How To Analyze Your Chess Games With A Computer (Chess Engine) To Learn From Your Mistakes!

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About this video:
Analyzing your chess games will tremendously help your improve as a chess player. You will see tactics that you missed, and learn how to take advantage of missed opportunities in your games. In this video I show you a step by step example of how to analyze a game on chess.com using the built in stockfish 12 chess engine. I show you the process I follow to learn from my mistakes.

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84 Comments

  1. What a great teaching video. I learned SO much!!

  2. This is the best tutorial I've seen on how to use chess engine analysis for self-training. Many thanks! Very well done!!

  3. Thanks for the well put explanation.

  4. Excellent Nelson !! Watched many other videos where they say not to follow the computer moves as they don’t make any sense to us humans. U have just reversed my thoughts on doing what u say 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽

  5. A lost game is only truly a lost if you learn nothing from it. Thanks for the video.

  6. Very helpful thanks I am very new and have mostly been doing puzzles and was wondering if I could play out alternative puzzles using that same program. I get frustrated when I think I see a sound way to play out the puzzle but it won't allow my move.

  7. As with much good advice, everything you say here is obvious – AFTER you've said it. Thank you. Very good video.

  8. Hello. Thank you for this video. I'm very new to chess and this is the only video I've found that breaks the process down in an easy to understand way for me .

    Just one thing though… I can't get how this helps play better in future (totally different) games.
    If you learn that you should have done this or that in THAT game can that really just automatically help you make better choices in OTHER games with completely different moves.

    Every game is the first time right?

    It obviously works but what do I do after I've discovered that in THAT game I should have moved the Queen there.
    Those pieces in exactly those places will probably never happen again.

    Thanks for a great explanation of the process though. Best I've seen.

  9. Very interesting stuff, indeed.
    Once you know the mistakes you've made, how do you make sure you'll remember those? After all, the fact that you understand something once, doesn't mean you'll remember it, especially after a while! Do you simply review the same game from time to time (without any particular method), or is there a more systematic approach maybe using spaced repetition?

  10. So, what am I really doing here? Am I just hoping that if I get used to seeing the better lines repeatedly, I will start playing them more often, without realizing it? Because I feel like even after seeing the better lines, I'll forget about them the next time I play a game, and find myself in the exact/similar position.
    Been stuck at 1100 – 1200 for a while now, and not sure how to improve. :/

  11. Nice, thanks a lot. You have the best tutorials. You make everything much easier to understand. Especislly in your Blunders video.

    I hope you make more blunders videos and some more tactics videos.

    I still have a lot of practice to do, i'm only like a 900-1000 player.

  12. This is exactly what I was looking for. I knew those numbers were important. Now I know how to use them.

  13. My rating is just growing up from you , thanks

  14. Thank you for this video. Same thing happens to me. The Chess engine wants me to give up a piece and I don't want to. lol.

  15. Finally a great vid to learn how to actually use the engine. Thanks a bunch for this

  16. I went to my most recently played game and analyzed my moves more thoroughly using this technique. And there was a "blunder" I made that ended up with the game being a dead draw. Originally, I though it was because the knight could fork my rook and queen, but a further analysis showed that my opponent had a brilliant move that forced a perpetual check. If it wasn't for that very specific move in that specific variation, I would still be winning.

    My opponent found the knight fork, but missed the brilliant move. I missed both 😂

  17. This I really helpful. Thank you. I do have a question: I'm old school and want to do analysis on my local pc, what program would you recommend that would allow me to do this AND keep notes (ie "Left a knight hanging") so that way I can see patterns of mistakes over lots of games?

    Thank you!

  18. Great video. Where i ran into some confusion is i did not have a settings button to set lines at three or depth at twenty two. Thanks for making the content. if anyone knows why that button is missing for me or in general hmu

  19. Thanks Nelson

    Your content on YouTube is among the best

  20. Also, this vídeo has taught me more in 15min than hours of video hopping.

  21. Thank you. I've never used a chess engine and you have cleared up some confusion I had. You are a good teacher, very calm and patient.

  22. This is a very good video. I used to just get the computer analysis real quick and move on. Very helpful!

  23. Very instructional, concise and valuable tips. Thank you very much, brother 🙏

  24. I don’t comment often but wanted to thank you Nelson, for your insightful content! You clearly care about helping the chess community and players like me who are trying to improve their game. Please keep doing what you do. When did you first start playing chess? What type of work do you do, in general… no specifics of course. You should do my companies programming with your brains that you have.

  25. That is great video!
    Most chess videos are dumping of a ton of advanced data, that esp. newer player don't even have the capacity to process (or perhaps only few % of all).
    But this is very thought provoking one, which I really love!
    Cheers!

  26. Many thanks Nelson! This video has been a big help to me! Thanks for adding the spreadsheet of principles!

  27. i often don't comment but at this point i should say thank you, it was really helpful

  28. Very nice, I subscribed because of this video along with your 35 principles one.

  29. Im learning a lot from your channel, in many of your videos you put education into a pretty fast pill

  30. I just learned all my pieces and I’m still losing , how do I learn strategy? Also I don’t get how you all talk about numbers , it’s all new to me , I need some more of your knowledge of chess ,I’ve been challenged and I’m trying to learn a winning strategy,thank you for shing this I just found you today !

  31. I like it when you post teaching videos like this one.

  32. Does this work for free? And if not, what free alternative do you recommend? Thank you very much for all the extraordinary information that you give us.

  33. I haven’t been analysing, didn’t knew the correct method

  34. I HATE your thumbnail. Computers are most certainly NOT always right. I know you're talking about a specific thing, but that phrase is just one we need to purge from our society. Computers are only as good as the people that program them, and many mistakes are made. Consider the Postal Service scandal in Britain that's gone on for decades and just come to light hte last few years. Hundreds of people were convicted of crimes and sent to jail over what eventually just turned out to be shoddy software – and the judges bought into the idea that "the computer is always right." So that idea DOES HARM – please don't perpetuate it.

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