Basic Chess Strategy: Part of the Beginner's Chess Guide (Section 2)

GW's First Attempt at
Basic Chess Strategy,
January 2010
[Post-mortem / Post-game Analysis]


Post-mortem / Post-game Analysis

Foreword:

Part of what helps a top Chess player to improve his game, is the time spent analyzing both their training games and competitive matches ...

So, it stands to reason, if a Beginner wants to get better, it can only help to do likewise.

And, for those who think this sounds like hard work - you're right, for a Beginner, that's precisely what it is! ...

You see, when new to playing Chess, like anything that's really worth learning, it will seem difficult, as Analysis of your game requires persistence for the habit to form.

The good news is, the more you play Chess, the more you study the game, build upon this first attempt at Basic Chess Strategy and learn / practice more-advanced Strategies, the better your skill will get and the easier your analysis will become - as mistakes reduce and both Strategic and Tactical abilities increase.

So, what can be learned by
analyzing that game?

  1. With over 1.5 million games in its Database, Fritz 12 is one very tough opponent. Sorry for the cliche, but, as the British Army's motto goes, "Train Hard, Fight Easy".
  1. While Fritz recognized the Giuoco Piano Opening, it's vital you don't get complacent and think it'll play the same every time ...

    Furthermore, don't expect another computer program, or a Human opponent to know a specific Opening, or play it, either - expect the unexpected and prepare to adapt.
  1. Move 7, (Bd2) ... Done again, with plenty of open space on the Board, as there was, I'd block the Check with my Queen's Knight (Nd2)
  1. Move 10, (0-0) ... This is where I lost material equality - I was too fixated on getting the Castling done, when it would have be better to safeguard my c4 Bishop - dropping it down to d3 and putting pressure on Black's e4 Knight, maybe.
  1. Move 11, (Nc3) ... Instead, playing Nbd2 would have freed space for my Queenside Rook, and my Queen could have settled the Exchange, instead of that b-file Pawn (Move 12).
  1. Move 13, (Rae1) ... Seemed okay at the time - doubling up behind my Queen, on the e-file ... But, this ended up losing the other Rook, which found itself Trapped, before being flayed by Black's Bishop (Move 17 - Middlegame Stage)
  1. Move 14, (Qg5) ... The Exchange of Queens blinded me and I'd have done better by moving my e1 Rook to d1, giving space to my f1 Rook and applying pressure to Black's Queen, on the d-file.
  1. With the cumulative effect of previous errors, I'd say it was on Move 14 that the full weight of those mistakes finally proved crippling to the extent of triggering my ultimate demise - there's only so many times you can falter before your Basic Chess Strategy is FUBAR.
  1. A Beginner's Lack of Foresight will result in mistakes - be it loss of pieces; poor positioning of pieces; allowing the opponent to get a better position on the Board; and/or poor choice of capture(s) ...

    No problem - all of these errors can be corrected by more play and practice, to really hone down this Basic Chess Strategy and improve your game.
  1. Salvaging a Draw, when faced with Losing a game, is easier said than done ... That'll be fixed by "More Practice", then? Ney problem.
  1. Play with this Basic Chess Strategy ... Tinker with it and Practice, Practice, Practice ... It get's easier.

Moving On: Summary of the entire exercise (Page 7).



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