So each day I practice a different tactic. So my tactics training regimen is like this (Chess Tempo)

Day 1:

5 problems - (standard) specific tactical motif (i.e. discovered attack, sacrifice, fork/double attack, etc)

5 problems - blitz

5 problems - mixed

Day 2:

5 problems - (standard) specific mate type

5 problems - "problems I've gotten wrong at least once"

5 problems - standard

And I alternate everyday doing that. I keep a log to record how well I am doing. If over three consecutive runs of the same tactic, I end up scoring a 13 (out of 15) or better, I will up the difficulty by 200 points (right now I have all the specific tactic-type sets limited to 1400-1700). My Chess Tempo standard tactics rating is around 1600.

Right now, I am not even done with one round, but so far I have this:

Advanced Pawn 5

Attraction 3 Avoiding Perpetual 2

Avoiding Stalemate 3

Back Rank Mate 3

Blocking 4

Capturing Defender 2

Clearance 2

Coercion 3

Counting 3

Defensive Move 1

Desperado 3

Discovered Attack 3

Distraction 4

Double Check 2

Exposed King 4

Mate - Anastasia's 3

Mate - Balestra's 1

Mate - Arabian 5

Mate - Backburne's 5

Mate - Boden's 4

Mate - Damiano's 5

Mate - Damiano's Bishop 4

Mate - Double Bishop 5

Mate - Dovetail 4

Mate - Dovetail - Bishop 4

Mate - Epaulette 3

Mate - Escalator 3

Mate - Greco's 3

What can you deduce from my performance in various tactics types, in terms of my strengths and weaknesses as a player (tactically)?

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    Not much. Keep working on the things you're less good at.
    – dfan
    Commented Aug 21, 2015 at 23:53
  • 9
    I deduce that you tend to overthink things ... Commented Aug 24, 2015 at 12:14
  • lol @BlindKungFuMaster I've been told this so much in the context of dating from various people online and in real life. I really do. I thought I would be overthinking things in chess. lol now someone is even calling me out for overthinking in chess...lol...what am I? What exactly indicates that I overthink things from this post? I overthink, mainly because I feel I have to to survive.
    – R3dder
    Commented Aug 25, 2015 at 1:37
  • @R3dder Pick up the book 'Think and Grow Rich' by Napoleon Hill - it will eliminate it. Commented May 11, 2017 at 19:20
  • Nothing as you meant the question. And your approach to learning is poor. Commented Jan 18, 2020 at 3:58

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Chess tactics frame different positions which we sometimes come across the Board . It may be Double attack , fork , Pin and many others . Just solving the Chess tactics lone is never the measurement because when you solve a tactic you know already that there is a sacrificial or a combinational move which will make you win or help to solve the tactic . In real games sometimes you even get an easy position but you fail to find the best move OTB .

Solving tactics just make you at ease that you are doing something and practicing Chess but it is never the complete homework to make the best judgement .

A different way to find the performance measurement is that how good you are making a calculation or even finding your own weaknesses in specific patterns . like for an example you have a habit of leaving your piece hanging in your own games . So you must solve tactics relating to Hanging pieces which will help to improve your weak point . They say in whichever tactic you find it difficult to solve you have a weakness in that area .

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