Thanks to Korsmonaut, I've been tagged. Rise and Shine, you're it.
What is your blogger name and URL?
RockyRook, rockyrook.blogspot.com with my "Circles" quest over at sirrockrook.blogsot.com
How did you learn about the circles?
I don't remember exactly how I came accross de la Maza's book, but I know it was through the Chessville site and forum.
When did you learn about the circles?
Probably late 2002 or early part of 2003 ... I know it was shortly after the book came out and it was around the time I "found" on-line chess and FICS.
How long have you been going through the circles or how long did it take if you finished?
I received CT-ART 3.0 for Christmas in 2003 and I made a few feeble attempts in 2004. Then I went back to school to earn an MBA and that left little time for chess. Then in February 2006 I found Man de la Maza's blog and the Knight Errants. After that, I decided to try the program again. So I started again June 2006 determined to do 1039 problems, but recently decided to cut that to 500. I just finished yesterday.
How is your progress?
I spent a lot of time hammering the problems into my head. Although I've improved, I still have a long way to go.
Does working with the circles alone work for chess improvement, or is it more helpful to join the Knights?
I think joining the Knights is better. Having that quasi-accountability over my head helped me to keep at it as long as I did.
Are you a scholastic player?
Would you recommend the circles to a scholastic player?
Maybe ... if that is what the player needs to improve.
Do you use other training methods to supplement the circles?
While I was working on them, no. Now that I'm done, I plan to keep doing mini-circles while studying other parts of the game.
Any general comments about chess training or the circles?
It's tough at times, but you gotta do it if you want to improve.