Chess Game Analysis
Using ChessBase Engines
by Steve LopezThe chess software "explosion" during the last fifteen years has provided many positive benefits to chess players, not the least of which is the ability to play a game of chess anytime they choose. You don't have to wait for a weekly chess club meeting or take a chess set down to the park in hopes of getting a casual game.
Calculation Time and Threshold
by Steve LopezIn the first article of this series we examined the "Full Analysis" feature in the ChessBase ChessProgram interface (used by Fritz, Hiarcs, Rybka, Junior, and Shredder). This feature allows you to analyze your games and will provide some general information on where you may have gone wrong in your play. A second analysis form is called "Blundercheck" and is similar in many ways to the "Full Analysis" function. "Blundercheck" will analyze your games and show where you (and your opponent) made mistakes but its output is in numerical rather than verbal form. This is the traditional mode of displaying chess analysis; it's been around ever since the first commercial PC chess software made its appearance in the 1980's. This traditional numerical analysis is, in many ways, a much more precise method of analysis in that it will show you the exact (down to 1/100th of a pawn) difference between the move you made and the recommended move that the chess engine determines to be better. Instead of a symbolic annotation, which shows you in general terms how much better a recommended variation is, the numerical evaluation will show you exactly how your move and the recommended line differ.
by Steve LopezIn this piece, the final installment of a three article series, we're going to look at how you'll use a chess engine (such as Fritz, Rybka, Shredder, Junior, and Hiarcs) to help you improve at chess. This won't be a software tutorial per se; we won't be looking at "click on x to make y happen" instructions, since we covered those in the previous two articles. We'll instead be examining how you'll use the output generated by game analysis features to help you improve your chess.