Originally posted by Varenka
Depends what you mean by "won't see". If you mean "recognise" then fair enough. But I guess and hope that you're not implying that players can't come up with new ideas of their own.
First of all must say what an excellent job you did of giving feedback
to Dem Ravenburg's game in another thread. Good stuff.
Regarding combinations and ideas.
I m of the opinion that every combination you play you will have seen
the pattern or the idea before.
I've played some tricks, traps and combinations in my time and I
can tell you not one was the product of my own imagination.
Somehwere in my past I've a picked up an idea from playing
over games, or solving a combination puzzle.
Even my opinion is 2nd hand as I've read it and heard strong players
say this as well.
The more you study the more patterns you maintain.
Pattern recognition is a major part of a strong chess player's make up.
New ideas about openings, strategy and piece valuation are changing all the time.
But show me an original combination from the last 40 years.
It's not a knock at my fellow players, rather a nod to the pioneers
who went on before us. And testament to good players who have
put their work in at the chessboard.
Before you Look, First you Must See.
Before you start looking for the exact moves of a combination,
first you must see that there is a combination in the position.
How are you doing that?
How do you know that there is a combination in the position?
How do good players know when it's time to dive into the think tank
and find the combination.
Pattern recognition gained soley by study and past experience.
If you have not seen the idea before then the chances are you
will not even look for a combination.
Here is a simple puzzle. White to play. Mate in two.
1.Ne7+ Kh8/h7 2.Rh5 mate.
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