Originally posted by greenpawn34
I have a board next to me so I can see things correctly.
You should always use a board.
Generally good advice, but not equally applicable to everyone.
I've played almost 40,000 games online, solved many thousands of positions in my head from looking at a diagram, and played OTB competitively for more than 30 years. For several years, I could not always translate two dimensional into three. Now they are the same. Both board and diagram are mere representations (Plato says so) of the real
chessboard in my head (the ideal
board, according to Socrates--see Plato's Republic
For many years, I set up problems on a physical chessboard in order to solve them. I still do occasionally, most often while coaching or among friends at chess club.