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Grumpy old geezer looking for a Study Buddy  I have no clear picture of what this would be like but a few suggestions are:  


  • playing slow games using ICC/FICS on a regular basis 

  • discussing/analyzing games 

  • discussing chess books 

My training regime looks as follows: “semi daily” 30-60 minutes training sessions mainly focused on Tactics  My goal is to have increased my ICC rating to 1250 by the end of the year  

Join farbror and edwaxx for semi-regular slow games, home brewed analysis and generic fun!

** Disclaimer ** there is an embarrassing discrepancy between my chess skills and my eagerness to improve my OTB game.    





Comment from Walter
Time: January 18, 2009, 6:21 pm

Hello!! A slow game on the ICC sounds like a Great idea!! We can discuss the game in ICC chat when we are finished. I have the book “Logical chess move by move” by Chernev. I read it years ago, I recently re-purchaced it in Algebraic format. It is a very good book. I am working on Tactics lately. I do not have Skype. My name on the ICC is Cardman. My Goal is to hit 1400 on ICC in 2009. I am 45 years old.

Comment from David K, Seattle
Time: February 17, 2009, 8:15 am

I admit, I am way too busy, but I am 100% certain that I can help get you in the right direction. No charge, one friend to another.

Please email me.

You do betting, and I have done stocks in a big way, common ground.


Comment from Charlton
Time: May 22, 2009, 10:19 pm

I.C.C. not my favorite place to play.Prefer for games in general.However slow play games are great.generally with an after game analysis to see where we are having issues.

I have a small collection of chess books that I am slowly spending time reading and studying as I go.(reassess your chess workbook by J.Silman has been my favorite.others include chess tactics for advanced players Yuri Averbakh attack and counter attack in chess Fred Reinfeld etc.

you have your betting in sports I have poker.Similar grounds

Comment from Farbror the Guru
Time: May 23, 2009, 4:12 am

I used to play a fair amount of online poker before we got the kids. “poker-Me” is a solid grinder but “Chess-Me” is rather impatient.

Comment from robert berg
Time: June 15, 2009, 7:23 am

Farbror, you mention in your recent article at that you use 3 tactics training sites. Could you please tell me what the other 2 are (besides I’m looking for tactics training that stresses quantity and repetition: initially rather easy and progressively more difficult single-motif positions. Thanks.

Comment from Farbror the Guru
Time: June 15, 2009, 7:31 am


Here are the other two I have been using. One neat feature at Chesstempo is that that site offers endgame problems for paying members. The Chess Tactics server is a stressful experience (but free!). You are supposed to solve the problems pretty darn fast. Chesstempo can be set at “no time restrictions”

Have you had a look at CT-Art 3.0? It is a very good tool and it has just been released in a more Vista friendly package.

I hope you enjoy those sites and let me know what you think

Comment from chessbibliophile
Time: October 19, 2009, 2:58 pm

Dear friend,

Do feel free to write to my email address here

Comment from Filmy Online
Time: December 4, 2010, 5:12 am

Wow that was strange. I just wrote an really long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyways, just wanted to say great blog!

Comment from Farbror the Guru
Time: February 20, 2011, 10:42 am

Sounds Strange! Sorry about that!

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