How to Improve your Chess Visualization? | Part 1 in 2D | Chess Vision and Calculation Training

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In this video, IM Alex Astaneh will introduce a new series that will help you to improve your chess visualization skills. First of all, what is visualization in chess? Visualization is the ability to picture a position in your mind, to hold that position in memory and to imagine how the pieces can move without actually moving them over the board. One of the biggest mistakes that we see, aspiring chess players make, is that they donโ€™t practice their visualization skills anywhere near enough.

In order to improve your chess visualization, you should practice holding the position in your mind and developing your chess imagination. In this video, IM Alex Astaneh will show you one technique in which you can do this. In this series, eventually we will show you a variety of different techniques to constantly work on your chess visualization.

The technique shown in this video is a very simple one. It involves playing over master level games, in this case a game played by former world champion Anatoli Karpov, and what it involves, IM Alex Astaneh will read out the first three moves from either side but rather than playing out the moves, one by one, he will instead only play out the moves in the position after three moves have been played by each side. The challenge of this exercise is that you must try and imagine the position, follow along with your mindโ€™s eye and only afterwards will he show the position. The beauty of this exercise is that you can progressively increase it. In this video, we start with three moves for each side. In future videos, we will show four moves for each side. You can then improve that to five moves each side, six moves each side and so on.

The worldโ€™s best chess players, like world champion Magnus Carlsen, are famous for being able to give simultaneous exhibitions where they play against ten, twenty or even more opponents at the same time wearing a blindfold around their head. That means that their visualization skills are so highly developed that they are able to hold all of these different positions in memory from the very beginning of a game to the end, all of them at the same time. Blindfold chess was considered miraculous for centuries, but now there is greater recognition of people who can keep track of more than one simultaneous blindfolded game. Grandmasters werenโ€™t born knowing how to do that. It takes a lot of practice and patience, but after some time it will pay off.

[Event “Visualization “]
[Site “”]
[Date “2019”]
[Annotator “Alex Astaneh”]
1. d4 d5 2. Nc3 e6 3. e4 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Ne7 7. Nf3 Nbc6 8. Be2
Qa5 9. O-O Qxc3 10. Bd2 Qb2 11. Rb1 Qxa3 12. Rb3 Qa2 13. Qc1 Nf5 14. Ra3 Nfxd4
15. Bd3 Nxf3+ 16. gxf3 Qxa3 17. Qxa3 O-O 18. Qxc5 Nxe5 19. Be2 Ng6 20. Qc7 f6
21. Bb4 Rf7 22. Qd8+ Nf8 23. Bb5 *

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33 Comments

  1. Leave a comment, subscribe to the channel and give a thumb up if you like our videos!

  2. I aim to see 3 – 5 moves ahead solidly than more with a tenuous grip of what is going on

  3. Very good! If you will succed to create a plan of work to make amateur players be able to play an entire game blindfolded this channel will became super popular๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ‘

  4. Thanks for the great video. I'm looking forward for the ones to follow.

  5. Great video I however want to know are there any adults that you know of or people who visit this video that have improved their visualization as an adult? In an interview between Herman Grooten and Ben from the Perpetual chess podcast Herman states that is impossible for adults to learn to visualize the board after 12 years old because of the changes in the brain. It's a subject I'm very much interested in and I have tried many techniques myself without success. I can't visualize it I remember the moves but that is not the same. You explain very well and I hope to see more soon. Great chess channel thanks for uploading.

  6. i like this work ,and its good idea to improve chess

  7. Can i close my eyes and imagine? Would be better or no?

  8. Very educative as always๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  9. Thank you for making video to improve in visualisation memory.

    I have 2 question –

    How our brain visualise ? like – pictorial or by creating structural connectivity with square names and its neighbour square name to form chess board in our mind ?
    Is pictorial board appears inside a human brain by doing practice in chess visualisation memory ?

    Thank you so much

  10. Nice idea of training , but what about type of board cause i can used to board in online chess differ from real board and this affect the visualization , what you advise in this point ?

  11. Hi! I just discovered your channel. Is this series going to be different from your past series on visualization? Should I watch this over the other? Would watching both be redundant?

  12. Sir plz make a video to visualise a chessboard in mind with dark and light squares… I get confuse sometimes and how to learn notations by heart …

  13. Three moves consist of WBWBWB
    So why on the second set do you only do WBWBW ???

  14. Please teach us that how gm find the best move faster

  15. Why does black resigned ? Can you explian the ending please.

  16. amazing….top class…..why didn't i find your channel earlier โค๏ธ

  17. Amazing technique thank you ๐Ÿ™

  18. Wait what I didn't find this awesome channel till now
    Ok fine I am subscribing ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. I did it myself. I used Woodglut woodworking plans for this.

  20. Is it ok if I take a long time to think.
    to process it in my mind more clearly?

  21. Strange, this video made me realize that i don't even visualize at all.

  22. So let's say you arrive at a random final position but you didn't see that in your head during the visualization. What actually happened there?

  23. What's best? Imagine the board in 2D or 3D?

  24. Which side of chess starts with a1,if side notation are not given?

  25. TL;DW -1st 10mins is him proving you suck at visualization. Last 3mins, him rubbing salt into that wound. The question "how" is never answered. Only "why"…. which I visualized as the reason for clicking on this video.

  26. This was heavy dose of Brain Activity in First 6 moves๐Ÿ˜ข Y I am brain Fogged??

  27. Who else feels this muscle strengthening while watching? A great exercise

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