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peterbaars 21 ( +1 | -1 )
How far ahead can you see checkmate comming. I normally see it only two or three moves in advance. Yesterday somebody told me during a game that it would be checkmate within 7 moves. I am wondering how far ahead you guys can see it comming.
caldazar 46 ( +1 | -1 )
It depends If the mate is extremely forcing with almost no side variations on each move, I think most players would be able to calculate a mate no matter how many moves ahead it was. This is especially true if a lot of the moves involve checks since this cuts down on a lot of calculation. If there are a lot of non-forcing or "quiet" moves involved where the defender has a wide range of choices, the calculation becomes significantly more difficult.
v_glorioso12 9 ( +1 | -1 )
yeah, what caldazar said
p8ntballjunky1 9 ( +1 | -1 )
yeah, what v_glorioso12 said
adrianallen 29 ( +1 | -1 )
Ive seen a mate/win in 9 moves before. I knew the position I had to get my pieces into and worked out it would take 9 moves to get there.

I tend to work out the position I need my pieces in first, then work out how long it gonna take me to get there, taking into account what my opponent is likely to do.
desertfox 36 ( +1 | -1 )
How far ahead I hope your opponent didn't get that calculation from a program! how far can we calculate.? The best answer to this answer was given by a great player of the past (forgot his name) "one move more than my opponent". Someone else said (not in answer to the same question): "I try to make the error coming before the last error in the game".
macheide 37 ( +1 | -1 )
A record? My friends,

I don't know if this record has been brooken, but the world record of the most anticipated announced mate was 35 or 36 moves before and was or were owned by a lady (The game was played before Chess programs epoch). I have the exact information in a little book entitled: "Diccionario de Ajedrez". Let my find it and I'll give you the exact information, Ok?

Best regards.
zdrak 30 ( +1 | -1 )
I once announced a mate in 14 in a correspondence game. I had a forced way to queen a pawn in 6 moves, and (as you all surely know ;-) all Q+K vs. K endgames are a forced mate in no more than 8 moves.

The funny thing is, my opponent took that as a sign I was using a computer and went on to use some fairly abuse language ...
zdrak 40 ( +1 | -1 )
PS: the longest announced mate in a chess composition is in 255 moves, and it can be seen here:

www.xs4all.nl/~timkr/chess/perfect.htm

There is also a mate in 131 here:

www.inficad.com/~ecollins/mate-in131.htm


zdrak 9 ( +1 | -1 )
PPS: Kasparov announced a mate in 25 at the conclusion of the correspondence game Kasparov vs. Rest of the World
peterbaars 5 ( +1 | -1 )
I guess I am a bad calculator, when I hear above figures:-)
dozer 31 ( +1 | -1 )
Zdrak I checked those sites, the mate in 255 moves has little signifigance since it isn't possible in normal OTB play due 50-move-rule (of course it has some value in theory), but that mate in 131 seems to be something...

Kind Regards,
Dozer
tulkos 5 ( +1 | -1 )
yeah! the mate in 255 moves is drawn 5 times over!
codebender 37 ( +1 | -1 )
interesting topic I generally anticipate a mate by 4-7 moves, but I can sometimes "feel" that I can achieve a mate in 8-15 moves without working out the exact positions. You could say that the game can be abstracted to ideas of king safety, board control, material, and whatnot. Based on that abstraction, I can sometimes see that my opponent (or possibly myself ;-) will be unable to avoid a mate.
codebender 37 ( +1 | -1 )
interesting topic I generally anticipate a mate by 4-7 moves, but I can sometimes "feel" that I can achieve a mate in 8-15 moves without working out the exact positions. You could say that the game can be abstracted to ideas of king safety, board control, material, and whatnot. Based on that abstraction, I can sometimes see that my opponent (or possibly myself ;-) will be unable to avoid a mate.
frodan 19 ( +1 | -1 )
..ok.. ..we heard you the first time, codebender.as for me i can see mate only one move ahead,may be there is something wrong with me?
peterbaars 19 ( +1 | -1 )
No nothing wrong with you frodan It makes me feel better knowing I am not the only one having that problem:-)
frodan 2 ( +1 | -1 )
..especially .. ..when am on the receiving end...
ketchuplover 0 ( +1 | -1 )
Just win baby .
macheide 16 ( +1 | -1 )
How far? A lot!. I'm eidetic.

Regards,

macheide.

Post scriptum: The fact that I can see deep into a position it's not a guarantee that my evaluation of that position is correct. ;-)