I found that 40% of my failures could be fixed by applying the PLF system well.
47% were positions with the assault motif (I assume).
In 13% of the cases I mishandled the promotion motif.
Improvement in the PLF department should come with experience overtime. But it is frustrating to fail because of ignorance about the assault motif. I am somewhat inclined to think that the assault motif is just a special occasion of the plf system, but investigation will decide on that. I already will give you a position on which you can already comment, if you like. Later today I will update the post when I start thinking about it.
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Now I look at it, it seems way more simple and straightforward than I thought it would be. I assume that an assault will always be about the king. I often have difficulty to find a mate in the middle of the board. The PoPs (Points of Pressure) d3 and d8 are easy to spot. For a king assault, I must connect an attacker with the enemy king. Rd1 connects via the PoP d6 with the black king. In fact, Rd6 would be made, if I ignore the black knight and rook. Again, this helps to see into the future.
I must treat the PoP d6 "as usual". That is to say, I must look for defenders that must stay in contact with d6. There are two:Nd3 and Rd8. By 1. Rh8, the black defending Rd8 is deflected from the PoPs d3 and d6. With my PoPeyes, I never would have given 1.Rh8 a thought. Now it is a completely logical move. I only needed to identify the PoP d6 to guide my attention to the right place.