For this knighttour you have to move the knight before your minds eye from a1 -b1-c1 etc. h1-h2-f2-c2-a2- a3-a4 etc. all the way to a8. Visiting all the free squares in the right order. The black pawns and the squares they cover are tabu. The black pawns remain stationary.
I solved this problem in 3 minutes and 50 seconds, which equals to a 2600 player. When I tried to figure out why I could solve this problem so fast, I realized I had played a lot of Troyis. Which basically trains the skill to move a knight in a restricted area of random shape.
The motorskills I trained with Troyis provided the speed and the visualisation you need to solve this problem. And that is exactly what you get for free when you train your motorskills: speed and visualisation.
The motorskills you learn while playing Troyis are not frequently used during a chessgame, so you cannot expect that an improvement will effect your play by much. So the problem was to identify the motorskills that play an essential role in our chessgames. With the aid of Phaedrus I found 3 essential areas:
- Target-consciousness. Scanning for potential targets.
- What do you want for Christmas. Automatic positional considerations. How to improve your worst piece.
- What does a piece do exactly. New: what does the piece do on its new square. Old: what did it do on the old square which it doesn't do anymore. Clearance: what square and lines are cleared by moving the piece and which pieces can make use of that.
From a scientific article in one of my old posts:
In amateurs, "focal gamma bursts" were most prominently detected in the medial temporal lobe and in grandmasters researchers measured the bursts most often in their frontal and parietal cortices, parts of the brain linked with long-term memory and the ability to perform complex motor skills.
For some reason we always focussed on the long-term memory part and not on the complex motorskills.
These thoughts are the results of the complete overhaul of my ideas in the past weeks. I can imagine that I have forget to mention things. In case you find anything vague or inconsistent about this post please feel free to ask. I possibly left something out unintentionally.