The following are what make you a good analyst:
- Will to analyze the position correctly, move after move.
- Patience to analyze the position thoroughly (but keep in mind the
clock – see “g”).
- Analytical thought process to know what steps to take.
- Board vision to see what is happening (statically) across the entire
board quickly and accurately.
- Tactical pattern recognition – the ability to quickly and accurately
recognize and assess basic safety issues.
- Visualization to keep the imagined patterns correctly in the mind’s
eye when looking ahead.
- Micro time management determines the length of thinking time to
take before one settles for a “best so far” move, assuming the
“best” move is not found by then.
- Deductive logic to see which moves are candidates, and what is
forced and what is not.
- Quiescence recognition to know when to stop analyzing lines and
- Awareness of danger/criticality assessment, plus the recognition of
The Seeds of Tactical Destruction.