Calculation training with ChessBase

by ChessBase
4/13/2018 – Practising to calculate variations quickly keeps your chess mind in shape and helps you to win more games. ChessBase has a whole suite of tools that help you to train your calculation skills. In this overview, you can find a training recipe to suit your taste. Have a look and try it out!

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This DVD emphasizes the importance of training your calculation skills. Dutch IM Robert Ris made a selection of training material which he uses in lessons with students ranging from 1400 to 2400.


1) ChessBase Web App

There are many options for training your tactical abilities using the ChessBase ecosystem. Whether you're looking for aggressively honing concentration, or prefer to kick back with a video and let the knowledge flow in like osmosis, you can find a training mode to suit your mood.

The ChessBase Training Web App invites you to keep a sharp eye for tactics. The database contains tens of thousands of tactical tasks for players of all levels.

You can also use the Tactics Training App to challenge other players to a duel: who solves the tactic tasks first? This is a great way to train with a friend with a fun competitive aspect adding an extra motivation. 

Tactics match

2) Playchess on Windows

Via your Playchess account on Windows, you can also access "Tactics Training". Playchess gives you tasks and asks you to solve them — as many as you can in five minutes. After you start the training, a position appears on the board in which you have to find and enter the right move. Then either the next position appears on the screen, or the server replies with a move and you have to continue the combination. The amount of time you do have for each position depends on your tactics rating. The more positions you solve and the quicker you solve them the better your rating.

You do get a special rating for the tactics training

The clock on the left shows the time spent on the current task, and the clock on the right shows how much time you spent in all.

Go to Account Tactics Positions (on Playchess) to open the database, in which the positions that you solved, or attempted to solve, are saved. If you did not solve a task correctly, this task is turned into a training question to allow you to have another look at the position.

The tasks are saved in your account

The database with the tactical tasks saved on the server is continuously enlarged and updated.

The 100 best tactics solvers are listed under CommunityTop List Tactics.

3) ChessBase video archive

The ChessBase video archive offers many video tutorials about calculation training, tactics training, endgame training, and much more.

One regular weekly show is "Tune your tactics" which offers a lot of interesting videos about tactically oriented calculation training. The "Tune your tactics" shows are usually streamed live on Friday evening, and then available indefinitely on-demand (for ChessBase Premium Account holders). A good start to any weekend! 

TYT in the ChessBase video archive

4) ChessBase Magazine and News

Every issue of the ChessBase Magazine contains a wealth of articles about tactics and endgames, often including videos with interactive feedback.

ChessBase Magazine

Getting better with the ChessBase Magazine

Of course, "Tactics" and "Endgame" are directly geared to calculation training — but the "Move by Move" column, which presents an interesting game and asks the reader to find the best continuation "move by move" also is good training.

The articles about current tournaments also offer a lot of interesting chess and a lot of training material. The same goes for the articles here on the main News page, which inform about current events, provide top-level games, and regular training columns.

Tactics columns

The weekly Endgame column of Karsten Mueller

Karsten Mueller writes regularly about the endgame in the ChessBase Magazine. Oliver Reeh also has a regular tactics column both on the News page and in ChessBase Magazine.

Dynamic diagrams

In our News reports and columns, we regularly use "dynamic diagrams" (tutorial) that can help you to recognise typical (tactical) patterns.

The dynamic diagrams have Assisted Analysis built in. When you move a piece on the diagram, you can hold it briefly while an engine running in the background in your browser calculates the position, and after a few moments gives you a visual queue of the best moves available.

These interactive diagrams also simply allow you to try out your own moves whenever you like, making them far more useful than static diagrams you see on most chess websites. Of course, sometimes you may wish to practise your visualization by deliberately not moving the pieces when looking through a given variation in an article, but it's always good to have the option available to check your conclusions right there on the page.


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