Today we have an important topic to discuss about – how to calculate variations efficiently? Many chess players often start calculating variations right away until they find something or they don’t, in a given position. This is not the right method or to be more precise, not the efficient method of calculating in chess, for the following reasons:
1) First, it’s practically impossible or very difficult to calculate several variations in each position.
2) Second, it’s bad to do so because not every position is tactical; i.e. you don’t have tactical opportunities in every position.
3) Third, you will waste time on unnecessary variations or irrelevant things.
Before going to the efficient calculation method, let me show you a position from a real game.
Imagine you’re playing White. Take a moment and think about what you’ll do. I recommend that you don’t calculate too many variations, but try to find potential tactical problems that Black might face, and how you can exploit them.
If you have trouble finding the right continuation for White, or if you want to see if your thinking is correct, you can watch the video lesson that our guest coach, IM Asaf Givon, has prepared for you. 🙂 In this video, he will teach you how to calculate variations efficiently with examples including the above:
P.S. Did you find this video useful? Do you think you can implement this method in your games and save time calculating variations? 🙂 Comment your thoughts below.