Chess lesson # 10: Board vision | Exercises to stop making beginner mistakes | Chess the right way

Chess 4 All: Improving your vision of the board is a must if you want stop making basic mistakes when playing a Chess game. It is common to see novice and even more experienced players move a piece to a square that is not safe or miss a capture they had simply because they did not see such a move. The exercises presented in this video are proven to help immensely if done the right way. A few 30-minute sessions could save you week of playing games.

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– Sparks your creativity
– Teaches planning and foresight
– Teaches patience and concentration
– Optimizes memory improvement
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Chess is an intellectual battle where players are exposed to numerous mental processes such as analysis, attention to detail, synthesis, concentration, planning and foresight. Psychological factors are also present on and off the board; playing Chess stimulates our imagination and creativity. Every single move a player makes is the result of a deep analysis based on the elements presented on the battle field.

Chess in its essence teaches us psychological, sociological and even moral values. In a Chess game, both players start with the same amount of material and time. The fact that the white pieces move first is considered to be practically irrelevant —especially because a player typically plays one game as white and one game as black. Consequently, the final result of the battle solely depends on each player. It doesn’t matter if you win by taking advantage of your opponent’s mistakes or by simply avoiding mistakes yourself. Truth is that Chess is an extremely individual sport and our defeats can only be blamed on ourselves and no one else. And this, in the end, only benefits us because we learn to be and feel responsible for our actions and never come up with excuses to justify ourselves.

We also learn that when it comes to our victories on the board, our opponent’s mistakes play a more significant role than our own skills. Let’s not forget that a Chess game without any mistakes would be a draw. This way, Chess provides us with another valuable life lesson: be humble at all times.

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90 Comments

  1. Ha I didn't see the pin on the first one, i'm one of those that skipped this part of the learning process, but this is great

  2. Thank you so much for this valuable lesson. I learnt to play chess many, many years ago but never learnt this VERY VALUABLE lesson and I keep finding myself blundering because I miss seeing what my opponent can do after I've moved what I think is a good move.
    I feel like this lesson/ exercises will help me develop better board vision and hopefully reduce the blunders that I keep making.

  3. I think this is also a great exercise when going over past game positions and letting the engine run while going through all the possible moves and seeing what would happen in a worst case scenario after every move. Also by doing this seemingly redundant exercise you get better at more quickly evaluating positions or at least at figuring out which positions can be omitted in the process of finding a good move. I am glad i decided to go back to the beginning of the lessons and go through each to see if i can find additional value in here.
    what I also like to do when i dont fully get why a certain move suggested by the engine is the best ill just make a non relevant move, like moving an irrelevant pawn up or moving any other piece thats far off the action, and then seeing what the best move of my opponent would be to get an idea of what i have to protect against.

  4. Sir, i am currently working on your series and i am a beginner. I just want to know how to manage playing and reading and solving puzzles and on what level should i start Playing as a beginner or you can say an intermediate player?😊

  5. Sir I didn't understand what is the use of counting the moves of every piece.

  6. Hi, thanks a lot for the praticular lesson and the series in general. Regard the first Ex, is there any softwear that can help with practicing it? Something that shows you each time a random board, and you need to type the number of possible steps (to white or black) as fest as possible, and later it tells you the result?
    How do you recommand actually practicing it?

    Thanks again, you rock!

  7. A helpful way to practice this is while practicing tactics

  8. Love your lessons ! Thank you so much! .. you’re helping us a great deal, you deserve rewards.

  9. ..you explain it quite differently. It’s simple yet crystal clear!

  10. Thank you so much for the series!!!, God bless you, greetings from Dominican Republic!! 😎😎😎

  11. is there any software to do this training accurately?

  12. I watched this earlier but I think I forgot to
    28/10/21
    6:41 PM .. This is 2nd time. …

  13. Hi Robert, at 5:34 isn't it 3 possible moves because the knight defends the e1 square and the c3 pawn defends against d4? F4 is protected by the other White Knight. And H4 is protected by the knight on f3

  14. Great video, thanks Rob! How often (and for how long) would you recommend practicing Exercise 1, for instance? I'm sitting at ~1000 and have acceptable board vision, but there is definitely room for improvement.

  15. What is the goal of this exercise therefore getting a board vision? If my moves is more than my opennent is that mean I will win?

  16. u r doing such a great things for me like poor students who are unable to purchase very costly courses of GM/IM…🙏🙏🙏

  17. this exercise is really improved my game.

  18. You're right, I did skip this topic so I'm learning it now!

  19. I actually gained board vision by playing tactics. I did over 100k tactics before I stopped hanging pieces. No joke. 100k took me about 4-5 months.

  20. Any tips for doing the counting exercise properly? If we do it from a book then how do we check if the number of possible moves is correct?

  21. I'm new to learning chess. I've been watching a lot of videos. Yours are my favorite – I really like your simple, straightforward teaching style. I'm planning on watching the whole series with the hope of one day beating my son! Great work.

  22. Which software you use for making video of chess

  23. What is the site you are using?? I want to practice there too!!

  24. Thank you for your uploads. What software program do you use? Would love to get a buy, thanks in advance

  25. Currently reading Roberto Grau’s and I was stuck on this section. Thanks to this video and flawless explanation and can move forward. Very grateful with this content, greetings from Dominican Republic 🇩🇴🙏🏻

  26. One of the most valuable things I have had so far to improve my games; thanks a lot!

  27. Master, i want to say that noting a match is tiring also while noting my focus from the game just goes away and i lose….how can i prevent it

  28. Thank you so much! I watch for all of my free time. Because of your videos, I can now win against Stockfish 3 and Stoickfish 4!

  29. simple, yet elegant in how it raises awareness

  30. Thnak you very much!
    I have a question
    Is there any website that counts all the legal moves I can do at some position?
    So that I can do the first exercise more efficiently 🤔

  31. Just explored the Series & gonna watch it till the end. Period. 😁 Grateful for your content. 🤗 Literally you make the learning sooo understandable & easy! #keepcreating #keepgrowing 🤲🏽❤

  32. bro you are the best chess teacher
    your videos are really easy to understand

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