You’ve probably heard it before–you must train tactics if you want to improve your game. And indeed, tactics are very important.
But here is a fact that is often overlooked: Tactical skill relies heavily on your ability to visualize moves in your mind before making them on the board. And this is where many chess players struggle–visualization.
Isn’t it obvious that you would instantly be a much better chess player if you could clearly visualize the consequences of your intended moves before making them on the board? Of course! But why then doesn’t the importance of visualization get the attention it deserves?
Visualization is even more important than many chess players realize
Visualization is essential to almost every aspect of the game. For example, when you’re trying to calculate the outcome of a variation – you need visualization skill. If you are planning the optimal placement of your pieces – you also need visualization skill. I understand the importance of visualization skill. That is why I created a specialized visualization training method – Visualwize.
How the Visualwize training method works
The best way to discover the power of Visualwize exercises for yourself is to see a few examples. Let’s start with a simple level 1 exercise (level 1 is the easiest). Follow the instructions below the diagram.
Note: The position is from the game Tseshkovsky vs Kasparov, 1981
Visualwize lets you progress step-by-step. Once you’ve mastered level 1, you can move up to the next level. The level 2 exercises are slightly harder than level 1. You are required to solve a tactic after visualizing 4-ply deep into the position.
Level 2 example
Note: The position is from the game Tarrasch vs Mendelson, 1879
You just saw two examples from level 1 and 2 but the Visualwize exercises go all the way up to level 4! On the highest level you will train your mind to visualize 8-ply deep into the position and it will definitely challenge, even to advanced players!
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The Concept Behind The Visualwize Training Method
Question: What is it that makes Visualwize exercises unique? And why are they so effective in improving your visualization skill?
Answer: The Visualwize training method actively engages your mind by simulating the visualization process you would use in a real game. This means you can focus your training on the specific set of “brain muscles” you need to be able to visualize several moves ahead.
In a chess game you are not allowed to move the pieces back and forth to test the outcome of different moves. The Visualwize method uses arrows that appear on the board instead of actually moving the pieces. This lets you train the powerful skill to see the consequences of moves and variations in your mind (without the need of physically moving the pieces).
This training method lets you lay down the foundation of all strong chess players – a superior calculation skill.
What to expect when you train with Visualwize
The first time chess players do Visualwize exercises, they may feel a bit overwhelmed and possibly even confused. But hang in there!
After spending just a few minutes training this way, you will already notice how your mind starts to adapt in order to meet the unusual challenge. Over the course of time, the result is a significant and rapid improvement in your visualization ability (and with that also in the skills that all depend on your visualization).
Since this skill has such a huge impact on your performance, visualization training should have priority in your training schedule, particularly if you have never really focused on it before.
Doing Visualwize exercises regularly will dramatically improve your calculation skill since you will be training your mind to visualize several moves ahead.
At the same time your tactical skill will improve, mainly for two reasons:
- Visualwize exercises are in fact specialized tactical exercises that help you not only improve your tactical skill but also develop your ability to visualize the moves in your mind before making them on the board.
- An improved visualization skill is an essential part of your ability to foresee tactical combinations.
Once you start to develop this skill, you will make rapid progress in other aspects of your game too. That is because most of the other important skills in chess are dependent on your visualization skill.
In fact, I always encourage my private students to do these exercises because I see how their visualization skill improve when they do. And I am sure you could get the same benefit.
With a good visualization skill you will also gain confidence. Like Bobby Fisher you will also be able to say:
I am not afraid of him, he is afraid of me. 🙂
What do people say about Visualwize?
I have used Visualwize extensively and my visualization skills have significantly improved. Also, it helped my pattern recognition skills. The mating combinations demonstrated by these chess masters in actual games were brilliant and remarkable. I highly recommend this. – Gordon Presley, United States
I am very enthusiastic about this tool and I find it very educational. I mean: even in blitz I have begun to see these tactics that go couple moves deep already after couple days of working with it. –Lauri Lahnasalo, Finland
Thinking deep is a lot easier for me now and I can see the moves much clearer than before. I am not sure how but somehow I even make much less mistakes with my notation since I practiced with Visualwize, it is like I know the squares on the board better! – Erich Wiehan, South Africa
I can not believe I will get so interested analyzing chess games, VISUALWIZE exercises is a different and yet effective approach to widen your thinkings on the board. I improved the way I play. Thank you to visualwize it helps a lot for me to develop the maturity of my games.. More power and Godbless… – Maricar Mante, Philippines
Visualwize exercises will help you:
- Train your mind to see the consequences of your moves before you actually make them on the board
- Demonstrate your exceptional visualization skills by unleashing lethal tactical combinations on your opponents
- Develop a superior calculation skill that forms the foundation of all strong chess players
- Save lots of thinking time – you won’t need to calculate variations over and over because you will be able to clearly see the consequences of your move in your mind.
- Increase your tactical awareness since the program requires you to see the tactics in an imaginary position.
- Master tactical motifs since each exercise feature a unique tactical solution
- Stop making painful blunders which makes you lose the game instantly and exploit your opponent’s mistakes instead
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