Thursday, December 01, 2011
From man to man
Still, in the very fist puzzle (with the distraction theme) I only considered the check ...Rf8+, but not the check ...Bg3+. Nevertheless it is good to be able to find 35 checks/ minute instead of 6 or 7 checks per minute (the value I started with when I did the check-training).
Actually, you (Temposchlucker) found out what is the hypothesis of aoxomoxoa: difficult puzzles are made of several easy patterns. While an easy-easy puzzle contain often just 1 simple tactic, an "easy"-difficult puzzle often contain 2 or more easy-easy puzzle tactic ideas (remember my 2+2 = 4 equation?). Here the hypothesis of aox again, see point 5 & 9
Of course being able to recognize 728 knightforks in 1 minute is better than 7 per minute. And if you want to do repetitions until mortgage foreclosure, be my guest.
I don't deny the importance of that. Everything what is said about that still stands today. But I suggest kindly to don't let that make you to miss the points I'm trying to make.
First of all you must realize that the patterns that make you miss problems are not tactical patterns at all. It are the patterns that live in the shadow of their famous brothers. It are the patterns with no name. It are the invisible patterns during normal play.
Only by deduction I was able to prove their very existence. Don't be blinded by their famous brothers! You can see them but you must make an effort to do so!
Where do you find those patterns? You can find them by what they instigate. Everytime you miss a problem you can deduct their existence. But they are not limited to tactical problems. Oh no! You can find them during your whole game where you make suboptimal moves.
Let's talk about the problem where you could win the queen. 413 people found the win of the queen but missed Ng6. Gotcha!! Be quick! Put the spotlights on before it escapes!
The move Ng6 attacking a loose piece can hardly be called a tactical pattern. It's just a move. Nothing new. One tempo used to attack the bishop, one tempo used to save the bishop. Happens all the time. You can hardly find a more modest move.
These almost invisible modest patterns make us loose game after game. That raises the all important question: how can we make that we don't miss those volatile patterns? The answer is: THROUGH GUIDANCE BY COMMON SENSE!
Now what is more natural than to say by yourself "okay, I have found an interesting tactic, is there some counterattack that can knock my socks off while starting the tactic?" If you ask yourself that I bet you will find Rxe7. And if you have found that, how long would it take to find the antidote when you ask yourself "Ah, is there a way to safe my knight without loosing a tempo?"
This is what I mean by its not rocket science. It is just plain common sense. Our problem is that we don't use our plain common sense. And if our moves are not even guided by plain common sense, what on earth can we expect?
Now what's the receipe?
We must train to use our plain common sense to guide our pattern recognition.
How do we do that?
By finding the places where our plain common sense fails.
How do we recognize those places?
We recognize those places by where we fail the most.
Where do we fail the most?
At high rated tactics at Chess Tempo.
Tactics, has this anything to do with tactics?
Why not easy tactics?
Since you don't fail them.
Anything special about those high rated tactics?
Yes, take those who don't go deeper than 4 moves.
To prevent you from failing by lack of visualization or STM overload.
What about speed?
You can't speed up your common sense as long as you don't use it.
What about repetition?
Eat your heart out.