In the previous post we saw that we don't have to learn to recognize patterns. It is an innate ability, our legitimate inheritance. We only have to add an animal to our memory stock, and we recognize it everywhere right away. The same with a tactical motif.
So what's the problem then? What do we have to learn?
The point is, that we talk about invisible patterns. We are so inclined to look at the visible pieces and their geometry, that we tend to overlook the seemingly empty squares. Even more difficult, when it is not empty, but we don't have to look at the piece, but at the square it is on, as if it was empty.
So it is essentially about a way of looking. We have to learn to see the invisible. If you see something that is invisible for your opponent, that is how you win a chess game.
The past 12 years I have tried every single training method I could think of to improve my tactical ability. By far the most of them didn't work. Yet I made a considerable progress of about 350 points, in a relative short amount of time. Looking backwards, it was during a period that my vision shifted from pieces to squares.
During that period of improvement I was solving Polgar's brick, 5333+1 chess problems. Even during the mate in one's, I felt that my vision shifted from pieces to squares. The nice thing about this, is that I didn't repeat problems by then. Yet my vision of the invisible improved.
So that is the task we have at hand. We have to learn to see the invisible patterns that accompany the tactical motifs. Speed in solving time stemms from this vision. You don't have to increase speed. Better it is to say: the slowness of your problem solving is caused by not seeing the invisible. When you see the invisible, solving times become normal. Normal here means lighting fast in comparison to the ones who don't see the invisible. So forget about speed.
So 1.Nf5! and there is no defense against both impending forks.
In order to learn from our mistakes, we have to improve our vision after we solved a problem. Only when our vision improves, we don't make the same mistakes over and over again. Since the mistakes are the result of not seeing the invisible. The work really only starts AFTER solving the problem.
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