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  • #1

    Please remove the rating on tactics trainer. It's the main problem. When I start to lose, I give up because of the rating. Give us the option to hide it, or just remove it and leave it in the stats. When I hide with a piece of tape, I do so much better. But when I start to see all these minus 11's etc, I want to just take my phone and throw it against a brick wall.

  • #2

    I find there are days when I can't see the solution a lot more often than other times and my rating can float between a 50 or more point range.  I try to use those days to see what tactics I am missing, but I find I'm just dumbed-down those days.  But I think I'll eventually break free of my current plateau, as has happened before, so I spend 1/2 hour, at least on the Tactics Trainer here and tactics problems at chesstempo.com, which has nice little awards like this one I got today:

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  • #3

    Yeah, that seems to be the same with me. On other tactics trainers, my numbers are much higher. Every time I break 1000, something happens and I get taken all the way down into the 700's. Some of that has to do with my attitude, so I don't know. It's just frustrating to see that rating number. I like the number, I just don't want to see it until I'm ready. I am very competitive, and hold myself to a high standard, and when I fail like this, I get very very angry and frustrated - enough to damage my property. Some will say, "take a break". But I don't want to take a break. I'm trying to get better at chess. I don't have a whole lot of time as it is, and so I spend a lot of my remaining time playing chess.

     

  • #4
    Don't be ridiculous. If they removed the ratings, I would be fed the easy problems that you fail. With the ratings, I get problems appropriate for my skill level.
  • #5

    maybe implementing a focus mode like that have in live chess would help.

  • #6
    getting to 1000 was weird for me- much like the op i would flirt with it then plummet a few hundred

    eventually i made it through even if it meant remembering those "-11" puzzles after the fiftieth time

    in each bracket of tactics trainer there have been puzzles i just didnt get and after missing them a dozen times it starts to sink in- much of the time without my help

    i've even started taking my time and really going over the puzzles so i might get a half dozen +1's- great - but the inevitable -11 is right around the bend so i'm treading water between 1000 and 1100 lately

    good luck op and get some spackle from home depot in case you put an ipad through the wall
  • #7

    "Don't be ridiculous. If they removed the ratings, I would be fed the easy problems that you fail. With the ratings, I get problems appropriate for my skill level."

    I never lobbied for the removal of the ratings. I just want the option to HIDE it (like you can do with the timer), or view it on the stats as opposed to seeing it while taking the "test". So, YOU don't be ridiculous, and make an ASS out of U and ME, by assuming that you know what you're talking about.

  • #8

    "good luck op and get some spackle from home depot in case you put an ipad through the wall"

    Thanks. I might just go play the tactics trainer while I'm sitting at the house they're tearing down next door, and do the work for 'em, lol. 

  • #9
    JoshuaTheRed wrote:

    "Don't be ridiculous. If they removed the ratings, I would be fed the easy problems that you fail. With the ratings, I get problems appropriate for my skill level."

    I never lobbied for the removal of the ratings. I just want the option to HIDE it (like you can do with the timer), or view it on the stats as opposed to seeing it while taking the "test". So, YOU don't be ridiculous, and make an ASS out of U and ME, by assuming that you know what you're talking about.

     

    Maybe you should read your own post more carefully.

  • #10

    (Me) "Please remove the rating on tactics trainer."
    "Give us the option to hide it..." "...or just remove it and leave it in the stats."
    "I like the number, I just don't want to see it until I'm ready."
    "I just want the option to HIDE it (like you can do with the timer), or view it on the stats as opposed to seeing it while taking the "test"."

    These were all my statements in this post. These statements are in no way are lobbying for removal of the rating system itself.

  • #11
    JoshuaTheRed wrote:

    (Me) "Please remove the rating on tactics trainer."
    "Give us the option to hide it..." "...or just remove it and leave it in the stats."
    "I like the number, I just don't want to see it until I'm ready."
    "I just want the option to HIDE it (like you can do with the timer), or view it on the stats as opposed to seeing it while taking the "test"."

    These were all my statements in this post. These statements are in no way are lobbying for removal of the rating system itself.

     

    I appreciate your clarification. Your point would have been clearer with a different lead sentence and perhaps fewer words.

    So, you want to hide the number circled in this image?
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    I don't quite fathom how that's a problem, but I can support the option to hide it.

     

     

  • #12
    Saw a member with a tactics rating under 800 and he scored 16 out of 17, which is over 90% correct. Go figure!
  • #13

    "I don't quite fathom how that's a problem, but I can support the option to hide it."

    Thanks. It becomes a problem when I lose a few at the minus-11-14 deductions. It discourages me. Is it psychological? Perhaps. With my temperament, I'd rather just check on the number from time to time. Or, who knows, once I get in to the 1100"s and up, maybe I won't care as much about losing from time to time. 

  • #14

    Im also one of those types, that doesnt understand the importance of the tactics rating.  I would assume the goal is to improve at tactics?  

    I would rather get 1 point on a tactic, undunderstand the pattern,and motif.  Then get 10+ points for guessing quickly.  

    Chess is a game of patience.  Tactics are no different when it comes to learning.  

  • #15
    JoshuaTheRed wrote:

    "I don't quite fathom how that's a problem, but I can support the option to hide it."

    Thanks. It becomes a problem when I lose a few at the minus-11-14 deductions. It discourages me. Is it psychological? Perhaps. With my temperament, I'd rather just check on the number from time to time. Or, who knows, once I get in to the 1100"s and up, maybe I won't care as much about losing from time to time. 

     

    I have the opposite problem. I often get into a mood where I'll work tactics until I get back up to a given rating, even if that requires three hours. Another place where I work tactics, it does not show my rating, but only the rating for the problem I just failed. I have difficulty being motivated to use that site.

  • #16

    My rating just went into the 1100's. The number isn't bothering so much any more. Maybe it was the "sub-1000" aspect that I had a problem with. Hmm.

     

    "Another place where I work tactics, it does not show my rating, but only the rating for the problem I just failed."

    Lichess?

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