Sunday, September 29, 2013

Announcing a new chess club: Sugar House Chess Club

Club:   Sugar House Chess Club  (Replacement for the now defunct Coffee Club.)
Information:  All Skill Levels Welcome!
Location:  Chick-fil-A, 1206 East 2100 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84106

Time:  Meets Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 10 PM.

Best wishes,

John Coffey

Monday, September 23, 2013

The Fall of Hyperion

Just read Hyperion and and its second part: Fall of Hyperion (audio books). This is one of the most deeply rich science fiction books I have ever read.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Quick note on studying chess tactics



Lately I have been studying tactics pretty heavy.  I am most likely averaging at least an hour a day, although much of that time has been on the weekend.


I have been mostly focused on the chess tactics trainer because Josh said that he made it to 2000.   On the iPhone, after much effort I made it up to the 2025.   I am still in the 1900’s on the iPad but working on it.


I find that my head is swimming with tactics, especially the kinds of positions where you would not suspect that a tactic existed.   I dream about tactics, which is a good thing.   My goal here is to get to 2100 at tactics within months, and maybe 2200 at tactics in a year or two.


I find that if I focus on one thing, that I can make big advances in that one thing before moving onto something else.  For example, I was way behind on my goals on the tactics on my website, but after days of repetition I was somewhat surprised to make my goals.


I have seen some improvement in my results and my rating.

Best wishes,

John Coffey