CTS invites me to play a tempo.
But I noticed that even "a tempo" can be interpreted in different ways.
I found the following 3 speeds.
"Immediate" The main tactic is recognized in under 1 second. The position is so familiar you are sure this has to be the move. The validation of the move is allready in the pattern so to say. This happens in <1% of the problems. It is a sort of observation without actually seeing. You just know where the pieces are and what they are doing. I compare it with the tennis player who knows where the ball is while it is physically not possible to see it (feel the force, Luke).
"Scanning" I scan the board and my eye falls on the main tactic. This happens within 3 seconds.
<10% of the cases.
"Validation" allthough I recognize the tactic fast, I feel the urge to validate the move. Before you know it 10-20 seconds are gone. For example a simple recapture of a piece falls in this category. I always feel the urge to have a look if there is nothing more to it. The majority of the problems fall in this category.
I'm happy to report that exercises at CTS don't lead to bad habits in slow games.
The main result OTB so far is that I play quicker and hence I'm less vulnerable for my old enemy, time trouble. It is too early to see an effect on my rating.
circle 0: 1470
circle 1: 1500
circle 2: 1520
circle 3: 26,200 /70,000
Highest rating 1567
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