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  1. 25 May '06 22:46
    [Event "uChess rated"]
    [Site "www.uchess.com"]
    [Date "2006.5.25"]
    [Round "?"]
    [White "prosoccer"]
    [Black "dazg"]
    [Result "1-0"]

    1. e2-e4 e7-e6 2. d2-d4 d7-d5 3. e4-e5 Bf8-e7 4. Ng1-f3 Bc8-d7 5. Bf1-e2 Nb8-c6 6. O-O h7-h6 7. c2-c4 d5xc4 8. Be2xc4 Nc6-a5 9. Bc4-d3 Bd7-c6 10. a2-a3 Bc6-d5 11. Nb1-c3 Bd5xf3 12. Qd1xf3 Na5-b3 13. Ra1-b1 Nb3xc1 14. Rb1xc1 Qd8xd4 15. Qf3xb7 Ra8-d8 16. Bd3-b5 Ke8-f8 17. Rf1-d1 Qd4-b6 18. Rd1xd8 Be7xd8 19. Rc1-d1 Qb6xb7 20. Rd1xd8 Kf8-e7 21. Rd8-e8 1-0


    I have no doubt that I made a mistake or two (or more), but I do think it was a brilliant mate, what do yall think?
  2. Standard member wormwood
    If Theres Hell Below
    25 May '06 23:46
    Originally posted by prosoccer
    [Event "uChess rated"]
    [Site "www.uchess.com"]
    [Date "2006.5.25"]
    [Round "?"]
    [White "prosoccer"]
    [Black "dazg"]
    [Result "1-0"]

    1. e2-e4 e7-e6 2. d2-d4 d7-d5 3. e4-e5 Bf8-e7 4. Ng1-f3 Bc8-d7 5. Bf1-e2 Nb8-c6 6. O-O h7-h6 7. c2-c4 d5xc4 8. Be2xc4 Nc6-a5 9. Bc4-d3 Bd7-c6 10. a2-a3 Bc6-d5 11. Nb1-c3 Bd5xf3 12. Qd1xf3 Na5-b3 13. Ra1-b1 Nb3xc1 14. Rb1x ...[text shortened]... take or two (or more), but I do think it was a brilliant mate, what do yall think?
    black was of course lost way before that queen sac, but taking the queen was the final blunder. c6 instead, and there wouldn't be a mate.

    btw, are you doing CTS as prosoccer also?
  3. 25 May '06 23:48 / 2 edits
    CTS?

    Edit: Oh, ya, you are thinking of Chess Tactics Server right? As a matter of fact I am, how did you know?

    Edit Edit: I just looked you up on CTS, I am ROASTING you, lol. You must be great in positional play...
  4. Standard member wormwood
    If Theres Hell Below
    26 May '06 00:08 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by prosoccer
    CTS?

    Edit: Oh, ya, you are thinking of Chess Tactics Server right? As a matter of fact I am, how did you know?
    just a lucky guess. you're doing really well there. interesting that your tactical power doesn't seem to transfer well into games... I mean interesting because people do so differently in different areas of chess. some do well at blitz but not at cc, and others (like me) the other way around. I always thought everyone had 200-500 points lower ratings on CTS, but you're just the opposite.

    funny also that nakamura (I take it's him, a GM with a nick 'smallville' doesn't seem to score that well on CTS. I would've thought he'd outperform FM's and IM's there with hundreds of points. only 1850'ish on CTS, that's only about a 150 points more than jusuh... and 250+ from you!

    makes you think what really separates us lesser mortals from grandmasters.
  5. 26 May '06 00:54
    Hmm...I am just young so I hope that I do grow with the tactics and such.

    I am still experimenting with the best way to do the problems. What I used to do was about 50 problems a night, then redo each one I got wrong 3x. This gets extremely frustrating, so for the moment I am doing as many problems as I feel, then not going over them after.

    What do you do?
  6. Standard member wormwood
    If Theres Hell Below
    26 May '06 01:11
    Originally posted by prosoccer
    Hmm...I am just young so I hope that I do grow with the tactics and such.

    I am still experimenting with the best way to do the problems. What I used to do was about 50 problems a night, then redo each one I got wrong 3x. This gets extremely frustrating, so for the moment I am doing as many problems as I feel, then not going over them after.

    What do you do?
    I binge. I do maybe 100-200 in one session, 200-300 a day. I try to be fast and accurate, hitting 85-93% success rate nowadays. the ones I get wrong, I analyse properly after the failure. when I start feeling exhausted I try to stop before my rating plummets. but can't usually stop, it's always "one more, and maybe another" and then it's 4am and another 100 done...

    don't know if that's the best way, but I've gained 450 points there since I started about 6 months ago, so at least it's working for me. CTS is practically all the tactics-training I've ever done.
  7. 26 May '06 01:22
    I can't stand studying from books; it is too dry for me.

    Accuracy has been my bane! I am down to around 63%. The session I just had now was actually pretty good for me though, I scored 73% on it, it is too bad that this little portion won't change my overview by a whole lot.

    That is also one of the things that I don't understand about CTS. If you have such a large accuracy, which means you are getting most of the ones that you are given, shouldn't you be put on tougher problems? That way you are being challenged more. To me it seems that the most accurately people should proportionately have the highest ratings. Doesn't that make sense?

    The only way I can figure this system is someone with a higher accuracy and a lower rating will blunder on problems that should be easy for them.
  8. 26 May '06 02:55
    I forgot that I had bookmarked this site to sign up for later, thanks to you guys I was reminded and just got started on it. Thanks a lot I got done with 110 puzzles right away...not bad .
  9. 26 May '06 05:15
    Anybody to discuss chess openings?
  10. Standard member wormwood
    If Theres Hell Below
    26 May '06 09:50 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by prosoccer
    ...That is also one of the things that I don't understand about CTS. If you have such a large accuracy, which means you are getting most of the ones that you are given, shouldn't you be put on tougher problems? That way you are being challenged more. To me it seems that the most accurately people should proportionately have the highest ratings. Doesn't tha ...[text shortened]... h a higher accuracy and a lower rating will blunder on problems that should be easy for them.
    easy problems I almost never get wrong, and well neither the harder ones much. it's about time: being accurate costs you time, and you don't solve problems under 3 secs a lot. mostly it takes around 9 secs, which gives you the neutral score. CTS is about solving correctly AND how fast you do it. you can train both aspects, or neglect one. they are interconnected, so one will reclect inversely on the other. I don't know if being accurate teaches you better or not, could be it does. but it gives you a lot more satisfaction than falling into those blunders you get when doing fast.

    I think it might be more significant how you treat your errors. I see 'clyk' doing massive amount of problems every day, but he hasn't really progressed one bit during the 80 000 problems he's solved. he does with low accuracy. on the other hand, there are guys doing 93% who have been about 1500 since I started, so they're not doing much progress either. so, if both approaches fail to improve you, I'm guessing the reason must be they're not processing their failures, failing with the same problems again and again.

    when I switched from 67% to 85% success rate, I dropped from 1380 back to 1260. so at that level it seemed to have an effect of around 100 points to do things accurately. but I'm not sure it's the same way in higher ratings. every now and then I get the urge to increase my rating guessing with higher risk, but it doesn't seem to give more than a few dozen points. although I do maybe 75-78% then.

    when I did 67%, the range of problems was a lot bigger. at 1350 maybe 1150-1800+. now (at 1490) I get mostly 1400-1650 -problems. so there is a difference in the way the server selects problems for accurate and less accurate tacticians. my trophy list was filled with 1800-1900 problems back then, now it's only 1600's. I wish I'd get more difficult problems...
  11. 27 May '06 00:42
    ah! that site....I signed up a month or so ago - currently I'm 1400 all those stupid "knight hanging, check with Queen" ones bug me
  12. 27 May '06 02:08
    Worm do you not notice yourself getting faster though? The way it seems is that as you get more accurate you should be able to see the right answer faster, and as you get used to moving fast you should get more accurate too. I don't know, just seemed like this to me.
  13. Standard member wormwood
    If Theres Hell Below
    27 May '06 10:27
    Originally posted by cmsMaster
    Worm do you not notice yourself getting faster though? The way it seems is that as you get more accurate you should be able to see the right answer faster, and as you get used to moving fast you should get more accurate too. I don't know, just seemed like this to me.
    yeah, of course. but that means your rating rises, hence the problems get tougher, and you end up taking just as long, but on higher problem-level.

    unless like yesterday, I was hacking away tired and couldn't get much anything right... some days you just shouldn't even try...
  14. 27 May '06 18:57
    Just a comment about CTS... it is a really awesome site and it has helped me immensely in tactics, I have won lots of game just because I was able to see sacrifices and pins and discoveries and such... I think that good positioning brings forth good tactics, yet great tactics need to be seen at least 5-10 moves in advance... my name on there is "Stix"