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sly_lonewolf 114 ( +1 | -1 )
A small tip to improve (online) analysis... Hi, I just thought of sharing this small tip that has helped me. I do most of my analysis online because of my limited free time. I am often online from my office during the day...and it's free! :)
When I've started playing chess, two of my biggest error in a game were
1) not knowing what to do (no game plan)....
1) blunder mostly by hanging pieces, or overlooking moves because of my tendency to play fast...

I've started to play slower, do more analysis and I do use the 'Analyze the board' feature. Now, there's a function there to 'Flip the board'....this is the small tip that I've found very useful lately. As I try to look at the game from my opponent's point of view (literaly!), it helps to identify possible weaknesses in my position & greatly reduce blunders! Weaknesses that can be identified....this helps me to 'predict' my opponent's game-plan and plan some counter! :)

Of course, to analyze your game on an actual board is a much better thing to do! That being said, I hope that this would be of some help...maybe others can contribute more & better ideas?

aqeel 1 ( +1 | -1 )
I try.. lets see!
achillesheel 33 ( +1 | -1 )
Interesting Sly I am ambivalent about those features. Part of me wants to use them to maximize my abilities here. Another part fears I will become accustomed to them and will suffer for it in OTB play. Do you worry that these might become a "crutch" that you do not have when playing over-the-board?? Regards.
mogath 60 ( +1 | -1 )
Good Point achillesheel Yes, I wonder about that effecting my game all the time. Thats why when I am doing tactics problems, I set the problem up on a board, I just don't move the pieces until I think I have the solution. Same with the games here. I set up all the games I play, one at a time, on a board. I even play against the computer on the board. Really helps your otb play. But I can definately understand what Sly is saying as I've done that with especially hard tactics problems. I'll just turn the board around to see if I'm missing a threat or something, although I don't do it that much.

spurtus 12 ( +1 | -1 )
I almost picked up my opponents pieces at my last OTB tournament because I thought I was analysing the game here.

sly_lonewolf 75 ( +1 | -1 )
I see... Thanks for all the replies so far! I see that this idea has a 'reverse' effect especially for OTB play. I haven't played OTB tourney for many years, so I didn't thought much about it, achillesheel. What mogath has said was interesting...not moving the pieces just yet (until a possible solution), does help discipline the mind to 'look' further ahead. This will certainly help me to overcome the missing 'crutch'...that is, not having any board for analysis.

spurtus, you just made all of us here at GK really proud of you! :)

divine_sun_cat 21 ( +1 | -1 )
i know wht you mean In OTB play I will sometimes walk around behind my opponent and look at the board over their shoulder, to help appreciate better the position. Has extra advantage of making them nervous!
achillesheel 26 ( +1 | -1 )
Divine That's funny. I have seen a photo of some chess great (Fischer, I think it was) pacing alongside the board behind his opponent. I thought "Man, not only would that make me nervous, but isn't that like 'flipping the board' at GK!?!" Too funny.
sly_lonewolf 133 ( +1 | -1 )
Divine (2)... That's sure gonna distract many mere mortals! :)
It reminds me of the Arsenal-Southampton tie not very long ago where Kevin Phillips was 'flipping the board' standing in front/beside a nervous/intimidated Jens Lehmann! :O

...Ok, maybe here's another small tip, which maybe useful if you're not making a personal note on the game, like me (lost a game once cos of 'different great ideas' kept coming at every moves...resulting in no plan & lost of time):

Chess as we know it, is not just a series of move, or stages such as opening, middlegame or endgame. Rather, there must exist a dynamic flow of chess movement from start to end. For eg, we look at the opening stage to come out with certain advantages or peculiarity of position in the middle game. And the endgame is the product of our planning & tactics in the middle game. In another word, it's a whole series of moves that complements the positioning of all the pieces on the board....

So, when I 'flip the board' I would also study the position from a few moves back...this in just to make sure the ideas are in 'context' with the flow of the game. Though a change of plan might be necessary, but in most cases having a plan & sticking to that plan will produce more fruit! :)

robertowen1 77 ( +1 | -1 )
multiple chess sites I have started using the analyse the board feature and my play has improved greatly as a result. In terms of it affecting OTB play I find it best to think of them as different versions of the same sport like different distances in running.

I can sprint train as much as I like but I'll never win a marathon.

POGO chess is a great site for improving OTB play as you can set yourself up to play 30 minute games, filter your opponents and play in more realistic OTB conditions including terrible time trouble. Combining the sites makes me a better all round player.

When it comes to this site though it's all about analysis and taking your time so I never fell guilty about using all available features.

Kind Regards

hikaru79 44 ( +1 | -1 )
Legal Many of you mention people who have gotten up in the middle of a game to look at the board from their opponent's point of view. I've never attended a tournament, so I have to ask... is that legal? You can just get up and look at whatever you want? Why not look at some other games while you're at it, maybe it'll give you a clue.

Even better, does anyone have a link to a site that has the rules of what you can and can't do in a tournament?

:) Thanks
atrifix 65 ( +1 | -1 )
You can get up and walk around and look at other games during a tournament. To force players to sit at a board for more than 6 hours on end would be inhumane. You can't bust out Pocket Fritz in the bathroom (not without an umbrella, anyway), or ask a GM for help, but just about anything else is acceptable. Besides beating your opponent until he flags.

FIDE Laws of Chess:
Chess Federation of Canada (CFC) Rules:
hikaru79 53 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks, atrifix. However, Article 12.5 states: "


It is forbidden to distract or annoy the opponent in any manner whatsoever. This includes unreasonable claims or offers of a draw. "

Under what circumstances can you claim that having your opponent come up behind you and look at the game over your shoulder is "distracting" or "annoying"? A lot of these so-called "official" rules seem very vague to me, particularly :


The players shall take no action that will bring the game of chess into disrepute.
atrifix 29 ( +1 | -1 )
"Annoying" My interpretation of the rule is anything that is reasonably annoying according to any reasonable arbiter. This does not preclude you from standing anywhere, but does from placing your head inches above your opponent's shoulder, coughing excessively during a game, etc.
hikaru79 18 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks :) Ah, thank you for clearing that up, atrifix--I wasn't sure, since I'd never attended a tournament (I'm too new to chess).

I'll keep this idea in mind, then, when I go to my first one ^_^