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Evgeny Gromakovsky: “The mastery of playing chess is the analysis of games”
Evgeny Gromakovsky: “The mastery of playing chess is the analysis of games”

The coach of the Orenburg chess club "Ladya" Evgeny Gromakovsky told why analytics is the first thing a player needs to develop and how to learn to "see" five moves ahead.

Why analyze?

When a chess player begins to analyze the game, examine the games, then it can already be said that a person is really learning chess and honing his skills. According to Evgeny, the skill of analytics begins to develop from the first lessons. Solving sketches, tasks, repeating games - no matter how boring these activities for children may seem, this is the start for the "chess" mind. Parents also often do not understand the importance of analytical training, but the teacher immediately sees a child who solves problems and thinks over / repeats games at home - he makes progress much faster than those players who focus solely on practice.

The next step is to analyze the games of the masters of the game (usually from the second year of study). Complex, intricate games, of course, are hard for young chess players to perceive, but they see a pure, brilliant game with unexpected moves. This shows the child how versatile chess is andthe importance of thinking outside the box.

Mandatory part of training in a chess club is recording the game. And be sure to all: and which the athlete won, and which he lost. Gromakovskiy teaches children to always answer three questions when analyzing moves:

  1. Where did my opponent and I make mistakes?
  2. How could this have been avoided?
  3. What would I get if I went like this?

Work on mistakes is also recorded in the notebook. Sometimes Evgeny Gromakovsky repeats with a student a difficult place in a game he already knows, so that the children can see the result in practice. This helps chess players to move on and not repeat the mistake in the future.

How to analyze a game?

Any game, even his own, even someone else's, the coach advises to watch several times. The first thing to do is to identify the key moments of the game. The games of famous chess players should be watched with professional commentary. When the player has already gained enough experience, you can proceed to self-analysis. For beginners, Gromakovsky advises against playing very long games.

The guys from the chess club "Rook" have a special diary of analytics with several sections: their own games, games by correspondence (online), games of grandmasters, creative material. This is how a chess player learns to see three, five, seven steps ahead.

Analysis of chess games on the board is very useful

Sections of the analysis of chess games

Section "Own games" - here players record the moves and games of all their games - trainingand competitive, with their own comments and notes from the coach. Evaluating your game is very important!

Section "Palm games" or "online chess" - the player notes the bright and difficult moments of games with a computer or remote players.

The section "Grandmaster Games" - a deep analysis of the games of recognized masters. Eugene recommends doing this work at least once every two months.

Section "Creative material" - chess moments that are of particular interest to the athlete are entered here. For example, these are board sketches from films, favorite moments from chess idols, your successes.

However, it is not enough to enter the finished game in the diary. Yevgeny Gromakovsky offers students another Soviet method. The analysis should be in several points:

  • Idea. What the player planned, in what way, what tactics he used.
  • Aesthetics. The beauty of the parties is also a sign of skill. Aesthetics is achieved by elegant solutions, contrasting positions and a pronounced style of a chess player.
  • Conclusion. What was done right or wrong, what sacrifices did the player make and whether they were justified.

So a young chess player will be able to analyze both his own and other people's games. Analysis of chess is a complex and important skill that does not appear on its own. This is a long and painstaking work that will surely bear fruit in the art of chess.

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