Khokan De

Khokan De 3 weeks ago

Book Recommendation for studies
Anyone plz recommend a book on studies (or composition) ? i want to improve calculation
Kazuto Kirigaya

Kazuto Kirigaya 3 weeks ago

As for knowledge Jacob Aagaard's books - "Excelling at Chess Calculation" and "Grandmaster Preparation: Calculation" are probably best.

In case you just starting with chess (let's say if your FIDE rating is bellow 1800/2000), and above material maybe somewhat difficult to you, then maybe something simpler would help, on following book: "Chess Calculation Training For Kids And Club Players" by Romain Edouard

Akiba Rubinstein

Akiba Rubinstein 3 weeks ago

I would add that the series Chess Calculation Training by Romain Edouard (aimed at 1800+ FIDE) is also very nice :)
Nils Philipp

Nils Philipp 3 weeks ago


I found this one very interesting:


Rewire your chess brain by Cyrus Lakdawala.

And a quite old one that I bought many years ago (in German) - but still very good - is this

Karpov/Gik: KARPOV'S ENDGAME ARSENAL (I guess that this is the English edition of "Schach Studien - Schachstudien der Weltmeister").

Paulius Juknis

Paulius Juknis 3 weeks ago

Check out Yusupov series, 9 books in total, helped me improve calculation and strategy
David Flynn

David Flynn 3 weeks ago

As usual the question comes down to:

What is your rating?
Are your tactics good already?
Which part of calculation do you have problems with (e.g. visualisation, ideas, organising thoughts, knowing when to cut off and when to continue, diagnostic thinking vs checking...)?

If you're below 1700 (and it's fun if you're higher rated) and your tactics need a refresh, then take a look at the tactics ninja course (1 section a day).

Also this is a series on youtube about calculation from an IM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzzyR_YIZz0