Sunday, June 03, 2007


Still busy with Polgars middlegame problems in order to find out why these are so difficult. 4 hours per problem is de facto the average time I need to investigate all ins and outs with the aid of the solution and the computer!

Every problem has a certain amount of basic tactical motifs. It is doable to find these.
The complexity stems from the interference between motifs.

Say, you fork a bishop and a knight with a pawn. Simple and winning. But if the bishop can participate in a counterattack, this interference makes it complex.

And so I'm trying at each problem to chart all basic motifs and all interferences.

1 comment:

  1. I'm very interested to see an example or two of problems that you spend 4 hours on. I have a feeling that I don't have the discipline that you do to spend that much time on a problem. :-).