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Mixed Sheet of the Month

We have started a tradition; the first Monday of the month I will put up six exercises of reasonable difficulty (for difficult stuff – see my collected works :-)). The exercises are meant to get progressively more difficult, but as always, what is difficult for some, might be easy for others.

Spend 60 minutes maximum for the sheet. If you are a strong player, you will probably have a lot of time to spend on the last exercise; but since a 2700 player missed the right continuation, you are likely to need the time when you get there!

Write down your main line. Consider writing down a move to be the same as it would be in an old correspondence game: writing it means playing it! Thus you cannot have two moves, as some of my students have from time to time.

Points are awarded for the key ideas/moves that need to be anticipated. You are awarded the point ONLY if you have written down the move. The maximum you can score is 20 points.

Please confess to your rating and your score for others to compare with.

If you want to download the sheet, you can do so here.

If you want to download the exercises as a cbv-file with questions per move, you can do so here.

The solutions can be found here.



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  1. Clement
    November 4th, 2013 at 19:20 | #1

    I can only count 19 points available! I missed Black’s main line defence in puzzle 5. Other than that I got 18/19, rating:2244

  2. Mario
    November 4th, 2013 at 20:02 | #2

    the cbv file link doesnt work 🙁

  3. Paul Brøndal
    November 4th, 2013 at 20:03 | #3

    Time: 50 minutes
    Points: 8
    Rating 1946

  4. Paul Brøndal
    November 4th, 2013 at 20:05 | #4

    Time: 50 minutes
    Points: 8
    Rating: 1946

  5. Jacob Aagaard
    November 4th, 2013 at 20:57 | #5

    You are downloading from Firefox then. There is a general problem with cbv links. Instead right clock on the link and you should be fine.

  6. Mario
    November 5th, 2013 at 03:05 | #6

    @Jacob Aagaard
    thanks Jacob !! I try with explorer then 🙂 (microsoft 1 firefox 0 )

  7. KIA Fan
    November 5th, 2013 at 08:47 | #7

    I got 18/19 as I missed the second part in your game
    I got the one in Radjabov’s correct though
    Rating 2143

  8. Paul Brøndal
    November 5th, 2013 at 10:36 | #8

    @Jacob Aagaard
    Jacob, would Fear’s Tactimania be an OK book to use for the Woodpecker method?

  9. Jacob Aagaard
    November 5th, 2013 at 12:27 | #9

    @Paul Brøndal
    Very much so.

  10. Phille
    November 6th, 2013 at 20:32 | #10

    8 points, 20 min, Elo 2140.

    • Jacob Aagaard
      November 6th, 2013 at 23:53 | #11


  11. 2100player
    November 7th, 2013 at 15:59 | #12

    8 points

    Elo 2100
    missed whites threats in 3 and made similar mistake to radjabov in 6 too hasty in 2.

  12. SovietSchool
    November 8th, 2013 at 01:35 | #13

    8 points

    Elo 2100

    Made similar mistake to Radjabov’s on 6
    Too hasty on 2
    Did not see white’s ideas in 3

  13. SovietSchool
    November 8th, 2013 at 01:46 | #14

    I was wondering as a general point is it more effective to train by using a book of test positions like these or a book of complete games?

    For example do people think it more effective to go through say Karolyi’s 2 bookson Karpov or Jacob,s books Positional Play And Calculation?

    Are the book of training positions more instructive than complete gamesbut can they be a little bit artificial eg would I ever have found the correct move in position 5 or had confidence to play it in a game

  14. Indra Polak
    November 8th, 2013 at 09:54 | #15

    I enjoy replaying complete games more than starting from a “random” position. But I think it is much more time effective to train your skills starting from an interesting position. Your mind gets much more in “working mode” when doing the exercise. If I replay games my mind is mostly at rest and just marvels at the moves, no need to analyze for myself. And the “solve the puzzle” element can be a rewarding thing. So I suggest you first do “the dirty work” by training the positions and then “as a reward” you replay complete games from the big champions.

  15. Ray
    November 8th, 2013 at 09:55 | #16

    Only 7 points :-(. Elo 2217. I definately need to work more on my calaculation skills…

  16. SovietSchool
    November 8th, 2013 at 10:21 | #17

    Thanks Indra, I think you are right I have found these sheets made me feel similar mentally to having a swim or exercises physically so will try training books.

  17. JB
    November 8th, 2013 at 14:55 | #18

    Thanks Jacob

    8 (11?) points
    45-50 mins
    Fide 1870

    1 – got it
    2 – right first move but had no clue why 😉
    3 – nope
    4 – nope (will have to check with rybka why my alternate idea doesn’t work)
    5 – yep (easy one imo)
    6 – yes (but mixed up moves 35 and 36 in my calculations)

  18. Jimmy
    November 8th, 2013 at 21:31 | #19

    7 points
    Less than 50min

    1. Easy
    2. Got the first move right and didn’t bother looking further
    3. Nope
    4. Beautiful solution! Obvious once you see it. Missed it though
    5. Easy. Didn’t look much beyond Rh2 though
    6. Argh! Tried all the moves and ideas but couldn’t put them together.

    Anyway, I certainly learn a lot about my weaknesses by studying these positions. Thanks Jacob!

  19. Stone Monkey
    November 12th, 2013 at 01:13 | #20

    59 min
    12/19 pts
    Elo 2040

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