I Want Your Games!

I Want Your Games!

Apr 5, 2016, 4:40 AM |

I have just gotten back into adding articles and content on my chess website: betterchesstraining.com

I wanted to add a regular "Instructive Game" column where I create an instructive article based on a reader's game. So I would love for you to offer me games and I will pick the ones I think are the most instructive and feature them on my website. 

I'm not sure how often I will be doing this, I was thinking initially I will shoot for every two weeks (one game for each article). 

I think this will be fun and beneficial. Here are a few guidelines:

  • Post your game in the comments to this blog post.
  • Use a standard game or any longer time control game (in blitz often it is just a hanging piece that determines the winner).
  • As this is a site for beginner and intermediate players, I will take contributions from players with standard rating <1600.
  • Please annotate the game with your thoughts from the game as well as any questions you may have (e.g. what plan should I have used here).

Okay, here is the hard part but perhaps the most beneficial points:

  • At this point in the process do not use your chess engines to add analysis. I just want you to annotate the game with your "in-game" thoughts and variations you considered during the game. I will use the chess engine to check the analysis (yours and mine) after studying the game. (I write about this in an article 4-Steps to Analyzing Your Game)
  • Submit one of your LOSSES. 20 years ago, I took a chess lesson with GM Greg Serper (and I'm glad to see he is writing regularly on chess.com). He said something very important, "We are not concerned with the mistakes your opponent made, but with your mistakes." Of course, similar advice was given by Capablanca who said he learned much more from his losses than from his victory.

I'm excited about trying this out. I've done other projects where I've annotated others' games and I've found them very beneficial for me as well.