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ordinary_man 149 ( +1 | -1 )
Visualisation I have been studying and practicing chess almost everyday for almost a year now, and I have found in all my practical experience that a players calculation ability is absolutely one of the most important factors in determining their skill.

This includes both tactics and positional strategy.

Yes, even with positional players, the one who can calculate deeper and more accurately will usually win as he will 'see' the positional factors of the game deeper than his opponent. This is what I have found and it seems the best way to practice calculating as deeply and accurately as possible. For example, setting up a position from a combinational book and studying the board for as long as it takes until you can see the winning line. This is also why I like gameknot, because one can set up the board and visualize and calculate for as long as they want.

This is a quote from a more eloquent person than myself on the same subject....

IM John Watson in his book, "Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy: Advances since Nimzowitsch."

"My own feeling is that the most important factor which differentiates experienced players from eachother is their ability to calculate well, which includes the ability to visualize and assess positions accurately. That, in turn, is closely connected with advanced pattern-recognition skills and a good memory. The player who can see further into the position and accurately assess what's happening, whether tactically or positionally, tends to be the better player."
atrifix 3 ( +1 | -1 )
Calculation, essentially, is chess.
frodan 42 ( +1 | -1 )
..good thing ..... ....the topic of this thead,becoz i was just about to ask a question:
-every aspiring chess player knows the value of always striving to improve their chess playing skills, and (hopefully) b'coming a better player.this includes tactics training, studying game collections, end-game studies question:
-do very strong players,for example Kasparov, do any tactical training exercises?
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macheide 40 ( +1 | -1 )
ordinary_man Dear ordinary_man,

I agree absolutely with you and will take me the liberty to recommend one book that supports your standpoint and give a bunch of advices to enhance visualisation and evaluation of positions: "Improve your Chess Now" by GM Jonathan Tisdall. He even admits that he obtained his GM title while writing the book, and because of the methods he exposes in it.

Best regards,

macheide 11 ( +1 | -1 )
frodan ...and, yes, there are such excercises, Tisdall exposes many of them.

Best wishes, my friend,

ordinary_man 8 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks, Macheide! I will buy that book right away....It is exactly what I am looking for.
hugothebest2001 33 ( +1 | -1 )
From middle game to endgame I think that one of the most important skil is to know how you can get from a even standing middle game to a won endgame position. This kind of position is not allone caculating. But you have to know what kind of positions are good for the endgame. I winn a lot of games because i know a lot of winning endgames.

Greetings Pascal
macheide 10 ( +1 | -1 )
ordinary_man You are wellcome my friend. You can find it in or in another high quality shopping site.

ordinary_man 6 ( +1 | -1 )
frodan... Kasparov's whole life is a tactical training exercise.

tulkos 11 ( +1 | -1 )
what?! I thought he was a very strong positional player as well, didn't he ever study positional chess? 8-)
ordinary_man 41 ( +1 | -1 )
yes, but that is not what I said.. I was answering Frodan's question with a little humor...."does Kasparov do tactical training exercises?" Is like asking,"do birds fly?"

Everytime Kasparov sits down at the board against the top players in the entire world he is doing tactical exercise...the best there possible is.

He probably also plays against a top chess program for practice, not to mention analyzing his previously played games.