Tuesday, June 27, 2006


How sweet the joy! Chess.emrald.net or ChessTacticsServer (CTS) is up and running! Kisses and hugs! Sweet odes to Joy. "Sing us of muse, oh rosy finger dawn", Homer.

I started CT-Art 3.0 (CTA) two days after the outage (broken site message: 'Invalid dataBase' error message inexplicably posted without explanation starting last Tuesday) and the absence of CTS really for me placed the contrast with CTA into resolution.

CTS is more advanced but does not penalize slow, careful, deliberate 'deep thinks' as we say in chess. At the same time, CTS penalizes slowness, and also places our work into the context of a community of like minded persons in pursuit of Caissa (Muse or Goddess of chess). While CTA also ranks users by ELO, CTS compares us to others off of a web hosted application.

I plan to do the seven circles. Since I did 11,500 problems on CTS since March with an RD of around 18 before the outage with 83.19% correct, I do NOT feel much pressure to go to slowly as many do when first starting CTA, since I have already learned many of the basic patterns. Then again, I am still only on the second series...

My goal is to do the first circle fairly fast, THEN chew hard on the second circle. Most start slowly, I think, then try to speed up. I will do that in the third circle. My goal is familiarity to start out and just 'bang' the first circle--rather than laborious, finicky slowness... Or as my personal friend Yasser Seirawan likes to say it, "...till you burnish these patterns into the circuitry of your brain".

This is my first blog posting. This place is way cool. David


Blogger Temposchlucker said...

Welcome to the bloghospere. It seems that CTS is down again?

Tue Jun 27, 11:51:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Temposchlucker said...

Ok, I'm in.

Tue Jun 27, 03:38:00 PM PDT  

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