The both tournaments are over. What have I learned from the preparation and the execution? The tournaments themselves will deliver me a 15 rating points or so, I expect. But given the fact that I don't like to play against nervously moving agitated boys of 12 years old, so I try to draw them as soon as possible, and my two blunders when I was hacking two 2000 rated players off the board, I don't attach much value to the rating result. In this special case.
Switch of area of attention
During my preparation I made a major switch, due to the fact that I was hacked off the board in under the 20 moves twice. I analysed what went wrong and talked to my victors about the games. That convinced me that the area of concern is the realm of simple tactical themes and motifs. The ABC of tactics, so to speak. So I abandoned the opening preparation altogether. And even my endgame study was put on the back burner.
Stopwatch as guide
There is a brilliant method to measure whether a pattern is absorbed within system 1: measure the time. Do you see what the position is about in under 3 seconds: you have absorbed it. Are you slower: there is work to do. Be comprehensive. include for instance the administration of the wood. That way you never have to count wood during your calculations in a game. Include the possible defences. That way, a blundercheck will not cost you time, be aware of the tempi (CCT) et cetera. Don't be satisfied easy, only when you see everything in under 3 seconds, you are ready to move on. Otherwise you have to repeat the problem. Use spaced repetition.
I talked a lot to my usually higher rated opponents. So I got an impression of what they saw and how fast and what not, during the game. I'm convinced I must be able to reach a rating of 1950 (now I'm 1700) within a year of two. Then we have a solid proof.
In search for the method
What I have not found yet is a method to transfer knowledge from system 2 to system 1. I contemplate the position, I write things down, in short I do all kinds of system 2 stuff and hope for the best. I aim to find a method in the coming period. In order to save some precious study time. One thing I'm sure about: don't add speed to your training!
"Strategy requires thought, tactics require observation." Max Euwe