Habit III

by zenquaker

Today was the first day of actually doing my new habit. Almost everything went perfectly. I remembered to do it right after dinner, and then did it right after dinner. I did bobble a bit by not logging in first and doing a few problems in guest mode. But then I got my five minutes of problems done. I got four out of seven right. My tactics rating dropped 20 points, but given that I haven’t worked on my game since August that is not surprising. Afterwords I gave my self the positive reinforcement of an Almond Joy.

There was one really cool problem that I failed:

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White to move. Pawn to f4 mates. The en passant capture by the pawn on e4 is stopped because the pawn is pinned by the rook on e2.

One problem I did notice was related to my expected obstacle: feeling bad when I do poorly. Four for seven is not that good. Again, I’m out of practice, so it’s reasonable in context. I didn’t feel bad about it posting the first time, which was to the habit course forums. Then I posted it to the Chess site forums. Then when I posted it here I started feeling bad about it. I’m not feeling that bad about it, so I’m not going to worry about it right now. But it’s something to keep an eye on.

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