Candidate Moves

Candidate Moves

How do you decide what moves to play?

IM Kostya Kavutskiy demonstrates several key techniques in evaluating candidate moves and making good decisions.

  • How can you use checks to win games?
  • How do threats and captures restrict your opponent's options?
  • How can you anticipate your opponent's ideas?
  • What should you do when there are no tactics?
  • How can you improve every piece?
Candidate Moves: Checks

Candidate Moves: Checks

IM Kostya Kavutskiy brings you a new series on how to choose candidate moves and make good decisions in chess. He starts with a discussion of how to use checks, the most forcing move in chess.
15 min
5 Challenges
Candidate Moves: Forcing Moves

Candidate Moves: Forcing Moves

IM Kostya Kavutskiy is back with another discussion of how to make decisions in chess. This time he'll show how the great Siegbert Tarrasch used a long series of forcing moves to win an amazing game.
9 min
5 Challenges
Candidate Moves: The Opponent's Ideas

Candidate Moves: The Opponent's Ideas

IM Kostya Kavutskiy has another video explaining how to decide on moves. This time he'll teach you how to anticipate and prevent your opponent's ideas.
11 min
5 Challenges
Candidate Moves: Imbalances

Candidate Moves: Imbalances

What should you do when there are no clear tactics? IM Kostya Kavutskiy is back to demonstrate how you can evaluate imbalances and find the right plan.
15 min
5 Challenges
Candidate Moves: Improve Your Worst Piece

Candidate Moves: Improve Your Worst Piece

IM Kostya Kavutskiy wraps up his series on decision-making with a master class on strategic play. White consistently improves the position by improving his worst piece until Black is helpless to defend against an attack.
9 min
5 Challenges