- KRpKR currently in progress
At the moment I'm reading chapter 7. The first 6 chapters provide the building blocks. The 7th chapter is meant for expert level. Although it is a bit above my head, it indicates whereto matters are going to develop. In chapter 7 you learn to decompose a complicated position into it's constituent building blocks. It gives a clear indication how well you must know the building blocks. Very thoroughly that is. Reading chapter 7 gives as a consequence direction for how to study the first 6 chapters. That is to say, just solving the problems in CT for any material distribution isn't enough, you must build a strategy how to attack such problems.
That is what I tried to explain in the previous post. It isn't enough to work out a general approach how to lead a pawn from the fourth rank to promotion, but you must have a clear idea of the exceptions too. The exceptions must be grouped together logically and for every group of exceptions you must develop a strategy. Only then you can hope to be able to decompose complex positions into their simple building blocks later.
It will take a vast amount of time to get that far. But the analysis of my own games with the aid of IM Piet Peelen clearly points in this direction. My opening and middlegame treatment are reasonable. I'm tactically doing well enough and I know how to attack a king. But in the transition from the middlegame to the endgame there is a big hiatus. It's time to fill that gap and to become a more allround chessplayer. It will take some time before this new knowledge will be converted into points, there is no doubt about that. But I'm sure I will love to have another option when tactics and kingside attack are not possible. Another option than offering a draw or drowning in time trouble, I mean.