One Hundred Failures, One Single Cause
Half way recovered from summer flu, I resumed CTS yesterday. Wild ups and downs. But one key experience: I saw a quiet mate-in-one threat after 10 seconds, then calculated a variation and found it exposed my King, then calculated deeper in order to find an escape for the King, then, finally, after two minutes, found that I could do the job with a different move, not exposing my King. Lesson learned: First find all candidate moves, only then calculate, beginning with the best candidate. I then looked back at my CTS history and found that 100+ failures can be attributed to neglecting or ignoring candidate moves of my own or of the opponent.