Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Rook Endings

Rook endings really highlight a major weakness in my game that I intend to remedy with continued focus and study. I find that my natural inclination to attack, attack, attack doesn't work so well in these types of endgames. I will need to learn the proper balance between attack and defense to become artful at this sort of game finish. Also, there are 746 rook problems that comprise rook or rook + pawns endgames in the Convekta database, so these mini-circles will take more time to complete than other mini-circles. However, once I master this section, I will have conquered nearly half of the entire database of problems.

1st mini-circle: 67%, Convekta ELO: 2219
2nd mini-circle: 72%, Convekta ELO: 2220

9 Comments:

Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Dude you rock! Great to see such diligence.

9:22 AM  
Blogger CelticDeath said...

Thanks, Blue Devil. It's been hard to fit it in with my new job at work and with the study and internet chessplay, but I'm still working at it.

Hope things are well with you. You in the work world now?

6:56 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

I'm still at the same job. I've been a postdoc since all this started.

6:59 PM  
Blogger CelticDeath said...

Sorry! My bad. I thought you were still in school when you started doing this.

6:43 PM  
Blogger Phaedrus said...

I am not sure what the convekta problems are, you are studying? What is the source Celtic?

1:20 PM  
Blogger CelticDeath said...

Phaedrus, I'm using Convekta's Chess Endgame Training software.

http://store.convekta.com/shop_model.asp?gid=123&sView=Catalog

5:31 PM  
Blogger BlunderProne said...

Long time no see... sorry I am little slow.

3:11 PM  
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2:20 PM  
Blogger Temposchlucker said...

Are you still alive or did you die trying?

7:13 PM  

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