Ok, i've been doing tactics here for over six months and apparantly I've done over 5000 of them. That count is wrong because it's not tracking now many tactics I've completed but how many attempts - in the first few months I often retried them over and over - either because I got them wrong or because I wanted to see what happened if I took a different path. My score seems to bounce around between 1750 and 1900.
I was wondering if there were any tips anyone could offer to help me improve. I've watched a few videos of people like gingergm and john bartholemew doing tactics on youtube but they just sort of rattle through them quickly and describe them as easy so I don't learn anything. A few questions:
1) How long do you spend on any given tactic in that difficulty range?
2) What can I do to improve? I've started playing games because really tactics are a means to an end, and I assumed (still do, really) that tactics are the heart of a game of chess. I'm starting to look at openings and later will spend time on end games but most of the game seems to be positional play which is what tactics is all about.
Actually I don't want to ask too many questions so that's enough for now.