Originally posted by trev33
i spent 5 days looking at a move, i wasn't sure between move a or move b so i though i would look at it a few times and see what possibilities could arise from each move. last night a decided that move a was probably more sound against the quality of opposition, a lesser player i might have tried move b opening the game up. so i lg in today, mess about on the ...[text shortened]... rook fork you're ever going to see, now my question is why the pluck did i not see it before?
it's pretty simple trev, you just weren't looking for a move like that. I expect you to be looking for a less forcing move, or a move on the oposite side of the board or perhaps for a move with other pieces.
Anyhow, to avoid missing this stuff do as I do:
1st: look at all candidate moves
2nd: decide what the advantages of each move are: decide wich one is best
3rd: look again at the possible moves, with a whole new perspective, think about the main weaknessess of your oponent (and your one) position.
4th: consider new moves based on the ideias above and the problems associated with the first moves you analysed
5th: decide what your best move is and play it.
To put it more simply, before sending each move look at all forcing moves, yours and your oponents. Look at the tactics and not only at the ideias and the stratagey. Its combining these and aplying them at the correct moments that makes the great player.