My streak of OCL losses is proof perfect that I need to improve in this area.
I just finished reading Heisman's Novice Nook entitled A Generic Thought Process for the hundreth time. I swear my head's made of wood because whenever I learn something, it usually takes several repetitions before the concept enters my thick skull. I'm hoping this time it'll stick for good.
For my own reference, I'm posting the generic steps. From there, I need to practice, practice, practice this process until it enters my subconcious.
For non-check scenarios, this is what I need to go through:
- 1. Is there a sequence of moves that leads to a mate? If not, proceed to the next step.
- 2. How did his move change the situation? What are his threats?
- 3. Begin list of candidate moves.
- A. Meet opponent's threats
- B. Carry out my threats
- C. Create new threats that cannot be met or that improve my position
- D. Improve my piece activity
- E. Improve my position
This is where the famous quote applies ... if you find a move, find a better one.
- 4. For each candidate move, do the 3-ply ... my move, his move and my move
- 5. Decide on the best candidate move, do a sanity check and move.
This will be my standard.