Saturday, May 26, 2007

Eighty Six

Eighty Six percent at chess tactical server, for dktransform at 1500.3 elo for 29,031 tries. My next goal is eighty-seven percent for 40,000, which only requires that I do the next 10,969 tries at 90.00%, putting me at 87.08%.

Due to diminishing returns, short of exceeding 90%, I cannot get past 87.66% for 50,000 tries unless I raise my accuracy (towards a prefered 'clean' 88.0%). Since too much accuracy would unduly inhibit a higher incidence of more challenging problems, I am happy to continue with 'always!' having sessions >90.00% as my dictum. Of course, some sessions can be 93 to 95% (i.e. tonight i finished with 4f/119s = 123 @96.7% but this won't always happen).

Either I will raise the accuracy by holding 1500 again, or, perhaps experiment at a latter time with allowing a higher elo through the natural mastery of the local "problem set".

Since when I hit 1591 at around 24,000 tries I had fallen to 84.9% and at that time firmly resolved to hold this standard of ALWAYS +90, this means that I have done the last 5,000 or so tries at 91.1%, and not many have done that at at or near 1500 elo; of course, some persons surely have also done this, but, again, not many [tjeulesbeles, firegarden, trallala, Morgh, Quietus, bahus, morkovkin, bani (GM), jmsharez, helmt3, Alvis, dktransform (with me surely the least among these mighty practitioners) followed by Kawala =13 in top 171 by % among ranking large users: 108 bows to them and the 10,000 shimmering golden arms of Buddha as Kwan Yin!].

Many folks want to raise their rating. Sometimes I have to TRY to keep it from going up. I am seeking a rythm and a pace rather than an absolute amplitude.

I am forging ahead with Reinfields 1001 Sacrifices and Combinations daily. The most advanced work? No. But easy to carry, read in bed, or other uniqued sitting places! And as I have said in the past, some of the problems however are indeed quite thorny, posing a good challenge.

I am resting from 'real chess' play, and consciously accumulating mental energy for my next big push. When I launch a new push, I do NOT STOP. So this pause is critical for me.

Don't forget, Candidates matches in Elista. I exchanged a few emails with GM Seirawan in the last few days, and he is as alert as ever. May all users enjoy his live commentary!

warmly, dk


Blogger Loomis said...

So you've done the lat 5,000 problems at about 1500 elo and 90% and your goal is to do the next 10,000 problems at the same difficulty level (in fact, the same exact problems you've already seen) and again at 90%.

[start Hurley-voice]
Dude, isn't that, like, not an improvement??

What you called "diminishing returns" in your post I think I would just call "arithmetic." What seems more like it falls in the category of "diminishing returns" is trying to eek out improvement from the last 5-10% of your current problem set that you aren't getting right. The longer you plug away on the same problem set, the less you gain from your time.

There is definitely something to be said for your effort and you are correct that few at CTS have duplicated it.

Sat May 26, 09:30:00 AM PDT  
Blogger transformation said...

thank you. i didnt know hurley, and this is memorable.

i am not sure that i agree with all you say, but despite what is really a tone of criticism, i will duly reflect on what you say, and a visit from you resulting in a comment is not an everyday event!

a few related comments. i do think that if THIS were ALL that i did in the way of chess study, or nee, were perchance to make it the main center of my chess study in a vacume more of what you assert here would apply to my intention.

i am reading 1001 sacrifices and combinations, after very carefully and slowly doing alburts pocket chess training for A YEAR, without recourse to hints or suggestions, twice. thereafter, i will do 1001 checkmates, then intend emms ultimate chess combination book. i do much blindfold work, or work without a board, and have read all the same major books everyone else reads or has read,

My System, Aashagard, Silman, Pachman, Kotov, the entire Kasparov series, pandolphini's endgame course, chernevs practical chess endings [these last two, very slowly and carefully with soltis: GM Secrets, Endings], and many others too numberous to mention.

in live play, i tend to only play folks 200 elo above me, or 150+, to the fullest extent possible--cultivating a negative win/loss ratio with the same dogged determination you seem me exercise at CTS--i.e.
Bullet 496 709 35 1240
Blitz 026 049 03 0078

and just as my Weltangschauung at CTS embraces pushing the 'egde' on the margin, similar there in OBP, or in real chess.

i am 2/3rds of the way through CT-Art 3.0 for this greater challenge you intimate at, or increasing returns, and have taken my average CTS rounds from 125 to 150 a day, to now more like 40 or 50 a day (excepting recent push while on vacation), saving precious energy for other chess study and endeavor.

and lastly, i only wish that IT WERE 5 or 10%. clearly it is more like 20% that are not easy for me, and i must labor through them, so it is not click, click, click like the blind man who memorized the rubric cube!

the next 60% that i am familiar with, i also must think about, albiet, i can DO THEM as you suggest without a lot of risk, but each and every time, must think them through, so am getting to practice board vision, to be repeated until practice makes perfect.

i am not sure that the problem set at 1600 is much different, but i dont come to CTS for new problems, but for repetition! CTS is about repetition. other areas can serve or provide new problems, for example, i also have maxim blokhs combinative motifs, to read and carry after the 1001, 1001, and 1000 books, which i intent to finish in the next two years.

the remaining 20% are as you suggest, too easy, and *hmmmm* worst things have happened than to have one-fifth be redundant.

but, again, you do raise valid points and i thank you. thank you also for the very kind floreatdunum comment at CTS, and was very nice. :)

i think of you as one of the smartest persons among us, and a comment from you cannot be underestimated. your reputation for worthwhile comments sustained this corner, and always appreciated. thank you.

warmly, dk
ps, i work retail and DONT need to meet 500 persons this weekend, and am off work this weekend which occurs once a month. so sweet! to meet 500 persons in two days can take it out of a person!

everyone, dont forget Elista tomorrow! it is the FIDE world chess championship qualifier, semi-final:

1 Levon Aronian (ARM)
Carlsen (NOR)

8 Alexei Shirov
Michael Adams

3 Ruslan Ponomariov (UKR)
Sergei Rublevsky (RUS)

6 Alexander Grischuk (RUS)
Vladimir Malakhov (RUS)

2 Peter Leko (HUN)
Mikhail Gurevich (TUR)

7 Judith Polgar (HUN)
Evgeny Bareev (RUS)

4 Boris Gelfand (ISR)
Rustam Kasimjanov (UZB)

5 Etienne Bacrot (FRA)
Gata Kamsky (USA)

see ICC and playchess. sweet odes to joy!

Sat May 26, 11:19:00 AM PDT  
Blogger transformation said...

to any readers who have not regularly stopped by likeforests chess blog, i am reminded in todays reading, that while not [yet!] our highest ranking chess improvment zealot, he takes the dk-'ne plus ultra prize' for most balanced approach to chess study.

not only does he blog, but manages tactics, endgames, opening study, and even annotations. zig und salute!

i am inspired by the diversity and breadth of his study, done without lossing any focus. this man, i am willing to bet, in business is an able, 'wear many hats' performer of a very high level.

thank you likeforests! you inspire me, sincerely.

Sat May 26, 01:57:00 PM PDT  

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