2. Looking at your own games is a MUST! Firstly, you need to work out where you made blunders and then try to stop them from happening in future games. Then you need to ask yourself why you made moves, and see if the reason was a good one or not. Good plans and ideas need to be kept for future games, while bad plans and ideas need to be prevented from happening again. The worst thing a chess player can do is keep making the same mistake over and over again.
3. Looking at other players games is also useful. You can try to work out how other players think and see lots of different positions from the ones that will normally turn up in your own games. This can make you a better all round player. There are 2 types of player who's games can be examined. First, players that you are likely to play against. If you look at their games, then you are not only analysing, but preparing for when you play against them. Secondly, Grandmaster games from modern times, and from the past are important to analyse.
This week Squad Members were introduced to one of the greats of the game, second World Champion Emanuel Lasker. We looked at his famous game against Capablanca from the St. Petersburg Tournament of 1914, where he used his opponent's weakness against him. Capablanca was too confident that Lasker's opening and early middlegame couldn't harm him, and dropped his guard only to be squeezed by Lasker in a style that Capablanca usually used on others. Squad Members can find some other analysed games in the Squad Review section. Remember, looking through games that have been analysed by strong players, is another way to improve your own analysis skills, as you are learning how players think about positions and about studying games.