What is better than a lot of blitz or bullet, without study or review?
What is better than a lot of CTS alone, hour, after hour?
What is better than a lot of CT-Art 3.0 so that you hate it, and cannot wait to leave the chair, or get up from where you sit, or flip television channels between?
What is better than seven RHP games, some involving deep analysis of moves that take twenty two hours for four moves for ONE single game that is already won to you but wish it to be more beautiful architectonically?
What is better than reading Lev Alburt's Pocket Chess Training in bed, before sleeping each night for eight months, however briefly, at the commode, on the freeway in 'bumper to bumper' traffic, or in a hospital emergency ward waiting room?
What is better than Fritzing key positions at Moriela-Linares, when Morozevich is said to have put his king on the wrong square against Top-a-Love? Or when the prior missed the well earned mate of Aaronian with a clearance Queen sake on f8, then a elegant smothered mate with a pawn?
Not much is better than all that. But I have found something better for ME:
To do a little CT-Art but to do it VERY slowly, after work on my RHP game where I looked at pawn structures as early as move three, THEN to move onto some CTS, where I did 5f/61s=66 among my last two sessions at 1526 elo @ 92.5%.
My point is this: I can no longer afford to sit for hours at CTS. I cannot play 40 bullet in one night. I cannot bear to do CTA unless, as I did during round 7 of Linares yesterday, taking three hours on one move, albiet unconstantly, but between moves, alt tabbing back, and trying again, taking variation upon variation. And guess what? I see now what I never used to see, and at CTS I see myself able to calculate much better, and much more accurately. Let us now see, once I step up my energy and focus again, if I can finally attack my intermediate goal for bullet, so that I can then again move back to rapids or slow blitz.
Lastly, I can no longer go without sleep or overdo my activity in life. I am age 48.5. I counted customers today: 110 interactions today in five hours. And today was not that busy. That is 2500 in the next two weeks when I work fourteen of sixteen days, if we figure 200 in five hours on Sundays, etc. I asked Yasser once: "Don't you feel like you are down 100 elo when you play tired or late at night?" "No. NOT one hundred points, but three-hundred points! Yes, it makes a huge difference!"
He repeats to me that rest is the best thing for my chess improvement, of course, with the caviat that you have worked hard first, then, like a marathoner, or alpine climber, or Iron Man competitor in the triathelon, loaded on carbs!
So to added to balanced study without overemphasis on one facet now, I am resolved to not wear myself out so that, what I do, I do with all my juices flowing.
And to get better...