Learn How to Calculate Successfully

Today’s post is reserved for the very special topic for every beginner player and that is namely calculation. How do we calculate long variations with certain accuracy, so that we can commit to brave sacrifices and complicated exchanges and sometimes accept horrible permanent weaknesses for the sake of a winning plan?

We all know that carrying on with one’s plan is very important for every game. That is why we need to know how to sense critical positions and most importantly, how to precisely calculate and evaluate the arising positions on the board. Today, I spent some time elaborating on how to improve your calculation technique. There are some tricks that many players don’t know about and thus go the long way when doing calculations over the board. Average players lose a lot of time to calculate moves they don’t need to look at. Furthermore, they calculate way too long and ‘get lost’ in the position way too often. 

For this video, I have selected a very instructive game between two great masters, whom I will keep secret for now. One of them is especially famous for his sharp attacking style of play. I believe this blog post and lecture I have attached at the end will help you improve your calculation ability. Certainly, you will need to practice on calculating variations in different types of positions, but the basic ideas and principles would remain the same. They are all presented in the following video:


  • 3 years ago


    Actually Supremo may have a good point because those two black middle pawns are not in the right position. In the original game (video) they are at e5 and d6, blocking the white queen from going to e6

  • 3 years ago


    tanx sir ,nice

  • 3 years ago


    Supremo answer for white is Qe6+ if the black Queen takes Qe6 white has a strong passed pawn.

  • 3 years ago



    I think what you are missing is 4. Qe6+

  • 3 years ago


    I don't know if I missed something but I don't see the problem with 1. ... Nxg2.

  • 3 years ago


    thnx tiger.

  • 3 years ago


    Thanks for this post

    It was fantastic and very interesting

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