The BEST Way To Calculate in Chess

This is in my opinion the best way to calculate in chess! This video is aimed towards beginner and intermediate chess players. Hope you find it instructive!

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95 Comments

  1. I like this style of video as it illustrates a thought process.
    My rating bumps around 1,000 but individual games are as high as 1,500 so I need to work on consistency.

  2. Anna, haz streaming en español tmb. 🥰😘

  3. Check, capture, attack. I would add threat. It is none of those directly, but more like bait.
    Great videos Anna!

  4. Why didn't I put my bishop on this square instead? Because, uh, Qg2#?

  5. 9:31 'why did I choose to go here and not Bc5?' – not so good because of the h6 pawn that 'protects the black king' 🙂

  6. I struggle to keep up at the best of times with the speed of @annacramling but i was completely distracted by her "Stealth Bellybutton" that kept appearing and disappearing.
    Cool trick to distract opponents.

  7. Could you have kept knight and bishop with Rab instead of Bxf1 because Bxa6 Na6+ gains a tempo?

  8. Helped me understand the thiking process when playing. Thank you

  9. I would have taken the b5 pawn with the knight. It would have left better protection for the king in the end game.

  10. At 20.47 you moved your queen next to your oponents king. Why did the king not take your queen?

  11. If not for a shirt, this video would have at least half less views. People have to rewatch for the board…

  12. She left out one very important step. evaluate your opponent's threats, captures and checks. Sometimes you have to defend instead of attack.

  13. I've been playing chess for 70 years and never win any games. Still trying to understand the game.

  14. Excellent. Very good practical advice on how to figure out what to do (Check, Capture, Attack, (which in my head is now AKA 'CCA') after the opening.

  15. Ana en español tendrías muchos más adeptos a si sea en los subtitulos

  16. 🎯 Key Takeaways for quick navigation:

    00:00 🤔 Opening thoughts on calculating in chess
    – Importance of knowing what to calculate in chess positions.
    – Personal experience of getting overwhelmed in decision-making.
    – Introduction to a systematic method for calculating moves in chess.
    01:27 🌐 Calculation method: Checks, Captures, Attacks (CCA)
    – First, calculate all checks in a position, even seemingly insignificant ones.
    – Second, calculate all captures, considering material gains.
    – Lastly, assess all possible attacks, including threats and tactical opportunities.
    – Emphasis on the method revealing forcing moves in a position.
    03:05 🚀 Opening phase strategy: Focus on development
    – Advice on focusing on piece development in the opening, especially for players below 1200 rating.
    – Importance of understanding key squares and piece coordination during development.
    – Choosing moves based on pre-established plans rather than extensive calculation.
    05:08 🔄 Adapting strategy during the game
    – Evaluating opponent's moves and adapting strategy accordingly.
    – Recognizing opponent's setup (London System) and adjusting own development.
    – Demonstrating adaptability in responding to opponent's early attack.
    06:01 🔍 Critical thinking during opponent's attack
    – Analyzing opponent's aggressive move (G4) and the need for calculation.
    – Evaluating potential consequences of various captures and attacks.
    – Demonstrating thought process when facing a critical position.
    08:19 ⚔️ Counterattacking and creating traps
    – Recognizing tactical opportunities (H6) to set up traps for the opponent.
    – Balancing counterattacks with position development.
    – Integrating tactical elements into the overall strategy.
    11:20 🏹 Transition from middle game to endgame strategy
    – Exploring tactical opportunities to hinder opponent's castling (Knight D3 check).
    – Initiating attacks while considering long-term strategic advantages.
    – Demonstrating a dynamic approach to transitioning between game phases.
    13:11 🔄 Reflecting on the thinking process
    – Acknowledging the challenge of maintaining the advised method during time pressure.
    – Emphasizing the importance of sticking to the calculation method (checks, captures, attacks).
    – Reflecting on missed opportunities and the impact of time management on decision-making.
    16:56 🎉 Optimizing piece coordination for an advantage
    – Leveraging well-coordinated bishops for a strategic advantage.
    – Calculating moves to enhance piece activity and threaten opponent's position.
    – Emphasizing the significance of creating threats while optimizing piece placement.
    17:26 🔄 Adapting to a new position perspective
    – Analysis of the changed position after opponent blunders a rook.
    – Immediate decision-making based on checks, captures, and attacks.
    – Prioritizing material gains and exploiting opponent mistakes.
    19:18 ⚔️ Tactical maneuvers in a time-critical situation
    – Swift decision-making under time pressure while maintaining tactical awareness.
    – Efficiently using discovered checks to gain material advantage.
    – Simplifying the position to manage time constraints and ensure a strategic advantage.
    21:18 🚀 Endgame strategy and time management
    – Simplification strategy in the endgame to avoid complications.
    – Promoting a pawn to simplify the position and increase winning chances.
    – Balancing the need for speed in time-critical situations with strategic play.
    22:14 💡 Reflection on the thinking process
    – Acknowledging the challenge of consistently applying the checks, captures, and attacks method.
    – Recognizing moments of forgetting the systematic approach during the game.
    – Emphasizing the potential clarity gained by consistently following the advised calculation method.

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  17. Posted a year ago and here I am today. Much love from Kenya Anna. Keep doing it. Learnt alot

  18. No idea if you ever read this Anna, but I'm here just to say a quick thank you. I stumbled upon your videos last week and I'm slowly learning chess since then. I remember my dad showed me how pieces move when I was little, but I was a crybaby and too sensitive to lose back then so we didn't play much. I challenged my dad today and we found this old decorated Russian chessboard in the attic. I had my ass handled spectacularly but I'm motivated to keep learning now. Apparently my dad used to play a lot when he was young and for years now he had no one to play with. Thanks to you I found a new activity to do with him whenever I visit home. We have a silent, but very supportive relationship, so it fits so well in our dinamics. Now it's time for me to prepare for future games with him, so you've found a subscriber in me.
    Have a great day and good luck on your journey!

  19. In 9:45, Bc5 (instead of Bf6) would invite Qg7#
    In 17:59, Nc5 (instead of Nb4) would have saved all pieces

  20. Hay Anna. Many years ago my mom met Elanore Fine in high school. (Sometime around 1930,) They became life long friends, and I got to play a game with Rubin Fine sometime around 1964. Rubin taught my dad how to play chess, and dad taught me. I am a potzer.

  21. You have no idea how this video has helped me to improve by winning many games. Thank you Anna.

  22. I really suck at chess but this was the best lesson EVER! It really helped me understand… Thank you!

  23. I found this video really helpful and informative – thank you ! 🙂

  24. Thank you Anna. This was really instructive, I won't forget checks, captures and attacks. I liked the way how you explained why you did what (and why you did not do some other moves).

  25. She does more with 15 seconds than I've done in any game ever.

  26. Thank you! this was the easiest video to follow as a beginner 🙂

  27. You are a good teacher and I am
    learning a lot at the age of 83
    Thanks

  28. Brilliant tip – "Checks, Captures, and Attacks". I switched to Go-moku usually on an 8×8 board online in Uni. I teach chess in an English K-13 school in Moscow. So now I enjoy your, Gotham's and a few otger succinct yet informative "theory" and named offensive and defensive moves. Good luck in your present Spanish island(Mallorca?) matches. I forgot its exact spelling.

  29. Decided to get back into chess. This was a nice tutorial to stumble across. Thank you!

  30. I just played some games with her recommentations and I got a performance of 1850 and my rating is around 1550 🤩✌️

  31. Anna, so in calculation it seems doubly hard since you 'should' also be calculating from the opponent position also(!?) This takes time AND it is confusing. How you calc many moves ahead is a mystery to me. Some of this is old brain syndrome of course. But anyway – I enjoy your videos. They are encouraging me to get back to Chess again. Thanks.
    Swedes Rock! (ie- Rock comes from Rock-and-Roll,…)

  32. the way you explain things is next level, please keep bringing more videos like these

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