Breaks and Drops
I have been pausing at CTS for various periods of time. First for 2 months, then, after some weeks of regular exercise, again for 2 weeks. My last break was a week. It is interesting to see how my performance dropped and recovered. Today, I had a drop for some 10 problems, then I recovered and raised my rating by 15 points. My 2 week break has been more serious, and for the 2 months break I had paid 50 lost points.
The one and only reason of these drops is speed. I use more time just to see what is the matter on the board. Long time no chess means so silly questions as, hm, this is not sudoku, this is chess, and where is the king, and, ooh, there are queens around. Oh, many pawns. Hm, hm, they move in what direction? I am black? Mine move upwards or what?
Well the 6 seconds have gone, the problem makes its move. And I am still staring at these silly symbols on the screen, wondering what this is all about.
This is the bad story. The good story is: Once I have got the task, I see the motifs and I get the solution in most cases correctly. So, even after a long break at CTS, it could be that I am stronger in a slow game than before.
But now it is time to start again exercising on a regular basis at CTS, even if it is only 20 problems a day!