New (zenchess) blog feature: Annotated Games
Mar 26, 2013, 10:59 AM 1,091 Reads 3 Comments
In an effort to learn more and get better at chess, I'm about to start annotating every chess game I play that is 5 minute or higher. A wise man once said "Only fools annotate 5 minute chess", however that's what I primarily play and learn from lately. I will also throw in 15 minute or slower games whenever I can.
I'm using a few different products for the analysis and training workflow.
One is Chess hero, an excellent free program that lets you supply a pgn file (as many games as you want). You then try to guess the move of your 'chess hero'. The chess engine rates your move and assigns you points based on how well your move accords with its own analysis. In other words, if your move is a blunder, you will lose a lot of points.
Another program I may use for analysis is fritz 13's game analysis feature. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, I'm using Houdini version 2 for the engine, on a decently powerful computer ( quad core amd phenom II x4 955 processor ~3.2 Ghz ) (8 gig ram).
My first annotated game is going to follow this post. I won't just be showing where I blundered and missed a tactic, etc., but I'll be talking about the plan I had (if any), what I was thinking about the game, what I think after the game, etc.
Already in the first game chess hero (and houdini) found a humbling shot for black that would have crushed my hopes and dreams had the opponent saw it. Fortunately for me, he didn't.
The first game is here: