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Can you think three moves ahead in chess? It's harder than it sounds, but you can learn to do it. Once you do this visualization excersize you will realize you can calculate much further than you ever knew you could, and you won't settle for less, next time you play chess.
<a name="Steps"></a><h2>  Steps </h2>
</li><li>Play the following moves, moving for each side. 1.e4 is a white move. 1...e5 is a black move. In a scoresheet it looks like this: 1. e4 e5. Next play 2.Bc4 Qf6. Next 3.Nf3 Qg6. 4. Nc3 Qxg2. When there is a small letter x it means capture. So the Queen has captured the pawn on g2. Now you begin the excersize, and though you will be calculating white's move, you will be visualizing for both sides.
</li><li>First let's analyze what has happened. The queen has taken a pawn. It's not good to lose pieces or pawns willy-nilly, but it's also not generally a good idea to move the same piece twice, nor to move the queen out first, as she is such a powerful piece that she becomes a target and can get trapped. Greed can also get you into trouble, especially if you go attacking before your pieces are developed. Also there is a saying, "Loose pieces fall off, meaning that pieces that are not protected can become targets of fancy tactics. So knowing these things, let's see if you can find a way to punish black.
</li><li>Let's calculate. Find five candidate moves. You will go down the branch of just one of them. This is what it means to calculate three moves ahead. You don't just pick one move and follow it. You pick as many as you can, and then you analyze each one, finding the best possible moves for your opponent as you can, and seeing if you have a good response to it. There is a rule among strong chess players that says "Look at all checks and captures." There is a move here that satisfies both. Look for a moment at the board and see if you can figure out what it is, and then go on to step 5. But first look for it.
</li><li>Now you have visualized three moves ahead for one move. In a real game you want to analyze more than one move. So you would go through this process for each of the moves that you are considering. The further you are able to go, and the more vividly and accurately you are able to visualize the positions two or three, or even four moves ahead, the better chess player you become.
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<a name="Tips"></a><h2>  Tips </h2>
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</li><li>Look at all checks and captures
</li><li>Try to see tricky plans for your opponent, so you can prevent them in time.
</li><li>Loose pieces fall off, so when a piece is unguarded, be aware of possible tactics that might occur.
</li><li>Don't go for "cheapos." A cheapo is a trick that only works if your opponent makes the worst move. Always assume your opponent see your trap, and if your plan fails, and it makes your position worse, you can lose the game. Only go for cheap tricks if they improve, not worsen your position.
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<a name="Things_You.27ll_Need"></a><h2>  Things You'll Need </h2>
<ul><li>A chess board with algebraic notation
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