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

By | March 8, 2020

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. Chess Talk Post author

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

  2. P I X E L Post author

    Thank you for the tips💯♥️♥️♥️

  3. Affan Hussain Post author

    1.Qd8+ Qc8
    Now if
    2.K×b7 then 3.Rc7+ Ka6

  4. Gurunath Kagalkar Post author

    Queen to c6
    Bishop takes c6
    Rook to d8
    Queen to c8
    Rook takes c8
    And checkmate

  5. Hanif Rahmani Post author

    1 Nc6 (if Bxc6 then Qxc6+ Kb8 then Rookd8+ only move is Qc8 then Qxc8#) or ( if any other moves then Qb8#

  6. bingo football Post author

    I love your chess video please press the love button

  7. SPARSH SHARMA Post author

    Solution to the puzzle: (It took me 52 seconds to find the correct move along with all possible variations)
    1) Qc6
    If: bxa5 Then: 2) Rd8+ Qc8 3) Rxc8#
    If: Bxc6 Then: 2) Rd8+ Qc8 3) Rxc8#
    If: Kb8 Then: 2) Qxb7#
    If: Qc8 Then: 2) Rd8
    If: Bxc6 Then: 3) Rxc8#
    If: Qxd8 Then: 3) Qxb7#
    If: Qb8 Then: 3) Qxb7#

  8. Ashutosh Singh Post author

    Just one question…..if u use lichess or what's your rating ?

  9. BIG4 GAMING Post author

    Puzzle time solution
    Nc6 threatening mate on b8 so bxc6 then qxc6 with check king moves to b8 then rd1#
    A beautiful check mate

  10. CLASH KINGDOM Post author

    Qd6-c7 b6xa5(else if he bring queen then just get the rook to 8th rank)
    Rd1-d8+ Qf5-c8
    Rd8xc8+ Bb7xc8

  11. Nathaniel Nath Post author

    Hello Mister Jeetendra Advani,I have been trying get your attention here.Hopefully you read my request.Could you make a video about the King's Gambit?

  12. Myles Brathwaite Post author

    1.) Queen moves to C6
    2.) Bishop takes the Queen
    3.) Rook moves to D8

  13. Turbo C Post author

    Thanks very much for the video sir, keep up the good work

  14. Happy33kai Z Post author

    Queen to c6. Black bishop takes queen. Room comes up to d8. Queen blocks. Room takes queen. Then it’s a checkmate.

  15. Sachin Kakodkar Post author

    Is White's best move 1.Qc7? If then …Qc8 Rd8.

  16. Haaish Malik Post author

    I have a question but i don't know how to tell you do you have discord so I can show you

  17. Utkarsh Sharma Post author

    Knight to c6
    1. Black bishop takes white knight on c6 to prevent checkmate threat of queen to b8
    2. Queen takes black bishop on c6 (check) than king to b8 only safe squ,are
    3. Rook on d8 (check) black blocks with queen on c8 only legal move
    4. Rook takes queen checkmate
    {if its correct it is only because of your videos}

  18. Minakshi Deb paul Post author

    Qd8 because you have a defense for it and black has to trade his queen defending the rook

  19. manjil Kumar Post author

    Q+e7 g+e7 2 Ne7 (intermediate move+fork)

  20. Ranjit Chakrapani Ravi Post author

    Great video! Can you do a part 2 video on this topic? Also appreciate if you could do one on improving visualisation And calculation training?

  21. AKSHARA and Vedant Post author

    Chess talk I did this postition in my mate in ,3 book

    I like you a lot

    Can you share your phone number to me?

    This postition was amazing

    The answer is Qc6

    This postion was amazing

    I love you!
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  22. Mark Bruse Post author

    Qc7 Qc8 then Rd8 if black plays Rg8 then Qxb7Bb7#
    after white played Qc7 there are no more option unless black play Bc8 then white should play Nc6then next move is Qb8#

  23. half demon Post author

    My best line that i can see for white is queen c6, black biahop would continue to c6 rook d8 queen blocks c8 and rook captures checkmate

  24. Debajit Khan Post author

    Nc6 threatning a mate on b8 ,If bishop captures the night then queen captures the bishop and after check whatever move do black plays it dosent matters my white rook comes over to the 8th rank to deliver a beautiful checkmate

  25. Sajeev Jacob Post author

    White-Nc6 Black-B*c6 White-Q*c6 If Black-Kb8 If Black-Ka7. White-Rd8. White-Rd7. B Black-Kd8. W White-Qb7#

  26. suman gupta Post author

    Knight to c6
    Bishop takes knight
    Queen takes bishop,check
    King moves to next square
    Rook to d8 ,check
    Black queen blocks
    rook takes queen,checkmate

  27. Sneha Jaiswal Post author

    the move is Qc6 and after Qc8 ,Rd8 , Q*d8#

  28. Skylanders And Other Fun Activities Post author

    It’s Indian tutorial time

  29. Ofer Shamai Post author

    Working with DecodeChess gave me the practice of finding ideas: 1.Qc6.
    a. We need to find a way to materialize the threat of Rd8+

    b. so we need to move the queen a way.

    c. taking the vulnerability of the knight in consideration this should be done along with creating a huge threat.

    d. we also need to solve the Rd8+,Bc8 defence – maybe by deflecting the black queen from supporting c8.

    e. queen moves around the queen& rook (like Qxf4) does not work

    f. maybe creating a threat on the bishop – bingo! 1.Qc6!

  30. Marc Wolf Post author

    Nice presentation of GM thinking 😉 Now we will soon all be almost GMs

  31. Creative Teddy Post author

    Solution to the puzzle:
    First qc6 if bishop become greedy and take your queen then you can simply move your rd8 and the last option for black is to queen to c8 and then rook takes queen at c8
    And it's a beautiful checkmate !!!

  32. Sai Kaushik Post author

    Knight to c6threatening checkmate then if bishop captures knight then queen captures bishop and rook to d8 checkmate

  33. Vikram Srinivasan Post author

    I selected Chess Masterclass during voting 👍

  34. Dom Trussardi Post author

    Decode chess is a brilliant move. Thanks!

  35. vijayalakshmi seshagiri Post author

    Qc7 it forces black to play Qc8 and then Rd8 wins

  36. Jacob Chen Post author

    I got a chess add before watching the video. 😂

  37. Preacher At Arrakeen Post author

    Hi jeetendra,

    I really enjoy your videos. I abandoned chess a long time ago, but you've renewed my interest.

  38. Aary Angre Post author

    Honestly this is the best video and the one I was actually searching for

  39. Gil Monteverde Post author

    Damn dude, buy a microphone… that compressed reverb is a mess!

  40. Faraaz Mohamed Post author

    Qc6 no matter wht black plays if capture Rd8 mate and if Qg7 Rd8 and bishop cant block bcz Q is on that diagnol so if black doesnt do anything simply Qb7 mate
    beutiful puzzle sir

  41. Consumer King Post author

    Jeetendra's tuition is the best online – without a doubt. And this video was most useful, however, he got me hooked on gambits (he advised not to play in long play, I ignored) and they've got me into trouble! Everyone now knows Englund and nobody registers Blackbourne Shilling. BTW, I've looked at this pulse for 20 mins, first I thought it was NxB, but now its clear QC6 in the hope bxC6. RD8 Checkmate. Beautiful move

  42. Johannes Wu Post author

    Hi man, I’m a 2200 rated player, and I really liked your analysis. It’s rare to find straight forward lessons as this. Thank you.

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  44. Kadambri Sharma Post author

    Please make video on different variations of king's gambit accepted and unaccepted

  45. Aneeta Tiwari Post author

    Sir plz make video on GENERAL PRINCIPAL of chess

  46. Sajal Sharma Post author

    Please make a video on different variations of king's gambit accepted and unaccepted game

  47. Raphael Mueller Post author

    I think its Qd8, Bc8, Rd5, Qxd5, Qxc8# or Qc6, Bxc6, Rd8, Qc8, Rxc8#

  48. Bhuvaneswari Balaji Post author

    w Nc6 , b Pf3, w Qb8 and it is checkmate

  49. Selakshi Nijhawan Post author

    If b×qc6 then rd8 is checkmate after queen comes in between.
    If bishop doesn't cut queen, then q×bb7 checkmate.

  50. IamANoobPlayz Post author

    Puzzle: 1. Nc6 Bxc6
    2. Qxc6+ Kb8
    3. Rd8+ Qc6
    4. Qxc8#

    Edit: im a new sub lol nice vids

  51. Mina Sinha Post author

    Damn true Sir
    Keep Making videos like this
    You have helped me a lot in improving my games🤗👍👍👍

  52. Avinash Shah Post author

    Puzzle: Sacrifice Queen on C6 and a checkmate on D8

  53. Ketki Gupta Post author

    Please make a video on the English Opening

  54. Gopinath Prem Kumar Post author

    Qc6 is the best move continuation for white…

    If Bxc6, then Rd8+ wins it all.
    Or bxa5, then Rd8#

    Game Over!

  55. magnafire1 Post author

    Queen to C7 also forces lost material for black and gives white a winning end game but I agree queen to C6 is better and gives mate in next few moves.

  56. sanddhya singh Post author

    Queen moves to c6
    Then rook to d8 is checkmate

  57. Caesar Erel Macahilig Post author

    At the puzzle for me its
    qc6 check ,kb8
    rd8 check,bqc8
    wrc8 checkmate
    black cant simply vary a move because he has to face the threat at the opposite side between black and white

  58. Slader Dream Post author

    Thank you For your videos!! I came 3rd place in my state In usa!!! omg! Thank You!!!

  59. Smart Nautiyal Post author

    Hey why you not answer your puzzles in next videos

  60. Supriya Borah Post author

    The answer of this puzzle is queen to e7 if opponent moves bishop to e5 than rock to d8 is a check mate


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