Memorize the chessboard: how and why

Improve your visualization and calculation before solving a single puzzle with this easy game.


  1. Even/Even & Odd/Odd = Dark Squares. Even/Odd & Odd/Even = Light Squares. For example c6 (Odd/Even) = Light, g7 (Odd/Odd) = Dark. I find this method super easy and quick!

  2. I memorised the whole board properly within a week with the help of this i can see the board in my mind. This video is awesome

  3. Qb8 is missing at the end. Very nice video tho 👌

  4. Práctico método de enseñanza y muy útil para empezar a memorizar el tablero,piezas y maniobras, gracias dé Cd Juárez Chihuahua México

  5. A better way IMO:
    1. Convert the letters into numbers (A = 1, B = 2, …, H = 8)
    2. Check if the converted number is even or odd
    3. Check if the rank number is even or odd
    4. If they are equal, the square will be dark, if they are different, the square will be light.
    a1 -> 1 1 -> odd odd -> dark
    a2 -> 1 2 -> odd even -> light
    b1 -> 2 1 -> even odd -> light
    b2 -> 2 2 -> even even -> dark

  6. odd/odd, even/even = black; odd/even = white

  7. Extraordinaria visión didáctica,es un tema esencial para cualquier jugador y es fundamental conocer el terreno donde se juega la partida,felicitaciones coach Robert de cd Juárez chihuahua

  8. Been playing competitive chess close to 3 decades. NOw that I’m 50yrs old realise a major weakness is board visualisation . Hence all my blunders and chess blindness. so going back to basics to learn chess visualisation. Thank you for very good starting point.

  9. I solemnly swear that Im not gonna do those weird stuff such as talking to myself and pointing fingers when imaging of variations in chess in public area ! And I will my calculation normal in good way , all my calculation will be in my mind!

  10. Thank you good sir for this video.. i hope i will get better at chess through this concepts

  11. Sometimes as a chess player one loses hope. after alot of defeats

  12. I realised that if both the number and letter is even or odd then it's a dark square. If one letter/number is odd and the other is even, then it is a light square.

  13. Instead of having to rely upon an algorithm to check your answer or trying to guess the color of random squares "another game" might be to start at a1 and call out all the dark squares going up and down across the board or right the left going up the board. That will help to memorise all the dark square. By inference all the other squares must be light. Its a bit like learning the 2 times tables you start with sequential adding and then jump to "and the next number is…" to being able to just double any number you are given.

  14. This video is great! There's some apps now that can help you learn this. If you have more time with a smartphone

  15. I always knew the color of the square the hard part was having to remember the color and which file it was (a,,b,c,d..etc) SOO the way that helped me the MOST is literally think of the chess board in two quadrants left and right, when you hear the with the first letter, if it's e or greater it's on one half of the board and if it's d or less its on that half of the board, then just think of the rank 1-8, ex. im white d6 (d=left,6=rank) only have 4 squares to visualize in my mind (a6,b6,c6,d,6) and let muscle memory just know which of those 4 squares it is

  16. I think you forgot Qb8 in that last one? It can only go one diagonal in that direction so it's easy to overlook.

  17. Perfect Thank you so much 🙏🏻🙏🏻

  18. This is awesome. The other videos i found the creators had accents and talked really fast .

    Thank you

  19. Thanks for the video. Let me share something that I found useful. I was very poor at visualization in general

    1. Sit in front of a painting and look at it for 5 secs and then close your eyes for 5 seconds and try to visualize the picture. Repeat this 5 sec interval repeatedly for 30min every day. At first I only saw a black screen and nothing else. Slowly within a week I was able to visualize things and they would keep improving with nuances in the painting. With eyes closed now I could picture although without nuances but now as if watching with my eyes open and not that black screen anymore.
    2. Did above for a week or so with different paintings. Then I moved on to an empty chessboard. Same thing..after few days I could slowly visualize and then I moved to randomly coming up with my friend making a square like c5 and then with my eyes closed I could visualize the entire board with that square took me close to 2 months to get better. I did this early mornings like 30min each day..

  20. You only need to memorize row 1 and row 2, from a to h, and the rest of the board is just odd number row vs even number row, which repeats row 1 and row 2.

  21. Hey Robert I’ve been trying for days to see the board. But I cannot see the colours even in a 4×4 grid. It’s a complete struggle for me.

    I’ve gotten 35/35 in the chess-com visualisation exercise. I know where each square is and I can quickly know in my head where the square is in reference to the outside edge of the board and the centre. So I can know the position of any given coordinates fairly easily and clearly.

    But I cannot build the squares with colours. Please help if you can, thank you.

  22. Is there any course or playlist for easy to tough level chess practice for beginners.?

  23. you can use the python chess library to create these exercises …

  24. 8:10 disagree. once u memorized everything its the same. personally I never memorize the colors coordinates notation because the board exist by just size and 2 colors. But grouping Odds plus Odds and Evens plus evens to know that its a dark square is very efficient to just "Know" the color of each square notation. Its very logical and efficient, at least to me

  25. Thanks for the great video. Your viewers might be interested in the book Cognitive Chess: Improving Visualization and Calculation Skills by Konstantin Chernyshov. The whole book is filled with exercises that are supposed to be done without looking at a board or diagram. Some of the initial exercises are just what you are describing. But there are also exercises like this: WKg1, WRa4, WRe3, BKf8, BQb7, BRb6, BPc7, BPd6; White to move and mate in 3. Or here's another one: 1.e4 c6 2. Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Qe2 g6?? What should White move? All are to be done entirely in your head. There are some problems in the book showing diagrams, where you are to visualize and calculate into the future. I've only done the first 100 exercises (out of 750), But based on that, I would strongly recommend the book. But I'd only recommend it for experienced players, not beginners.


  27. Think of it this way; you know what even numbers are, right? 2, 4, 6 and 8. "Even' letters are B, D, F and H. If the letter and the number are the same i.e both even OR both odd – the square is black. e.g B6 is black cause B and 6 are even. C5 is black cause C and 5 are both odd. H1 is white cause H is even but 1 is odd.

  28. hi,I have been playing chess for 1 year. I recently learned the blind flag method to improve my ability to compute variations. can you suggest me to imagine a 2d or 3d board? I usually play 3d board but I find visualizing real 3d board much harder than 2d board. do you guys think i should imagine the 2d board and imagine it when playing the 3d board? or do i have to imagine the 3d board when playing the 3d board? please give me feedback. Thank you so much.

  29. I've benn bullied in my recent chess game dude don't know what to do

  30. They should make chess board with 8 colors instead of 2

  31. Lets say each letter has a corresponding number from a-h that is 1-8 the letters like a c e g are odd and b d f h are even. Then if the letter is even and the number is even then the square is dark and if the letter is odd and the number is odd the square is dark

  32. Really helpful. I can already tell the colours 100%, but the extra step of moving pieces accurately is more of a challenge. That's my homework for the next few weeks! I play on a braille board, and this is a skill I need before I go even blinder. Thanks a lot for this, it's very helpful.

  33. This is such a comprehensive way to memorize the board. Thank you.

  34. I think tha best simplification of a pattern goes like that – ALL even squares are dark, ie A1 = 1+1 = Dark, H7 = 7+8 = Odd = Light

  35. God bless you sir. I’ve been struggling, and my memory has plateaued, or so I thought. But I was able to memorize this at my age, very quickly, and intuitively. Thank you 🙏

  36. what do you think about memorizing the colours of, for example, a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1 and then for instance g7, i already know that g1 is black which means g7 is also black because 1 and 7 are both odd?

  37. Do I have to memorise the visualisation again from the black side. I mean, do I have to do 2 times, one from white side and other from black side ?

  38. How I memorize

    A C E G are dark if even number then they’re white colour
    B D F H White if even then black

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