What is the right approach to solve chess combinations?

There are fundamental methods in practice to solve chess problems. Before going through our tips 4 solving chess combinations step by step we have to understand how calculation mechanism works on the chessboard in a random position on the chessboard.

The first and the basic rule for calculation is to use the elimination method which basically is to eliminate all possible legal moves on the chessboard so that you will be able to focus on the most logical candidate moves before going in depth calculation of variations.

Considering the nature of chess combinations, it is important to mention that it usually covers tactical themes such as “piece sacrifices and involves pure mathematical calculations” and such understanding requires deeper understanding of the dynamics of a chess position. If a players underestimates the significance of a material sacrifice in a particular position, the best move in the position could be eliminated by mistake and this type behaviour is usually observed in practice by many chess players at amateur and club level as the power of the move was not understood and therefore the winning move is very often excluded already from the list of candidate moves.

One other important tip for solving chess combinations is to play more chess online with your friends or in tournaments and practice more and more in order to improve your understanding of different chess positions so that you will be able to see as many tactical ideas as possible. Practice is extremely important regardless of the results of the chess games you play as all chess players learn from games both from they win, lose or draw. The fundamental approach here is to understand different structures and how you will be able to maximise the power of your pieces to achieve result. On the other hand, practice will help you learn different patterns by playing game after game you will recognise that certain ideas, tactics and plans are applicable to different positions.

It is an important tip for chess amateurs to realise that pattern recognition is a key ability to be able to solve highly complex chess positions in seconds. As all Grandmasters in chess do have a great knowledge in thousands of chess positions and they do have a great talent to recall certain patterns and apply the same knowledge into different chess positions.

Finally and most importantly, many amateurs and club players usually fail to solve chess combinations as they usually do forget that solving a combination does not only require finding the best move for the winning player but it also requires to find the most resisting reply against the winning plan so that the winning move really proves to be the best and the most necessary part of the winning combination.

The best example could be that many people sacrifice a piece without considering the best defensive resource for the other side and this is because weaker players usually are not able to think for both sides and they usually kind of trick themselves by underestimating their opponents chances and resources. The best tip for our chess followers is that you should try to act as objective as possible while you are looking after each and every candidate move and also while evaluating its value.




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King Salman World Rapid Chess Championship Day 1 @Saint Petersburg

Chess fans have witnessed a lot of chess games full of action and also surprising results where underdogs managed to beat some of the top seats including the World Chess Champion!

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen has lost two games in a row in the first two rounds against GM Adam Tukhaev and IM Shamsiddin Vokhidov. Carlsens game against Vokhidov can be criticized as his opening choice and the quality of his middlegame was probably.

Below is the position where Magnus Carlsen has blundered in his second game as the critical position arises after Carlsens careless move 22.Bc3?? and black managed to find the nice winning idea on the spot! 22…Bf8! and Magnus made another strange choice by playng 23.Nb5 and sacrificing the queen only for a bishop and black won the game without any serious difficulties.

One of the most interesting game in the rapid section was played between GM Matlakov vs GM Karjakin at round 4. Karjakin once again proved that he is absolutely “The ministry of defence” in the chess world by finding a brilliant stalemate setup in a position where many thought GM Matlakov could easily win.

In this position Karjakin played 85…Kh7 and after 86.exf7 Qe5+ a very nice queen sacrifice by black which is leading to a stalemate!

However instead of exf7 white could have converted this endgame into a technical winning position after the principle move 86.Qe4.

One could claim that Magnus Carlsen underestimated his lower rated opponents however, considering Magnus already won both rapid and blitz chess categories before, his first day performance is completely below the expectations.

At the end of the first day in World Rapid, 3 players are leading Open Section with 4.5 points out of 4, GM Ian Nepomniachtchi, GM Dmitry Andreikin and GM Alireza Firouzja. It is extremely exciting and interesting to watch young prodigy Alireza showing great performance in World Rapid.

In the Women Category, Chinese GM Ju Wenjun is leading the rapid category with 4 out of 4. Tomorrow GM Ju Wenjun will be challenged by the top seat of the rapid category GM Anna Muzychuk who has 3,5 out of 4 at the end of the first day.

In the second day, 5 more rounds is going to be played in the open section and 4 rounds  in the women section.

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