Black has just played Qxe7 so it is white to move.
We both struggled to calculate this position towards quiescence.
Somewhere along the road I always lost focus and got into repeat mode.
At a certain moment, mr.Z sent me the following narrative:
- Rxe7 (to take back the queen) and pins a pawn to the black king.
- Rd3 pins the white knight to the king on g3
- Rc7 prepares to double the rooks on the 7th
- Nb3, to double attack the knight pinned to the white king
- Kg4 steps out
- Rf8 to defend the f pawn that is pinned to the king
- Ree7 to double rooks on the 7th.
- Black resigns because the knight can add another attacker to the pawn. The knight will win a tempo on the d3 rook if it doesnt move away. The rook can't defend against the knight because a pawn supports it.
What does this mean?
My visualization skills are maybe not so bad as I think but without guidance it simply wanders around. I realize that I already have found this before.
I read the first two chapters of "Improve your chess now" of Jonathan Tisdall again. He advocates to concoct a verbal, abstract synthesis of a position. The position must be conceptualized. Tisdall insists using the word visualization. But since the role of conceptualization is so great and visualization is actually used for actions involving the retina, I'm inclined to follow Francis Mechner and use the term mentalization in stead.
So I'm going to experiment with Tisdall's steppingstone method with the aid of narratives and see what it brings.
Aox suggested another method from Rolf Wetzell:
I wonder if your "mentalization of a future position" is the same as Rolf Wetzels APROP= Ability to PROject Positions? In his Book Chess master at any age he suggest some drills for APROP:
Look at any game at, say 10 moves, close the book and rapidly construct the position an a diagram/board. As you improve try 12 moves.
Since I don't own the book of Wetzell I find it difficult to answer this. Maybe Aox can elaborate a bit more on this system?
Btw I'm experimenting with Bangiev's method. It's a rather defiant method, so it seems suitable for me. I recognize a lot in it from Vukovic and my writings about invasion squares. Has anyone experience with this?