Chess prowess succumbs to good advice. This blog is a monument that tributes to that adage. I have been floundering knee deep in the good advice all along. Luckily is Logic destructive by its very nature. You can use it to chip off the nonsense from the useful. After 20 years of chiseling, I finally have found a few leftovers that are useful. My mind is freed from the tons of debris that continuously filled the few mental slots that form my Short Term Memory.
Finally I know where to start thinking. I'm very excited about that! I'm no longer overwhelmed by the myriads of possibilities which useless good advice forced me to reckon with.
Take for instance this little piece of silliness: "if you find a good move look for a better one". You don't want to know how many games I lost due to time trouble as a result of this idea. Chess is a fuzzy game for the human mind. We must abandon the idea of the best move. We are not able to find it, and when we have found something that looks like it, we have no ways to prove it. We should be looking for the first move that is good enough.
Actually, we shouldn't be looking for a move in the first place. We should look for a plan. Without a plan, we have no way to judge the aptness of a move. With a plan, we have pruned the tree of analysis already. Only the moves that support the plan, have to be taken into account.
So what's the plan? I don't know yet. I just started to apply logical reasoning to the game.
Nimzowitsch wrote My System. Very few people seem to recognize the systematics in the book as a system, though. Nimzowitsch wanted to make a work of art, and he did! But pedagogically, that is a very poor choice. Yet I belief there really is a system in the book! We just have to decrypt it.
I'm looking for a few standard plans that can be applied to any chess game. Just to cut down on the pursuit of the best plan every time. I don't need the best plan, I'm happy with a good enough plan. I think Nimzowitsch has found just that. The investigation starts here and now!