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New!  - Dan Heisman also describes a thought process in his book The Improving Chess Thinker:
  • Write down your opponent's move.
  • Ask yourself: what are all the things your opponent's move does? Look at checks, captures and threats, in that order.
  • What are all the positive things you want to do? This includes potential tactics.
  • What are all the candidate moves which might accomplish on or more of your goals.
  • Which of these candidate moves can you reject immediately because they are not safe? (Find checks, captures and threats that defeat the move.)
  • Of the final candidate moves, which one is the best you can find in a reasonable amount of time?