Calculation Masterclass - Im Bence Szabo

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November 30, 2022
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10 Hours 55 Minutes
IM Bence Szabo
Getting ahead in chess requires a deep understanding of calculation, a crucial aspect of the game that separates club players from masters. For many, calculation is about anticipating multiple moves ahead, but is that really the key to success? Not according to José Raúl Capablanca, the third World Chess Champion, who believed that it's not about how many moves you can see ahead, but rather choosing the right lines to calculate. This subtle yet critical distinction is often overlooked, and it's precisely what IM Bence Szabo's Calculation Masterclass aims to address.

In this comprehensive 11-hour video training, IM Bence Szabo breaks down the complex topic of calculation into digestible, easy-to-understand lessons. You'll learn the essential skills to elevate your game, including how to apply the "checks, captures, and threats" tip before every move, visualize the end of lines, and take stock of your opponent's resources to preempt their ideas. Whether you're an aspiring club player or a seasoned master, this training is designed to help you ramp up your calculation skills and take your game to the next level.

One of the most critical aspects of calculation is understanding the power of a simple check. What may seem harmless can quickly turn deadly, leading to a swift defeat. IM Bence Szabo illustrates this concept with a fascinating game from 1977, where a clever back rank check, combined with a piece sacrifice, proved decisive. You'll also learn the importance of having a backup plan, anticipating not only your opponent's predictable moves but also the unpredictable ones. This mindset shift will help you recognize hidden resources in a position before your opponent does.

Another common pitfall in calculation is the "commitment pitfall," where a player half-heartedly calculates a line, only to realize later that it gives the advantage to their opponent. IM Bence Szabo uses a game between Reti and Bogoljubov to demonstrate this error and shares valuable insights on how to avoid it. Perhaps most importantly, you'll learn to always look for forcing moves, a simple yet powerful rule that can instantly add 200 points to your game when applied consistently.

With Calculation Masterclass, you'll gain a deeper understanding of the art of calculation, untangling the complexities and nuances of this crucial aspect of chess. IM Bence Szabo's engaging and accessible teaching style makes this training accessible to players of all levels, providing a clear roadmap to improve your calculation skills. Don't just focus on predicting multiple moves ahead; learn to calculate like a master with Calculation Masterclass.

This comprehensive training program is available on DVD, with a runtime of 10 hours and 55 minutes. Released on November 30, 2022, it's an essential resource for any serious chess player looking to elevate their game. With IM Bence Szabo as your guide, you'll unlock the secrets of calculation and take your chess skills to new heights. So, why wait? Dive into Calculation Masterclass today and start playing like a master!
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