## Thursday, January 05, 2006

### Pump up the volume.

To prevent people from thinking I'm on vacation I beefed up my efforts.
Well, actually because the Corus tournament comes nearer:)

My new method is working extremely well. The last days I do 240 problems a day at CTS, to select 60 problematic problems which I use for spaced repetition. So that's 8 times as effective as my previous method (see previous post). In 3 days I have collected 3 x 60 = 180 problems for repetition.

Today I did 400 problems of TCT step 3.
I did the 7 circles with TCT about 8 months ago.
I wanted to find out how much I picked up from it.
That was rather disappointing. I remembered only 5% of the problems.
It took me 3.5 hours to solve the problems with a succesrate of 96%.
Which is the same as I started with at TCT.
Conclusion: my 7 circles with TCT have given me very little.
I allready suspected that because of my meagre results at the summer tournaments.
The 5 % I did remember were the more difficult problems, which I had given more attention.

From all my efforts in the past I have learned that these two things are crucial:
• The AMOUNT of patterns you learn per day have to be in relation with the total amount you have to learn. Otherwise it will cost you 20 years before you get results.
• Make sure you REMEMBER the patterns you learn. A forgotten pattern is useless.

So these two rules give good direction. If one of them is not met, your efforts will yield no results. It are simple rules and it are logical rules, still I haven't followed them most of the time the past 3 years. I'm very glad I understand why my efforts didn't work well untill now.

To improve my rememberance of the patterns I take some time to visualise the crucial elements in my mind. Then I play thru the solution in my head, with my eyes closed.
Further I make use of spaced repetition. After only 3 days I feel allready that it makes a difference.

1. Interesting experiment. It would be interesting to see how the other knights do on CT-Art after a few months away from it.

You actually went through TCT seven times?!! Egads.

Impressive performance on TCT. I am in the middle of the final section of tests in part 3, and consistently getting below 70% on this first minicircle.

2. What hour is best for CTS in your view? Has become very slow, this piece. Overworked, so to say. I suppose you have found appropriate time slots to do such a huge volume of problems, haven't you?

3. Hi Mouse, welcome back!
Since 2 weeks the performance of CTS degraded dramatically. I found that the # of tacticians logged in doesn't matter. Before 11:00 h CET seems to be the best time. But it differs.

4. Blue, I went thru TCT step 3,4,5 seven times and thru George Renko's CD intensive course tactics 7 times.
I went once thru papa Polgars brick and once thru the 3 other CD's of Renko.