CT-Art, focus on the kingI'm pretty sure I'm learning from the CT-Art exercises, but they seem very artificial to me. I don't recall exactly, but it seems every problem is based on the king in some way, either checkmating or using checks to win material. In contrast, CTS problems are often just winning some material based on a tactic like a pin or fork without anything to do with the king.
The repeated theme of working against the king narrows the search enough that sometimes the problems are too easy. In some cases, the opponent has a mate threat so you know the answer has to be a check and there's only one check! Even if the check means sacrificing the queen, you can be sure it's right and then calculating the line is not so difficult.
Another problem I'm having is that it never marks problem 461 has having been solved. Despite the fact that I solved it the first time it came up and I've tried going back and solving it again. Anyone else ever have this difficulty?
- level 10: 97% (110 problems)
- level 20: 92% (286 problems)
- level 30: 88% (144 done, 77 to go)
- elo: 2167