An unexamined life is not worth living.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
I already wrote about analyzing chess games, but would like to return to the subject, as I have recently re-evaluated the thoroughness with which this has to be done. Now I created a 10 point checklist, which repeats some of the previous ideas, but is more appropriate in the context of a single analyzed game:
- Is the opening well annotated? Will you likely have problems in the same line ever again? Against the same opponent?
- Do you have an evaluation graph of the game – in SCID or elsewhere? If not – do you have an idea of when advantage shifted from one side to another?
- Is every blunder marked as “?” in your analysis?
- Have you updated your opening repertoire (if you have it stored on a computer) based on this game?
- Did you learn anything about chess in general from this game? Write it down!
- Did you learn anything about yourself? Did it reveal your weakness in any area of the game – tactics, strategy, psychological issues (lack of confidence, nervousness, etc)?
- Was your time management in this game appropriate? Would a grandmaster have to spend as much time on those moves as you did?
- Did you write down your thoughts? Did you put down all the candidate moves you considered?
- Are there any moves that you did not consider during the game – but now realize should have been on your mind?
- Does it now feel like you spent way too much time going through this game??