Originally posted by lordgledhill
Anybody got any tips to help me visualize better on tactics puzzles that are 4-5 moves deep. Seem to have hit a plateau recently and I think being able to do this should help me progress.
Good question and a very important one too!
I still struggle with this sometimes, but what I generally do (if things are getting a bit fuzzy or messy) is take it move-by-move and piece-by piece.
So for example, before moving onto the 2nd move of the puzzle, ensure that you are very clear what the 1st move has changed about the position. If a piece has moved, think to yourself-
a)what squares does it now control/attack and
b)which does it no longer control/attack.
Get this clear in your mind before moving on to the next move/reply.
Do this for each move and each piece involved. It may seem a little long-winded, but generally not all the pieces will be involved. After a while things should become easier.
Remember, the more puzzles you solve/attempt to solve, the more patterns your memory will absorb, and it will make the theme
of any future puzzle/game position that much easier.
For example, you'll think to yourself, 'I've seen this kind of position before, I need to remove that bishop, attack this square with my knight, then penetrate with the queen. Which move order is best?
(usually most forcing)-
and then the process I gave above will help you to do this cleanly!
Hope this makes sense and helps : )