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Something is rotten

I was better at chess two weeks ago, than I am now. I don't know what's happening, but certainly things are not going in the right direction. I'm losing almost every game I play, and my Tactics Trainer rating has gone downhill quite a bit too. 

My lowest TT rating ever was 1023, on 27 August. From here it went up to 1566 in less than two months (53 days to be exact). That's at a rate of more than 300 points monthly. But since 27 August, when my rating reached it's peak, it's gone down, down, down. Right now it's at 1316. That's exactly 250 points down, in just 38 days, at a rate of -200 points monthly. Not a good sign. 

If I want to look at this in a bright light, I can say that my rating is now 293 points higher than on 27 August, which is 91 days ago. This means that my TT rating has increased 97 points monthly since then. That's almost 1200 points in a year, if it continues, even with momentary downturns. 

But, I don't think the last 38 days is "just a momentary downturn". I think something is more than rotten in the state of Denmark. The question is what

Addendum (a note to self): I just did 25 more TT problems, and solved all but 3, reaching a rating of 1424. My current pass rate is 61.4 %. I will aim at increasing this, rather than increasing my rating. I expect the rating to follow, sooner or later. First goal: a pass rate of 70 %. This will take a long time, since I've already tried 4083 problems. If I can do 25 problems, and fail only 3, it will take approximately another 2000 problems before my pass rate has reached 70 %. With about 25 problems daily, this goal should be within sight in close to 3 months.

Comments


  • 3 years ago

    Trutharrow

    You're obsessing and inhibiting the flow. Chess is not only cigoL but noitanigami. Relax a little and the mind will find the way....

  • 3 years ago

    cigoL

    Haha. Frank, I might just try that! Smile

  • 3 years ago

    Fawzo

    My sugestion is to take a chess board without the pieces and sit under a Bodhi tree until chess enlightenment comes.  Just stare at the empty board until Tara reveals unto you the greatest chess opening of all time. 

  • 3 years ago

    cigoL

    kco, that might be the best advice.

  • 3 years ago

    kco

    get off the freaking forum for a start ! Laughing and try and go for a whole day or two without chess Surprised ! (even for a week !) is just to give your brain a break, try some other hobbies or activity (get outside into the real world Smile ) that you always have like before. 

  • 3 years ago

    cigoL

    Yes, I'm considering to reduce my chess hours to half for a week or two. That might help. 

  • 3 years ago

    hicetnunc

    I suspect you may be tired. Your training seems to be very demanding.

  • 3 years ago

    cigoL

    Interrobang, yes, there are ups and downs naturally. But when there is a downward trend it's an indication of something. 

  • 3 years ago

    cigoL

    Yes, I have swings up and down within a single session too. That I'm not concerned about. But, when it's a continues trend for quite some time, something isn't right. 

  • 3 years ago

    Interrobang

    Nothing. Your rating isn't a measure of your strength; it's an estimate of your strength. It fluctuates naturally with every new measurement it makes, so it will only have real meaning if you regard it in the long term.

  • 3 years ago

    Fawzo

    Mine can go from 1500 to 1800 in an hour and back down again. Its all about focus and mindset.  Sometimes we have it then our minds say enough of this foolish game, go do someting else...but do we ever listen :)

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