Chess Masterclass: How GMs find the Best Moves? Best Tips & Ideas to Improve your Game, Play Better

Chess Masterclass: How GMs find the Best Moves? Best Tips & Ideas to Improve your Game, Play Better

Have you ever thought what makes one person
play better chess than another? What is it that Grandmasters have and you
don’t? Well, the simple answer to this is the ability
to spot good moves quickly. Selecting a good move is a remarkably complex
task. But in this video, I am going to reveal the
Shortcuts that Grandmasters use to play the best moves in any position. Over the years, I have studied numerous Grandmaster
games and this is like a summary of all my learnings. If you can implement these in your games,
then you will definitely become a better chess player. Okay, so recently I had shared this quote
on my Instagram page and it is absolutely true. Look, in any given position, you can have
30-40 legal moves. You cannot evaluate each and every one of
them. That’s where you need to understand the concept
of candidate moves. When you look at all the move options, there
are some that make your position worse so you can automatically rule them out. Then there are some moves which do not harm
you but still you can reject them because they don’t make much sense. Eventually, as you get better, you learn to
recognise moves that are possibly good. These are the ones that we call ‘candidate
moves’. They are the finalists in your move selection
process. How many candidate moves do you think Grandmasters
evaluate? Any idea? 4? 5? 6? Let’s reveal a secret, in most cases, Grandmasters
do not look beyond 2-3 candidate moves. Those experts who tell you to evaluate all
sorts of moves are just bluffing you. It is almost impossible for a human to calculate
all variations for more than 3 or 4 candidates, especially considering the strict time controls
these days. If you are wondering, how can you restrict
your analysis to just 2 or 3 candidates, just follow the Shortcuts that I am going to share
with you now. This is what the masters use to find the best
moves. The first thing that grandmasters look for
are forcing moves. A Forcing move is one which requires the opponent
to reply in a certain way, or which greatly limits the ways in which he can respond. So basically, forcing moves can be checks,
captures or threats. These are like your one-move, two-move tactics. You should always look for such moves first
because somehow, it is easier to spot them in the first few minutes. Surprisingly, this is how our brains work. The more you study a position, the less you
will see tactically. To learn more about tactics, you can check
out this video by clicking on the I button above. Let’s move on to another important technique
that Grandmasters use to find the best moves and that is relying on general principles. Grandmasters often justify their moves by
citing fundamental chess values such as pawns should capture towards the center, rooks belong
on the seventh rank, knights are most effective near the center etc etc. You can often play a “general principle move”
without much thought because its value has been proven over centuries. That’s what experts call conventional chess
wisdom. The degree to which grandmasters rely on general
principles often astonishes other players. An average player may calculate variation
after variation and still not be convinced with his move whereas in the same situation,
a Grandmaster will play a very basic but effective move and justify it by simply saying, ‘I didn’t
want to double my pawns’ or ‘my rook needed an open file’. That’s what is admirable about Grandmasters. They simplify even the most complex positions. So always remember the golden rule: ‘Keep
it simple’. This will help you not only in Chess, but
even in life. Anyways, now let’s look at another cue that
Grandmasters often use to find candidate moves. And that is to look for problem pieces on
the board. Problem pieces here refer to your opponent’s
strong pieces and your own weak pieces. For example, your opponent’s knight might
be stronger than your knight simply because it is controlling more squares or maybe it
is placed much better. You need to look for moves to exchange such
pieces especially when you cannot find any other attractive candidates. Also sometimes, when you can’t trade off your
worst piece, you should atleast try to reposition it on a better square in order to develop
& create opportunities for future moves. At times, it might become difficult for you
to analyze whether you are selecting the right candidates or not. To help you out in your learning process,
I would like to share a really helpful tool that I came across recently and It’s called
decodechess. On their website, you can simply import the
games you want to analyse. And then, once you click on this ‘Decode’
button, you will see a great explanation of what the engine recommends. The beauty about this is that unlike other
chess engines, this explains everything in simple human language. You can activate some additional features
by clicking on this + button which creates some more tabs like these. If you scroll down, you can find details of
the major threats and further down, you can understand how to find the best moves in this
position. Through these tabs, you can identify piece
roles, analyse threats, evaluate plans and understand tactical concepts. From here, you can even play against a human-like
opponent and decode each move as you play. All in all, this app provides you with a lot
of information which can be used to improve your understanding of the game. You can register for free and try it out. And if you like it, then you can buy their
unlimited access plan. We have partnered with them and they’ve agreed
on a special discount for all Chess Talk viewers. You can avail this for a limited time period
by using the coupon code CHESSTALK. All links are in the video description. Moving on, one more thing that stands out
in grandmaster games is their magical ability to play brilliant moves without much thinking. At times, they even go against the general
principles that we discussed earlier. That’s strange, isn’t it? But let’s try to understand how this happens. Yes, the great Magnus Carlsen himself admitted
that it’s the power of intuition at work. But intuition is not a gift just for the GMs. There is a lot more to it. You obviously need to have a good feel for
the game, but you can also develop your own intuitive capabilities. The best way to do this is to study the master
games. This will help you recognise critical patterns,
and eventually come up with moves that you might not have even thought of earlier. Now let’s discuss about another practice that
Grandmasters follow and that is to be consistent. Even when there are no obvious cues to justify
a move, you might feel a particular candidate is right just because it fits in well with
your previous moves. And that’s what consistency is all about. In summary, all moves that you make should
align with each other, which means they should be part of an overall plan. It sounds simple to be consistent, but it
isn’t. Sometimes while playing a game, we do not
realise whether our 24th move fits in with the 23rd or 25th for example. After the game, it’s very easy to see everything
clearly. But during the game, you have to play one
move at a time. Therefore, you should always make a conscious
effort to be consistent with your moves and plans. All these pointers are very helpful, but don’t
forget to pay attention to your opponent’s last move. Even in positions where there are no clear
tactics, your opponent’s last move can trigger a game changing candidate. I have made a complete video on this topic
so don’t forget to watch it by clicking on the I button above. Okay! Now let me give you a quick reality check. No matter how good a player you become, you
should not get obsessed about finding the best move always because at times, it might
not even exist. In most positions, there are several good
moves that look equally good but you only have to choose one of them. While playing a move, you need to balance
out between the element of risk and time. So ultimately, your aim should be to simply
find a move that you can play with some degree of confidence and hope that it is the best. Okay, so it’s puzzle time. In this position, you need to find the best
Move continuation for white. If you are able to find the solution to this
puzzle, then share it in the comments below. I am reading all your comments & will give
them a heart if your explanation is correct. All the best guys! Let’s see how many of you can solve this. Well, don’t forget to Like this video & if
you haven’t yet Subscribed, then Subscribe now. Thanks for watching & I shall see you in my
next video.

100 thoughts on “Chess Masterclass: How GMs find the Best Moves? Best Tips & Ideas to Improve your Game, Play Better”

  1. Anyone can became a better chess player by only watching your videos and do the same things as you said,,,I became a 1700 rated player from 1500 by following your rules,,thank you sir

  2. Puzzle: White plays Qc6 pinning the Bishop to the King. If Black plays Bxc6, then White Rd8+, Black Qc8 and White Rxc8#. If Black doesn’t, White Qxb7#

  3. Qc6!

    White is threating checkmate in two ways, the first one is Qxb7++ and the second on is Rd8++

    If black's bishop takes White's queen Bxc6 then white has Rd8+, black's undefended queen covers the check but then game over ( rook captures queen) checkmate

    Another variation after Qc6 !
    If black doesn't capture the queen with the bishop and tries to defend his bishop from the seventh rank
    Then again Rb8++ because black's bishop cannot capture the rook since it is pinned by White's queen on c6 square.

  4. Don't forget to LIKE this video & if you haven't yet watched the first Chess Masterclass, then watch it here:

  5. Puzzle solution :
    White moves the queen to c6
    Now there are only two logical responses from black either bishop takes queen or move queen to c8
    1. If Bishop takes Queen , then White moves Rook to d8, only option left for black to delay the checkmate is to move the queen to c8 then White Rook takes black's queen and it's a checkmate.
    2. If Black moves queen to c8, then again same move White moves Rook to d8
    From now Black has two logical options
    1. If black takes Rook with Queen at d8 ,then White will take the bishop with Queen and deliver a checkmate
    2. If black takes the queen with his bishop at c6 , then simply White will take black's queen with his rook and deliver a checkmate .
    Although Nice puzzle ❤️

  6. Knight to c6; here the black’s bishop is forced to capture or else Queen to B8 would be check and mate.
    So, once Bishop captures knight, we can give check by killing bishop.
    Now, king has only one move to b8.
    So after putting our rook to d8 we’ll give a check and the black can put queen at c8. (Thats last move)
    Then after by placing rook to c8 it’d check and mate.

  7. Yours is the only chess page I follow now. Your explanations are simplistic. You are genuinely helping people. Thank you, I am moving back into chess after a VERY long (20+ years) break away. I look forwards to your notifications coming through. ❣️

  8. Queen c6
    After that there are a few options.

    If bishop captures queen then rook d8 is checkmate after queen blocks on c8 and rook takes on c8.

    If queen to f7 then rook d8 is a checkmate as the bishop is pinned.

    If rook g7 then rook d8 and after queen blocks on c7 then rook captures queen is a checkmate.

    If black tries and block rook d8 by playing queen f8 or rook d8 then queen captures bishop is a checkmate.

    Lastly if queen c8
    Then rook d8 pinning the queen and if queen captures rook then white queen captures bishop and its a checkmate. while if bishop captures queen then rook captures queen is a beautiful checkmate.

    I love your videos😀

  9. After queen to c7 and Knight takes bishop on b7, then c8 is checkmate
    And if after c7 , Black queen to e4 and Knight still takes bishop, and after queen takes Knight, rook to d8
    And a beautiful back rank checkmate And game is finished.
    Sir I've been watching your videos for a while and since then I am inspired for playing chess.
    Amazing content.
    P. S
    can you tell when you started playing chess ?

  10. Knight to c6
    If bishop captures, Queen captures bishop (check); King has to go to b8; rook to d8 (check); black has to play Queen to c8, and capturing with either Queen or rook is a beautiful checkmate.
    If bishop does not capture knight at c6 :
    If black plays anything besides Queen to e5, Queen to f8, Queen to c8, or rook to g8; Queen to b8 is a beautiful checkmate.
    If black plays Queen to b5, Queen to b8 is a beautiful checkmate.
    If black plays Queen to f8 or rook to g8; white plays Queen to d8 (check); black has to capture, and white recaptures with rook, giving a beautiful checkmate.
    Only move left is Queen to c8. White plays Queen to b8 (check). Black has to capture with Queen, and white recaptures with knight. The rest of the moves aren't forced in this case.

    Please let me know if I have missed something

  11. Excellent informative video. Superb thought. Very good analysis. 💎💎💎💎💎💥💥💥💥💥🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  12. The solution for the puzzle in the end is you should play knight to C6 then the black bishop would take the knight in C6 then take out bishop in C6 with Qween, the black King would be forced to go to B8 and once it goes play rook to D8 and checkmate.

  13. 1. White Queen moves to C6
    Here black has only one good move that is Bishop can capture White Queen
    2. White Rook moves d8 and gives to check
    Here black has only one movie that is he can cover his king with the queen by moving c8
    3. Here white Rook takes black Queen and gives to check mate

    I hope you will understand

  14. queen to d8 check,bishop to c8,rook to C1,pawn takes Knight,rook takes bishop(check) ,king to b7,queen to c7(check),king to A6,queen to C6 and that's checkmate

  15. Its my first time to solve it by myself

    Qc6 bishop must capture or Q×b7#
    After B×c6, Rd8+ Only one legal move is Qc8 and after R×c8

    Its checkmate!
    Also a line that i missed is
    b×a5 (afterQ c6) then Rd8 + queen has to come in between so Qc8
    Then R×c8#
    As the bishop is pinned by the queen
    So it is checkmate there also
    Pls tell me if i am correct

  16. The best move in the puzzle is qc6. It is clear to see why that is true. Mate is threatened and taking the queen or knight allows Rd8+.

  17. Lalatendu Mohapatra

    Best move!!
    After this, black will want to avoid checkmate at b7, either by protecting the bishop or by capturing our queen!!
    But if he protects his bishop, either by Rg7 or Qf7, then Rd8 is checkmate as black's bishop is pinned by our queen!!
    So black's obvious move would be to capture our queen by his bishop!! After B×c6, we will play Rd8+!! The only way to save the check is to place his queen in between the check at c8!! Then, after Qc8, we will simply capture his queen by playing R×c8 and it's a

    Qc6- threatening mate on B7 so black has to capture queen.
    Rd8-checking and the because black king cant move to b7 black has to block the check by Qc8.
    Rc8-capturing the queen the quen and checkmating🤓

  19. Firstly white move- Queen to c7
    Then black move- Queen to c8
    Then white move- Rook to d8
    Then black move- Rook to g8
    Then white move- Rook to c8
    Then black move- Rook to c8
    Then white move – Queen to b7 & its check mate.

  20. Queen to c6 and then we will take that bishop and if bishop takes Queen rook to d8 is check and after rook take Queen it is checkmate

  21. Chess puzzle solutiOn :
    Qc6 if Bc6 theN Rd8 is check
    Abd theN Qc8 , Rook captures queeN is a checkmate

    If bishop don't capture queeN and Qc8 theN Rd8 and the sweetie has goNe….

    Fantastic puzzle and ur video❤❤❤❤❤

  22. वेदवाणी - वैदिक प्रवचन

    Qc7,threatning checkmate
    If pawn capture knight then rook d8 if queen blocks ,rook capture queen then bishop capture rook then queen capture bishop is checkmate

  23. Simply Sacrifice Your Queen.. If He Takes then Mate In 2 Just Give a Check with Rook.. The Only Move Left is Black's Queen In Between and That's All.. But If He Doesn't Take Queen Then All You Have to Do is Place Rook In Eight'th Rank.. That's It

  24. I’m relatively good at chess but not the best I can be so I was wondering do you need the massive knowledge behind chess to be good like the different gambits and stuff

  25. Sir dont mind.. But do you give chess puzzles from the book ' CHESS SCHOOL 2' because i am currently solving the book and these positions are exactly same

  26. Knight to c6 threat to black to checkmate on b8 than bishop is forced to capture than queen captures c6 check king to b8 than rook to d8 is a beautiful checkmate.

  27. 1.)Qc6..
    Alternatives are bxa5 or (Bxc6 has the same story)(2.) Rd8+ Qc8 (3) Rxc8#
    2a.) Rg7 (2b.)Rd8+ Qc8 (3c.) Rxc8#
    After Qc6 there is no escaping from checkmate

  28. Puzzle Solution:
    1) Qc7♕ (to chekmate Qxb7#) Qc8♛ (trying to defende Qxb7#)
    [if black instead of moving Qc8♛ but plays bxa5♟ after play Rd8+♖ Bc8♝ or Qc8♛ it's always checkmate because: Rxc8♖, Bxc8♝ or Qxc8♛ and then Qxc8#♕ ]
    2) Rd8♖ (pinning the black queen) Rg7♜ (attacking the white queen)
    [if black instead of moving Rg7♜ but plays Qxd8♛ then Qxb7#♕ or bxa5♟ then Rxc8♖, Bxc8♝ after Qxc8#♕ or Rg8♜ then Rxg8♖ and it's the same thing ]
    3) Rxc8+♖ (removing the defender) Bxc8♝ (it's a forced move)
    4) Qxc8#♕ (checkmate)


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