Monday, January 31, 2011
Integrating strategy and tactics.
In search for microdrills that could enlighten my thinkprocessess I started to write down the time I needed to make a move during a game (hattip to Uwe). In one game I used 34 minutes for 1 move. Finally I made a positional move that changed the computerevaluation from plus 0.88 to minus 0.87. What happened?
In search for a macho-move I continued to search for a forced tactical continuation which wasn't there. In stead I should have simply looked to the CCT's of my opponent and make a move that adressed his threats and that was positional good. In the end I played a move that was positionally good but that didn't adress his threats.
This story revealed that I'm used to make such forceful moves that I can neglect the threats of my opponent. But if such forceful move isn't there, I continue to neglect my opponents threats. Or I continue to search for a forced combination untill I'm in time trouble.
So my thoughtprocess must be adjusted. If the situation is too complex tactically that a forced continuation can't be found, I must look for the threats of my opponent first. Only then I can look for a positional move. That is what Nimzowitch meant by prophylaxis. Make a move that neutralises the threat of your opponent while being positionally usefull to you.
So I didn't find new microdrills but I did found common sense. I lost the game, btw.