Finding my way in the chessdevelopment- and training jungle in order to improve my rating.
Monday, August 13, 2007
A general scheme starts to unfold
Somalian warrior overload.
Today I have been busy with the next problem (387) and guess what, invasion and overload of the queen are the main theme's again! Maybe that is not so strange. To improve piece activity is the main method of the middlegame. When the piece activity culminates into invasion or the thread of invasion in the near future, tactical blows start to manifest. And when there is a defender, often a queen, that is overloaded, tricks arise. Often the piece is not overloaded by protecting other pieces alone, but must it protect against invasion too. The latter is much harder to see.
These higher level structures are revealed by narratives. It means you must not stop when you have a narrative that describes the line only, but you must describe how it all came about.
I noticed that looking at the new discovered themes (invasion and overload) makes the position looking more simple. In stead of generating a list with random moves that look nice, and that you test with trial and error (typical for the amateur), you ask yourself "what moves are needed for an invasion?", "what can he do to prevent it?". This gives much more structure in your candidates list. Hence it eases the tasks for your short term memory.