Here are just a few of the tempting titles to be released next year. My overall ambition is to read (some parts) the books already collecting dust before buying a new one but that is an "ambition" worthy of a politician hunting for voters.
The Holiday Season has been pretty lazy but the New Year waiting around the corner is a reminder to get up to speed with my chess training. I will take a short break from the Team4545 League and instead join some ICC tournaments. The Team League is great fun but scheduling the games is a pain due to the time zone differences.
The top priorities for the immediate future is to digest more annotated master games and to become more confident with the black pieces.
One of my chess mentors suggested that improving my ICC rating by on average three points per game played would be a reasonable expectation. That is great news!
Well, our team was already down by 0.5 - 2.5 when I was to play my game. For some reason my mind was totally set on playing black. Anyhow, we had a fun battle and I probably stole half of a point in the end. I will post some notes in a day or two.
The Team4545 League is heading for play-offs but none of my teams are invited. Shame on the Rules! Anyhow, I need my weekly dose of slow games so I would like to ask if somebody would be interested in a few games? Maybe even a Match Series?
I have a slight preference for ICC but FICS is OK. A starting time such as 15:30(EST) works fine for me.
The following statement was interesting and amusing: "Kevin Spragget recommends that until you achieve master strength you need only about 25 books."
I am, as you know, on a limited quest for chess perfection. My Long Term Goal is to reach an ICC rating of 1700 within five years. I would like to ask for your "guesstimate" of the number of books needed to reach such a goal. Furthermore, if I may, I would like to have your input on which books to read for a geezer on his way to 1700.
To create a book load list might help me to be focused so I thought I shopuld give it a go!"
I was kind of surprised by the answers. Almost all of them responded that books might not be the best way to improve. One GM responded that almost any book would do the trick as the important thing was to read it in a proper way.
Anyhow, since I am addicted to buying books I would like to post the questions:
1. How would you like to design the required reading (ten book or less) for a 1700-player-to-be? (i.e. One book on openings, three on strategy...)
2. What titles would you recommend?
note: Extra credits for a suggested list of three books for the 1400-player-to be (which happens to be my goal for next year )
Why join the reading group? Well, it might be fun and it might be the whip and carrot you need to really study the important concept of endgames.
How will it work? We decide on a fairly slow paced schedule for reading the group and "meet" online using, say, Skype +ICC (or FICS?) for conference calls and discuss interesting sections of the last reading assignment.