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.

Next lesson:

Lesson # 11:

Join to access members-only content and perks:

You can practice and play Chess for free here (affiliate link):

My Book Recommendations:
First tactics book:
Mixed tactics book:
Advanced tactics book:
Advanced tactics book (II):
Carlsen’s book (excellent):
Kramnik’s book (excellent):
Pirc Defense book:
Endgames book:

Learn how to play Chess the right way from beginner to master level. National Master Robert Ramirez will take you up the pyramid by following a proven Chess training program he has been improving and implementing for over 10 years.

Benefits of Playing Chess:
​- Promotes brain growth
– Increases problem-solving skills
– It exercises both sides of the brain
– Raises your IQ
– Sparks your creativity
– Teaches planning and foresight
– Teaches patience and concentration
– Optimizes memory improvement
– Improves recovery from stroke or disability
– Helps treat ADHD

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.

About National Master Robert Ramirez:

With an outstanding background as a professional Chess player and over 8 years of teaching experience, Robert Ramirez brings both his passion and his expertise to the board, helping you believe & achieve!

Robert Ramirez was introduced to the fascinating world of Chess when he was 5 years old and has participated in prestigious tournaments such as the World Open Chess Tournament and the Pan American Intercollegiate Team Championships. Thanks to his performance, he has earned his National Master title from the United States Chess Federation.

Currently, NM Ramirez and his carefully selected team teach at several private schools in the counties of Miami-Dade and Broward and they also offers private lessons. He says the key to their success as Chess coaches is their ability to adapt to every student and to make lessons fun and interesting for students and even their family members.

137 Comments

  1. Hi is there a website where you can practice counting the number of possible moves. When practicing by self one doesn't realise if the number is correct or not

  2. hey man if you want people to watch the whole video maybe don't spend 60 of the first hundred and twenty seconds counting to various numbers higher than 20.Many YouTubers don't know this but this will improve your engagement with the audience.

  3. Remember that resignation is also a legal move!!

  4. what's the point of this exercise? – so you know how many moves you REALLY have. as a beginner myself, I have made this mistake multiple times where I overlooked some good moves like for example, instead of capturing Queen using my pawn, I made some other useless move

  5. I will love to ask sir I played few games and I practice board vision in every game I play but the problem is my time run out so I was asking when I get better on it will I be able to do it quickly?

  6. which software are you using for teaching us, plz tell me

  7. Glad I checked this out. I wonder if there is an app that has vision training somewhere. If not, someone should make one.

  8. I am new in chess and I am continue to loss what I have to do improve my game

  9. how do I do what you have in your screen where you can delete pieces and add them and edit out the board to how you like? also thanks for your lessons really helping me out alot!

  10. This was a useful exercise that showed me that I have blinders on in terms of all the possible moves. Thanks for this!

  11. I loved it. Awesome content. Helped me a great deal. Thank you.

  12. Can we play a few games and you maybe help me with my mistakes? The video was great & helpful but I find it hard to really think like a chess player and look at the board the same way the professionals do.

  13. I’m watching the full series! Thank you very much!

  14. I used to play chess but i took a couple months break and eventually forgot about it. This course is helping me get back to my previous skill level. Thank you!!!

  15. Where i can find this board from your video…. on chess.com i can't exercise freely… only on analytics and i can't repeat my move with whites to make all possible moves.

  16. I never thought about doing this as an exercise, but it really helps my board vision! Thanks for the videosI'm hooked!!

  17. Interesting exercises! Do you think it is worth it for experienced players to use this as well, or are tactics exercises and playing games more efficient?
    Is this exercise useful for improving deep calculation ability, or are there others you recommend for that?

  18. I started watching this series and completed 10 episodes, can you recommended any other material i should follow for better learning and suppliment this course.

  19. wow! This is awesome, I was trying to learn chess but I was clueless what should I do or what should I need to do, your video is showing me the right way, Thank you so much

  20. I can't find any software that will permit me to play as I want, which software did you use to record the lesson it would be helpful if you inform that, thanks

  21. Sir, I know a bit about chess and want to become big, how much time it would take me to do so(I am 14 years)

  22. The most useful chess channel … in my humble opinion

  23. this is my biggest problem in the game, i tend to get tunnel vision and lose because of it, i noticed just in the first count of the black moves i missed 5, now i'm gonna start to do this exercise more often to see if i get better, thanks!

  24. I did not know about board vision. But sometimes in the end game you are in a losing position and I have done board vision. At that point I will calculate to exhaust all the moves such that when the opponent makes a move (like promoting a passed pawn to queen), I have no legal moves resulting in Stalemate. I have used this tactic effectively many times. I am an amateur player so do not know if this is a professional tactic.

  25. This exercise really helps!!!!Thanks G…

  26. In which app or website can I find chess board like this to do this exercise? Great series so far!! Thank you very much!!

  27. The most humble person who teaches us chess for absolutely free!! And on which website or application should I practice this?

  28. Any Exercise Website Or App For Practising How Many Possible Moves And Their Answers. Because We Easily Get PGN Files But Not Know Answer, So We Not Know Which Move We Missed

  29. Great video. With these exercises. Would you have any recommendation on how often and how much we should do them

  30. It's great exercise… it's really helpful

  31. I want to do this exercise but I think I will need a partner to help me check my mistakes. So, if there is anyone interested in pair practice, please comment. This goes without saying that I will be helping too. I prefer a player with a rating of 1300+. I am currently 1500+ right now. But I still make some blunders

  32. 25 moves for black, I think. White has 34… That's what I count before the answer

  33. Ha! Exercise 2 ALMOST tricked me into counting illegal moves with the KNIGHT on d4… (ALMOST) so with that said, I count 25???

  34. @NM Ramirez, what ratio of studying/playing games would you recommend for a beginner player. 50/50? 75/25 studying vs playing? I'm trying to find the best way to learn more and play live games as well

  35. sir, how can improve our broad vision like the amazing masters like you ?

  36. I love the origin of candidate moves…its so basic yet so important…At my level people tend to learn about candidate moves but forget easily only play the move which they feel like is good…I also need to practice this exercise to break my bad habit of playing same kind of bad moves all the time.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *