At November 27, I started with my new approach. The past two month has been in the light of developing a new thought process. The surprising result was the tree of motifs, and my derived personal twist of it, PoPLoAFun.
I have been developing thought processes quite a few times in the past decades. But invariably I had to ascertain after a month or two that the effort to apply the TP (Thought Process) was far off balance with the (potential) gain that could be harvested from it. The main reason for that is that any TP comes with redundancies, and when you repair a redundancy, you will find that your TP lacks commonality. In other words, you are left with a set of solutions for problems that don't occur much in practice.
This time, it is different. Even after two months, I still have the feeling that the effort and the result are in balance. The main cause for that is, that we have a solid fundament this time. The motifs encirclement, geometry and function of Lasker have a high frequency of occurrence. They can be applied in any problem to solve.
I happened to introduce a few redundancies every now and then, but once I pruned them, I was still left with a viable system. If you read my post about how to identify a PoP (Point of Pressure), paragraph "how to identify a relevant PoP", I introduced a complicated method to find PoPs (that I even called to fall under KISS!). But we are no beginners, and we don't need a system for beginners. You can just instruct your mind with "give me all PoPs", and it will return most relevant PoPs in a wink. Of course you will miss an important PoP every now and then, but hey, that is something we need to train.
When you solve high rated problems with the aid of this TP, you will find that it doesn't give an answer to everything. Sometimes it doesn't bring forward all important details. Sometimes other motifs are involved, like promotion, or king assault et cetera. But overall, it guides your attention well, and even when you are in the state of tunnel vision, it helps you to take distance from the road kill and leads you to the broad vultures view again.
Developing vs applying
Developing a TP is quite different from applying it. I belief that the development has become advanced enough to begin to apply it. I made a checklist that I use next to the problem I'm solving. The goal is to exercise the identification of all relevant PoPs, LoAs (Line of Attacks), Functions, Attackers and Defenders. I'm not bothered by not finding the actual solution, missing details, other motifs and the like. That can be investigated later, if necessary. I just focus on the identification process: have I found all relevant items? My main vulnerability is the habit of going into T&E (Trial and Error) mode at any impropriate time.
Student and Teaching Observations
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