thoughts on Pattern Recognition
pin, skewer, can I move a protecting king by a slap check (that's what I call a sacrifice check, a piece next to the king forcing a capture by the King).
I think there is a benefit to collecting, classifying, thinking about and naming a tactic. I once browsed through a book called Chess Master at Any Age by Rolf Wetzel (sp?). he collected positions wrote them on flash cards with a name. I recall there was a position that he named the Red Baron. Now I don't remember what this position was because it had no personal significance to me. I guarantee that the author who
named it, reviewed it, and has a personal attachement to would quickly recognize it in a game.
It was a great help to me to learn the term removal of a guard. Often seeing a piece guarding I ask if I remove it can I capture material. Now I was aware of the tactic earlier but I see it and am able to take advantage more because I have thought about