kiwi: "How do you improve your middle game ability?"
(dude #1): "You should try to solve chess puzzles."
kiwi: "You mean those small square thingies you find on chess.com, that tell you to decide the next best move...?"
(dude #2): "Say what now? Square thingies? haha....women..."
(dude #1) : "Yeah, don't take them lightly, they are very challenging, ignore dude#2."
kiwi : "I'd love to insult him, sadly the truth is I don't think he will understand, dude#2 I'm busy so can I ignore you some other time?....I'll give it a go dude#1, little square thingies it is :)!"
Every chess fanatic is aware of the infamous chess puzzles, a minigame which aims to improve our ability to analyse the chess board. For those who do not know what a chess puzzle or chess problem, also called a chess composition is, it is a puzzle set by somebody using chess pieces on a chess board, that presents the solver with a particular task to be achieved.
I've attempted my fair share of chess puzzles and can announce that I have never completed or chosen the correct next best move, I JUST FIND THEM INSUPERABLY DIFFICULT. Or maybe its just the fact I find them tedious and just "lifeless" I am unable to precisly opt out the "killer move". (I am quite good at making excuses lol)
So my question is, how can I get better at solving chess puzzles to get better at my middle game play so I can improve my overall chess ability..? lol
Deary deary me, someone once said "just retire", I replied "I would, however I have spent far too long mulling over how crappy I am at chess that I can't, it must be overcome!".