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Post Mortem

Post Mortem

It's no secret that analyzing your games after you play them is a great way to improve your chess. It is common practice in over the board tournaments to quickly look over your game with your opponent after it is completed. In doing so, you can gain valuable insights! 

Here's what you need to know about post mortems:

What Is Post Mortem In Chess?

A post mortem happens in chess when two players analyze their game right after they have played it. This sort of practice is common among grandmasters, but also happens between players of all levels.

Below you can see a video from the 2007 Corus tournament (now known as Tata Steel) where GM Viswanathan Anand and GM Loek van Wely engage in a post mortem.

Why Are Post Mortems Important?

Post mortems are important because they help players understand the intricacies of the game they just played. They also help to broaden a player's vision of the game by letting them step into their opponent's mind. Players can reproduce the ideas they learn from post mortems to other games, increasing their chances to win.


You now know what a post mortem is and why it is important. Go to Live Chess to play against your friends and invite them to a post mortem session after the game is over.

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