When solving tactics sometimes I spend a lot of time (20-30 minutes) looking at the same line over and over again. Sometimes I have a feeling that one particular line is the right one but my vision gets blurry after 4-5 moves and I'm unable to go on without moving the piece.

Do you have any suggestions (books and/or training methods) on how to improve in this area?

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    What is your level/rating? That could make a difference for answering the question. – user1583209 May 10 at 15:06
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    It's around 1500-1600 Elo FIDE – ThinkTank May 10 at 15:43
  • To clarify: are you having troubles calculating lines without physically moving the pieces? – Brandon_J May 11 at 2:07
  • Improving your search depth is a long and odious process that requires solving puzzles over and over. But it's usually best to finish calculating one line before moving on to the other. If you keep switching back and forth it's inefficient. – Inertial Ignorance May 11 at 18:08

Establish an order to analyse the lines!

I would begin by the most forced moves (checks, mate threats, captures...) and finish with those where the opponent was multiple possibilities. Respect that order strictly so you won't be jumping back and forth.

Use the same criteria also for sorting subvariations (ie: start by the most obvious check, pick an opponent's answer, now calculate checks, threats and captures after that particular answer and so on)

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