Dear Bob, thank you. Briefly: this is not at all painful, but more needless ware and tear. Years and years as a knowledge-worker, to use the useful phrase of former Clinton Labor Secretary, Robert B. Reich which he elaborates in his book The Future of Success, years and years have worn down the fatty tissue around my right ulnar nerve. At this point, the least damage done the better, but it is already done. Surgery is likely in three weeks to decompress the nerve.
I sincerely believe that the intense work at chess.emerald.net from March to October combined with prior my rib contusion have pushed my arm over the edge, and years as an architect (1989-1990), then broker (easily 100,000 phone calls between 1993 and 2000) played no small part. Before this started, in mid-October, I realized that I needed to switch to my normal left hand (I'm a lefty; anyone surprised?) and did so, but still feel a LOT of stress in my right hand during tactics, so now am working at STAYING RELAXED DURING practice! The zen of tactics.
A few observations: I was ranked #160 to 165 for quite a while as transformation, as was likeforest also. He moved to 150 or 155 and I was 155/159. I'm pretty analytic, but still cannot understand how I'm suddenly in the low 100's THERE. There are more users. If anything, it tends to make holding a percentage (%) at a level result in a drop in rank, for %.
I was pretty much doing 89 to 93% each session, before a long hiatus, but am now back, but since that ID is now more focused on rating without totally abandoning %, my recent spate of 79 to 82% disconcerting.
This is NOT at al accidental, as, I don’t know if you know, but I went public that I am dogWaste, now ranked #16 at 94.5%. I could have easily kept it a secret but willingly started to discuss 'him', first with temposchlucker then at chessChat.org et al. Since I had done the first 1000 at 1500+ at 92%, and the next 1000 around 1480 at 94 to 95%, and this next 1000 around first 96% and now mostly 98/99%, most of the problems there were done 1470+. I do chessWaste first THEN when warmed up, go briefly to dktransform. I just did 143 correct straight then further 2/228=230 99.13% and currently 1348 elo. dktransform is 85.0% at 1550, and hit 1560/1565 in fits and starts, and aught to be 1570 soon enough.
It is tempting to try to migrate dktransform to a rank #99 and am fully aware of your wonderful accomplishment, and so wish to join you, but my real focus for some time has been dogWaste. I plan to reach chessdog at 95.7% then exceed.
Since tempo did 97.7% as slowTempo, yet did most of it 1320 to 1360 (I believe), and now many problems at 1295 to 1310, 1437 elo at 3,000 problems was quite bit harder at 94.2% but am now trying for 100% daily. It amazes me how you can try for 100% with fierce deep resolve, yet somehow somewhere get one wrong. My last few sessions were 1/50=51 and 1/55=56. At 98%, one more problem wrong and suddenly you are 97%. Two more wrong, then 96%. You only have to do 30 or 40 more, or 50 without mishap to somehow get back on pace! Errrr.
So chessWaste is my main focus now, so this allows dktransform to be more rating focused now. One thing, if you ever wish to compare more than just %, chess trophies and see the top 20 best solved problems and you get an idea of what each person faces. At 1560, now they are throwing me 1750 and 1650 problems. At 1335, they throw me lots of 1250 now. I if I went to 1297 like slowtempo, could easily make less mistakes despite efforts for 100% perfection.
I plan to rest my hands even more again, soon, so then re-embark upon ct-art and finish the last circle.
Thanks for writing. dk
Sent: Sunday, December 10, 2006 11:08 AMDavid, You are most welcome to post it to the blog! Again, get well soon.
(I myself am fighting a frozen right shoulder; two months of physical
therapy has only given slight improvements and I'm told it takes a
year to return to full range of motion. But it is, really, a small
thing compared to yours.)
By the way, a side note now that I think of it as you are a friend of
Yasser Seirawan. His books are THE BEST. Since I have wisely decided
(and I wrote my own blog entry about it) to start over assuming I know
nothing (not a bad assumption), his books are my constant guide. I am
using Winning Tactics, Winning Strategies, and Winning Endgames at the
moment, and will go on to Winning Combinations later.
Dear Bob, I had many nice walks with Yasser here in Seattle before his move to Amsterdam, where he discussed the THOUSANDS of books he referenced, in order to make Winning Chess Combinations the best book possible. I believe that he wrestled a lot with himself, as to whether to make it a book on mating attacks alone, and when he wrote the book, it was already quite done in his head, and was more a matter of sitting down to manifest it.
When I furnished him with boxes purchased at my store, in order for him to move to Amsterdam, I got to visit his home and got to handle his Wijk aan Zee trophy, and the book of Botvinnik games, autographed to him by his highness himself. Talk about 'frission!'
Lastly, I am noticing when you look at a players trophies at chess.emerald.net, it furnishes the best picture, rather than percentage or tries, as to a players current strength. Recently dktransform has taken a big jump and STAYED AT 1550, so 19 out of 20 trophies are from the last week, most of them 1600 to 1700.
Thank you for writing, dk