analysis of a recent game

I just attempted to go through a game I just played to see where I did things well and where I did things poorly. I think I did pretty well but, at one point, when I was a minor piece ahead, I had a knight at e6 that was in danger from a rook on e8 and I attempted to guard it with a rook on e1 not realizing that the guard could do nothing if my opponent had taken my knight at e6 as my rook at e1 could not leave the back rank because he was guarding my king. Neither I nor my opponent noticed that blunder on my part but I would like to keep from doing that sort of thing again. I think it is clear that I need to pay special attention to the use of any piece that is currently guarding my king. Also, I need to pay more attention to the amount of pieces that a particular piece is guarding as essentially I ended up in what could be called an "over worked rook" situation. 


  • 3 years ago


    thank you. I will try to put the list into action on my next move. I generally do some (but not all) of that list intuitively and rather sporadically. It will be useful to try to put it into practice.

  • 3 years ago



    Here's a 10 point program presented in Tim Harding's book, "Better Chess".

    It might help you.

    1) Assessment of your opponent's last move.

    2) What immediate threats must I meet?

    3) What tactical blows are at my disposal?

    4) Long term positional assessment of position.

    5) What moves are suggested by your positional assessment?

    6) Compare the 'candidate moves' from steps 2, 3 and 5 and make a short list of say 3 moves to possibly make.

    7) Calculate variations based on this short list of candidate moves.

    8) Compare these assessments.

    9) Have a last look around to guard against traps and blunders

    10) Make your move.

  • 4 years ago


    The clock was set to 3 days per move so I had plenty of time to examine the board. I just need to use that time wisely. Basically, if I don't know to look for something (such as an overworked piece) then I probably won't see it, so I am currently assembling a list of things to look for when I am playing. 

  • 4 years ago


    How long was the clock on the game?  I make many [bad] moves because of time pressure (in Blitz) but when I have abundant time, I can go through many variations to see which one feels best for me.  Also, I have more time to really examine the WHOLE board. 

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