I'm still stunned by how hard Mate in Twos are for me. I mean, I generally get them, but shouldn't they be automatic?! It's a key move, then a finishing move. It should pop out. Yes, I guess that's the point of my training. A review Mate in Two can still can take me 12-15 seconds. I see the probable key move, but it takes me time to verify the entire event. I'm a discouraged by this, but again, I'm not supposed to be good yet.
I missed a Mate in One today! On time! It turned out I was counting a useful pawn as owned by the enemy, because it was so deep into enemy territory. I'm not too worried about it. If you keep hurtling through tactics problems and changing your allegiances, it's bound to happen. But, it stands as a funny and useful turkey. If you're ever feeling discouraged about your tactical abilities, come back to this post. You can't possibly do worse!
My favorite tactical problems so far are Mate in Ones. Stop laughing. Stop. Look, there's still more blog left, so please pull yourself together so we can continue. Anyway, I just love the template-y thematic-y feel to them. I feel like basic verbs are being etched into my brain. I do also have a favorite Mate problem; I'll try to post it after I see it next.
I'm wondering about visualizing attacked squares. As in:
- The king is surrounded by attacked squares. Is it possible to visualize those attacked squares as different - darker colored, different texture, etc.?
- Similarly and/or more generally, is it possible to visualize the squares that a piece attacks differently? I'm referring to the starburst that radiates out from a queen, or the cross radiating from a rook.
Tactics, and generally my view of the board, is still a logic puzzle (which is correct - chess is a logic puzzle - but possibly not helpful to the task at hand). Viewing the board with rays of influence might be more useful. I need to google and see how experts view the board. If anyone has insight, I would appreciate it.
I'm starting to get a hankering for endgames. Not being from the South, I should of course avoid use of that word, but your pain is the least of my concerns after your little display earlier.