Idea for how to improve problem rush!

pauljacobson

Hi guys!

So I wrote this mail to chess.com on how to make problem rush EVEN better since I think it's an amazing tool for improving your chess. I will post the email I sent to them here underneath... If you agree maybe you guys can try and also send them some email about this?

I think that if many people want the same thing we have the best chance of achieving it. 

This is the email I wrote:

"Hi!
 
I have a suggestion about how to improve problem rush!
 
So, one of the great things about problem rush is that I really believe it improves your chess ability but one thing that makes problem rush difficult to improve is that you get a lot more practice on the easy problems than what you get on the hard ones. 
 
So the suggestion is that you can set your own difficulty level, for instance before the problem rush start you get to choose the starting level, so if you want to start at 1500 rated problems you will be able to select that.
 
If this is implemented perhaps one can make a setting so that the scores of these don't show up on the high score table since it will be hard to make high score tables for each difficulty level. So perhaps just keep the high score table for the general problem rush if you know what I mean?
 
Hope you like my idea. I think a setting like this will greatly improve peoples problem rush and also improve their chess!"
EdoubleU52

It's a good idea but I'm thinking that's pretty much what playing the original tactics option does for the most part.

pauljacobson
EdoubleU52 skrev:

It's a good idea but I'm thinking that's pretty much what playing the original tactics option does for the most part.

Really? Don't you think that problem rush and the regular tactics are quite different since you are under much more time pressure? I mean I think that is the reason why you see some people having a tactics rating of 10000 but only 40 on problem rush. Problem rush is much more difficult in that sense. 

That's why I think that my idea is a very effective way to actually become better at problem rush.

pauljacobson

In other words, I think problem rush is much more representative of your actual tactics ability as opposed to the regular tactics solver, because there you can use a lot more time.

EdoubleU52
pauljacobson wrote:

In other words, I think problem rush is much more representative of your actual tactics ability as opposed to the regular tactics solver, because there you can use a lot more time.

Yeah, I think I might have read that wrong. It would be good to implement something like what you said. I think puzzle rush is more for quick recognition than anything. I'm not very good at it but I hear ya. I will breeze through the first 15 and get 3 outta the next 5 wrong almost every time.

EdoubleU52

Well, did you see what they have added to the puzzle rush? Guess they were listenening!!

AnthonyAtanasov
EdoubleU52 wrote:

Well, did you see what they have added to the puzzle rush? Guess they were listenening!!

*They added it to puzzles - not to puzzle rush.

There is still no feature where you have 5 mins (or any time limit) to solve a certain rating range of puzzles.

chess.com/puzzles/learning is not puzzle rush unfortunately sad.png

EdoubleU52
AnthonyAtanasov wrote:
EdoubleU52 wrote:

Well, did you see what they have added to the puzzle rush? Guess they were listenening!!

*They added it to puzzles - not to puzzle rush.

There is still no feature where you have 5 mins (or any time limit) to solve a certain rating range of puzzles.

chess.com/puzzles/learning is not puzzle rush unfortunately

It was on there the day I wrote that. There was an option to go at your own pace.

pauljacobson
EdoubleU52 skrev:
AnthonyAtanasov wrote:
EdoubleU52 wrote:

Well, did you see what they have added to the puzzle rush? Guess they were listenening!!

*They added it to puzzles - not to puzzle rush.

There is still no feature where you have 5 mins (or any time limit) to solve a certain rating range of puzzles.

chess.com/puzzles/learning is not puzzle rush unfortunately

It was on there the day I wrote that. There was an option to go at your own pace.

Sorry for late reply. Yes I saw that. They also told me in a mail that they are still tinkering with it, so they may very well implement my ideas in the end who knows.

IpswichMatt

I think it's a good idea. You could also normalise the scoring for this variant of puzzle rush by adding up all of the ratings of the puzzles you did correctly instead of just getting the count - this would reward choosing harder puzzles.

I'd quite like a longer puzzle rush, maybe 10 or 15 minutes, and maybe a few more strikes.

The other thing I'd like is some sort of "pause" button (though obviously you couldn't use it whilst solving a puzzle - you'd pause after the current puzzle). The reason is that when I get one wrong and go on to the next puzzle I'm still thinking about what I did wrong on the earlier puzzle. I'd like to be able to pause and see what I did wrong before continuing.

EdoubleU52
IpswichMatt wrote:

I think it's a good idea. You could also normalise the scoring for this variant of puzzle rush by adding up all of the ratings of the puzzles you did correctly instead of just getting the count - this would reward choosing harder puzzles.

I'd quite like a longer puzzle rush, maybe 10 or 15 minutes, and maybe a few more strikes.

The other thing I'd like is some sort of "pause" button (though obviously you couldn't use it whilst solving a puzzle - you'd pause after the current puzzle). The reason is that when I get one wrong and go on to the next puzzle I'm still thinking about what I did wrong on the earlier puzzle. I'd like to be able to pause and see what I did wrong before continuing.

That's me as well. After the first one I get wrong,  I lose focus and will usually get the next two strikes shortly after.

pauljacobson

Hey, guys. 

Glad you liked the idea. But I would really want to encourage you to write a mail to chess.com as well because the only thing that is going to make them implement this is if many people are interested in it! happy.png 

pauljacobson

Thank you very much!

That sounds very interesting! I don't have an android device currently but I will try to borrow from a friend and then get back to you further after I have tried it out. Great initiative from you!

TypistTypes

My rush mode keeps freezing :/

crazypiglady

I've had exactly this thought too. Not exactly bored of the easy puzzles but I do tend to overthink them if I've been playing harder ones first. 

Good idea Paul. 

pauljacobson
crazypiglady skrev:

I've had exactly this thought too. Not exactly bored of the easy puzzles but I do tend to overthink them if I've been playing harder ones first. 

Good idea Paul. 

After I emailed chess.com they actually did make some changes but still not exactly what I requested... Anyways, thanks for the compliment! Have a good day!