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.**

ClementI 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

Mariothe cbv file link doesnt work 🙁

Paul BrøndalTime: 50 minutes

Points: 8

Rating 1946

Paul BrøndalTime: 50 minutes

Points: 8

Rating: 1946

Jacob Aagaard@Mario

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.

Mario@Jacob Aagaard

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

KIA FanI got 18/19 as I missed the second part in your game

I got the one in Radjabov’s correct though

Rating 2143

Paul Brøndal@Jacob Aagaard

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

Jacob Aagaard@Paul Brøndal

Very much so.

Phille8 points, 20 min, Elo 2140.

Jacob AagaardThx.

2100player8 points

Elo 2100

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

SovietSchool8 points

Elo 2100

Made similar mistake to Radjabov’s on 6

Too hasty on 2

Did not see white’s ideas in 3

SovietSchoolI 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

Indra PolakI 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.

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

SovietSchoolThanks 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.

JBThanks 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)

JimmyUnrated

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!

Stone Monkey59 min

12/19 pts

Elo 2040