Tips to Improve Your Calculation

  • FM IvanMaxmillian
  • | Jul 13, 2014

Many of my friends who lost control in their calculation, once said: "I can't calculate for next eight moves forward, all i can do is only five moves forward" So, in this short article i will give some tips to improve your calculation technique.

1.Training exercises, This exercises of this sort gradually led to an improvement of calculation


See the example above, try starting the analysis and find the steps that make white wins. I am not asking for an answer, I just gave an example of exercises that help improve your calculation. After finished with that, the second step is

2.Compare your analyzes with the annotator analyzes, This let you know, how good is your calculation.

Do this everyday, everywhere, everytime, and it's better if you are analyzing without moving the pieces on the board, and i am sure this will improve your calculation in the end. ;-)


  • 19 months ago


    what is annotator??

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  • 23 months ago


    Thanks. It's very useful exercise. It's helps me emprove my chess abalities

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  • 2 years ago


    good article I am sure it will help

  • 2 years ago



    Most articles on are written by volunteers. Since he is not a daily columnist, he was not paid to write this. There was no editor. He was just trying to give you some tips!

  • 2 years ago


    1st tell me whos move in the game -_-

  • 2 years ago


    Where is the answer?

  • 2 years ago


    Mr. Aelph -

    Can I just call you "The?" Excellent. In most cases I would agree with you about publishing textbook grammar, but as you noted, the author's first language probably isn't English. Keep in mind that he was hired for his ability to play and explain chess, and his English is perfectly sufficient for that. I don't know though, maybe you were expecting some of that "flowery New Yorker shht?" =]

    We can't all write like Andy Kauffman. problem with this article isn't grammar, but content. Namely, there isn't much of it here. Practice, then practice harder! It's the same philosophy Brazil believed in, and they lost to Germany 7-1. Is there a second part somewhere to compare my response to the "best" response?

  • 2 years ago


    So the tip to become better at calculating is do it more and analyze all the time? Could you even give solution to the exercise since I can't find any solid variation for white to cash in on this postion. Even stockfish ends up in  drawish solution

  • 2 years ago


    Thanks for the tips.

  • 2 years ago


    It's useful, that's for sure.  But I do think it's a shame that an article on a major website like is not properly edited. Ungrammatical and unpunctuated sentences like "This exercises of this sort gradually led to an improvement of calculation" are OK for the draft, making all due allowances for the fact that presumably the writer's first language is not English, but plainly not appropriate for publication.

  • 2 years ago


    Some grandmasters state they only do 4 moves ahead. Not a big deal if they can't do 8. 

  • 2 years ago


    Thanks, not bad. But I think tactics is another better alternativeSmile

  • 2 years ago


    3b1kn1/6p1/3q1p2/4pPP1/pP1pP1N1/3P1NQ1/1rr5/5RRK w - - 0 1

  • 2 years ago


    Thanks. Much Appreciated.

  • 2 years ago


    Can you post then FEN when you do these so I can check with computer? Thanks.

  • 2 years ago


    Mikhail Chigorin vs Siegbert Tarrasch
    Petersburg (Match) (1893)  ·  French Defense: Chigorin Variation (C00)  ·  0-1

    Game 4

    Precise Cheating Calculation

  • 2 years ago


    Where is this game from? Thanks

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