The traditional way to develop visualisation skills is to take the book ‘1000 Best Short Games of Chess’ by Irving Chernev and play through each game in your head. I guarantee it will improve your visualisation skills.

Here is game number 1. Can you visualise the final position?

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nd2 e5 3. dxe5 Ng4 4. h3 Ne3 5. White Resigns

The solution to last Monday’s problem is that White wins with 1 Rb7+ Ka8 2. Rb8+ Kxb8 3. Nba6+ Ka8 4. Nc7+ Kb8 5. N5a6 mate.

Here is the position from game 1 of Chernev’s book. Did you see that White cannot take the Knight, because of Qh4+?

Steven Carr

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About Steven Carr

I am 57 years old, and I am trying to improve my standard of play. From 1998 to 2012, I had a break from chess, playing very few games in that period. I now play more competitive chess and I currently have a English grading of 184. I hope to get a grading of over 200 one day. I normally play in the Merseyside League and play Board 1 for Wallasey.