The Lost Art Of Chess Analysis And Self Realization

Kevin Spraggett has published this excellent article which echoes my recent thoughts on ‘Computer Analysis Dumps‘.

I do have a further thought on this issue, one of them being that the reliance on computer analysis is degrading chess as a means of self realization. By testing the quality of OUR OWN THOUGHTS in analysis and play we can learn much about ourselves, but when we rely on what the computer says this aspect of the game is lost.

Of course some may believe that such matters are secondary to the raising of one’s Elo and the ego gratification that results. But I think they are wrong on both counts, more traditional methods of chess study (with the computer present as a tool, but being kept in the background) are both more effective and more intrinsically valuable for personal growth.

I’ll be revisiting this area tomorrow with some notes on a recent interview with Vishwanathan Anand.


Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: