Some HistoryI did start solving tactical puzzles because its necessary ( but not suficient ) to be strong in tactics to become a better player. No improvement in tactics - > no ( big ) improvement in chess. The trainingsituation in tactics is exellent, there are tactic-books, tactic-software, tactic-servers. The logical first step seemed to be, to improve in tactics a few hundred points. But that is not easy. After more than 100 000 puzzles at several tacticsservers i did start solving puzzles at chesstempo.
This plot is a recalculated rating based only on problems i saw the first time ( so i dont measure my memory but my tactical skill ) and based on the rating of these problems of today ( to bypass ratingdrift issues ). The calculation is done with a ratingsystem which is "as close as possible" related to the blitz-ratingssystem of Chesstempo. The original ratings of chesstempo does have to many issues with things like "duplicate reward reduction" to see whats realy going on.
Discussion of the plotThe raise in rating at the beginning is "not real". The ratingsystem of CT is different to the ratingsystem of other server. I did get used to the system of ct, the board, the colours, the pieces, the method how to move the pieces and the special ratingssystem ( for ex. Ct is punishing thinkingtime "after the first move" extra hard ). I did plateau for a while at a level <~1900. The improvement above ~1900 seems to be the result of being in the saltmines = "High speed, high volume, low rated problems - training". After a long vacation from the saltmines i did start making salt again ( in a little modified way ) and my rating is raising again.
Fritz Board Vision TrainingAttack training: >35
Defence training: ~30
I will start Check training soon.
I was wondering why/how i did improve in these "Board Vision" exercises.
At the beginning i made many errors, i did remember typical errors ( the type of position where they happen ), i was looking for these errors during my training and... they did vanish, they did get automated. Easy thoughts, done over and over again, get automated. I recognise the position and see ( = remember ) what to do.
Vision = memory triggert by recognition (of chunks).