I’ve been seeing these “100 Days” challenges being shared by George Takei on Facebook and Twitter.
Ones that I have watched included a guitarist who learned sweep picking, and a girl who did pushups. At the end of the 100 days both were much more proficient at their chosen activity than they thought they would be.
So it got me thinking…what if I did a chess version of that? What would be the result?
I have decided to do a 100 Days of Tactics challenge.
Each day I will spend one hour on www.chesstempo.com and I will track my results and post them. The idea is to see if extended focus truly helps increase proficiency.
I have used chesstempo off and on for several years though never very regularly. I flit from this to that to this to that and, like everyone, I find myself more enamored of the sites/programs that tell me that I’m 2200 at tactics rather than 1600!
The thing about chesstempo though is that in order to increase your rating it seems like you must solve many more puzzles that you miss. Many puzzles offer perhaps two or three points for a correct solution while subtracting perhaps twice that many for an incorrect solution. (Please note that this is a generalization and that of course the strength of the puzzle factors in, etc.)
So I figure that this is a relatively simple way to work on tactics and see definitively what the results are.
Today I put in my first hour. My initial rating after today is 1583.6. We shall see how that changes as the days, weeks, and months pass. My user name there is chriswainscott, so anyone is free to look at my progress vs what I post to keep me honest.
I’d like to encourage others to join me in this challenge!
Til Next Time,