Here you see a position from Vukovic' tome. It is a tactical position, and I think it is possible to apply the method of transfer. What are the preconditions of Vukovic for this attack? What are the salient points? What concepts can be derived that are transfer worthy to other analogue positions?
|Diagram 1. Black to move|
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I will give you some time for analysis and will update the post later in blue.
- Chessable course: Sac, sac, mate! (GM Simon Williams)
- Chapter 1: King in the middle
- Source of the course: Art of Attack (Vukovic)
Despite these giveaways, I started to look at the position in my usual obtuse trial and error way. I dismissed Bxf5 as being not forceful enough. Only after quite some time, I revisited the move.
With hindsight it is clear that we have the tabiya of the attack against the uncastled king here. Opening the e-file is the essential goal to strive for. Apparently this tabiya is not part of my database, and hence not of my skill. The concept of opening the e-file is transferable to all analogous positions where the king is stuck in the middle. I expect the same concept to play a role in the other examples of chapter 1.
The concept has even a remote resemblance with this position where two blocked pawns are unleashed by a sacrifice.
Thinking in analogies, even My System seems to be geared around unleashing your hitherto immobile pawn roller. Do you see the resemblance?
I stated somewhere that building transferable concepts is like building a database of goals. The goal of this position is to open up the e-file, and as long as you are not aware of that, no trial and error is going to get you any further.
What other salient points are there? (to be continued. . .)