Originally posted by grit
I am sick of being stuck in my low rating. I want to focus on tactics and do it in an intense consistent way. Here is what I 'm thinking and I would appreciate your feedback.
I'm going to focus each day on a certain tactic. For example on Friday (today) I will study and work on pins. Sat. Discovered attacks. Sun forks. Mon Removing the guard. Tues deflect feedback please . My chess study up to now has been haphazard and undisciplined.
Hi, i also did this but i spent much longer than a day on each. For example like you i studied discovered attacks, looking at the four principle points that make up a discovered attack, i looked at examples, looked at games and then and only then, once i had the pattern in my mind i went to chesstempo.com and practised discovered attacks in a range that was practical (i believe it is a waste of time, impractical and counter productive doing tactical exercises that are way too hard. why? for we get so disconsolate when we get them wrong again and again and again, better to stick to ones within our range and increment the difficulty as we learn and progress, for we enjoy the exercises). It seems to me that this is half the battle. If you burden yourself with too many exercises that are too hard, you will become disconsolate. How many weightlifters can lift their optimum weight first try off? Once you have convinced yourself that you can spot and create the necessary environment for a successful discovered attack i would move on.
Hope this helps, realise that everyone is different, be patient with yourself, take your time to understand the dynamics of the patterns, if you fail an example, go over it gain to see why you failed it and YOU WILL PROGRESS. All the best Robbie.