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The purpose of the exercises in this document is to help you improve your ability to deal with multiple inputs at the same time (working memory), as well as developing your understanding of important motifs, specifically with regard to discovered attacks, pins and x-ray patterns.
How it works: The exercises will require you to visualize a position on an empty chessboard - and in that position your task is to find mate in 1. There may be other winning moves in the position, but for the purpose of the exercises you must focus your attention on finding the immediate checkmate.
Note: In many of the positions, each and every piece and pawn serves a purpose in creating the checkmate. Therefore it’s important to visualize the position AND to try understand the role of each piece/pawn in the position.
As you work through the exercises, I will add more pieces to the positions - making it progressively harder to find the solutions. Keep in mind that it takes time to improve your working memory. Do not get frustrated if it gets too hard. In fact, if you have not done such exercises before, you will initially find them very hard to do. But don’t give up. Instead, do a few exercises every day. Over time you will notice how your working memory improves.
Improving in this important aspect of your mental development is useful, not only in chess, but also for other areas in your life that require you to consider multiple factors at the same time.