In order to improve in FAC (Find All Checks), I trained the subtasks for which we already have exercises. I managed to improve those to 35 correct clicks per minute, which I consider good enough, for the moment. One exercise causes me trouble though: FAC with No Queens. I improved from 20 to 25 cpm, but since then I'm plateauing for two days. In the last session I wrote down what costs me time:
- Switching to the next position
- Switching to the other colour
- Switching from one piece to another
- Checks with pawns are overlooked
- Checking with a piece that turns out to be pinned
- One check with the bishop is overlooked while the other is not
- Checks by taking a piece are overlooked
- Checks by pawn takes pawn are overlooked
- Discovered checks are overlooked when the front piece is a pawn
- The wrong king is checked
- Can't find the king
- Give check on a protected square
- Abandon a check because you look at the wrong piece of two pieces who can give check on the same square.
- Choose the wrong check, the one that isn't mate.
- Abandon a check because you overlook that you cover the checking square
- Overlooking an escape square
- Overlooking the simple mate because being focussed on the complicated non-mate
- It takes time to check all escape squares
- Trying to mate the black queen
When we switch from position, colour or attacking piece, we need time to orientate and to adapt.
We could take the following measures:
- Multi clicks in one position.
- No switch of colours.
- Subsets with the same attacker.
When something has gone wrong in the orientation phase, we might find ourself trying to mate our own king, or the opponents queen. Luckily this doesn't happen too often.
There is a whole host of things that we tend to overlook.
Can you find more issues that eat up time during FAC or M1-e?