From the military to business, I often hear versions of the old acronym, KISS: Keep it simple, stupid!
Simplicity is always the problem. Logic games often appear simple upon reflection. Students read "unlocked" logic game solutions, or watch YouTube videos, or buy prep books, and it always seems so simple. Every inference is laid out. All of the connections you missed in the frenzy of the test are now apparent. "Oh, if only I had seen that inference!"
I'm reminded of chess. We amateurs marvel at the games of Grandmasters. Their solutions are so elegant, their combinations brilliant. It looks, in retrospect, so simple when the game is laid out before us, commentary in hand. "If only I could see what they see! If only I could calculate moves in advance like the Grandmasters!"
Both Alekhine and Reti, two very different Grandmasters, were asked the same question: "How many moves ahead do you calculate when you play?" Alekhine, who was famous for long, brilliant continuations, answered "Twenty." Reti, famous for his irritation, answered "one." Chess amateurs aspire to have the nearly godlike calculative powers of an Alekhine, calculating many moves ahead. Chess masters aspire to be Reti, and calculate only one move ahead.
As it is in chess, so it goes in logic games. The prep books and YouTube videos lead you to aspire to godlike powers of insight, able to unfold inferences at a glance. They lead you to think you should find the "truth" of the game, calculating inference upon inference until there is nothing left. Pure, shining insight amidst daunting complexity. If only you could master every inference, every problem would be simple.
I think you should want to be like Reti. See only what you need. Find only the inferences necessary to answer the questions. Look one move ahead, and find what is obvious and immediate. Would that not be much simpler? And yet it is so much more difficult. That one move, the right move, is much harder to find and takes vastly more skill.
Unfortunately, prep books and videos don't teach you to be Reti. They want you to be Alekhine. What is missing is that crucial step towards mastery: knowing how to find the right inferences, and only those. That is what they don't know how to do. So they throw acronyms at you, and they teach you kinds and types and strategies. But they don't teach you how to see only one move ahead. They don't show you how to find the right move.
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