- Overall rating 1768
- Opening 1920
- Attack 1902
- Strategy 1839
- Defense 1826
- Middlegame 1814
- Tactics 1759
- Sacrifice 1710
- Endgame 1691
- Standard positions 1684
- Recognizing threats 1575
- Counterattack 1534
- Calculation 1319
Painful, of course, as it always is to lose an illusion.
But quite interesting too!
So all the circles and tactical training didn't effect my calculation skills. At all.
At least it explains where my latest boost in rating originates (see ratinggraph)
After long plateuing I finally found the way up again. That is the immediate result of changing my opening repertoire from gambits to positional openings. From heavy duty-calculation to less calculation intensive. The lack of calculation skills explained why I always got in time trouble with gambits. By playing simpler chess I get not in time trouble anymore hence I win from lesser rated players more often hence my rating improves lately. I wrote about simple chess here.
In the mean time it becomes clear that I cannot expect all that much from my positional approach. At Corus I noticed that there is still room for improvement by following the positional road, maybe another 100 points or so. But to make any serious improvement I will have to adress my calculation weakness.
Sigh. . . well at least I now can avoid a whole bunch of methods that don't effect calculation skills.
First I must know what Khmelnitsky means with calculation. I will study the questions again that are related to calculation and that I missed. In order to find out what they have in common and what my problem really is.