Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Stuck again in the tree of analysis
The inspiration of NM Dan Heisman has brought me alot further.
A few definitions from his article bootstrapping analysis skills:
Thought Process – The entire progression of thinking that takes place from the time a player sees a position until a move is made. The two main components are analysis and evaluation.
Analysis – The process of creating a move tree; this includes identifying candidate moves for both sides at all depths of the tree.
Calculation – The ability to analyze forcing sequences, e.g. “I take, he takes, then he has to move the knight…”
Evaluation – Determining in a given position which side stands better, by how much, and why. Evaluation is usually performed at quiescent nodes of the analysis tree.
Quiescent – (“Quiet”) A position that contains no forcing moves (checks, captures, and threats) of any consequence for the player to move.
And the three types of “visions”:
Visualization – The ability to keep track of where all the pieces are (and “see” them as a position) as you move the pieces in your head, analyzing future possibilities.
Board Vision – The ability to quickly and accurately recognize where all the pieces are and assess what they are doing in the present chess position.
Tactical Vision – The ability to quickly and accurately recognize known tactical patterns and their likely consequences.
Board vision and tactical vision exercises are taken care of. Within a year we should see results from that. Time to have a closer look at visualization in accordance with the definition.
Managing a whole tree of analysis from the beginning is way too much. I'm looking to break down the tree in simple skills that can be automated with the speedmethod that works so well for the other two visions.
I never used CCT (checks, captures and threats) as a guide for my calculations. I'm going to experiment with that.
A tree is too complex to begin with, so it seems logical to start with a long branch without nodes to visualize. But how can I add speed in a sensible way to such an exercise? I'm stuck again.