Why you should analyze your chess game?
In simple words, your practice is incomplete without analysis. Analyzing your own game is the best way to improve your performance. As a matter of fact, It would help you to identify the areas of improvement, even in winning games. So, you should analyze your chess game. Garry Kasparov suggests analyzing your winning games also.
How to Analyze Your Chess Game?
While analyzing games there are a lot of factors players should check. We are going to discuss some of them in this article:
Move type (Static and dynamic)
Check if you played unnecessary dynamic or static. Did your moves match the requirements?
This process forces you to ask questions about the actual necessity of any played move or variation. Is their demand for something that could make the Move better, or is it something that would be a good idea in the future?
The decision to carry forward your plans fast or slow depends on the static or dynamic position. You can search for what you have missed, where you were supposed to play slow or fast.
POST (Plan, Objectives, Strategies, and Tactics) Analysis:
POST is a robust chess analysis framework — considered one of the best techniques for understanding a player’s mistakes. This technique includes conducting a detailed, complete game analysis of the player.
Plan: What was the plan that you missed?
Objectives: What were the key goals that help achieve a good position?
Strategies: What were the strategic options available for achieving a good position?
Tactics: Missing tactics are seen to be a common reason to lose. Must go through it.
One of the techniques in chess, SWOT identifies the strengths and weaknesses of a player, missed opportunities, and threats in his/her games. The knowledge helps players make better understanding for improvement. The four elements of SWOT are:
Strengths: Things you are good at.
Weaknesses: You are average or bad at.
Opportunities: Where the opponent did mistakes and where the opponent gave you the opportunity
Threats: Threats are great even if the opponent can defend them. It gives you tempo move, counterattack, or development. Also, it psychologically puts your opponent in defensive mode. Sometimes if you find some back-to-back threat moves it gets converted into a good winning combination.
Once you went through the above things, it is time to find out why you missed it and which area you should start studying now
Issue: The player should note down each game issue – why he lost. So, a noted loss will pinpoint the area in which the player should work. So basically, the player will be aware in the next game. For e.g.
Why? Wrong move or blunder played.
Why? Planning, strategy missed
Why? Because insufficient time, time pressure.
Why? Missed tactics, combination
Why? Opening lines went wrong
Calculation Tree Analysis:
Best time to develop your calculation techniques. Calculate variations like you are in the same position again. This way you create a variations tree or whatever technique you use to calculate and write down your calculations.
Computer’s role in chess game analysis:
For a lot of players, a computer is the only option to get the best move from any position. Here we can divide computer analysis use into three types.
Full use: Player only put his game in the engine and checks out the full game with computer suggestions. I think this can be used only at the highest level if the player needs deep analysis and the best moves. Computers can’t show you positional ideas or plannings but only calculations. However, lower-level players also can use it if they have less time for analysis.
Zero use: It is not suggested to not take any help from the computer because, as some positions are quite tricky. If you don’t use it, sometimes you will not even know what you missed.
Semi Use: This is the most recommended type for all levels. First, do your analysis, and then check it with the computer.