Originally posted by amolv06try chesstempo.com, in the standard mode (the rated solving mode without the clock), accurate calculation is called for and it's excellent for such exercise.
I have a hard time visualizing combinations while playing OTB chess past a few moves. Generally I can see 1-2 moves ahead reasonably well in my opinion, 3-4 gets hazy, and 5 moves are generally beyond what I can see. This causes me to miss many combinations (at times forced). This is worst in the middle game. During the endgame, it's generally a lot easi en 1450-1500 on chess.emrald.net for over a year now. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
Originally posted by nimzo5Interesting. I can "calculate" (a1 is black, b1 is white, c1 is black, c2 is white ... c4 is white) what color square c4 is, but can't "see" it in my head. Same for knight moves, etc.
I was lucky to have my first serious chess book be "improve your chess now" by Tisdall. I think he section on calculation got me started on the right foot. Based from Kotov's "Think Like a Grandmaster" Tisdall gives a few example problems and then discusses the issues involved with calculation.
I often make it a habit to do a stoyko like exercise. That is ...[text shortened]... e squares a knight can attack sitting on e5 than that is probably where you want to start.
Originally posted by TyrannosauruschexI think it's better to complete all your analysis before putting pen to paper. Analyse fully... write down... then check. Otherwise the pen and paper are too much of an aid.
start off by writing down lists of candidate moves and then analyse them
Originally posted by jekeckelI've heard one GM say that the stronger a player becomes, the more abstract their mental visualisation of the board becomes. For example, they may use more relationships and patterns such as "I know I'm castled kingside with a fianchetto bishop there", "my knight is attacking his pawn which is protected by the bishop", etc. Aiming for a photographic representation isn't necessarily the way this develops.
I can "calculate" (a1 is black, b1 is white, c1 is black, c2 is white ... c4 is white) what color square c4 is, but can't "see" it in my head.
Originally posted by nimzo5Doing "more" calculation is the wrong term, as it would be obviously wrong to claim stronger players do less calculation. If I remember correctly, the study's conclusion was that weaker players calculate about the same or more width, and stronger players kept their branches thinner but went a lot deeper in them.
this idea is called chunking. Interestingly, there have been studies that show stronger players do less calculation (see De Groot etc on this) in fact it is players around 1900-2200 who do the most calculation during a game of chess.