What exactly makes a position too complex to handle?
What causes the memory to blockade?
These questions must be answered first before an attempt can be made to cure the problem.
The diagram of yesterday contained 4 lines.
The first line was 9 ply deep and lead to mate. Since it was forced, it was easy to see. Especially if you are familiar with the standard trick. So there is no problem to look deep in the position when everything is forced.
The second line was 3 ply deep and forked the king and queen. Easy to spot.
The third line was a mate in two. Easy to see.
But the fourth line is the one which causes the problems. Below you see the situation after 3 ply:
Black to win. White to move.
Blacks last move was Ne1 (after 1. ... Nf3+ 2. Kh1 Ne1)
Here white has 6 plausible replies (3.Bg5 3.Qd1 3.Qd2 3.Nxc8 3.Nxe8 3.Qe4)
All lines lose material for white.
I have the greatest problems to keep track of all the possible trades in these lines. To know if I'm ahead or even behind in material. All those trivial trades causes my head to spin.
This indicates that doing more tactical exercises is not going to be of help in this kind of positions. I first have to learn how to manage a lot of trivial trades. That is the quest for now.
Dustin Brown Chess
9 hours ago