training advise

Sep 19, 2013
  panacea
StaffCoach 1770

I'm 53 years and started playing Chessity just over one year ago. I learned to play chess from my father but did never seriously practise and hadn't played since the age of eighteen. I entered Chessity at a level of 1200 ELO points and grew in one year time, with modest but consequent training to a level of 1700. My target for the coming year is to reach 1900. Just by training through solving puzzles. I have worked a lot with Chessity but only with the TPR en mobile games. To help you improving your use of Chessity I will post my findings here from time to time. I hope they are helpful.

My first training advise is : do not canonize your rating

After playing for a little while you tend to start staring at you rating. You only want it to go up without going down. This keeps you from solving many puzzles. You might even be tempted to take 20 minutes for solving one puzzle or opening two accounts (the training one and the sacred one).

Don't be afraid to make mistakes. The learning process goes much faster if you try to solve more puzzles. Your rating may go down in the short run but it will bounce back to a higher level before you know. My rating was all over the place in some weeks but it tends to creep upward in the longer run.

After a while try the errors training module. Here your last mistakes are shown. Playing the "errors module does not affect your rating!

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3 Comments

Michael 22:40 - 19 Sep 2013
500 rating points in one year.... Is that possible with Chessity?
panacea 16:24 - 20 Sep 2013
I have no reference so I don't know if other people can. But I did it. I solved approximately 2500 puzzles in that period. So that is 150 - 200 training hours.
Labelle 22:49 - 20 Sep 2013
It is true that rating is not the objective by itself, but rather training. However, I would recommend making a good effort to solve a puzzle before giving in. If you tried a certain time and did not find the answer, you will remember the answer more than if you do rapidly one problem after another regardless of whether you answer correctly or not.

I would recommend that one gives oneself a time-limit before giving an answer (it could be 20 minutes for example).

However, it is also true that, if you have limited time, it is better to have been exposed to more problems. Like for anything else, this is question of balance.

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