Category Archives: Chess

Progress

I am continuing with “The Amateur’s Mind” and am up in the 1900’s for chess.com tactics trainer. I read somewhere that Chesstempo.com had a

Sucking at chess

I have been making some progress with the tactics trainer on chess.com. I finally broke the 1800 rating mark. I continue to read throw “The Amatuer’s Mind” by Jeremy Silman. It makes a lot of sense, but I find it difficult to think about a plan and positioning and potentially doing a tactic as it […]

Chess Master Progress

I have been reading through a book by Jeremy Silman, “The Amateur’s Mind” and working on the chess.com tactics trainer. I was sitting around a 1650 average on tactics trainer from 4/15 to 4/22 and the last few days, moved my way up to the 1700’s. I am hoping that is progress. I have not […]

Becoming a Chess Master

To become a national chess master in the United States, one must have a 2200 rating. According to www.uschess.org, less than 1% of rated players hold this title. Just looking in Ohio, there are more than 26,000 rated players and less than 100 are rated as national masters. Looks like becoming a national master in […]

Journey to do well at hobbies

Pumpkins, Chess and Bowling Is it possible to grow a pumpkin to 1000 lbs in a small backyard without sun past 4pm? Is it possible to get to a perfect game in bowling (300) by only bowling one game per week? Is it possible to become a national chess master (2200 rating) by doing a […]