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Okay, so here I am in the 1500's, (ELO) and everyone says, "to improve greatly at your level, you need TACTICS"
SO, I buy the above program, and have been doing tactical exercises for about 40 minutes daily for the last several months.
I'm at the point now, where I can take a 'test' in the program, and score around 2300-2400 ELO.
So ... big time ELO rating issues with this program? What else can I study to 'break out' of the 1500's blues ....
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Practice what you learnt
Play games against players with higher rating, say 200 points. Strive for an open game which should provide tactical chances for both sides. Play solid chess, don't ruin your position for hopeful tactics. Make sure they work. Be resourseful.
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The Elo evaluation program in CT-Art definately overvalues your Elo. My Elo ther is also about 2300-2400, that means nothing. IMO Chessmasters identities are also overvalued by some 250 points. I don't know why is that so, maybe to flatter the user, so he buys the product? Who knows...
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Did you notice
that when using this program you can also do the problems with increasing level of difficulty? When you start coming into level 70-80 I'm pretty sure you're well out of your 1500's and close to 1900-2000.
It's no use solving the problems by tactical motif because then you know what pattern to look for in a position and that's not much use.
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That is the only way I do it. But there are a lot of mistakes in higher level exercises. I have given some to Fritz, it can't solve them correctly, that is Fritz considers some of the moves that CT Art wants you to play to be inferior.
But anyway, CT Art is a great tool, you just shouldn't care about the ratings and mistakes. If you seemingly go wrong while solving the exercises, check the solution with a computer, maybe you got it right.