|Diagram 1. White to move|
Feel free to comment already. That is helpful.
I will update when I have learned something from the position.
I have elaborated a lot on the initiative in the recent past. But it has become still no skill by far. I feel dumb. I can only talk about the initiative.
It took me quite a while to understand this position. After a few days it starts to dawn on me. I have been struggling with intermezzo moves and desperado's. I have been struggling a lot in the past, and the final conclusion back then was that the length of the series of captures was paramount, in combination with who starts with the first capture.
But there is another point that is even more paramount. And that is: which capture has the most follow up pressure.
With 1.Rxe8 Bxd3 black has captured the piece with the highest follow up pressure: the black bishop threatens the white queen. But white can do even better: Rxf8+ and threatening the black king.
I was haunted by wrong patterns of the past, which invited me to look for capturing the piece with the highest value (2.Rxa8). Now I have shaken of this purely materialistic view, and look for the most threatening capture. And I don't bother if that is a desperado, an intermezzo or just a capture. Just tit for tat with the highest follow up threat. Maintaining the initiative is paramount.
Finally the position starts to look simple. It takes an effort to identify things I have learned wrong in the past. Finally the sky cleared.