The past 18 years quite a few facts have presented themselves. All facts need to be met by any theory about chess improvement. What do we know?
- Papa Polgar proved that talent is not needed when the right education is provided
- Ton Sijbrands was a champion in checkers, but a mediocre chess player. So it is not a brain thing. He learned chess at a much later age than checkers. So a brain change by aging might be involved.
- When you learn a Spanish word, you are inclined to forget the same word in German. So the age thing might be a replacement thing of a full brain.
- From Troyis we learned that you can learn to manipulate knight moves in the brain in a grandmasterly manner. When you plateau in Troyis you can go in two different directions: exercise to make your current skills better or develop a new strategy and make that a new skill.
- Susan Polgar's simul exhibition showed that it is a skill trick. There is no thinking involved.
- Mr. Z learned us that visualization must be guided by a logical narrative.
- Bent Larsen showed me that the vulture sees nothing when it is not guided by system 2.
What kind of skills are we talking about? It is mainly about SEEing salient cues. System 2 does his logic thing and asks himself "how do I do that" and system 1 retrieves some stuff that might or might not be relevant.
How is the vulture educated? Monkey see, monkey do.
|Diagram 1. Black to move|
What do these positions have in common? It are all piece sacs where the king must abandon the invasion square, which is then invaded by the queen. Do you notice how totally different the positions are?