Second Circle Completed
Yesterday I completed the second circle of the seven circles tactics training program that I started on July 1st.
For those of you who haven't heard of the Seven Circles, each circle comprises solving 1200 tactics problems. The same 1200 problems are repeated (instead of using new problems) a total of seven times. For the first circle you give yourself 64 days to complete all the problems. Then, each time you complete a circle, you cut the number of days in half for the next circle. So for circle two you get 32 days, etc. Eventually, if you stick with it, you end up completing the final seventh circle all in a single day.
Today I started circle three, completing the first 120 problems in my tactics set in just under 30 minutes with a 99.1% accuracy rate. Keep in mind these are the easiest problems in the set, as the whole problem set is ordered by difficulty. These initial problems are simple mate in 1's. Last week I finishing the final 50 or so problems of the whole set--the most difficult problems--and it took me an hour and fifteen minutes each day to complete just seven problems! And, my accuracy rate was only 74%! So, the problems get pretty difficult towards the end.
Here are my results so far: