The past few days you witnessed the working of my mind.
I'm very well aware that it looks very unscientific, subjective, vague, theorethical etc.. About the most qualifications you will give it I have to agree with you. Except for two. To me it is not theoretical and not vague but very concrete and crystal clear.
Since you are still reading I assume you still bear with me, to which I'm very gratefull.
The thoughtprocess has lead to a conclusion.
I hope you don't reject the conclusion beforehand because of it's conception looks suspicious.
Between tactics and positional play lies a broad area which is widely neglected by literature. At least to my knowledge. Common thought about a position is: look for tactics and if there are no tactics around, improve your position.
I call this area brilliant chess. Because it is the place where brilliancy prizes are won. Of course you can make brilliant moves in the opening or the endgame. But with those you win no brilliancy prize. So I stick with the name.
In this area the advice to improve your position isn't appropriate since most pieces are already very active, and only concrete variations play a role. It is an area where you feel that the tactics lure just around the corner. If you put the position in Fritz there might be or might not be tactics visible, but even if there are no tactics, it's very likely that one of the two opponents can't handle the complexity so that tactics emerge very soon.
If I look at the few prodigies I played with and who used my head to climb to higher regions, I have the feeling that they excel in exactly this area. One way or another they have developed a strategy to get a good move in these positions.
I guess that most Knights feel that such area exists. And that they hope to develop such strategy by doing zillions of tactical exercises. At least I did. But the circles nor any other kind of tactical exercises, calculation exercises or visualisation exercises are of help in this area. It's the complexity and the short term memory overload that is the main problem here.
So that is what I'm after now. To develop a strategy to find good moves in this area. A strategy to handle the complexity and to train the mind for this.
I use the following diagram, which I have already shown to you, as example and standard test position.
The game is a lot moves further and still continues, but my opponent is already a piece behind and in a lost position.
I'll be back.