Friday, August 04, 2006

Pawn Endings: Mini-Circle #6

Completed 380 out of 380.

I'm beginning to get the hang of these. The patterns are starting to pop into my head. However, I find myself often second guessing the pattern and scoring lower. A few more circles, and hopefully I can then move on to Rook endings.

Mini-circle #6: 74%
Mini-circle #5: 73%
Mini-circle #4: 72%
Mini-circle #3: 72%
Mini-circle #2: 69%
Mini-circle #1: 68%


Blogger Temposchlucker said...

I did some crude calculations with your figures. I hope you don't mind.

68% of 380 = 258
74% of 380 = 281
In 6 circles you committed 281 - 258 = 23 problems in memory.
To accomplish that you did 6 x 380 = 2280 problems.
That means you solved 2280 / 23 = 99 problems in order to commit 1 problem to memory.

Are you sure this is the fastest way? Or do you look different at it? (I really hope you don't mind my meddlesomeness)

2:44 PM  
Blogger CelticDeath said...

No, I appreciate it, Tempo. Tactics happened more quickly to me. That's ok. Endgame are different. Still, I am finding that it's the patterns that matter. However, I find my conscious calculation often at odds with the memorized patterns. I think this is a good thing, because it leads to understanding. Right now, on my 7th mini-circle, I'm averaging about 87%. I KNOW there will be a jump in there somewhere where both memory and understanding will coincide. Perhaps this is the right circle or perhaps it will be a later one. Notice that the last circle only took approximately 2 weeks whereas the other ones took about 1 month. THIS is an improvement as certainly pawn endgames are no great joy to solve!!!

5:38 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Way to go! Good to see you sticking with it.

7:12 PM  
Blogger transformation said...

celticDeath, it's great to hear that you won three minatures AND to be accusued of using a computor.

once i beat someone swiftly and deftly, just 'whipping out tactics' like an automaton, in the way we learn at CTS, and my opponent, who outranked me by at least 300 points accused me of cheating. THIS is the best compliment in chess.

bravo sir. dk

2:51 AM  
Blogger CelticDeath said...

transformation, I just wished I was blessed with your "chess engine." Anyone who can master the vastly different disciplines of architecture, monastic life in a foreign land, followed by a career on Wall Street and as an entrepreneur has my utmost respect! Your opp had no chance....

7:54 AM  
Blogger transformation said...

thank you. let me ask you an honest, but kindly meant question. do you truly wish you were on a spiritual path (and much pain and sorrow and difficulty), had two professions (so much exhaustion, getting sued, no vacations but bloody hard, brutal work), and spent five years studying chess nearly every day (often alone, down blind alleys)?

i say this as a warm older person... as we become more and more unusual in society, especially in america, there are fewer and fewer true peers with which we can have a genuine conversation.

as you might know, i am a personal friend of GM seirawans, since he lived here, and i walk with him when he comes back to town, many, hundreds of emails... i also have a Moldavian girlfriend, but how many years to find one good woman to appreciate me for who i am with nothing else added.

long story. but life is choices.

let me know if i can help. but, of course, cannot assume you need or want help, or direction, or council from one with MANY miles under his belt.

warmly, david

1:50 PM  
Blogger CelticDeath said...

Much obliged, David, but my path is different. I'm a Christian and will die the same, although at an earlier age I studied much. Especially Qaballah, and only briefly Zen. Perhaps I was more open minded then, but perhaps I have found the way. How do I measure it? By the way it is reviled. Truly something so positive, yet so despised must be the right way.

10:59 PM  
Blogger transformation said...

thank you my dear friend. i knew you had a good heart and can see it in countless ways, and so have made a new friend. i am not surprised by what you say.

yes, by how it is revealed...

god bless, dk

3:08 PM  
Blogger Pale Morning Dun - Errant Knight de la Maza said...

We interrupt this broadcast the of Mutual Admiration Society for this special announcement: WHAT'S UP CELTIC DEATH?!?!?!?!?

Don't listen to Temposchlucker. He has been spending too much time with his gamma ray photon helmet....and CTS.

I have a question about these problems. In general, how many moves are the solutions? It seems like many endgame problems are multiple moves long with multiple variations. CT-ART for tactics wasn't real big on variations. The more possibilities there are, it seems to me the less pattern recognition is required, and a grasp of the underlying concept is more important. Are you finding problems where you don't know the underlying meaning of the answer but keep pressing on?

6:15 PM  
Blogger CelticDeath said...

Hey there, PMD! It all depends. My % correct is strictly the percent of the entire problem as dictated by the software. And, yes, some of them have a large number of moves. I don't think it's really possible to calculate some of the correct answers. You have to "know" what's right for the position. It's sort of a mix between calculation and intuition. But, the more I work them, the more they sink in. I'll get there. It'll just take time. I am noticing an improvement in that part of my game though. That's what's important!

10:14 PM  
Blogger SamuraiPawn said...

Hit there everybody! New to the Knights Errant and therefore wanted to greet my fellow knights. Keep up the good work!

3:22 PM  

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