How To Improve As A Beginner#6 - Game Analysis

How To Improve As A Beginner#6 - Game Analysis

FangBo
FangBo
Jan 3, 2018, 9:54 AM |
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Hello, and welcome to the sixth installment in my beginner series. I have taken a game of a beginner, and have broken it down into the different parts of the game, and explained the mistakes and improvements of them.
This is commonly known as game analysis, and to improve at any level, not just beginner level, you must review your losses (particularly) and try to ensure that you don`t fall for the same mistake twice, although in reality it will often take multiple examples of a pattern, for you to recognise a pattern straight away and find the best plans. To analyse a game, I recommend you follow these steps:
 
  1. Run through the game, and look for any mistakes and blunders. By this, I mean moves that dramatically sway the game in one side`s favour. If you make these sorts of moves against strong players, then it will often be enough to lose the game on the spot. So, the first thing you need to do  to improve is to cut out these blunders, or at least make them very few and far between.
  2. Next, I would start from the beginning and look at small sections of the game at a time. The opening (the first 10-15 moves) is a part of the game that can be improved by studying the openings of masters, and recycling their ideas, but never blindly copy these moves, always question why they play these moves, and play moves that you understand. If you played a slight inaccuracy in the opening, then you can try to find alternative moves using nothing but your brain first of all, then to double check your own thoughts run opening explorer, run the engine, and see what it comes up with, but really don`t make the same mistake twice that just proves that you haven`t learned anything!
  3. Were your middle-game plans appropriate to the opening you played, and were they too slow or too fast. It is no good doing a 4 move knight manoeuvre when your opponent is going for your king! Did you start to drift in the game? If you did, then you need to come up with some attacking ideas...how can you coordinate your pieces, so they work harmoniously together? Putting pieces on the right squares, making the right pawn breaks at the right time, fighting for the centre or starting a wing pawn storm, activating your rooks on open files etc.
  4. The game might have been decided in the middle-game, but if it wasn`t then how did the endgame go. Personally, the endgame is one of my weaker points, because I never seem to be able to hold everything together. In this part of the game, there are much more opportunities to manoeuvre, so calculate to be sure the moves you are playing don`t just look good. In analysis, always calculate concrete variations to support your ideas, because things can seem different than the reality of the chess board. By this, I mean thinking, if I had moved there, then where would they have gone, and for a multi-move sequence...and this works well in forcing lines, because your opponent only has a few feasible options. 
  5. What other issues might have caused me to lose the game? Did you manage your time wisely? If you spend 20 minutes on one move, then you must play the subsequent moves faster, to conserve some time, because if you enter a very complicated endgame with only 15 minutes on the clock, and your opponent has 45 minutes, then you might blunder in time pressure. Did you have sufficient exercise before the match, and did you recently do lots of mentally stimulating activities? If you are not physically prepared, then the chances are against you. You have to have stamina and energy to succeed, as well as a strong foundation in chess of course.
 
 
 
Here is the game I have analysed:
 
 
 
The most common type of blunder that featured in the above game was due to tactical motifs. It has become apparent, that without mastering simple tactics, one can not progress. This leads on to my next post which is going to be about tactics...thanks for reading, and remember to analyse your games.
 
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