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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!

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Brad Pevehouse

Brad Pevehouse 7 months 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
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GM Hovhannes Gabuzyan

GM Hovhannes Gabuzyan 7 months 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 7 months 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
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GM Hovhannes Gabuzyan

GM Hovhannes Gabuzyan 7 months 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!

Abhi yadav

Abhi yadav 7 months ago

I can calculate 5 moves ahead if forcing lines.

But in quiet positions I only focus on positional factors such as pawn structure, pawn levers. I only can see 2-3 moves ahead in quiet positions but I can recognize where my pieces needs to go.

I am just 1465 FIDE rated and now I am unable to study.

GM Hovhannes Gabuzyan

GM Hovhannes Gabuzyan 7 months ago

Positional understanding is very important, but sometimes positions are very concrete, and correct tactical calculations are required. I will recommend to work on calculation improvement, in a very pleasant way of solving chess puzzles.
Abhi yadav

Abhi yadav 7 months ago

Thanks master.

Giorgos Kechagias

Giorgos Kechagias 6 months 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.