Sunday, January 02, 2005

Still on track

Recalculated the days remaining in the 7 circles.
It will be interesting to see what happens when I try to fit family, work, and exercises, all into one bag. I don't think that even the great Alan Lakein could manage that trick.
In hindsight it is nice to know that Michael de la Maza was unemployed when he tackled the original 7-Circles.
Otherwise I'd feel like an underachiever.

1550 (Start) -> 2202 Current
Scoring Percentage
Level 10 - 100% (Completed)
Level 20 - 97% (Completed)
Level 30 - 91% (Completed)
617 exercises completed 422 remaining in circle 3.
77 days down 25 to go.


Anonymous said...

ELO means your rating, right? so does that mean your rating rose about 650 points? if yes to bothe above questions, does ELO roughly match USCF ratings? thanx.

Don Q. said...

The "ELO rating" is the estimate made by the CT-ART software. It has little relation to reality. For example, when I finished Circle One, my ELO, according to CT Art, was 2529 -- approximately Grandmaster strength.

Anonymous said...

What was your (Don's) real ELO at the time?

Sancho Pawnza said...

Don pretty much nailed it.
The CT-Art "ELO" program, while fairly entertaining to look at has little to do with reality.
CT-Art allows you to enter your rating at the beginning of the exercises and it makes the adjustment depending on your answers. In the problems according to difficulty mode Level 10 problems are the "supposed" equivalent of a 1600 ELO degree of difficulty.
Level 20 - 1750
Level 30 - 1900
Level 40 - 2050
Level 50 - 2200
Level 60 - 2300
Level 70 - 2400
Level 80 - 2500
Level 90 - 2550-3150
So as you can well imagine it's all for fun anyway.
The 1550 I entered is my current USCF rating if that helps?
I highly recommend that players just find a book or CD
that will allow you to focus on just pure forced mates first. Those types of problems leave nothing to chance, meaning there is not much room for argument.
Some of the CT-Art problems leave room for interpretation as you go higher up into the levels.

Calvin said...

I am using about 1,000 pure mating problems, and about 500 various tactical problems (some mate, some material gain). I think that this is a great set-up. I am already beginning to see mating patterns, which is very helpful.

Don Q. said...

My current ELO rating is 1573.