I originally intended to take the final this past Sunday, but didn't feel like it. I probably should've broken it up into two days because it's a little exhausting to do 24 of his problems at once. It took me about 3 hours total. About half I was able to do from the book and the other half I setup on the board. And just like other times, I suddenly was able to see ideas instantly that I missed before. I scored 34/47 for a bronze, missing silver by 2 points.
Here's the breakdown of problems:
Calculating Variations: 2/24
Positional Play: 1/24
And here's my final scores for each theme:
Tactics: 18/24 - 75%
Endgame: 10/10 - 100%
Strategy: 3/6 - 50%
Calculating Variations: 1/5 - 20%
Positional Play: 2/2 - 100%
Overall, not too bad. Towards the end I was just happy to be done as I was getting a little worn out having done this after work. I did much better on strategy than I did in the modules and I was happy to have gotten my one positional play question correct. I would've liked a second question for that theme. I think I could've gotten the 3rd strategy question had I been a little fresher.
Five of the points I missed on tactics came from the chapter on pawn combinations. The three pointer was doable. I kept sniffing around the edges of the right solution, seeing some of the ideas but ultimately missed out. A nice problem that came from one of Yusupov's games.
And that's a wrap for Build Up Your Chess: The Fundamentals! I downloaded the Tarrasch book to my Kindle and I've been reading through the chapters. I skipped over the chapter on "The Elements" as it's very basic material on learning to play chess. Also skipped most of the endgame material as it was generally beginner level as well. I did stop on a few if the diagrams caught my eye.
I'm glad to finally be done with this. I'll take a short break before the next book as I try to work on the weaknesses that were revealed from doing the first book and to keep up with my other training. I also intend to ramp up my OTB play. Looking at my calendar, I should be able to get in a good 15-20 games by mid April. Perhaps a new milestone will be reached. Stay tuned!