Sunday, July 16, 2006

A Base Rating

I seem to have established as a base rating on CTS of about 1560. So, I just need to see if I can actually improve on CTS and then transfer that to the chess board! According to tempo, this should eventually happen, but it may take a very long time (10's of thousands of problems if he is any indication). I think that I can make it happen, just by chipping away here and there. I think that CTS will be my 7 circles. I guess I could be considered back on the quest. I'll look at making an official plan in the next few days.


At 10:54 PM, Blogger King of the Spill said...

That's a nice rating for CTS!

At 11:41 PM, Blogger Temposchlucker said...

I had a gap to bridge between my performance OTB and on a computer screen. Read my post at
Now the gap is closed, I suspect the correlation between improving at CTS and improving OTB will be more significant.

At 9:53 AM, Blogger Calvin said...

i don't play over the board often enough, so i don't know what the gap is for me. if i can get my tactics rating to even about 150 points below my online rating, i will be very happy.

and tempo, do you ever play on fics? or just on icc? do you have a pretty steady rating on either? if you could tell me, that way i could see how similar out online ratings are and go from there.

At 10:38 AM, Blogger Temposchlucker said...

I don't like to play over the internet. I haven't played in about a year on FICS.

This summer I don't even play an OTB tournament (as I always used to) since I want to make a major jump in skill first and need my time at CTS.

At 3:03 PM, Blogger transformation said...

generalkaia, today on just now, i checked your "lattest actions", which goes with trophies and nightmares.

if you are failing two or three in a row, or 3 out of 5, then maybe try hanging on a problem that seems unclear.

when you CALCULATE IT, rather than play what Dan Heisenman (Philly Tutor of ICC and author of the wonderful column Novice Nook at calls "hope chess".

you will know the difference. you will sit, and look, calculate variations, and instead of hoping you got it, you will know it, hit the mouse, know the oppositions response and your response, and simple await a ping for confirmation.

also, i set my screen so i pause after EVERY SUCCESS and failure. even if only for five seconds, to look at it or go back and see how i did it right, or of course review wrong.

i agree with tempo that there is a real factor of raw memorization for SOME of the problems. at 54,000 versus my 14,201, he can utilize that. but for me, there are many new problems left, so i must SEE rather than remember.

getting in the zone where, at a glance, we evaluate king safety, checks to the opponents king, open files, loose pieces, pins/forks/skewers/clearanceSacrifices, etc. in five or ten seconds we all need to comprehend all that.

BUT when the solution is unclear, to sit and dig it out rather than wing it--if you will. this is the way. an failed problem is a hole in our perception.

just try it. hope these are not inappropriate comments. i dont know it all. but this i know.


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