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 Aug 21 '15 at 23:53
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    I deduce that you tend to overthink things ... – BlindKungFuMaster Aug 24 '15 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 Aug 25 '15 at 1:37
  • @R3dder Pick up the book 'Think and Grow Rich' by Napoleon Hill - it will eliminate it. – Jossie Calderon May 11 '17 at 19:20

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 .


Like the Buddha once replied to the question, "What happens when I die?"

The Buddha calmly replied, It does not further.

That's because we can't do anything about what happens after we die. We cease to control our bodies. A similar question is any version of, "What will happen in the future?" Really, you can't control future events; you can only prepare for them.

Your question does not further. That is because in our quest for improvement we are not concerned with anyone else's performance but ours. In other words, do not worry about what everyone else is doing. Your question can only be answered by a personal coach.

Lastly, on a related note I think it's great you're practicing tactics. Make sure you're pairing it with the correct strategy.

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    This does not address the question at all. He wants to see if there is a way to find his weaknesses based on his performance data, so he can train them further. Your "wisdom" that "you cannot control the future" (seriously?!) does not answer the question or help him in any way. (And quoting the Buddha does not make you smart.) – TMM Jun 13 '17 at 20:48
  • @TMM Please don't be offended. It seems you and the OP are the victims of an XY problem. (If you don't know what that is, feel free to Google it - it is very relevant here, and I am only pointing you both in the correct direction.) – Jossie Calderon Jun 13 '17 at 20:50
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    Please don't be offended, but you are acting very pretentious. Yes, the OP is somewhat misguided in trying to find concrete weaknesses like this (as pointed out in the comments, he is "overthinking things"), but that does not mean that a vague answer like yours is of any use. Seriously, statements like "you can't control the future" and "do not worry about what everyone else is doing" are not on point and do not help the OP here. (And making certain text bold or italic does not make it important or relevant.) – TMM Jun 14 '17 at 0:58
  • @TMM Thank you for your advice, sir. It is well-considered. – Jossie Calderon Jun 14 '17 at 2:29

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