Hi User Chevy,
"Think Like a Grandmaster" may or not work for you.
I know players that say it's great, others who openly say it's no good.
There is one good piece of advice I do recall. When you analyse a possible
sacrifice but cannot fathom out all the moves or judge the final position.
You spend ages on it when suddenly realise you are drifting into time trouble,
reject it and flick out another move after 10 seconds thought.
It's called 'The Kotov Syndrome' and is now an established Chess term.
Here it refers to no finding a plan, but I have seen and been guilty of it in
Also seeing 7-8 move ahead (is that ½ moves, in reality 4 moves, or the full 8 moves.)
that is not too bad. But as suggested earlier master the two move trick and you will get up to 2200.
OTB on longer combinations players often do it stages in. I do.
Weaker players won't sac because they cannot see the final mate.
Stronger will sac because they know/feel the mate must be there
and that 'gift' can only come with play or study.
The famous game Botvinnik - Capablanca, Avro 1938.
here Botvinnik to play.
Botvinnik played 30.Ba3!! and everyone went crazy over the length of the combination.
They still do calling it a wonderful deep piece of calculation.
But Botvinnik wrote:
"The beginning of a 12-move combination, including the following winning manoeuvre.
I must admit that I could not calculate it right to the end and operated in two stages.
First I evaluated the position after six moves and convinced myself that I had a draw by
perpetual check. Then after the first six moves I calculated the rest to the end. A chess
player's resources, particularly at the end of a game, are limited"
One of the most honest and beneficial notes to a game in chess history.
The visualisation in endgames (no help at all to tactical middle games unless
it a tactical swap off to a clear won ending) refers to positions like this.
No need to calculate as white here, you can see the final position.
It will end something like this.
That is you seeing approx. 30 moves ahead.
Here I am reminded of the guy who goes into an optician and says
he cannot see things far away.
The optician takes him outside and points to the sky.
"What's that?" the optician asks.
"That is the Sun." he replied.
"So how far do want to see?"