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I mean, with an actual board and pieces. Do you always play them over from the White side? Or from Black? Or even sideways? (never heard of anybody doing that, but I guess you could)...
Or do you play them over from the side of whoever won? And if it's a draw...then what?
Just curious as to what everybody else's practice is.
playing over my games i play the side i played in the game.
playing over GM games it depends. if i'm studying a specific opening or whatever, i'll play the that color. if i'm just playing over a classic game in general, i guess i play over the side that won. draw i guess i play white.
I prefer to be on the side of "my" opening or the side I played in the game. If it's some neutral game I'll probably watch from the white side.
My games frlom my perspective. Master games from the side I want to study more. If I am looking at Fischer Taimonov in a Bishop versus Knight ending I look at white winning with the bishop. If I'm looking at Pirc games I'll look at it form black since that's what I play. It's all about me
Different question... how do you study them? Do you just replay the moves?
From the White side, mostly. Helps even more if you are thrown into an endgame position in a book and don't have to wonder which way the pawns are moving, unless the book itself set it up flipped. (though I believe that's more of the exception than the rule)
Usually from the winning side. Mostly because I use lessons from books. From my position in my own games. If I cover a move to see what I would play I sometimes flip the board or get up and look at it from the opposite colour.
That's an interesting question from a NM. What's your practice Tonydal?
I'm like others, I play from the side that uses an opening I'm interested in. Maybe I don't even play that opening but it beat a line I'm uncomfortable with so I want to see how. It's frustrating if I want to go over some French games but all of them are losses for example, but I'll still set it up with me as black.
Besides that I'll orient it with a player I like. Even if Alekhine lost to some guy I hadn't heard of I'd set it up with Alekhine's side facing me. I just remembered my state has a quarterly magazine with games from the last few month's tournaments. If I don't like a guy and he lost, sometimes I'll set it up with me as the winning side to watch him lose lol.
From whatever perspective the game was posted as . Sometimes when I'm on a plane ride I'll get out my magnetic board and play my dad. But to do that I let my dad look directly at the board and I have to look sideways at it
When I play over my games, I play from the side I was playing. If I'm analyzing someone else's games, I look at it from either side.
That's a very good question now that you mention it. When I run through some master game it's always from the white side, but there's no good reason why I should be doing it this way.
If it's some kind of model game or something and I know the result in advance, I guess I play it out from the perspective of the winner. I guess that's natural enough, because ideally you would like to rattle off the same kind of thing when that situation is actually in front of you.
My games from my perspective. Master games from the side I want to study more. If I am looking at Fischer Taimonov in a Bishop versus Knight ending I look at white winning with the bishop. If I'm looking at Pirc games I'll look at it form black since that's what I play. It's all about me
I agree for the most part, except with master games if it isn't a line I am specifically working on, I'll take the side of the player with whom I more closely identify. Ivanchuk and Shirov are big favorites, in a previous generation Korchnoi and Larsen. Of course, whoever is classical World Champ gets preference in cases not otherwise decided.
im usually on my computer, using chessbase.
I generally only look at games where one player used an opening I know about, and I play from that person's perspective (whoever stayed in my repetiore the longest)
I dunno why a board and pieces is needed. When i look at a game I do spend a very long time. I dont just flip through the moves. I analyze at each move the same way i analyze if I was playing. If i dont understand a move, I go back and stare some more.
Always from the side of who won. If it's a draw, from the side of my favorite player.
First the whole game from the side that won; then the whole game again from the side that lost; then from the decisive moment, from the side that won.
Draws I play through once from either side, usually first from the side that defines the opening.
The winning side generally
Well, I rarely play over games with actual board and pieces. More often I set up the board when I feel like exploring an opening, by the means of doing an investigation on it all by myself, without use of any databases and/or engines/computers. Then I usually play from the side of the player (White or Black) whose ideas I want to explore and try out, and eventually employ in an actual game when such a chance arises. Sometimes I use this method to demonstrate the punishment of the other side's passive play to myself, and sometimes I play moves which are not necessarily best for the other side (and which I probably wouldn't play from the other side), but which present the biggest decision-making annoyance and thus put a great deal of psychological pressure on my side. Examples include questions like whether to try and chase away (or exchange, and which is better?) an unsettling Bb4/Bg4/Bb5/Bg5 from the pin of Nc3/Nf3/Nc6/Nf6 or not, whether to exchange my own Bishop(s) or not in general (since we all most often seem to be emotionally tied to our Bishop pairs ), whether to exchange pieces at all or not, and whether to play provoking moves or not, all in various positions. Then I try out all the given problem-relevant continuations and see if I deem any of the resulting positions I can steer into satisfying.
P.S. I'd also like to know if you think this is a good learning method, since I do like it and use it!
If I don't like a guy and he lost, sometimes I'll set it up with me as the winning side to watch him lose.
When I run through some master game it's always from the white side, but there's no good reason why I should be doing it this way.
Yeah, that's also the way I do it...and I don't know why either. I used to always play the winner's side, but then I settled into the white side for every game (maybe because it looks like a standard diagram?). Actually, maybe I'd do better with the Black pieces if I played over games from that side once in a while...
Surprised there were only a couple who never used books (I guess we cavemen are proving to be a hardy lot). :)
"(maybe because it looks like a standard diagram?)"
Indeed, I think this is why I do it from white's perspective every time! I just get used to seeing what black winning looks like in a book (on the diagrams), and same for white, so I figure why not just do it that way every time, not that there is anything wrong with any other way.
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