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I don't have distinctly shaped pieces in my minds eye. I have abstract oblique forces that extend in certain directions interacting with other ones.
in puzzle 2, can pawns promote
Hands down the best video I've seen on calculation skills. This is just outstanding. Danny, I feel like I should write you out a personal check.
The second exercise is covered in Andy Soltis book Studying Chess Made Easy pages 132 & 133
Soltis writes " It was sited by Russian educator Alexey Bartashnikov in 64 magazine"
My short-term memory is nothing compared to my long-term so without any hesitation I can say that I'm no good at this...
Very interesting video though Danny will there be a part 3? Is there a part 3 already I'm currently catching up on my videos lol
You missed g7
awesome videos - thanks!
danny i really like these two videos. lots of videos are fun and easy and you cater some information to us. spoon feeding us a little bit. because its light and fun. but this you are asking us to do a lot of work. and you believe in it 100%. you can tell you are very passionate about this series.
i believe too that basically you only get out what you put in, so if people arent getting something out of this, guess what, its not because danny didnt make the video right, its because you didnt put the work in...
that being said, i have a problem with playing too many games and not doing the right kind of chess study. its my problem and i can own it.
Danny, you realise you just gave away the key to the pandora's box of chess madness.
Do people know about the Blindfold Chess Players group here on Chess.com? If not, I'd urge you to join. With the new feature here on Chess.com of being able to hide the pieces on the Live server and play "blindfolded", it's a great way to get some blindfold games in! We actually going to have our second tournament coming up soon. We only had 5-6 players in the first one, but it was a lot of fun. The other thing I'll do from time to time is accept a challenge by a lower rated player on Live Chess and play blindfolded... He/she won't necessarily know that I'm doing this, but its great practice like Danny said. And IMHO not as hard as you might think!
I got a nosebleed from trying the second exercise...
Can someone tell me why I can't get my computer to play these videos?
the first puzzle, nc2, ne3, nxd5 :P
you did it in 2min.
@standing_tal - it's like a photograph you have to aim to see the position in your mind's eye as clearly as if it were in front of you on the board. At some point in your calculations the position will become a little fuzzy and you will start to be unclear about something. When this happens you have found your current ceiling. Of course the ceiling will vary depending on how complicated the position is. Anyway, you will have found your ceiling. Doing Danny's exercises a little every day will slowly extend your ceiling out a move or 2 at a time - baby steps. The brain needs time to adjust. BUT if in 6 months time you look at your ceiling and compare it with today then you will notice it has moved a long way and consequently you will be playing better chess and making better decisions at the board.
When you can do this a few moves in you are ready to take a snapshot of a position in your head and find the different candidate moves for that position. I think it was in one of Aargard's books about using stepping stone positions to make your calculations of variations more efficient. The point is that you only need to rewind the calcs to that position and not all the way back to the one on the board. This saves time and reduces mistakes and allows you to stay focussed in complex positions with lots of variations. Anyway aim for the photograph image with complete clarity with no vagueness about it. The vagueness is how you recognise your ceiling. The training will push it further out.
One curious thing is that I find it much easier to visualise with a real board and pieces than a 2D board on the computer. Why that is I don't know... My minds eyes must for some reason prefer the look of real pieces. I'm sure some people will prefer visualising a 2d board. It will be interesting to see what the spread is in terms of real or computer screen visuals.
really crucial advice here! Thank you. then come the question(s) 1. How good do you want to become and why ? 2. Do you have the discipline to get to your reallisticly evalueated level from question 1. If not, this will remain another v.good lecture and nothing more.
When we talk of "visualizing" a board, do people mean an intuitive "sense" of where everything is, the same way you can mentally map out a neighbourhood without knowing what it looks like from above, or do you mean you can literally "see" every single square and piece all at once?
by IM Daniel Rensch
Your spiritual chess journey towards full board enlightenment continues today. Will you put IM Rensch's training methods, passed down to him from the gurus and masters of old, to work? Or will you succumb to your own self-imposed limitations and give up in your search for nirvana? Follow Danny's advice and "break the roof off" your calculation skills and see further and more clearly than you ever have before... May the board be with you!
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With numerous "scholastic chess accomplishments" to boast of, both as a player and a coach, Danny has been a "chess professional" since his early teens. He was ranked in the Top 10 for his age in the U.S. every year from the age of 12 - 21years old, and at one point he was the highest rated 19-year old in the country. He earned the IM title at age 23. A part owner and full time Staff Member for Chess.com LLC, Danny is our Vice President of Content and Professional Operations, managing the products and "team of contributors" you enjoy here, as well as for our scholastic extension site, ChessKid.com.
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