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Post by chesskang on February 11th 2011, 2:40 pm

I am new to the program, just starting month 2, and I find it insightful and fairly comprehensive. After the first month I feel confident I can rack up some rating points (without life getting in the way) and was just wondering if anyone cares to share their quantifiable progress so far?
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Post by HangingKing on February 11th 2011, 3:43 pm

ELO curve on my Welcome page, i joined ICS in May 2009.

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Post by chesskang on February 14th 2011, 4:10 pm

Great info thanks for sharing...
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Re: Progress and Results

Post by BorgQueen on February 14th 2011, 11:22 pm

I have no quantifiable results since my rating doesn't get updated that frequently and even if it did, I don't play in enough rated games to show a clear difference quickly enough. Whenever I play in a rated game, my nerves kick in and I make too many mistakes, so atm, my rating is only going DOWN! lol

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Post by PawnCustodian on February 15th 2011, 8:36 am

I recently started playing on the ICCF. Games are slow, just a couple of moves per week each game. But it is to be a good way to get rated games in and practice the deep analytical ideas from the ICS studies. All at fraction of the cost of just one weekend tournament...

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Post by Ron Suarez on February 24th 2011, 12:07 pm

I have had the program for just over a year but I haven't been able to get through the whole thing by any means. I know this is the norm.

I haven't been able to get rated games in regularly, so my rating hasn't shown any progress. A fellow in our club who is a Master but doesn't play rated games anymore, has said that my play is strong but my results haven't been. I have lost games I should have won.

I blame this on the fact that my OTB rated games would sometimes have gaps of well over 3 months between them. And I would only play one game on a Monday evening at club, not 4 in one day as in a tournament.

I tried playing in the leagues of ICC and FICS with great success at winning, but I found it didn't help in my real OTB games. I even used a real board in those slow internet games, but it isn't the same as playing with a human being across the board from you.

I recently changed my work schedule so I will be able to play some weekend tournaments. I have noticed that when I get back to playing after even a 2 month layoff, I will lose a game I normally would not. After getting warmed up, I do much better.

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Post by chesskang on February 24th 2011, 12:45 pm

Ron that sounds like my progress as well, I will take time off come back shed points, get better win my section, then take time off rinse and repeat. I am hoping by having a set amount of time to complete the modules (monthly) it will push me to stay active and on track. As well as the fact that I have more time to study now versus before due to my work schedule. Thanks for the feedback.
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Post by mrhollywood95 on February 28th 2011, 8:40 pm

I'm finding out the hard way that this course is nearly impossible to follow on a month by month basis. Life always seems to get in the way. I got stuck between months 2 & 3 and now haven't studied anything in about a month.
The opening module is kicking my butt. Month 3 looks relatively easy, but I cant find the time (or the peace & quiet) to go through the lessons thoroughly enough.

I've been thinking about taking 2 months to complete each month's lessons. Anybody else using this tactic?

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Re: Progress and Results

Post by BorgQueen on March 1st 2011, 6:06 am

I am not studying the openings module, just focusing on the main course. I am finding that I have JUST enough time to keep up without doing the openings stuff. Once I complete the main course, I will then start on the openings repertoire... IF I can make sense of it.

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Post by chesskang on March 3rd 2011, 9:58 am

BorgQueen wrote:I am not studying the openings module, just focusing on the main course. I am finding that I have JUST enough time to keep up without doing the openings stuff. Once I complete the main course, I will then start on the openings repertoire... IF I can make sense of it.

I am employing a similar idea. I already have lines that I prefer, so I am just looking over the ones that fit in currently with what I like to play. Notice I said looking over and not in-depth study...because as you say the course material is substantial (and good).
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Post by BorgQueen on March 3rd 2011, 6:07 pm

I am probably weird, but every now and then I totally switch openings. For example, against 1.e4, I used to play the Petroff for a while and now I am playing the French. My opponents never really know what to expect!

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Post by PawnCustodian on March 3rd 2011, 7:17 pm

The authors are like the sensi in the Karate Kid movie. You get a really good dose of all of the openings in the middle game material without working the "openings".

Even though I'm putting a lot of effort into the opening modules and dilligently getting through all of the middle game material on schedule, I still find that the opening repertoire leaves difficult positions that will take a lot of work to fully understand. Hopefully there's a huge AhHa! at month 13 when we have the full measure of chess knowledge...

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Post by Blue Devil Knight on March 12th 2011, 9:58 am

LOL. Wax on, wax off.

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Re: Progress and Results

Post by chesstiger on November 18th 2015, 8:58 am

Bringing this topic back to life.

In wich month (course, not pregnancy :-) ) are you and what is your rating now and what was your rating when you started the course?

Extra question: How many times did you study the course (started over again)?
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Post by BorgQueen on November 18th 2015, 6:46 pm

Studied the course once only. I really WANT to do it again, but time is an issue. I do not aim to be an IM or anything... I know I will never get there. My only aim is to do better at my club and the course helped me do that. If I repeat the course I am confident that it would help me get even stronger.

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Post by chesstiger on December 12th 2015, 11:46 am

BorgQueen wrote:If I repeat the course I am confident that it would help me get even stronger.

I would like to know if this is actually true. So when are you starting again? What a Face
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Post by BorgQueen on December 15th 2015, 7:06 am

When I find enough time to!

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