Now I'm over my anger about Bent Larsen's silly move, I see that there is something interesting in it. This was the diagram what the rage was all about.
The instruction was: find the positional plan.
I set it up at a board and analysed the position for two hours without reaching a definite conclusion. When I looked at the solution it said this is a mate in 3. It costed me 20 seconds to solve it.
What does this mean?
Since I solved it in 20 seconds, the pattern must be very familiar. I mean, I have probably exercised between the 20 and 50 knight sacs a day the past 3.5 year, so how could it be otherwise?
But I don't associate a knight sac with a positional plan. So the instruction sets a filter over the candidate moves.
At which moment did this filter work?
Was the move filtered BEFORE it appeared in my brain, or appeared the move and was it dismissed? I can't remember exactly.
I postulate that this tunnelvision is the common state of mankind. Not only filtering your moves at the chessboard, but coloring the whole interpretation of what you see in this world. It's the last day of the year, time to get philosophical:)
To avoid the disadvantages of such filtering at the board, some steering of your associations is necessary. Is this where a thoughtprocess comes in handy?
A second trick.
Since my tactical training I'm a one-trick pony. That's much better than before when I had no trick at all. Now I have realized the importance of piece activity, I'm developing a second trick. Piece activity is 100% in the line of MDLM's approach, so there is nothing to worry about.
I'm solving positional problems now and in the mean time I'm creating an empyrical list:
What characteristics do I need to look at to solve this problem. The list is very pragmatical, what I check anyway (for instance is there a mate in 3:) is not on the list. The more problems I do the more items on the list, but since I start to do things automatically, the list shrinks again. So its size is fairly constant.
The list is already quite helpful in my cc-games and it makes my chesslife easier.
In the meantime I found the common factor in piece activity: targets.
Tactical targets: undefended piece, piece of higher value, king.
Positional targets: weak pawns, better home for your piece.
Happy New Year!!
The Soviet School of Chess
22 hours ago