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Reading Chess Analysis


  • 21 months ago · Quote · #1

    RSQ2

    Ok, I'm relatively new to chess and am getting into studying openings and tactics.  I have a couple of open source analysis tools on my tablet and am wondering how to read them.  I set up a position and then have "Stockfish" as well as "Critter" analyze them.  They read out a list of recommended moves as well as a rating something like +/- (4.52).  What does the +/- (4.52) mean and how do you interpret it?  Thanks so much for the help.

  • 21 months ago · Quote · #2

    Immryr

    the number means they view the position as being approx 4.52 pawns up. look on the wiki for chess annotations to find other symbol meanings,

  • 21 months ago · Quote · #3

    RSQ2

    Does the negative number mean white is up and a positive number would indicate black is up?

  • 21 months ago · Quote · #4

    temp_ddg

    RSQ2 wrote:

    Does the negative number mean white is up and a positive number would indicate black is up?

    No, positive is white up, and negative is black up.

  • 21 months ago · Quote · #5

    RSQ2

    Do you have a link to that wiki by any change? Can't really find where that is.  Thanks.

  • 21 months ago · Quote · #6

    hisrook

    other symbol meanings can be found here...

    http://www.chessstrategiesblog.com/chess-notation/

  • 21 months ago · Quote · #7

    Berder

    That also can depend on the chess engine.  I understand some engines use a positive evaluation meaning the current player (white or black) is up, and negative meaning the current player is down.

  • 21 months ago · Quote · #8

    Immryr

  • 21 months ago · Quote · #9

    RSQ2

    Thanks for the comments everyone.  Found them very helpful...

  • 21 months ago · Quote · #10

    Inky_Pinkie

    Is this thing (game analysis) usefull for beginners? Or it is too early for them  to analyse their game?

  • 21 months ago · Quote · #11

    shepi13

    Everyone should analyze their games. Engine analysis isn't as useful as figuring out why you actually went wrong though.

  • 21 months ago · Quote · #12

    Inky_Pinkie

    shepi13 wrote:

    Everyone should analyze their games. Engine analysis isn't as useful as figuring out why you actually went wrong though.

    So a player should replay every move of the game and think what could be done differently?

  • 21 months ago · Quote · #13

    Snar

    if you can get a better player that you, or even a titled player to analyze your games, that is also very good

  • 21 months ago · Quote · #14

    RSQ2

    Inky_Pinkie wrote:
    shepi13 wrote:

    Everyone should analyze their games. Engine analysis isn't as useful as figuring out why you actually went wrong though.

    So a player should replay every move of the game and think what could be done differently?

    I don't know what the recommended path is but, yes, I find it VERY helpful to replay my games.  With each move, the engine analysis assesses the strength of the move and if it changed the swing of the game at all.  I can then assess if there were any better moves.  I'm also reading several books so those, along with the engine analysis, are helping a LOT!!

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #15

    achintyads

    also i want to learn about chess analysis. i have a pgn viewer on my android phone. while studying a puzzle, i activated the analyse option and it showed
    [56] m2 Bc6 Qg1 Ra8+
    d: 56 O: t: 0.24 n: 8248 nps: 3380

    what all these mean ?


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