A few weeks ago I did 6 circles with 1355 problems of Intensive Course Tactics from George Renko.
Because I started to memorize most of the moves instead of seeing the pattern in my mind I decided to postpone the 7th circle. In the meantime I did TCT step3,4 and 5.
Now I'm busy again with the 7th circle of Intensive Course Tactics.
Memorization of the variations decreased with about 90% by the delay.
I make an extra effort now to see the patterns in my mind before I play the solutions.
Allthough the pace isn't low it's far from playing a tempo.
So I think I'm gonna need more circles, maybe 8 or 9. I hope to finish that before the tourney at Witsuntide.
For some reason I have the feeling that I run tru things so easy. Compare this with the heroic battles of Don, Fussy, Pale (seduction!), J'adoube (frustration!) then my efforts look rather meager. I'm grown up with "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread" so when things aren't difficult then I have the feeling it's no work.
To make things difficult in an artificial manner I decided to couple my graduation at a gain of 168 ratingpoints instead of doing # problems 7 times.
So at least my feeling of heroism is done justice.
Besides I try to look at the total picture.
Cognitive science says that a grandmaster has 50.000 chesspatterns stored in his brainlobes.
Hence I assume that an average player of 1700 rating is about halfway.
So I have another 25.000 patterns to go.
Let's assume that 1000 problems a 2 variations per problem contain 2000 patterns, then some problemsets have to be done yet.
I trust that the sweat comes by itself. . .
6 hours ago