Friday, June 16, 2006

Partial malfunction

My estimated average rating at CTS improved another 10 points, according the expectation of doing another 6000 problems. So my total gain at CTS is now 70 points (1470-1540)

I'm experimenting with doing CTS problems early in the morning, when the brain is still thick and sleepy. In order to find out which part of the solving process is slowed down by sleep.

A typical solution goes this way:
  • The eyes are drawn to a certain part of the board.
  • Zzzz
  • It costs an enormous amount of effort to see what's going on there.
  • Zzzz
  • To draw the conclusion that what you see here is not going to work is the following time consumer.
  • Zzzz
  • The moment you decide to look at another part of the board and you swap your eyes around the pattern recognition takes over at lightning speed and you see the solution instanteneous.

Trying to force a speed up of the process feels almost painful and doesn't work.
Time for coffee.

1 comment:

  1. I can identify with your experience of solving problems on CTS that you described as "A typical solution...". I have had such an experience like you described thousands of times.

    Definition of an identity in the context of Mathematics:

    An equation that is satisfied by any number that replaces the letter for which the equation is defined.

    I hereby christen the aforementioned "...expectation..." in Tempo's post as Temposchlucker's identity:

    10 point CTS rating improvement for every 6000 problems on CTS

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