# How many moves ahead can you calculate in a chess game?

## How many moves ahead can you calculate in a chess game?

• Less than 3 moves
• Up to 3 moves
• 3 to 5 moves
• 5 to 7 moves
• More than 7moves

• 3 years ago

maybe the question is meant to ask us if we play by calculation or by instinct. i play instinctively. sometimes, obviously, in very tactical positions, i try to look ahead as much as i can. five, ten, who knows.

• 3 years ago

Less than one move ahead :( I usually fail to see imminent defeat even when it's staring me in the face.

• 3 years ago

That would depend on the stage the game is in and how closed or open it is. There's no answer to this question really.

• 3 years ago

It depends on the position obviously as sometimres toy have long forcing sequences...my record for least moves seen ahead is,sadly.zero(which happens too often for my liking)

• 3 years ago

The question says "can you" so I voted "7+".

• 3 years ago

I guess it totally depend on the postion. Typically, I calculate to around 4 or 5 moves, but sometimes the position is so complicated that I can only calculate 2 moves or so. Sometimes the position is very simple and many of the moves are forced: I can almost calculate up to 12 moves there!

• 3 years ago

Impossible to answer this question! In some situations pretty much every player can calculate 7+ (i.e. forced sequence with no branches that leads to mate) while in other situations 95% of players would not be able to calculate more than 3 moves deep. Can't answer this one, sorry!

• 3 years ago

When asked this question, Kasparov called it "ignorant".   On the same topic, Lasker rightly said that in some positions five moves is an eternity.

In certain King and Pawn endgames or variations that might transpose into them, it's not unusual to calculate 11 (22 ply) or more moves accurately.

In difficult middle game positions, over the board, even more than two ply is difficult or not worth the time and effort.

• 3 years ago

It changes with the complexity of the board, and how long I have to make a move.

Longer time = more calculation

Less pieces = more calculation

If I have say 2 connected pawns and my opponent has 0 pieces but his king, I can calculate all the way to the end of the game which could be in 12 or 15 moves if I have a lot of time.

If the game is say 5 moves in, on an opening I am not very familiar with, I would be happy to be able to think 3 moves ahead if the time factors are low.

• 3 years ago

I put in 3-5 moves because that is my average but it really depends on the situation , time etc

• 3 years ago

I say the next survey should be, "How long is your average game?"

• 3 years ago
not silly as many've written. it's a grading for each ones game. one thing i'm happy about, is there are still members who are less talented than me.
• 3 years ago

Now I see why chess guys are so popular, "Hey you play Chess?  How many moves ahead can you think?"

"You're stupid!"

Not a good way to line up dates.  It reminds of a joke about system programmers.  A guy is flying in a hot air balloon and comes down in an unfamiliar clearing.  He sees another person walking by and asks, "Can you tell me where I am?"

"You are standing in a basket"

"My friend, I can tell you what your occupation is"

"How?  What?"

"How did you know?"

Anyway, I typically try to make it to three moves in average positions.  Four is too much for me and generally not needed in my games.

• 3 years ago

I calculate from move 1 and till my winn!

As many others already have pointed out: Stupid question! The answer will depend on the situation on the board. Does those who ask these questions play chess themselves??

• 3 years ago

does 2 moves mean white-black or white-black-white-black?

I fiind it hard most of the time to figure out my oponents response to my posible moves...

Anyway I chose the first one.

• 3 years ago

• 3 years ago

This really is a silly question.

• 3 years ago

Up to 3 moves.

• 3 years ago

i tend to calculate 3-5 but my opponents dont always follow my plans, more so in live chess than in online......they dont always make the coiche you think its best for them...

• 3 years ago

of course 7+