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Subject: Novice Nook #14

Well, except for posting the first note, I totally missed last weeks article and discussion. It's the first time I missed one, so I'll go back to it this week. First though, the new article. Once again, I'm posting from home and don't think I doubt the link will work. Anyway, it's "A Generic Thought Process" at:

and this one I've already read.

Those of you who are more experiences will pretty much know most of what Heisman is discussing, but a refresher is good and for many, there will be some new points to consider. One of the concepts that I've learned from reading Heisman, which seems intuitive AFTER he points it out, is that if one has correctly evaluated one's position, one's best move simply sustains that evaluation. While H sometimes talks about "improving" a position, it doesn't really result in a change in the evaluation, because the capacity for improvement was there in the position in the first place. Frankly, I think this has implications way beyond the world of chess - character development and morality come to mind - but I'll leave it at the 64 squares for now.

Hope you all are having a good weekend. ws

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What can be done now?

In this article Heisman suggests that among other things, after an opponent moves, you should
ask yourself, "What can he do now that he could not do before?"

I used to ask a similar and simpler question in the form of, "What new threats does that move
generate? But I like Heisman's question better because I think that it will cause me to look at
more possible moves and see threats that are less obvious.

But IMHO, Heisman leaves out an important question, which is "What can I do now that I could
not do before?" Sometimes your opponent's moves create opportunities as well as threats. This is
fresh in my mind because I recently inadvertantly passed up an opportunity for a skewer that an
opponent created with one move and took away with his next. I missed it because his move did
not create any threats and did not interfere with the planned attack that I was hatching at the
time. It was simply a one time opportunity coming unexpectedly out of the blue, and I failed to
recognize it. I might have seen it if I had been asking myself, "What can I do now that I could not
do before." Obviously this question is covered under his generic advice to ask "how my
opponent's move has changed the situation." But for some people, including me, I think it might
be useful to ask yourself the question more specifically.

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Also, maybe just as important

is that Heisman states next: What can't he do that he could of done before. I like to phrase it as: What did he undo. Once you have discovered his intentions with the previous reflection, then looking at what is no longer possible for your opponent to do has always been a key insight for me. It is this undoing of a guard or undoing of a counter that sometimes leads to tactical force on your part.

Can't say I always look early for a possible mate as he states. You may quickly skip that unless it appears possible. But I have missed a few mates like everyone.


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