Thursday, May 20, 2010

1613 On ICC 5-Minute Blitz

Another milestone reached. It took a full year getting from breaking 1500 to here, which makes it twice as fast as getting from 1400 to 1500. The main difference no doubt is that I've been on a more or less steady diet of blitz since last december. Roughly 1300 5/0 blitz games during that time, the longest breaks having been a couple of weeks at most. During this time my slow chess hasn't improved one bit. Yet more weight to my belief that blitz is mostly about experience, mileage.

Haven't been training much, but the little I've been doing has been openings. Zero endings, zero tactics. Just playing blitz, playing, playing, playing. And it seems like the way to go regarding blitz. Still got a staggering amount of work left with my openings though, so if what I've been saying about blitz & openings has any point in it, there's nowhere to go but up.

So onwards to 1700!


ICC 5-minute: 1613, 1318 games, +643, -652, =23.
RHP: 2031, 335 games, +230, -87, =18.

7 comments:

HeinzK said...

Congratulations woody. 1700 will be easy now.

wormwood said...

I guess we'll see. :)

transformation said...

congratulations II

Nimzo5 said...

Congrats - I am amazed at how low a drawing quotient you have, even in g/5.

wormwood said...

I'm the kind who pushes the position until one of us breaks. I rarely take unforced draws, but rather go down in flames insted, after pushing it too hard.

Wahrheit said...

Dept. of FWIW: I reopened my old chess blog, minus the politco/philosopho balthering, at Robert Pearson's Chess Blog.

transformation said...

As usual, you are about 1.5 years ahead of me, besides being much younger with youthful energy and time, but what the heck, ok.

Will be 5 0 1600 any time I want, well past that now, just need a few quick games, set on 3 0 just like you. But in my case, not as an object, but as prep to 0 4. I have a very hard time getting over 1400, and each time, fall back, back up, back, up, down, up.

I respect what you do. Most impressive. You remain a level above me, at all times... but probably at blitz we are the closest.

Take care, dk PS linked to your blog, my new post same subject here et al., sec ago...