AoxomoxoA said it beautifully well:
I did start at CT with standard tactics training = "focus on high rated problems. Just to minimize the effect of learning new patterns.". My standard rating did get up higher and higher... but my Fide estimate based on standard did go down and my Blitz rating did not change. The CT-Blitz-Rating is better correlated to the OTB-Elo then CT-Standard-Rating. My problem was: I was just getting slower and slower.
This is exactly the problem we have to solve. We know how to solve complex puzzles in the studyroom when we are given enough time. But it doesn't transfer to OTB play. It is exactly the problem of cc players who play well in cc but not OTB. This must be a problem of automation, of ability, of skill.
I have done lots and lots of difficult puzzles in the past with the same result as Aox. And I followed the same route to overcome it. But by focussing on patterns you are slaughtered by the law of diminishing returns, sooner or later. No, we have to dive deep in the problem as described above.
I'm taking my time not so much for finding the solution of a puzzle but for interpreting it. Asking myself: how can I find this easier in the future, how must I interrogate a position to find the solution. In an attempt to find a better way than just probing randomly generated moves. And the method has showed itself: logical reasoning. The mind only needs a pair of crutches to help. That pair of crutches is the thoughtprocess I'm building. In the hope of course to be able to throw them away one day.
The thoughtprocess is build around purposes, goals, targets.
- What must be the goal of this position?
- What is the problem to reach this goal?
- How can I overcome this problem?
- Can I falsify the remedy?