Friday, 14 October 2011

The post-mortem

Do people do the 'post-mortem' any more? While it still happens at weekend chess events, has the club post-mortem fallen victim to the accelerated pace of modern life?
When I first started playing chess, analysing your games with your opponent was a significant part of the learning process. These days the post-mortem happens at home, with the computer, and the exchange of ideas often occur the following week, when players compare analysis. While I can't speak for anyone else, I'm sure this approach hasn't helped my chess an awful lot, and has instead encouraged my natural laziness, resulting in a slow but steady loss of form.
So to reverse this trend I might try and get back into the habit of analysing with my opponent after the game (especially when I lose). Hopefully it will result in an improvement in my results.


Paul said...

I agree ...Going over the game after its conclusion is a great way to learn and improve...

Anonymous said...

On days with more rounds I almost NEVER analyse afterwards. I prefer to get something to eat between the rounds.

Abroad I tend to analyse with my opponents. Home in Denmark I almost never do except for some drawn games.

Henrik Mortensen

Anonymous said...

great way to improve - but agree there is no time, some kind of improvement to the tournament format is needed to accommodate such as less rounds per day. - PP