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.
What about Sigmund Freud when we are talking about chess? I do not know whether you are interested in psychoanalysis as a chess player; however Sigmund Freud – founder of the psychoanalysis- seems to be interested in the game of chess as he refers it “the noble game of chess”.
Sigmund Freud wrote several articles on psychoanalytic technique between 1904 and 1919 in order to describe the application rules of psychoanalysis. On 1913, he started mentioning about chess to his article “On the Beginning of Treatment (Further Recommendations on the Technique of Psychoanalysis”. It is interesting that he sees a similarity between chess and psychoanalysis in a way.
Sigmund Freud points out that in chess one may reach compherensive information about chess openings and end-games just by reading chess books, nevertheless for how to resist during the chess game one needs to be mentored by chess masters. Sigmund Freud explained psychoanalysis using analogy of “the noble chess game”. Just like “the noble chess game”, Freud indicated that he can only offer rules for the beginning of the psychoanalytic treatment, but the rest of the game/ process of psychoanalysis are unique for each pair/ players / psychoanalyst and analysand. The beginning and ending of psychoanalysis is far more certain than the process, and the process is defined by the exclusive approach of pair. The chess players learn opening and checkmate tactics, however they need to determine the chess moves specifically during that the process of a chess game. Each game is different from each other, as each psychoanalytic treatment differs from others. The psychoanalyst and patient is relatively alone and uncanny in the process. As well as the chess player is alone during a chess game, with all the information in mind, has to decide by him/herself for his/her specific moves according to the game. Maybe we may say that each chess game is a little uncanny just like each psychoanalytic application.
Below the words of Sigmund Freud (1913):
“Anyone who hopes to learn the noble game of chess from books will soon discover that only the openings and end-games admit of an exhaustive systematic presentation and that the infinite variety of moves which develop after the opening defy any such description. This gap instruction can only be filled by a diligent study of games fought out by masters. The rules which can be laid down for the practice of psycho-analytic treatment are subject to similar limitations.”
Freud, S. (1913). On Beginning the Treatment (Further Recommendations on the Technique of Psycho-Analysis I). The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume XII (1911-1913): The Case of Schreber, Papers on Technique and Other Works, 121-144.