How to calculate the best Moves in Chess | Calculation Techniques | IM Alex Astaneh

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In this first video of the series, IM Alex Astaneh brings to you one of the most important topics in chess, which is the topic of calculation. In the series, we are going to have a look on several methods and techniques how to calculate the next moves. In this video, we will start with the Scanning Method.

These techniques and methods will help you to find the best moves and continuations in your games.

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  1. you may use that method to analyze your completed game. It is better than computer analyze.

  2. This video is very interesting. I think, how to calculate is a very important skill to improve in chess. Please, more instructive videos like that !
    Alex, you are the best.

  3. I think Re 8 is the best move for the 1st puzzle ,Nb4 is good for the 2nd puzzle.

  4. You’d be better off cutting your videos into parts. Ie 5 min. videos. This allows for busy parents to have time to view and know where they’re at. 🤗

  5. Position 1: Candidate moves
    Re8, Bg4 , Qc7, Be6.
    Second block: Bg4 and Re8. Finally my move should be Bg4.
    Expecting opponent's moves f3 , o-o,
    2 f3,Bf5
    3 o-o , Re8
    And then with my major pieces and the knight (Wich is three moves away) I would try to invade the point d3

  6. Position 2:
    First candidate moves I've took on consideration: g6, Bg6, Bxd3,Bg4,Qb6,Rc8. Many options.
    Second block after filter
    g6,Qb6,Bg6,Rc8. And my move would be 1…, g6
    Preparing castle and inviting the opponent to take my Bf5 to retake with my knight and hitting twice on d4 . But i am on my way to finish development with no bad position

  7. Chess factor, I want to say that this is a very useful lecture . Although it was streamed 8 months ago. Thank you

  8. Thanks for the helpful video. Not sure why there’s negative comments. It’s a free lecture and people still want to complain.

  9. i am a chess coach also, this is not a method I generally teach but it is great training tool to help players slow down and work hard on identifying all their options before diving into analyzing the potion

  10. Excelente explicación didáctica y práctica gracias dé Cd Juárez Chihuahua México

  11. I've tried to use this method for many years (I'm a long-time player around 2000) but in the middle of the games, I tend to go back to my old, faulty "single-move" calculations where I focus on one move until I'm either satisfied or I've refuted it. That leads to a lot of missed opportunities! First exercise looks very familiar! Candidates are Re8, Qc7, Nbd7, Bf5, Bg4, f5 (to allow the knight to get to f6). I'd probably play Qc7 to prevent O-O and Bf4, then Nbd7 followed by f5, Nf6, Re8. 2nd position: Bxd3, Qb6, Rc8, Bg4. I think black has to castle before doing anything else here and the simplest solution is Bxd3 followed by Nf5 (or Ng6), Be7, O-O.

  12. Marvellous, thanks for teaching such a wonderful technique, so simple to learn and implement. Already I am smiling to myself seeing myself winning more games with this technique of yours. Thanks Alex you are a wonderful teacher. Thanks Sirji.

  13. Exercise one

    First list: Re8, Qc7, Bg4, Nd7, Qe8, Qe7

    Second list: Re8, Qc7, Nd7

    I selected Qc7 because it would put pressure on the h2 pawn. If black castles in that position Bxh2 would be a big problem so black would have to react to it in some way giving me time to play one of the other candidate moves

    Exercise 2

    1st list: Bxd3 and Nb4

    I couldn't really find any other candidate moves for me.

    The move i selected was Nb4 because it puts more pressure on the d3 Bishop. After this I cannot find any good moves for black except for Bxf5 after this I could play Nxf5 improving the position of my Knight and opening my dark squared Bishop and Queen.

  14. 1.) Kh8, Re8, Qe7, Qc7, Bg4, Bf5, Be6, Nd7, b5
    2.) Re8, Bf5, Be6
    3.) Be6

  15. This is rather "how to select candidate moves", and a lot of them for that matter. Just scanning and searching for moves is how I started playing chess long ago. But eventually I switched to first understanding the strategical elements in the position (imbalances mainly) and only then looking for moves that fit my plan. This way you can easily slim down the candidates to about 3-4 usually. Looking around for almost random moves by all the pieces seems a bit redundant to me.

  16. Hi Alex thank you for your expertise, you explain well

  17. #1:

    All logical moves available : Kh8,Re8,Qd7,Qc7,Bd7,Be6,Bf5,Bg4,Nd7,b6,b5,a6

    Finalist moves : Re8,Qc7,Bf5,Bg4,b5,a6

    The chosen : Qc7 to prevent 0-0 and to remove my queen from the 8th row

    brb for #2, my dog is asking me… 🙂

  18. as a beginner, this video makes me feel very confident. Every other established player plays like they have no thought process, so it can be quite frustrating to try learn from them. You were very patient with your explanations, thank you. New subbie 🥰

  19. Bruh his voice but thanks for the tutorial

  20. I really wish this was the first chess video I ever watched. It would have saved me a lot of wasted time. I know what you're trying to do is teach calculation, but what you're doing even more is teaching logical play. You're showing how every move you make should have an idea behind it, within the context of what you know about the game overall. You move your knight here because here it's doing 3 different things and your opponent has to respond with a move that wasn't his first choice. I started out learning tactics and puzzles and got pretty good at them, but it didn't translate to many more rating points. I moved on to learning "positional" concepts. I learned why it's better to have a bishop outside the pawn chain, why it's better to place your rooks on open files. And while I often found myself with the edge in the middle game, I still lost many games that all my learning told me I should have won. This video showed me how to really look at each piece on the board and maximize their effectiveness. Now those positional and tactical concepts are really paying off because I understand when it's better to move a rook to an open file, and when it's better to move a bishop outside the pawn chain. This opens up more tactics, and it leads to more wins. I'm no longer hyperfocusing on a single idea and wasting time on inefficient moves. Now I'm converting early advantages like leads in development and space. Liked, subscribed, and I'll share this first with any fellow chess player who asks me how to get better.

  21. How soon after the opening do you start applying this method? How do you identify which positions merit applying this method?

  22. candidate 1: Qc7,
    candidate 2: Re8
    candidate 3: Bd7

  23. What's the website you used to record the chessboard?

  24. Bf6 , as per swap rule 😂✌️ grabing more space , controlling centre, mobilizing piecess

  25. In the first position on the homework i would play
    b5 or Re8
    On the second position of the homework

  26. Holy fk! I searched "how to calculate chess" into the YouTube search, and after wasting 1hr watching the more popular channels and baited by a few titles, all of which basically amounted to a bunch of chess "masters" talking AT their audience (no explaining) to "calculate deeper" (gee… thx), or "look at how well/how-deep I can calculate" (gee… thx) I finally landed on this video which lays out the process, spends 3 mins providing a clear over-view of what calculating consists of, what this intro video will cover within that broad topic, what the series aims to accomplish, AND introduces its first technique. Thank you! I can tell by this video your series on the topic will be worth the time AND that you respect your audience's time rather than rack up views.

  27. We're not going to talk about qxg3 threat? Lol great lessen Alex.

  28. Possible moves for black

    1. Kh8
    2. Re8
    3. Qe8, Qe7, Qd7, Qc7, Qb6, Qa5
    4. Bd7, Be6, Bf5, Bg4
    4. Be7, Bc7,
    5. Nd7, Na6
    6. H6, G6, F5
    6. C5, B6, A6

    Good options

    1. Re8 open file
    2. Qa5 possible discovered checkxerci
    3. Bwg4 discoverd Q attack

    Best option

    1. Re8

    Second exercise

    Possible white moves

    1. Kh1
    2. Re1
    3. Qe1, Qe2, Qd2, Qc1, Qc2, Qb3, Qa4
    4. Nd2, Nc3, Na3
    4. Nh4, Ng5, Nd2, Ne1
    5. Nh4, Ng5, Nd2, Ne1
    6. Bc1, Bd2, Bf4, Bg5,
    7. Bc2, Bf5, Be2
    8. h3, h4, g3, g4, b3, b4, a3, a4

    Good options
    qa4 – discover check
    bf5 – exchange
    Ng5 – fifth rank penetration
    Nc3 – development

    Best option
    Nc3 development

  29. I needed this! Many thanks for video.
    Ex 1 Bg4 (preessure, and freeing d2 for knight not to block bishop)
    Ex2 Rc8 if im in blitz (for threats) , Ng6 if not (cuz claustrophobic KB is killing me) 😀

  30. For the first exercice, I narrowed my list to:
    Re8, Qc7 and Bg4
    But I think playing:
    Qc7 first is more reasonable, because you move with tempo and then follow up with Re8 or Bg4
    For the second exercice I had an obsession with pawn on d4
    so I considered Qb6, Bxd3 followed by Nf5, Rc8

  31. you should stop preaching ….and teach more to the point and fast .. it feels like more of preaching video

  32. I understand this method of calculating moves… But how GMs calculate future moves?

  33. At 22:47 about candidates moves in the 1st POSITION i could say : Re8, Knd7, Bg5 or Bf5 or Be6 other pieces like the Queen or the Bd6 shouldn't be moved twice according to chess principles in the opening, according to my understanding of the position i will play Bg4 (without to check with a computer) why ? because the rook is in the center if white play f3 it will weaken the white king. even with f3 we can imagine the Queen could go on h4 later because the white knight is not on f3 so the king is really weak in fact. even Knd7 who should be tempting because it developp the worst piece of back pieces it will block the activity of the Bd7 so it is not the best move. Black needs to play very active and very quickly on the white king.

  34. Rhf1 could be considered because Rd4 Qb3 pinning the rook to the f-pawn and threatening to Win it however then black would win the e-pawns for the c-pawn

  35. I will make my position more passive so that I can easily scan the board in no time😂

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