I'm currently a Class B with a TT rating of 2100. I would like to aim to become a 2100 with norm of Candidate Master. What tactic rating does a CM usually have? How strong are Expert class chess players in tactical calculation?

  • With tactical ability of your caliber I think you should focus on other things
    – Jimmy360
    Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 10:05
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    @Jimmy360 What would you recommend that user122965 focus on? (I ask because I'm not a good enough player to suggest anything, but figure that (s)he and/or others might benefit from explicit thoughts on the matter.) Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 18:09
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    @CharlesRockafellor I added some information
    – Jimmy360
    Commented Jul 15, 2016 at 18:11
  • I hardly see masters on SE. Might get a good answer from /r/chess.
    – Keshav
    Commented Jul 16, 2016 at 6:39
  • I'm 1900 TT on chess.com and my OTB is 1920. So it's surprising your tactics are that good and you aren't higher rated. I agree with others. Work on other things.
    – user3431
    Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 3:04

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While you cannot get to Candidate Master on tactics alone, most Candidate Masters have much higher tactics trainers ratings than you do. For example, Candidate Master Mago has a TT rating of 2602. While you should continue on your TT journey, you should also study master games, endgames, and positional play.

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