Chess Visualizing: How To Remember Squares

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I get asked frequently to make a video about visualization in chess and identifying the squares, so I made a video for chess strategy for beginners and intermediate players on how to visualize during a game.

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  1. On the last visualization what about c3? It's seen by the queen, Ne7 and b2, yes? 14:25

  2. 14:10 what about c1 that's controlled by 4 peaces?

  3. I feel this is all too difficult for me, you go over it too quickly. Couldn't you give a few more pauses for average people? (TBH I don't wanna be attached to my keyboard nonstop to press the spacebar all the time) I feel 30 minutes for one "lesson" is still pretty short and totally fine to me, are you in a hurry or so? 🙂 For instance 3:20 I don't understand why we have this board, isn't the knight lost?

  4. I like the idea of visualization lesson. I think I lack it a lot. But TBH the examples were pretty advanced (7:40 ++) it looks so odd, why is the king in the middle of the board? 🙂

    It's hard to visualize all the pieces, 9:50 I'm completely lost, why do they all go on one square??

    10:10 take take, oh no thats bad – what? this was faaast talk take take take take. Why is it bad to take?

  5. To be honest I don't want to be that good at the game🥱

  6. Levy, am a six hundred so I dont know every fide rule so I have a doubt that if I captured a pawn that made the king no escape square and it is in a check and can't be blocked by any piece and the queen is protected by a bishop, but the bishop is pinned to the king so does it considered as check mate?? And levy 14:05 d1 and c1 is the most controlled square 2 rooks a queen and a knite

  7. 12:19 but why not cover white's rook going to the 1-line…?! that's what I was wondering, not a bad move of course 😀

  8. In the third real game example the correct answer on your first question is C1/D1 with both 4 pieces looking at that

  9. I learned from The Queen's Gambit that the key to visualizing the board is lots of benzos.

  10. The visualization sought in this video is for sub 800 players. At 1600 I visualize way more than this instantly, no counting.

  11. Last game 17:30 something
    Before pawn to f3 shouldn't you move knight to e5

  12. How did you get the blue and green squares?? That would be so useful!

  13. White controls C1, D1 and H1 the most. All are hit four times.

  14. 14:15 white controls squares e8 and f8 the most. That would hit it 4 times not 3 as it would on d4.

  15. I can't use this technique because I have aphantasia

  16. how do you get the different color markings?

  17. This is extremely helpful for newer players. I know you pinned that comment from Tom Kot but that guy clearly didn't realize this video wasn't for him or people who are already past this level. Your explanations are critical for people to learn.

  18. White also defends c3 three times; Queen, Knight and pawn.

  19. btw how are your squares so deep red those you are right clicking?

  20. what about c3? it is protected by knight, queen and pawn…

  21. This video was very helpfull, Thankyou Levi.

  22. I was thinking let´s watch this video (boring d´ohh) at the end to become fascinating one. LoL, my brain is stupid! (In terms of aproach).

  23. I’ve never ever heard some describe the black side as more ordinary and the white side as weird before this video. Is this how others feel??

  24. 14:30 is not technically d5 the most controlled square? (2 Rooks a Queen and a Knight)

  25. Video just started. I said G3 in my mind and it was B6 😂

  26. Sorry Levy, but if you wanna get technical its white controls F1 the most, 4 Times! Don't you just love Chess!!!

  27. Ok I just want to point out I am probably wrong but at 14:25 I think D1 Has more protectors, It has two rooks a queen and a knight. But I don't know I'm just 300 rated so what do I know?

  28. I used to be able to play blindfolded but can only do it with descriptive notation..algebraic is by Far the most difficult to visualize. For example e4…what is going to e4? But p-k4 specifically says what is going there. Later in the game it gets even more difficult to figure out what is taking what. For example pxc3…what piece is on c3??? If I'm looking at the game without knowing where anything is its literally impossible know what piece was taken.

  29. I loved that this only touched the surfice and there is so much to be learned here.
    Primarily, the names of the squares at lightning speed. I think that listening to a audio game with the board or pc in front of you and with and then without coordenated would make for a killer exercise!
    That will be my lesson for tomorrow!!
    Draw up a paper with the squares and name them.
    Also make tiny papers with the names and place them on the board (the papers being taken randomly out of a pile).

  30. We need a part 2 in this topic plz goutam🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  31. @14:36 isn't c3 controlled 3 times by white too?, and f6 and b6 3 times by black?

  32. Honestly, I wanna play much faster because my brother likes playing with only 3 minutes, but I'm not able to keep up. This is exactly the content I need thank you

  33. I'm 65 years old and learned chess with descriptive notation (i.e. N-KB3). Every book I read was in descriptive. The few books I had that were in algebraic were usually from non-US authors. I hated laboring through those books because I held such disdain for algebraic notation. It was like learning the metric system for an American. I resisted going in the direction of algebraic notation like a cat with its claws in the carpet. Yet, I adapted with the rest of the chess world. In time, the algebraic name of squares became second nature. I developed a "feel" for it. Knights usually moved c3, c6, f3 and f6. Bishops would pin the opposing knights on g5, g4, b5 and b4. The e-file is the king file. The d-file is the queen file. I eventually realized that I was making less mistakes when following through a game printed in algebraic than I did with descriptive. Nxd5 is much easier to visualize than NxP. Bb5 is much easier to visualize than B-QN5.

  34. If your saying what square is controled the most by white based on how many pieces defend it your wrong, It's C1 because you have 2 rooks, a queen, and a knight defending that square

  35. These videos are too long. The "advanced" section assumes you're an advanced dummy.

  36. 14:05 wouldn't the square white controls the most also be c3, with the queen, knight and pawn?

  37. Dude your videos are too long, you can remove unimportant talk and make this video 2 min

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