How Long Can you Calculate?

Hello ChessMood family!

My question is how many moves are you usually able to calculate, please next to answer also mention your rating!

Brad Pevehouse

Brad Pevehouse 2 years ago

I would like to ask how to improve calculating skills. I can calculate maybe 3 when I do right but sometimes miss calculation. Rating 1412
GM Hovhannes Gabuzyan

GM Hovhannes Gabuzyan 2 years ago

Hey Brad,

Improving calculation is one of the most pleasant way to train chess, as if usually people are spending time in front of engine for openings, for calculations you need to solve puzzles. Different kind of puzzles, such as middle game calculations, sacrifices, positional sacrifices. On my own example I can remember solving many mate in 4 , mate in 5 examples. It may be a little individual, but in general solving chess problems is a way to improve!

Jay Garrison

Jay Garrison 2 years ago

Dependings on the situation. With forced moves I have calculated as deep as 12 or more moves. In a normal position I usually can calculate 5-6 moves. My Rating is just over 1800
GM Hovhannes Gabuzyan

GM Hovhannes Gabuzyan 2 years ago

Hello Jay,

I agree with your statement that it depends on positions,  probably its easier to say about forced lines , so a result of 12 moves is good enough!

Giorgos Kechagias

Giorgos Kechagias 2 years ago

I play almost everyday games on chess.com and lichess and my ratings are around 1700-1800 in bullet and blitz  1650-1750 in rapid and classical. It depends on the part of the game: opening, middlegame and endgame. When I am not under time pressure I can usually calculate up to 11 when I am going to give mate, but generraly I can calculate from 5 to 8 moves.