What are the kind of tasks that are suitable for microdrills? What are the tables of multiplication, chesswise?
- The task must be related to calculation.
- The task must be simple. Ideal is that they are as complex as 1 fact. That square overthere is e4 is an example of a fact. That piece is under attack is another.
Point out in random given positions:
- Which pieces are under attack.
- Which pieces are undefended.
- Which pieces can deliver check.
- Which squares are suitable for an outpost.
- Which squares are suitable for invasion.
- Which pawns are weak.
If I have only 3 minutes at average in a slow game and I can only point out 8 pieces under attack per minute, it becomes clear why I am so lousy at calculation. Being so slow means that the task is done by the wrong part of the brain. If I am so slow with all these kinds of scans (I am) I must suck at chess (I do). In some positions it took me two minutes to find out what I missed. See diagram for one of the many examples. Here I thought that pinned pieces could attack something. What they can't of course.