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    Analyzing your own Games is essential for chess improvement!

    Saw the following little article/blogpost today!
    http://pathtochessmastery.blogspot.c...more-than.html

    This is exactly what I keep telling my chess students, chess friends and all the other chess people I bump into! We really need to go through our own games if we need to improve. Certainly more productive activity than hours of opening study .
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    Great idea!

    I notice that the article recommends using computer programs. I guess that makes it easier to improve, huh. So if everyone has access, I guess the overall standard is likely to improve, huh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by road runner View Post
    Great idea!

    I notice that the article recommends using computer programs. I guess that makes it easier to improve, huh. So if everyone has access, I guess the overall standard is likely to improve, huh.
    Step 1, analyze without computer. However, computers are great for checking the analysis. Spending hours on each game will pay off. I believe, the first person to go through his own games so deeply wss Botvinnik
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Step 1, analyze without computer.
    Step one, enter the moves into your computer, even if you're not using an engine initially. It's quicker to play through the game, make annotations etc.

    However, computers are great for checking the analysis.
    Great point! Every coach should incorporate computers into improving their students' play.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Saw the following little article/blogpost today!
    http://pathtochessmastery.blogspot.c...more-than.html

    This is exactly what I keep telling my chess students, chess friends and all the other chess people I bump into! We really need to go through our own games if we need to improve. Certainly more productive activity than hours of opening study .
    Compleyely agree. The challenge is making the time for deep analysis.
    God exists. Short and to the point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamski View Post
    Compleyely agree. The challenge is making the time for deep analysis.
    Well, the challenge is indeed finding time and having desire to study chess. However, there are plenty of ''new generation'' players who spend endless hours analyzing openings. I think this time could be better-spent focusing on other aspects of the game - in particular analyzing their games.
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    Pre-game analysis. I worked out this trap based on lines from a real game vs a junior at MCC Allegro a couple of weeks ago.
    This time I decided to play it against a much higher rated opponent:

    Event 2016 Gosford Open
    Site Gosford Leagues Club
    Date 29/10/2016
    Round 2
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    Bevan Clouston
    Black Elliott Renzies
    Result 0-1


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    Black to play and win a piece!
    Last edited by ER; 03-11-2016 at 12:15 PM.
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    ...Bxc3 will do it.
    God exists. Short and to the point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamski View Post
    ...Bxc3 will do it.
    Correct! this easy position, however, wasn't intended as a problem solving exercise
    but as an example of what a bit of home preparation can achieve against seemingly
    routine moves!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamski View Post
    ...Bxc3 will do it.
    Tempting for white to play 5. Nf3 with excellent development for the pawn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Tempting for white to play 5. Nf3 with excellent development for the pawn.
    5.Νf3 Bg4 maybe?
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