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Patrick's 2019 Category Challenge

2019 Category Challenge

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1ChessFanatic
Edited: Feb 18, 3:59pm Top

Being a chess player and not one that reads a whole lot of fiction, book count is almost impossible. Some books only parts are useful. They often are not read in order cover to cover (though some are). Sometimes things come in other formats, like PGN or PDF.

Therefore, my challenge this year will be in terms of pages. In some cases, a single page could take over an hour to read. Others are faster. Therefore, my challenge this year will be to read 2019 pages. Tables of contents and legal stuff won't be counted. Only pages actually read and pages from things like PDFs.

Categories:

1) PDF Pages from the 2nd of the 3 one-year courses at the International Chess School (113 Pages Thus Far)
2) Pages from Opening Books (66 Pages Thus Far)
3) Pages from Non-Opening Books (262 Pages Thus Far)

My challenge will start from November 27th, 2018 since I have no ongoing 2018 challenge. Minimum 300 pages from each category.


2ChessFanatic
Nov 27, 2018, 11:43am Top

Pages 5-9 (Introduction) of The Cambridge Springs

3DeltaQueen50
Nov 27, 2018, 1:48pm Top

Welcome to the Challenge!

4ChessFanatic
Nov 27, 2018, 3:38pm Top

Thanks DeltaQueen. I can already say that this won't be easy!

5rabbitprincess
Nov 28, 2018, 8:57pm Top

Welcome aboard and good luck! :)

6ChessFanatic
Edited: Nov 28, 2018, 11:15pm Top

Pages 61-67 (Chapter 7) of Extreme Chess Tactics

7tess_schoolmarm
Nov 29, 2018, 10:31pm Top

Good luck with your reading!

8ChessFanatic
Edited: Nov 30, 2018, 7:46am Top

Thanks Tess_schoolmarm and rabbit princess.

Pages 13-15 (Game 1) of My Best Games, 1952-2000 (Volume 1: Games with White)

9LisaMorr
Nov 30, 2018, 3:58pm Top

Wow! Impressive! Good luck with your reading plans!

10ChessFanatic
Dec 1, 2018, 12:42am Top

Month 1, Game 1 of the "Chess Essentials and Practice" course completed (8 pages).

11ChessFanatic
Dec 1, 2018, 7:38pm Top

Pages 68-76 (Chapter 8) of Extreme Chess Tactics

12ChessFanatic
Dec 2, 2018, 9:47am Top

Pages 10-11 (Rare 7th Moves For White - 7.Qa4, 7.Qd2, 7.Be2, 7.c5) of The Cambridge Springs

Pages 16-19 (Game 2) of My Best Games, 1952-2000 (Volume 1: Games with White)

13lkernagh
Dec 2, 2018, 7:07pm Top

Welcome to the challenge and good luck with your reading plans!

14Helenliz
Dec 3, 2018, 1:49pm Top

Welcome to the challenge group.
I admit to being intrigued by extreme chess. I have a picture of someone playing chess while suspended upside down over a river of crocodiles, or something equally mismatched. I guess it's nothing like the image it conjures!

15ChessFanatic
Dec 3, 2018, 2:40pm Top

>14 Helenliz:

LOL! No! It's more along the lines of problems that feature off the wall tactics. For example, White sacrifices his Queen and Rook to force Black pieces onto squares that self-block his own King's escape squares, and then the Knight delivers mate.

Or in the case of an endgame, a position that almost certainly looks drawn, like White has a Rook, Bishop, and pawn that is about to be captured against a Rook and Knight, but somehow, through extreme tactics, White is still able to win, and you have to figure out how.

16ChessFanatic
Dec 3, 2018, 11:07pm Top

Page 12 (Rare 7th Moves For White - 7.Bd3) of The Cambridge Springs

Pages 20-22 (Game 3) of My Best Games, 1952-2000 (Volume 1: Games with White)

17ChessFanatic
Edited: Dec 5, 2018, 11:06am Top

Month 1, Game 2 of "Chess Essentials and Practice" course completed (9 pages)

Pages 23-25 (Game 4) of My Best Games, 1952-2000 (Volume 1: Games with White)

18ChessFanatic
Dec 5, 2018, 11:07am Top

21ChessFanatic
Dec 12, 2018, 10:23am Top

Page 13 (Rare 7th Moves For White - 7.a3) of The Cambridge Springs

22ChessFanatic
Dec 13, 2018, 2:27pm Top

Pages 14-15 (Rare 7th Moves For White - 7.Qb3) of The Cambridge Springs

23ChessFanatic
Dec 14, 2018, 7:34am Top

Pages 35-37 (Game 8) of My Best Games, 1952-2000 (Volume 1: Games with White)

24This-n-That
Dec 14, 2018, 10:24am Top

>1 ChessFanatic: Wishing you success with your reading goals. I notice you have a football themed ticker. Do you like that game, too?

25ChessFanatic
Edited: Dec 14, 2018, 10:37am Top

>24 This-n-That: My main interests are Chess, Bridge, Football, and Baseball, and I have 22 Fantasy Football Leagues this year (9 of which still alive in the playoffs) and usually have about a dozen fantasy baseball leagues each year.

I am not a football player, if that is what you are asking. Chess and Bridge player, Football(Giants) and Baseball(Mets) fan!

Crazy game last night - Chargers down by 1 after scoring the touchdown with 4 seconds left and they go for 2 and make it, winning by 1 at the risk of losing by 1 instead of going to overtime and kicking the somewhat automatic extra point!

26This-n-That
Dec 14, 2018, 10:44am Top

>25 ChessFanatic: I should have asked if you are a football "fan". :-) Based on your answer, I can tell you definitely are. I was incredibly happy about the results of the crazy game last night, as I am a huge Chargers and Philip Rivers fan!

27ChessFanatic
Dec 14, 2018, 10:52am Top

>26 This-n-That: You can thank us for that! We drafted him and then traded him to you for Eli given Eli's outright refusal to play in a small market like San Diego! Of course, Eli has two rings. Big Ben has two rings. How many does the third of the 2004 QB trio have? (Tongue in cheek! - Of course I'm well aware that the supporting cast has a lot to do with it!)

28This-n-That
Edited: Dec 14, 2018, 5:09pm Top

>27 ChessFanatic: Guess I just like to cheer on the underdog, plus I've been a fan for many years. :-) In interviews, Rivers comes across as a very nice person. Ring or no ring, the guy is incredibly talented on the football field, as are some of his teammates.

Enjoy watching the remainder of the games. It sometimes amazes me how quickly the season flies by.

29ChessFanatic
Edited: Dec 14, 2018, 5:18pm Top

>28 This-n-That: Yeah, Football does fly by. The way I see it, Football is to Baseball as a Sprint (or Dash) is to a Marathon.

30ChessFanatic
Dec 15, 2018, 12:29am Top

Month 1, Game 3 of the "Chess Essentials and Practice" course completed (9 pages).

31ChessFanatic
Dec 15, 2018, 9:51pm Top

Month 1, Game 4 of the "Chess Essentials and Practice" course completed (9 pages).

32ChessFanatic
Dec 16, 2018, 10:18am Top

Pages 77-86 (Chapter 9) of Extreme Chess Tactics

33ChessFanatic
Dec 17, 2018, 11:45pm Top

Pages 16-19 (Rare 7th Moves for White - 7.Rc1, 7.Qc2) of The Cambridge Springs

34ChessFanatic
Dec 18, 2018, 4:55pm Top

Pages 87-96 (Chapter 10) of Extreme Chess Tactics

35ChessFanatic
Dec 19, 2018, 3:07pm Top

Pages 97-103 (Chapter 11) of Extreme Chess Tactics

36ChessFanatic
Dec 25, 2018, 10:56am Top

Pages 104-109 (Chapter 12) of Extreme Chess Tactics
Pages 110-118 (Chapter 13) of Extreme Chess Tactics

37ChessFanatic
Dec 26, 2018, 11:39am Top

Pages 119-125 (Chapter 14) of Extreme Chess Tactics

38ChessFanatic
Dec 26, 2018, 12:29pm Top

Month 1, Game 5 of the "Chess Essentials and Practice" course completed (8 pages).

39ChessFanatic
Dec 26, 2018, 12:58pm Top

Pages 20-21 (7.Bxf6 and 8.c5 plus Rare 8th Moves) of The Cambridge Springs

40ChessFanatic
Edited: Dec 27, 2018, 3:10pm Top

Pages 126-130 (Chapter 15) of Extreme Chess Tactics

Pages 131-141 (Chapter 16) of Extreme Chess Tactics

Month 1, Game 6 of the "Chess Essentials and Practice" course completed (8 pages).

Pages 22-23 (7.Bxf6 w/ 8.Qb3 and 7.Bxf6 w/ 8.Qc2) of The Cambridge Springs

Pages 74-75 (Game 36) of Sacrifice and Initiative in Chess

41tess_schoolmarm
Dec 29, 2018, 8:52am Top

Great job at plugging away at that Chess reading!

42The_Hibernator
Dec 31, 2018, 7:12am Top

Happy New Year!

43hailelib
Dec 31, 2018, 9:10am Top

You're making progress!

44thornton37814
Dec 31, 2018, 11:47am Top

Happy 2019 reading!

45tess_schoolmarm
Dec 31, 2018, 2:57pm Top

46ChessFanatic
Edited: Jan 3, 11:13pm Top

Thanks Hibernator, hailelib, and thornton.

Though I must say in the case of hailelib that the progress may be a slight bit of an illusion. That Extreme Chess Tactics was a bit of a simplified problems book, which can usually be read through fast. In addition, the book I just started (one of the 2 from Secret Santa), Pawn Power in Chess, is pretty much purely text the first 50 or so pages and predominantly analysis the last 250. So today's will look like a lot, but you'll probably start seeing it going at the same speed as The Cambridge Springs.

The other illusion is that I have been off from work from December 21st thru today, but it's back to work tomorrow. At that point, it's pretty much going to be down to nights (when there is time) and weekends.

47ChessFanatic
Edited: Jan 2, 2:19am Top

Read pages 1, 3-43, and 45-49 of Pawn Power in Chess

(Basically the "Text" portion of the book)

Read pages 50-54 of Pawn Power in Chess.

48ChessFanatic
Edited: Jan 4, 12:23am Top

Read pages 55-57 of Pawn Power in Chess

Read pages 58-63 of Pawn Power in Chess

49ChessFanatic
Edited: Jan 5, 11:57pm Top

Read pages 64-65 of Pawn Power in Chess

Read pages 24-29 of The Cambridge Springs

50ChessFanatic
Edited: Jan 6, 6:04pm Top

51ChessFanatic
Jan 7, 11:07pm Top

Read pages 66-67 of Pawn Power in Chess

Read pages 13-17 of What It Takes To Become A Chess Master

52ChessFanatic
Jan 9, 11:34am Top

53ChessFanatic
Edited: Jan 11, 12:19am Top

Read pages 22-27 and 191-192 of What It Takes To Become A Chess Master

54ChessFanatic
Jan 13, 4:29pm Top

Month 1, Game 7 of the "Chess Essentials and Practice" course completed (10 pages)

55ChessFanatic
Jan 15, 3:38pm Top

Month 1, Game 8 of the "Chess Essentials and Practice" course completed (8 pages)

Read pages 28-29 of What It Takes To Become A Chess Master

56ChessFanatic
Jan 17, 11:30pm Top

Read pages 68-70 of Pawn Power in Chess

57ChessFanatic
Jan 20, 10:21pm Top

58ChessFanatic
Jan 21, 6:35pm Top

59ChessFanatic
Edited: Jan 24, 12:22am Top

Read pages 35-36 of What It Takes To Become A Chess Master

Read pages 11-19 (Intro to Part 1, Intro to Chapter 1, and Game 1) of The Even More Flexible French

60ChessFanatic
Edited: Jan 25, 12:05am Top

61ChessFanatic
Edited: Jan 25, 4:03pm Top

Read Pages 20-24 (Game 2) of The Even More Flexible French

Read Pages 48-50 and 193-195 of What It Takes To Become A Chess Master

Read Pages 71-83 of Pawn Power In Chess

63ChessFanatic
Feb 5, 3:33pm Top

Month 1, Game 9 of the "Chess Essentials and Practice" course completed (9 pages).

64ChessFanatic
Feb 6, 11:46pm Top

Month 1, Game 10 of the "Chess Essentials and Practice" course completed (9 pages).

65ChessFanatic
Feb 8, 12:19am Top

Month 1, Game 11 of the "Chess Essentials and Practice" course completed (9 pages).

Introduction of 1.d4 repertoire from ICS (1 page)

White vs Dutch (ICS) (2 pages)

66ChessFanatic
Edited: Feb 9, 12:50am Top

Read Pages 59-60 of What It Takes To Become A Chess Master

Month 1, Game 12 of the "Chess Essentials and Practice" course completed (8 pages).

White vs Czech Benoni (ICS) (2 pages)

White vs Volga Gambit (ICS) (2 pages)

White vs Modern Benoni (ICS) (2 pages)

White vs Grunfeld (ICS) (3 pages)

White vs Budapest (ICS) (2 pages)

67ChessFanatic
Edited: Feb 12, 2:53pm Top

Read Pages 8-14 of Win With the Stonewall Dutch

Month 2, Game 1 of the "Chess Essentials and Practice" course completed (9 pages).

68ChessFanatic
Edited: Feb 15, 9:25pm Top

69ChessFanatic
Feb 17, 9:18pm Top

Read pages 66-67 of What It Takes To Become A Chess Master

70ChessFanatic
Feb 18, 3:59pm Top

Read pages 68-71 and 196 of What It Takes To Become A Chess Master

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