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# How Can I Calculate Better?

• #41
kindaspongey wrote:
IMBacon wrote:

... Stop with this "I need to calculate 4-5 moves ahead" stuff. ...

Where did Ashton_Yeager write of having a "need to calculate 4-5 moves ahead"? He did refer to "a couple games" that were "lost ... from miscalculation and it was only 4-5 moves ahead", but, as a goal, the expressed desire was to "improve" on the "ability to visualize the board and calculate". If one is going to work on "tactics...tactics...tactics", wouldn't such improvement be likely to be involved? Winning Chess (by Irving Chernev and Fred Reinfeld) has been called "a wonderful resource to bring the budding player to a much greater appreciation of the game",
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708093415/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review919.pdf

and it has been published with the subtitle, "How to see three moves ahead".

kindaspongey thanks for the recommendation

• #42
Get a calculator, point it at the board, and see what it says. Then try to learn from what it's saying.
• #43
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• #44
Ashton_Yeager wrote:
kindaspongey wrote:

... Winning Chess (by Irving Chernev and Fred Reinfeld) has been called "a wonderful resource to bring the budding player to a much greater appreciation of the game",
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708093415/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review919.pdf

and it has been published with the subtitle, "How to see three moves ahead".

kindaspongey thanks for the recommendation

I should probably warn you that there are both algebraic (1 e4 e5) and descriptive (1 P-K4 P-K4) versions of the book, so you might want to make sure that you get something that matches your preference.

• #45
IMBacon wrote:
... [After 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Bc5 4 b4 Bxb4 5 c3 Ba5, your] bishop controls 3 squares. ([5...Bc5 is] also playable, and keep the bishop on a more active diagonal.  here your bishop controls 10 squares.) ...

"... [5...Ba5] is the best winning try ..." - GM Larry Kaufman (2011)

"... If Black plays 5...Bc5 ..., White can play the desired 6 d4 with less risk. With [5...Ba5], Black pins the c3-pawn, thus not allowing White to take back with the c-pawn after 6 d4 exd4. ..." - FM Carsten Hansen (2010)

• #46
Ashton_Yeager wrote:

Hover your mouse over my name and it will tell you 1200.  I am underrated you are overated.  You should not be 1800 you should be 800

it says 1215, congrats you got wrong even this one

• #47
Ashton_Yeager wrote:

How can I improve my ability to visualize the board and calculate?

Practice the skill you wish to improve.

To calculate / visualize better, play long games where you try to visualize and calculate a lot. Try to follow a game from the notation as far as you can without a board, or when you read a chess book try to follow the notes without using a board as much as you can. When you solve puzzles try to clearly visualize each position you calculate, including the last position. All of this before playing the first move.

You might think of other ways too. The method doesn't matter so much as just doing it. You want to improve calculation / visualization, then practice it.

• #48

You barely have <800 at tactics.... dude!!! get at least to 2000 at tactics trainer.

do 50-60 tactics problems per day ( tactics trainer or a book with tactic motifs... or BOTH )

• #49

I suggest learning tactical patterns and recognizing them by name. That eliminates a lot of hard and time-consuming calculation. That's helped me see them better in games.  When I work tactics problems here or at chesstempo.com, I make sure I identify the tactics used in each problem.  Three good interactive sites are:

• #50

Dr Tancredi is back, but you can never tell really

• #51

slow down and look for checks, captures

• #52
Ashton_Yeager wrote:

I am 1200 on chess.com why does everyone always look at the lowest rating.

Correspondence (daily chess) ratings are considered overrated by several hundred points at the beginner end of the spectrum across most chess sites I know of. Moreover, you only have 15 daily games completed so far and out of the 5 you won, 2 of them were wins on time in the opening because your opponent abandoned. It takes much more than 15 games for the rating to accurately display how well you perform.

In live time controls, where you have played several hundred games, your ratings are a much better indication of your level. All in all your ratings and the moves you play in your games point clearly to an OTB level somewhere around  ~800. Not the 1400 you claimed in other posts.

There is nothing wrong with being a beginner when you're new at chess. We all have to start somewhere, even Nakamura was rated 600 after his first tournament. I applaud your drive to work hard on your chess and get as good as you can, but telling yourself comfortable lies about how good you really are is a very effective way to hurt your own improvement.

• #53

Do more tactics and board vision puzzles.

All of the books in the world on opening and middlegame strategy won't help you if you neglect your calculation. You have a paid membership so you should be doing all of your tactics every single day, unless you do tactics on another site.

That's 25 a day, 750 a month. Make it something you just do every day.

Push yourself, and I mean really strain yourself to see just one move further in the variation than you are comfortable with.

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