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Habit IV

Day two brings us another five minutes of Chess tactics problems. Just like yesterday I went four for seven, but on one of the problems I was too slow and lost rating points even though I got the correct answer. My rating dropped another 38 points today, but that’s meaningless. What I should be worried about is some of the obvious stuff I am missing. Today I missed a pawn pinned to a mate threat. I used to be able to catch that sort of thing. I need to get back to where I used to be before I can really improve.

Two slight issues today. One, I was tempted to do other computery things before doing my tactics work. I think I can manage that, perhaps by changing some of the habits I have from when I’m using my computer at work. Two, I had a Baby Ruth instead of an Almond Joy for my positive reinforcement. I think the Almond Joy worked better. But I don’t have enough Almond Joys to make it all the way through the course. Oh, woe is me! 🙄

Habit III

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:


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.