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Post by DonM on September 8th 2013, 12:06 am

Today I started month 1 of ICS.  My initial rating is 1300 and I am very rusty, not having played for about 10 years.   I am/was a member of a local chess club with about 200 members.  When I was active in the club, I was about one-third from the bottom; when I finish the course, I would like to be one-third from the top, which would correspond to a rating of about 1700.  1700 - 1300 is an increment of 400.  I just retired, so I have the time to take the course. First step: hang in there.
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Post by Mystique on September 8th 2013, 4:35 am

Good luck and enjoy DonM !!

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Post by Victorian Gent on September 17th 2013, 12:58 pm

Good stuff! Let us know how you get on and don't get discouraged if it takes a while.

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Post by BorgQueen on November 18th 2013, 5:37 pm

I wish I had an OTB club close that had 200 members. Ours has about 50 with only around 10 or 15 turning up regularly.

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Post by ernestosim01 on November 19th 2013, 6:47 am

The nearest active chess club I can join to requires a nearly 2-hour commute. It's too active that it claims they're open 24/7. I'm itching to join but I'd rather spend my commuting time with other productive chess activity.Cool 

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Post by BorgQueen on November 20th 2013, 5:25 pm

Yup, that's a bit far away for my liking too... pity.

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Post by chesstiger on November 18th 2015, 4:32 pm

I wonder if you finished the course and what your current rating is?

If you finished the course, how high is your satisfaction level of the course?
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Post by BorgQueen on November 18th 2015, 6:39 pm

I finished the course... my rating went up by about 200 points. Quite satisfied that the course helped me but I need to do the course over again but dread it because of the amount of time required to properly study it.

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Post by chesstiger on November 19th 2015, 2:02 am

@BorgQueen

What do you mean by properly?
And does it take longer then 13 months to absorb the course?
How long did it take you to implement all the new found knowlegde into your thinkingproces and actual play?

Did you only do the core-program or also the other, suplementary, courses?
Any benefits you got from the other course then the core-program?
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Post by BorgQueen on November 19th 2015, 7:26 pm

By properly, I mean taking the time to do it all without rushing through it. Taking the time to think about it and study the positions, read all the material etc.

Sometimes I finished a month's material inside the month and had a couple of nights off. Most though took longer. I'd say it took me around 14 months to do the 13 month course. I really struggled with the visualisation part and would be trying for hours to do what was asked.

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Post by BorgQueen on November 19th 2015, 7:27 pm

I only did the core program. That was all there was when I did it... that and the opening course... which I failed to do as I just suck at memorising openings.

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