight
    02 Jan '06 01:50
    Originally posted by RahimK
    No way! How come your RHP rating is over 1900? I'm 1728 OTB and after seriously playing chess on here for 5 months or so at 2/3 games at once, i've gone up 150 points to 1661.

    You don't play enough OTB or what?
    Well I've only played in about seven tournaments. And only three since I started playing RHP.

    But I expect to get to about 1700 at my current skill level, as that has been my performance in the last three tournaments.
  8. 02 Jan '06 01:59
    Intresting. Do you use books databases when you play on here? Use the analysis board or move the pieces in your head?

    That could make a difference. In my OTB games, i sometimes get into bad positions because I don't know what the right opening moves are and then I have to comeback from a bad position.

    But on here, thats not the case.
  9. 02 Jan '06 02:27
    I looked at the OTB game you posted. Your not 1500 OTB anymore. Endgame was played badly and should have been drawn.

    How you get from 1600 to 1800 in a month, apr-may in your rating chart in profile? Is that when you subscribed? I think that people who play more games on here have a higher rating for some reason.
  10. Standard member ark13
    Enola Straight
    02 Jan '06 03:24
    Originally posted by RahimK
    Intresting. Do you use books databases when you play on here? Use the analysis board or move the pieces in your head?

    That could make a difference. In my OTB games, i sometimes get into bad positions because I don't know what the right opening moves are and then I have to comeback from a bad position.

    But on here, thats not the case.
    I do use the analysis board and databases here. So that could account for it.

    Yes, his endgame was horrible. He had a slight, but not winning, advantage which went away and came to a win for me with a couple of glaring errors. Did you mean I'm better than or worse than 1500 OTB?

    When I first started playing on this site, I wasn't taking as long as I do now to move. It also took me a little while to get warmed up to playing coorespondece, as this is my first time. So I hovered around 1600 for a while when everything just started to click and I started being more careful after a couple of stupid losses. I had a lot of games against 1600's at that point, all of which I won. So I had an approximately 30 game winning streak before I finally got some tougher opposition.
  11. 02 Jan '06 04:48
    I think you are much better then 1500 OTB. I'm suprised how many of those little tactics were in your game, Bxh7+ etc... Usually you don't get to play that many tactics in one game especially from a 1.d4 game I used to play 1.d4 when i first started OTB but i found that the positions were dry and didn't have much tactics so i switched to 1.e4.

    I think you should be around 1700 OTB depending on your other OTB games althought i'm not to sure about that endgame you played in that game you posted.
  12. 02 Jan '06 11:35 / 1 edit
    ark13,
    instead of: "The average master lives in awe of you.";
    would you have prefered something like: "I laugh at your puny efforts, earthling." ?!
  13. 02 Jan '06 19:49
    Nice one!

    Since you know that there is a tactic in the position, you'll work harder finding it therefore increasing your score. If he mixed up some positions which don't have any tactics in there, then it would be much better. You did say you spent a lot of time of solving them so that could increase your score. I wasn't really trying. Just quickly glancing at the position and going with something I thought would work and giving up after a 2 minutes.
  14. Standard member ark13
    Enola Straight
    02 Jan '06 20:14
    Originally posted by RahimK
    I think you are much better then 1500 OTB. I'm suprised how many of those little tactics were in your game, Bxh7+ etc... Usually you don't get to play that many tactics in one game especially from a 1.d4 game I used to play 1.d4 when i first started OTB but i found that the positions were dry and didn't have much tactics so i switched to 1.e4.

    I think y ...[text shortened]... r OTB games althought i'm not to sure about that endgame you played in that game you posted.
    Thanks.

    But I thought I played a decent endgame. Of course my opponent threw it away to me. What would you have suggested?
  15. 02 Jan '06 20:51
    I just quickly ran through the whole game and the endgame just didn't seem right to me. The way the queen's side pawns and rooks came of the board just seem to wierd. I would have to look at the game again but in the ending couldn't your opponent have drawn by moving his king to get opposition when you had a K+P vs K? I would have tried to keep some of the queenside pawns on the board just for some more pressure and to strech his pieces more. Mostly, it was just his endgame play which seemed bad. If you had that position on here, would you have played the endgame the same way?Playing OTB is also harder, because of the pressure and the crowd etc... so I understand if the endgame wasn't textbook.