Originally posted by NotEvenWrong
Sometimes I feel there's nothing to learn from these games. I'll never have the calculating power to make a move like that. It's depressing but also beautiful to watch.
What needs to be learned is the very first move.
From this game, we learn that Rxf7 is a tactical possibility. When you get into similar positions, you now know to look for it, and what kinds of moves make it work.
Very often calculating is just a matter of following the moves, and forced moves are the easiest to follow. When playing OTB this will require some mental effort and fortitude, but when playing here you can simply set up a board and start making notes.
The real key is not calculation but imagination- you have to recognize the exposed nature of black's position and that f7 is weak and ripe to exploit.
Playing through games like this strengthen your chess intuition, and intuition is the beginning of calculation. Calculation is merely a mental tool to be developed, while intuition is what tells you when, where, and why to calculate.