Is there a particular mindset or technique that allows you to push beyond the ~1 mine / sec barrier?
- less flagging?
- more clever "leaps" into uncharted territory? (which I see on some of the world-record youtube vids)
- training on custom mode, with a higher/lower mine density than usual?
- better ways to start/open the field?
- targeting some specific goal, such as better mouse control?
Because after learning the initial few basic patterns like 1-2-1 and 1-2-2-1, and 2-3-2 and so forth, and some of the typical arrangements you see around 3s, 4s, and 5s, I'm finding myself completely blocked at my current average rate of ~1 mine/sec on Intermediate mode (i.e. 40 sec avg, 28 at best) and much worse on Expert mode, probably 140 sec on avg, 119 best.
[Ultra geeks: my 3BV/sec seems to peak at ~2.0, although I am not convinced that 3BV is a very accurate measure of board difficulty...]
Any rapid-improvement epiphanies you could share? Thanks, all.