Originally posted by erling
Thanks Would you care to explain a bit more?
solving tactics is not about winning the game of 'solving a problem'. it's about developing the ability to see
the board. our brain doesn't possess that
kind of a visual processing system naturally, so there needs to be some synaptic reorganization in order to develop one. which happens very slow of course. it's done by repetition, doing the search for tactics + calculation so many times that it literally reprograms a part of your brain to process a 8x8 grid with pieces. that's 4 dimensions, 2 spatial ones, 1 for the different type of pieces, and 1 for time
. time means 'depth'. that's an unnatural input to process for us, so we're not born with it.
when you start playing chess, the positions are just a crazy jumble of pieces, and you can't see
the relevant aspects of the position, no matter how hard you focus or try
. you just don't see
. but as you train, you slowly develop the necessary visual processing system, which will process positions hundreds of times faster than 'thinking it out'. just like cpu vs gpu, if you're familiar with graphics processing.
that's why you do tactics, why it takes a lot of
elbow grease, and why it works so extremely well. it has nothing to do with whether tactics occur on every move in real games or not. that's also why it has to be hard. just half-assedly skimming through problems won't force your brain to change. it needs to be exhausting and preferably daily training.
but it works.