As you can see in the ratinggraph, my tactical performance didn't drop after 2,5 years doing no tactical training at all. The spike in the graph is where I reentered Chess Tempo with a high RD. Hence the big swings.
Maybe this is somewhat misleading, since I felt very rusty, but after only one week of training I already felt much sharper. Since I do typically 3-5 problems a day, I might have recovered faster than the ratinggraph could follow.
Anyway, my summerdip is over and I started to win again.
While doing the problems it became very evident that my visualisation has dropped a lot. Those who have followed my blog for some time know that I go round and round in circles. Which only means that those elements that keep returning must be essential for chess improvement. So I started with blindfoldchess again.
A few of the ever returning subjects in my blog:
- Piece activity
- Dynamism vs static positional ideas
- Backwards thinking
- A coach is best
- A book is the next best (I ordered Reassess 4th edition)
- Pawn structure
- Database with patterns
- Learning on automatic pilot doesn't work
- Preconditions for attack of Vukovic
- coathangers and their racks
- Tempo's and geometry
- Dual purpose moves
- Analysis of games
- Chaostheory. Identifying the move where the game goes haywire
- Avoiding complexity to relieve the short term memory
- Flexible moves