Puh...I think I have finally found a plan that works for me. Since I don´t have all the time in the world to devote to chess or in front of the computer, I´ve had to figure out a way to make the most of all the spread out little time-windows that appear during a day.
Since I rarely have my computer around when I have time left over for tactics, I decided to include a book in my training for these moments. The book I have chosen is M. Blokh´s Combinational Motifs
which, from what I understood, was used as a basis for creating the computer program I´m also using; CT-Art
. This means that a lot of the problems in the book are present in the program as well.
I have decided to study these two seperate sources of tactics in different ways though. The problems in the book have been structured according to combinational motifs and patterns with an increasing difficulty within each section. This structure will hopefully increase my combinational vision. The problems in CT-Art I´m solving in true MDLM-style; starting with the easy level 10 ones and moving up to harder levels without knowing the combinational motifs and patterns beforehand.
The plan is to finish the Seven Circles with CT-Art as fast as I can. Since I never know how much time I can spend by the computer every day, I have no set deadline. During the same time I will go through the 1206 problems in the book and try yet again to solve the ones I failed when I´m done.
Problems solved so far:
- CT-Art: 411
- Combinational motifs: 129