Confusion. . .
In order not to confuse you I had better not written this post. It is about a nagging idea which I can't get rid of, so in order to set me free I share it. Sorry, I don't mean to disturb you.
I'm completely happy with the scanmethods that I described in previous posts. And that is what I am training right now. In fact the method is a form of extended microdrills, with more practical value added.
The idea that I can't help thinking about might not be possible or practical at all. Yet there is a certain theoretical beauty in it that causes me to think about it.
The scan methods as described are useful in any position. I mean that you can break in in the middle of a game and start the diagnosis with these scans. It is quite useful to be able to do that. But that is not how we play. We play move by move, which means that theoreticly we can diagnose the game in a cumulative way. In order to do that, all consequences of a single move must be seen. That is quite a task. Maybe even too big to be practical. But it is the only way to prevent your positions from being accidental. I will try to explain it with a diagram.
White to move
Common practice is that I treat the new position as a new position. Which it is not. Let me focus at move 1. ... Ke8. If my diagnosis was up to date so far, then I have to look only at the cumulative effect of Ke8. That is to say: the black king leaves f7, which has certain effects, and he is put on e8, which has certain effects. An effect of the latter for instance being the interruption in the communication between the rooks. With cumulative analysis you have only to worry about the current move, since the cumulative effect of the previous moves is already known.
That is not how it works with me now. Since I don't look at the exact effect of every move, I must treat the new position as new. That is to say, I have to make a full scan of the position, as if I have never seen it before. If I'm lucky those scans reveal that the rook on b8 is no longer protected. In the position above it took me about a minute to see that. Simply because I was looking at other parts of the board first.
I wonder if it is possible to enlighten the task of cumulative analysis by making it a habit. That would change the feeling that I now often have: that a position befalls me accidently. That the features of the position seem to appear out of the blue.
20 hours ago