And again I am in the happy state that I can speculate over all the good fruits that might be yielded from my study. Not disturbed by allready known facts from harsh reality.
In order to yield results from problemsolving at CTS two criteria have to be forfilled.
The first is, that it is possible to increase your rating at CTS.
The first 10,000 problems were accompanied by a rating progress from about 30 points, from 1470 to 1500. Now I seem to plateau at 1510. On the other hand it is hardly to imagine that the rating would NOT increase by doing 400 problems a day. So I have to look again when 20,000 problems are solved.
The second criterium is, that increase in CTS rating leads to increase in OTB rating.
I have compared Dutch -, USCF-, and FIDE ratings and I found them to be about equal.
To compare CTS and OTB ratings:
CTS seems to make you fast. That is to say, your rating there can only grow when you become faster.
Everybody with a high rating is fast. But is this reciprocal?
It's a well known fact that playing much blitz doesn't lead to better OTB play.
Is there a difference between playing blitz and problemsolving at CTS?
I believe there is.
When playing blitz old patterns are repeated over and over again. You are not necessarily LEARNING new patterns. At CTS, when a pattern is familiar, your solving time will decrease to
less than 3 seconds. Which means that your rating improves. This leads to a shift of the problem window, so you get new problems to LEARN.
So sit on the fence and wait for results or give it a try yourself at Chess Tactics Server.
circle 0: 1470
circle 1: 1500
circle 2: 11,000 /70,000
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