Not to worry your post make a helluwa of common sense and is very much appreciated at this end.
Playing chess in your life is the prerequisite to go throug life unscattered.
My Dad tried to teach me this game and to my shame I was insisting to play bridge instead cos I didn't like it.
Now I know better and btw myth has it that the Templars invented the game. I would rather think they "rediscovered" it. Look at all the chess games in the cathedrals and mason lodges on the ground.
Yes you have to train your inconscious I agree.
Mind you I will deeply ponder your post because I realized I was very far from anticipating the famous "8" steps.
Thanks a lot for reminding me about such a great law of wisdom.
PS. yesterday evening I was watching an old french movie "the Hunchback" (not the one of Notre Dame another story involving the Duke of Nevers and his mortal ennemy the Duke of Gonzague who wanted his wife and assassinated Nevers). Then I went on the net to search for information on this "imagined story" and found a very interesting study for students analyzing the "thoughts" of the creator of the story and demonstrating how the story per se was non sensical for the one who didn't bother to figure out why the non-sense was needed as an introduction to other modes of action because the goal was to pass a moral message not to make sense. It had me thinking that once more what I suspected proved true that nothing in art is to take at face value and that you have like for a painting to sink in and try to place yourself in the shoes of the creator. It is a lot of work demanding far more time than merely looking at the painting. Sometimes you can intuit in it right away sometimes it takes longer to sink in. However the mark has been made in your subsconcious which will be aroused sooner or later by another trigger.
Nothing is lost it is just that people don't know how to tap into it.