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FireGarden
30-07-2006, 08:10 PM
Has anyone here tried the Chess Tactics Server at http://chess.emrald.net/index.php

A lot of fun.
And a lot of debate as to whether or not it's useful!

I think it is.

MichaelBaron
02-08-2006, 05:58 PM
Has anyone here tried the Chess Tactics Server at http://chess.emrald.net/index.php

A lot of fun.
And a lot of debate as to whether or not it's useful!

I think it is.

I will wait till the debate gets over....If in the end of it, the server is pronounced useful, i will pay it a visit ;)

FireGarden
02-08-2006, 08:24 PM
Of course, it's probably one of those debates that will never be over! ;)

Registration is free, btw
And you can play as a guest.
I'm off there now!

Denis_Jessop
02-08-2006, 09:19 PM
I see that it rates the tactitians by using the Glicko rating system:clap: :clap:

DJ

dkTransform
05-08-2006, 04:57 AM
Yes, it is the best. if you go to :http://dk-transformation.blogspot.com/
from there, you can link to MANY members as they discuss their chess improvement, focused on chess tactical server. both temposchlucker and wormwood is there, as is myself. lot of knowledge and general context you won't find here. from the message board at CTS today, i found this site, and am going to take SpaceCowboy's advise, but have not yet found the large post he hints at, but anxious to get a comment up, to see if this activates my profile, if you dont mind, pls. thx, david

likesforests
05-08-2006, 10:13 AM
I will wait till the debate gets over....If in the end of it, the server is pronounced useful, i will pay it a visit ;)

In the past 3 months my tactical ability and rating have climbed--on FICS, from 1325 to 1725. CTS and Polgar's 5334 are great tools. I only do 50 problems per day but I do them consistently, aim for accuracy before speed, and review the ones I miss several times. Of course, playing chess daily also helps, and I suspect the jump from 1725 to 2000 will be harder!

Phil Bourke
06-08-2006, 09:32 AM
Chess Tactics Server is a great site.
Concentrate on accuracy and don't get caught up in the speed trap.
Problems range from dead simple to complex, which is what we find in our games, so it is ideal for us below GM status players :) .
Not sure at what level it would cease to be of benefit, but even GM's say that revising the basics is good practise for them, so it can't hurt us.

dkTransform
06-08-2006, 08:16 PM
Advancing Chess Tactical Server! (http://dk-transformation.blogspot.com/)

Advancing Chess Tactical Server
It seems like news has been everywhere: Tempo's 1600+ and Tempo's 1616 most impressive record high well after the notable 50,000, Spacecowboys 1474 after his 20,000, Wormwoods recent freshly minted 1533 (yowww!)after vigorously piercing 50,000 also, lots of interesting chat on the CTS message board about burning lots of problems into memory, and Markusgoths recent 25,000. It really a daily work crowd deep in the night, like coal miners with lanterns on their head, digging deep into the earth, or in this case: chess, chess tactics, chess improvmenet, then lastly getting on line and beating somebody good who expects to take easy points for our rating, but we just did, well, we just did like 5,000 problems since our last game? Sound familiar to anyone??

Then my particular crowd paralleling much of the above: the etheric high percent crowd among those over 15,000 problems who are rated 1500 or above, ranked by tries: Tempo again 80.7%, nabla (FM) 87.2%, Trallala 92.9%, kawala 83.8%, spacecowboy again 88.7%, morkovkin 89.1%, chessdog in the honorably mentioned (<1500) absolutely amazing 95.7%, dktransform 83.8%, and alvis honorably mentioned (<15,000) at 88.3%.

I ask you chess.emrald.net users to go to the tactician tables and sort the top 51 active users by 'tries' and visually scan, asking yourself how many large users have done much over 83%? Nine persons.

I surveyed this by counting the number of users by percentage success only for sets of persons 60 to 61%, 62 to 63%, all the way up to 98%. I made sets of sets of those (I was VERY curious), then supersets, to simplify the core observation, and found the following (data from ten days ago):

60 to 63%= 137 users
64 to 67%= 154 users
68 to 71%= 157 users
72 to 75%= 178 users
76 to 79%= 146 users
80 to 83%= 127 users
84 to 87%= 098 users
88 to 91%= 041 users
92 to 95%= 024 users
96 to 98%= 004 users

If we look closely at chasing crowd at the "Hillary Step" (at Mount Everest in late May, their can be literally a log jamb of climbers waiting to pass at 200' below the summit, since their is so little room to pass) at the clump or cluster between 82 to 86% (85.0% is absolute my goal for 25,000), we find something quite interesting:

82%= 30
83%= 33
84%= 41*!*
85%= 23
86%= 18, etc.

In nature or complex adaptive systems, we often find other examples of 'buffering': sea tempuratures that make sudden jumbs, buffering between alkalai or acid states (I am not a chemist so please forgive errors of exact concept on this one). Why this hear?

This takes me to my subject: I decided at 15,442 or 83.577% to go for 85.0 by 25k, and reversed engineered that I needed 87.183% for 9558 problems= 25,000.

Now the facts, making spacecowboys and trallalas and even chessdogs fine accomplishments all the more poingent: I had gotten used to putting it my mind: "Ok, every sixth one I can err or have errors on". 1:4=75%, 1:5=80%, 1:6=83.33%, 1:7= (natural sequence of 14, 28, 56 then repeats) 85.7144% or 85.72%, 1:8=87.5%, 1:9=88.9%, 1:10=90%, 1:11=90.9%, 1:12=91.33%, 1:15=93.4%, 1:20=95%.

It is very, very hard to avoid missing only one problem in seven, harder at eight. We all get those 1:10 runs where we get one wrong out of 20, then two in a row wrong, to get 3failed, 27 success=30 total. Then the bad days...

Since this decision, I have done:
12/126=138 (91.3%) Wednesday
21/147=168 (87.5%) Thursday
15/113=128 (88.3%) Friday
02/042=44 (95.4%) Saturday [1500.3 ... I tend to speed up when and if I go <15,>1520.

It seems that in this clumping at 84% that is outlying data from the smooth sequence up from 60 to 79%, then down to 85%, we hit this natural resistence at 85%. And the rarety of it makes the desire of some of us % success folks who do not focus mainly on rating but more on accuracy (I am NOT suggesting that this is worth MORE, only to note this difference), makes our desire all that much stronger, since so few get there. Anyone who wishes to can try.

Some days the brain is tired, the eyes weak, the board vision dim. So we must really hit 88 to 90% on good days for a hundred problems or more since the bad days come to, such as last week when I had a terrable day at 80.5%. One mans humble opinion, please.

FireGarden
08-08-2006, 02:14 AM
It's tough when you're on a long road and there are no mileposts.

But I don't think it's worth noting every inch of progress. The back-forwards nature of it isn't important. Better to look at it in bigger chunks.


I've been stuck for while. And I'm glad I haven't counted the times I've crossed 1500! CTS itself keeps track of your highest ever rating and when you reached it. Also the trophy list is good to look at.

Phil Bourke
08-08-2006, 08:21 AM
So ranking 41st on Success basis at 90% on 537 tries is a reasonable effort :)
Being on dialup, I can't even dream of getting the rating up to the lofty heights you mention. (Wish they would adopt a timeseal program ;) )
But that is how I use CTS, try and do 20 or so problems in a session, and aim to get them right. Of course I still try and do it within their time constraints, but my internet connection robs me of 10-15 secs at times which is frustrating.

dkTransform
08-08-2006, 09:58 AM
Philwillb at chess tactical server, or CTS at chess.emarld.net is darn good! way to go. 90% is the bomb! Thank you for sharing

One suggestion (if I may humbly suggest [I am only 1650 but do love to study]:), don't forget balance (http://dk-transformation.blogspot.com/).

I write extensively at my post, "Chess Improvement"

(at blogger http://dk-transformation.blogspot.com/. I believe that I can show that I am able to make reasonable comments with care and respect for other persons without making a MESS of things:

* some blitz with increment (so you don't wind up in a silly mouse race) such as 3/12 =3min 12 sec increm (this is 11 minutes. an average game of 38 moves is 10:36: five minutes is just too fast for now; and fifteen does NOT allow you to rapidly ramp up to get the experience you need, such as a thousand or more game to start). Review your mistakes each time, however briefly. Do NOT just hit start and begin a new game. Take a moment.

* balance this with review of GM games. you can get some via pgn files, and view them in winBoard (http://tim-mann.org/xboard.html). If you really want to become a "real chess player", I CANNOT SUGGEST ANYTHING better than to not only learn to save, copy, and paste games simply into winBoard (chessBase.com has a competing commercial platform. winBoard is free shareware and will get you started handsomely), but to load the 62 simple, clean, eligant games by hand or manually into pgn of lovely and dear Irving Chernev's The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/customer-reviews/0486273024/ref=cm_rev_sort/102-2458126-3615331?customer-reviews.sort_by=-OverallRating&s=books&x=3&y=11). His Logical Chess Move by Move is also quite good, but this first book ties together simple middle to endgame transitions in memorable form. If you load then review one game every four days, you can have it done in eight months. This will solidify anyones play from swashbuckling to more solid, well-knit play. The founations of Strategy and study as against Tactics and time pressure.

* basic endings. Pandolphinis Endgame Course has a few errors, but as Florida Master and early pioneer in chess blogging, A.J. Goldsby aptly says (http://www.geocities.com/lifemasteraj/resume.html), the book is great anyway. It is all there!

* slower tactics. CT-Art is too advanced for you (yet), but my dear friend at blogger, Blue Devil (http://chessconfessions.blogspot.com/) raves about Chess Tactics for Beginners (http://products.convekta.com/198/2/). I'm impressed.

Looking forward to your future comments.

FYI, if you or anyone else cares to post a comment at chess.emrald.net (http://chess.emrald.net/board.php) that I am not a bad guy but DO need an edit feature, and tell Tempo that what he said was not particularly gracious (http://temposchlucker.blogspot.com/), I'd much appreciate that. Sad. I have been, I thought, gracious to him in private email including notifying him in early July--personally--within mintues of my discovering that the server was back up and running, and have writen him always constructivley here at blogger, wrote many nice comments to him at chess.emrald.net, and he says this to me in public when he could have done it privately? What punishment do I deserve? What have I done to deserve this?

Its ten times better if someone else says it and asks the rancor at CTS to stop please, and I made an honest mistake that I am really sorry for. Sorry folks. Volunteers, please?

markus
16-08-2006, 08:48 PM
Hei, I am Markus, a chess beginner who love chess tactics server--- it is a really good site for training chess tactics. Sadly I think its 10 seconds time control is too stringent.

likesforests
19-08-2006, 07:37 AM
The 3 to 10 second time-limit no longer bothers me.

When you can see short tactics in less than 3 seconds, you become almost tactically blunder-proof and will punish just about every mistake your opponents make. Tactical intuition also works minor miracles when in time trouble.

A strong tactical study plan should also include calculating long tactics. Based on your real-game results, you'll discover which area needs more focus.

spacecowboy
25-08-2006, 09:54 AM
To dktransform:

David, I was glad to learn from your blog that your head is feeling better.

Have you noticed what I have noticed? I have recently noticed that my percent accuracy appears like it is being calculated differently on CTS than it has been calculated in the past. I have already climbed from 88.8% to 88.9% in what seems like less than one week! This would have been nearly impossible using the previous method of calulating percent accuracy. The previous method of calulating percent accuracy was to average the entire history of problems that the tactician has done on the CTS server. I suspect there is now a new CTS method of calculating the percent accuracy of each tactician which does not use the entire history of problems that the tactician has done on the server.

Phillip

dkTransform
25-08-2006, 04:55 PM
dear phillip, spacecowboy:

i cannot take any big titles at CTS, but one title i qualify for is maniacal tracking in morbid detail percentage success (http://dk-transformation.blogspot.com/). since i lay out an array of circles, like you get in a school exam, each night, and fill in each problem solved with a 'circle' and each failed with an 'X', i know quite well my success, in sets of eight, then sixteen, twenty-four, thirty-two, then forty, then i relog in.

if i am at 6f/44s=50tries, (or 6f/50 as wormstor prefers to represent at our respective blogs (http://burncastleburn.blogspot.com/)), then i will try extra hard to get zero wrong to go 6f/54s=60, and hit my haloed ninety percent, or more.

when i am at 1512/13 as i was last night, i exchange, in a way, rating for more care, and so slow a tiny bit, finishing 1510.9. my algorythm for some time, is that as long as im above 1500, preferably above 1510 for some contingency, then i try to get as many correct as possible, exactly as you do so well, and thus push up my averages. as you know so well in your remarkably logical and heuristically individual way, this approaches real chess.

1510 or 1540 does not matter to me, as long as i maintain a level that is respectable, for my skill, relative to myself. what matters to me is sustained accurate thinking, as you do better than 99% of all users there, except maybe my nemesis who we won't name, or trallala, and other names well known to you.

if someone is a blitz specialist, as i am not, then 65 to 70% is ok. but if you play as i do 3/8 (3min/8 sec increment =8:20 for 40 moves, or 3/12 as i did for many years= 11 min for 40 moves), then such a pace as 85 to 92% is a more valid test. you might sit on your hands at times, surely not at every move, as you and i do at CTS, and find the right move, even if it takes 28 or 33 or even 43 seconds, without feeling silly. believe me, when i play, i see this care show up, and know when to whip out the moves, and when to pause.

i am not sure of what you say about a new method. im more than willing to test it. if youve read any of my posts at blogger, then you know ive derived my percentage, such as when i am 83.947, then when i expect 83.9501+ look for the report back = 84.0% switched over from 83.9, so know quite well there.

when and if i cross an integrer or decimal, then if shortly thereafter i cross back, again watch, so from 72 to 84%, have gotten to do this not only 130 times, but more like 250 times, since ive gone over and back several times.

if i may please ask, what is your background? you used to be at blogger, but inactive there, despite worm, and tempo (http://temposchlucker.blogspot.com/) all over there, mousetraper, loomis, and now even me. wonderfull stuff. seen your comments. but, of course, recognize we cannot be all things to all persons.

i hate to edit, so send this as is now, and wish you the best.

warmly, david, from the pacific northwest usa, in seattle

spacecowboy
25-08-2006, 11:04 PM
i am not sure of what you say about a new method. im more than willing to test it. if youve read any of my posts at blogger, then you know ive derived my percentage, such as when i am 83.947, then when i expect 83.9501+ look for the report back = 84.0% switched over from 83.9, so know quite well there.

when and if i cross an integrer or decimal, then if shortly thereafter i cross back, again watch, so from 72 to 84%, have gotten to do this not only 130 times, but more like 250 times, since ive gone over and back several times. I appreciate your interest and I await your determination of the issue I have raised. Again, the issue is whether the method of percent accuracy calculation has changed on the CTS server. It is likely that there are few people, if any, besides yourself who are doing the work to put themselves in position to determine the answer to this question.


if i may please ask, what is your background?Later please. All in good time.

Phillip

spacecowboy
25-08-2006, 11:32 PM
Occasionally, during training sessions on CTS, I recognize a problem that stems from the same position as another problem. But until today, I have never been able to match two such problems with each other. It is difficult to identify the second problem that stems from the same position. Today I succeeded in making identification of two such problems.

problem 22447 (http://chess.emrald.net/probprofile.php?Pos=1306) :arrow: approximate CTS rating = 1499

problem 63433 (http://chess.emrald.net/probprofile.php?Pos=114) :arrow: approximate CTS rating = 1580

If anybody else makes identification of two problems that stem from the same position, you might consider posting this information.

Loomis
26-08-2006, 02:04 AM
spacecowboy, I had a related post on my blog recently:
thebackrank.blogspot.com/2006/08/chess-tactics-server-oddity.html (http://thebackrank.blogspot.com/2006/08/chess-tactics-server-oddity.html)

I think I've noticed other related problems on CTS, but as you say, it's too much effort to go back and track down the problem number. Temposchlucker thinks it's a fairly frequent phenomenon.

dkTransform
26-08-2006, 05:08 AM
dear spacecowboy: thank you for the acknowledgement that i could and would resolve this question, that is to say, whether, the method of calculation at CTS has been modified.

while i detect no change, at the moment, i just hit and passed 84.00%, so until i get a little closer to 84.049%, to thus be able to watch as to when 84.051% happens and then see a rounded report to 84.1%, and in so doing see whether this next tiny milestone occurs slight more accelerated, accelerated, or significantly more rapid, i cannot know.

after many years as a private money manager, managing many millions of dollars on wall street (as what is commonly called a 'stock-broker', only much more advanced), i have a LOT of experience with moving averages. this is like the monthly government jobs report (http://data.bls.gov/PDQ/servlet/SurveyOutputServlet) (the graphic in the nyTimes with the moving average line is way better, but this is a start), which is always posted on the first friday of every month at 8:30 est, or 5:30 am pst, and since labor or job creation is so variable, they smooth the data, and this happens a lot in stocks (http://bigcharts.marketwatch.com/intchart/frames/frames.asp?symb=spx), where the 50 day, 20 day, and 200 day moving averages (http://stockcharts.com/candleglance/?$SPX,$RUT,$NDX,$VIX,$WTIC,$DJAIG,$CRB,$GOLD,$USD, $CPC|B|B4) are watched VERY closely by traders. i am not a math person, but a pattern person, either as architect, trader, self taught reading and writing basic japanese, and of course our beloved chess.

this is a feedback process, where expectations shift perception, and those in turn create rapid changes in group or crowd psychology, and in turn again alters perception. like in complex adaptive systems (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/customer-reviews/0671872346/ref=cm_rev_sort/002-2639694-7734465?customer-reviews.sort_by=-HelpfulVotes&s=books&x=13&y=4), some large physical systems become 'strange attractors', and clusters form, and elements around those clusters into stable constructs. add society and mind, and then we have our human world.

at CTS the true percentage success has been a cumulative summ, as you know. if the change has happened, after rest in days ahead, and get myself back to 88 and 90% success, i can pretty quickly see if this is a '1000 try' MA (moving average (http://stockcharts.com/education/IndicatorAnalysis/indic_movingAvg.html)), or 10,000, or 100, or even an exponential moving average. thanks for your question. david, aka dktransform

dkTransform
27-08-2006, 07:24 PM
spacecowoy, it just jumped right where it should be. i am now 84.058%, posted 84.1 according to expected rounding:

2783f/14,674s= 17457 tries
elo 1501.2[/URL]

since this jump happened about ten problems back (http://dk-transformation.blogspot.com/2006/08/calculating-percentage-success-at-cts.html), i missed the exact moment when i often catch 'it', but close enought within ten. i was more focused then on a 'quickie over 1500', since i must go for a run now, its late on the west coast, must be back at work in 9:47 hours, and begin my climbing/mountaineering focused vacation in three days, so crunch time...

today 16f/121s = 137 tries @ 88.32%.

since i was 10f/40s =50 @ 80.00% from some uncharacteristic early in the day CTS, and blew it over breakfast right before work, this means i was:

tonight 6f/81s = 87 tries at @ 93.1%

... so much for chess immediately after special neck massage from a good Moldovian girl, but better at pm after a day with the public at work!

im working just like a dog... see new photo's on my recent post:
http://dk-transformation.blogspot.com/2006/08/calculating-percentage-success-at-cts.html

david

ps, its too darn late, and don't want to risk any more lapses after pulling through one more time from early mishap. if and when i cross back near term, ill doubly confirm the exact cross over occuring as expected.

dkTransform
28-08-2006, 04:14 AM
Temposchlucker said...

Well, then maybe my score is degrading faster than it feels like:)

Sun Aug 27, 02:41:39 AM PDT

wormstar said...

I too had wondered about a sudden rise in percentage, before I saw your posts about it. I had suddenly passed a couple of users in the ranking.

now it looks like there wasn't anything going on. - unless, the average has changed from infinite memory to around your number of tries. that way, you'd notice no difference, but everyone with considerably more tries would.

Sun Aug 27, 07:39:12 AM PDT

transformation said...

worm, out of respect to tempo, you, and space who have 61k, 55k, and even 26k tries respectively, it NEVER occured to me that those possibilty exists that the calculation is for the last TRAILING 25,000 tries, or 20,000 tries.

i kind of doubt it, but how else could it be explained that temp and you both experience this alike WHILE i, who is obviously carefull with this calulation, has zero effect at 17k? this would bolster the theory of 25k. but then how come space, who is surely not given to dreams, experience this then?

i have to leave it to all you other fine big scale 'try' minds till i get to 25,000+.

dkTransform
28-08-2006, 10:42 AM
dear spacecowboy: thank you for the acknowledgement that i could and would resolve this question, that is to say, whether, the method of calculation at CTS has been modified.

while i detect no change, at the moment, i just hit and passed 84.00%, so until i get a little closer to 84.049%, to thus be able to watch as to when 84.051% happens and then see a rounded report to 84.1%, and in so doing see whether this next tiny milestone occurs slight more accelerated, accelerated, or significantly more rapid, i cannot know.

after many years as a private money manager, managing many millions of dollars on wall street (as what is commonly called a 'stock-broker', only much more advanced), i have a LOT of experience with moving averages. this is like the monthly government jobs report (the graphic in the nyTimes with the moving average line is way better, but this is a start), which is always posted on the first friday of every month at 8:30 est, or 5:30 am pst, and since labor or job creation is so variable, they smooth the data, and this happens a lot in stocks, where the 50 day, 20 day, and 200 day moving averages are watched VERY closely by traders. i am not a math person, but a pattern person, either as architect, trader, self taught reading and writing basic japanese, and of course our beloved chess.

this is a feedback process, where expectations shift perception, and those in turn create rapid changes in group or crowd psychology, and in turn again alters perception. like in complex adaptive systems, some large physical systems become 'strange attractors', and clusters form, and elements around those clusters into stable constructs. add society and mind, and then we have our human world.

at CTS the true percentage success has been a cumulative summ, as you know. if the change has happened, after rest in days ahead, and get myself back to 88 and 90% success, i can pretty quickly see if this is a '1000 try' MA (moving average), or 10,000, or 100, or even an exponential moving average. thanks for your question. david, aka dktransform

dkTransform
28-08-2006, 10:44 AM
Temposchlucker said...

Well, then maybe my score is degrading faster than it feels like

Sun Aug 27, 02:41:39 AM PDT

wormstar said...

I too had wondered about a sudden rise in percentage, before I saw your posts about it. I had suddenly passed a couple of users in the ranking.

now it looks like there wasn't anything going on. - unless, the average has changed from infinite memory to around your number of tries. that way, you'd notice no difference, but everyone with considerably more tries would.

Sun Aug 27, 07:39:12 AM PDT

transformation said...

worm, out of respect to tempo, you, and space who have 61k, 55k, and even 26k tries respectively, it NEVER occured to me that those possibilty exists that the calculation is for the last TRAILING 25,000 tries, or 20,000 tries.

i kind of doubt it, but how else could it be explained that temp and you both experience this alike WHILE i, who is obviously carefull with this calulation, has zero effect at 17k? this would bolster the theory of 25k. but then how come space, who is surely not given to dreams, experience this then?

i have to leave it to all you other fine big scale 'try' minds till i get to 25,000+.

dkTransform
04-09-2006, 11:48 AM
Successively Accurate Tries:

Today:
12f/98s= 110 @ 89.09%

Yesterday:
24f/165s= 189 @ 87.301

I had my best run every embedded within this:

In the second half of last night, I had a personal best, going for 55 problems in the zone, with none failed in that interval. Inexplicably, both my broadband as well as television connection gave out completely for the next hour, and I went to bed, ending the session, with the last problem credited as incorrect, although I had actually moved the curser to the correct move exactly as it gave out.… And of course, as we all know, and doubtless have all also experienced alike before, I began today with a wrong problem as this system scores a disconnect. When I woke up, service was restored. And it was a rarest, odd, complete outage--as even if my broadband had an outage, as I normally always still have ‘cable television’ service during such times.

I am virtually certain that had this outage not occurred, that I would have gone further to 0f/65= 65, but it’s the past now.

Currently I am well on my way to 85.0% sooner rather than latter, or
2889f/15411s= 18,300 @ 84.2131%,
1506.6 elo.

I have ‘tried like the Dickens’ to catch Kawala at 84.2 and he is ranked 179th and now I am 180th (http://chess.emrald.net/ctsActTact.php?Rows=1000). It has been one long haul. Recently I have been in the top 35 for tries after running up to--then right through--a huge chasing pack or swarm of high RD CTS users at 17,000 (http://chess.emrald.net/ctsActTact.php?Rows=50), and it won’t take me long to hit the top 27 at 21,000. But I will have to really “work like a dog” to get to 26th at 23,077 tries, and in so doing *himmmm!* bypass my nemesis, but WE don’t discuss him or mention him, right (http://dk-transformation.blogspot.com/2006/09/successivley-accurate-tries.html)? But so much the better to look forward to, as is appropriate in response.

Best, David
On vacation this week, and preparing to climb in a few days, to 9100’ up Mount Maude’s glacier.

dkTransform
25-09-2006, 04:30 AM
Wormwood at CTS justed topped 60,000 tries for his jubalee. He is approaching Temposchlucker in rating, and one some days is higher. Hard work pays off. dk

Watto
06-10-2006, 10:10 AM
Iíve found the CTS site really unworkable. Pieces disappear and reappear and jump around and a couple of seconds later you fail the task. And yes I am a bit slow but thatís not the problem. Think I must be missing some software. Can anyone suggest a good alternative to CTS?

MichaelBaron
06-10-2006, 02:05 PM
Wormwood at CTS justed topped 60,000 tries for his jubalee. He is approaching Temposchlucker in rating, and one some days is higher. Hard work pays off. dk

LOL just get your Rybka or Fritz up and running..and your rating will jump up too :)

dkTransform
11-10-2006, 04:57 AM
dear watto, please excuse mr baron, he evidently did not want to be helpfull, but to parade his ego in public in lieu of constructive discussion or comments. he seems to indulge what he percieves to be pithy one liners forgetting that this is a discussion place, and not a junior high lunch room in a way that leaves me wondering about him... despite that a good friend of mine says good things about him so he must have been having a bad day or forgotten what it is like to be a beginner or novice as you might be. i appologize for him.

i wish to encourage you to try again. first, do you know--and i say this respectfully--do you know how to move the pieces there? after a ten day break in june and after doing a lot of CT-Art 3.0, even i found it puzzling. to move a piece, you first touch the piece you wish to move AFTER chessEmrald.net has made its move to start after about three seconds. you do not slide it. you simply touch it. whether it is odd or stupid is besides the point; it is what they established, and many inteligent persons who train hard use this site, and after time, you will depend on it and never complain.

after touching the piece, you simply then touch the square that you wish to move to. in continuing, it might be a several step problem, and so move in reply, then you repeat the process, touch the square of the piece you wish to move move, then touch the target square.

lastly, and this is important, i feel, set up your settings to pause after both success and failure alike. unless you are trying to get to 92,000 tries as fast as possible as cylk maybe is doing with a low success and perhaps learn NOTHING in the process, this will only slow you down a little, but give you ten seconds, or five seconds, or a minute to examine the position, by being able to elect to go back. review failed problems, always. always. and sometimes you will get a success and not know why, and i go back on those too.

thirty problems done right, done correctly is worth twice as much, IMHO, as sixty or ninety done rashly or too quickly.

let me know if you need any more help and best regards, david

Watto
11-10-2006, 09:22 AM
dear watto, please excuse mr baron, he evidently did not want to be helpfull, but to parade his ego in public in lieu of constructive discussion or comments. he seems to indulge what he percieves to be pithy one liners forgetting that this is a discussion place, and not a junior high lunch room in a way that leaves me wondering about him... despite that a good friend of mine says good things about him so he must have been having a bad day or forgotten what it is like to be a beginner or novice as you might be. i appologize for him.

i wish to encourage you to try again. first, do you know--and i say this respectfully--do you know how to move the pieces there? after a ten day break in june and after doing a lot of CT-Art 3.0, even i found it puzzling. to move a piece, you first touch the piece you wish to move AFTER chessEmrald.net has made its move to start after about three seconds. you do not slide it. you simply touch it. whether it is odd or stupid is besides the point; it is what they established, and many inteligent persons who train hard use this site, and after time, you will depend on it and never complain.

after touching the piece, you simply then touch the square that you wish to move to. in continuing, it might be a several step problem, and so move in reply, then you repeat the process, touch the square of the piece you wish to move move, then touch the target square.

lastly, and this is important, i feel, set up your settings to pause after both success and failure alike. unless you are trying to get to 92,000 tries as fast as possible as cylk maybe is doing with a low success and perhaps learn NOTHING in the process, this will only slow you down a little, but give you ten seconds, or five seconds, or a minute to examine the position, by being able to elect to go back. review failed problems, always. always. and sometimes you will get a success and not know why, and i go back on those too.

thirty problems done right, done correctly is worth twice as much, IMHO, as sixty or ninety done rashly or too quickly.

let me know if you need any more help and best regards, david
Thank you David. A really helpful post. I'll try it again with your advice in mind...

Jean

markus
24-12-2006, 02:43 PM
Occasionally, during training sessions on CTS, I recognize a problem that stems from the same position as another problem. But until today, I have never been able to match two such problems with each other. It is difficult to identify the second problem that stems from the same position. Today I succeeded in making identification of two such problems.

problem 22447 (http://chess.emrald.net/probprofile.php?Pos=1306) :arrow: approximate CTS rating = 1499

problem 63433 (http://chess.emrald.net/probprofile.php?Pos=114) :arrow: approximate CTS rating = 1580

If anybody else makes identification of two problems that stem from the same position, you might consider posting this information.

That's an indeed a very famous problem in CTS. I think I had memorised the solution of it. It appears frequently.