Have you ever wondered how does a computer chess or chess engine? How do they find the correct move so fast? Is it possible for me to think like that? In layman’s terms, no it is not. A chess engine is a number cruncher. Chess engine kindly certain values assigned to certain positional and material features and adds them in a way that it gives a numerical assessment of the position that is usually pretty accurate. However, there are a number of important shortcomings which has a chess computer which makes it problematic to assess certain positions. One is when there is a static advantage that it can be obtained as a dual pawn. If the computer calculates that the pawn can not win in an x number of moves will usually scrap variation. Another weakness is the so-called Horizon effect. This is limiting the ability of the computer to calculate x number put forward variations. Since a computer “knows” nothing, all it can do to find the best move is to try every possible combination of moves. There is a problem with this method, however, that the Horizon Effect. For example, say there are 20 different moves that I can make, and then there are 20 moves that my opponent can make in response to each of these movements. Simple math tells you that there are 400 different combinations. Now a strong player will almost taking away all of the movements beginning, because they know they are bad. A computer can not do this; it has to calculate all possible variations to make a correct assessment. 400 sets of combinations is not a problem for a computer, but if it goes seven or eight moves in a line there are trillions upon trillions of different move combinations.
So you can say to yourself to know that it is not possible to think like a computer does, and you’re right. It is possible to look over your moves in a way that your opponent will feel when faced with a computer! There is a simple way to do this.
1. Ask yourself why your opponent made move.
What are threats?
What is he up to?
2. Now ask yourself, “What can I do in response to his motion?”
I ask any threat to my own
-Has he blunder
? – Did he not create weaknesses
for me to operate?
3. Is my move tactically safe?
-Go through the threat levels
• Move threatening to catch
• positional threats
by using this method correctly and every move you will make less mistakes and eventually you these steps do unconsciously.