Record Keeping In Chess

Analyzing a game with your coach is perhaps the best way to improve chess for adult players as they need only guidance rather than teaching. On the other hand I think that analyzing kids’ games with them is actually not very important as they play games with so many mistakes and a lack of knowledge about playing the position. Therefore I don’t keep records of kids’ games.

Recently a head coach came up with an idea that from now we will be recording kids’ game and that a database will be maintained. So at first I was opposed for the reasons mentioned above, but when he explained his logic to me I accepted that he was right. The database is needed not for game analysis but to find out about the kids’ playing technique so as discover what they can improve.

For example:

In this position I have observed that children like to play Ng5 (just creating a threat with is not real) – 0-0, Nf7 – Rf7, Bf7 – Kf7. When I asked them if this is a bad move they came up with arguments that material points are equal so the game is equal.

Going ahead with another example we all know that the bishop should be captured with queen but kids might don’t like it for some reason:

Some of kids bring two pieces out and attack then opponent. When the attacking pieces have been captured it’s time to develop another piece. In this case I explain to them that you need the whole army to fight.

Most kids tend to bring queen early into the game in spite of having understanding of opening principles. Success is the reason, often it works.

These are common points which have been explained to me so I agreed with him and my views on record keeping have changed. These are only a few points and as soon as I have gone through more games of my students I may discovered something else.

Flexibility is an important virtue for a coach.

Ashvin Chauhan