Thoughts on using Fritz for Chess Improvement

Adam L wrote to me:

For someone who is still working on their game, what is the best way to utilize fritz?   I find myself overwhelmed with all the options.

I love your ebook and utilize that as much as possible but just wanted some thoughts.   I’ve been hovering around 1200 on rhp and feel like I’m in quicksand.


My response:

Hey Adam,

Well, to start, I would take each of the RHP games that you played and put them into Fritz.

Then once you have the game loaded (you can just use copy and paste to paste the PGN into a game window) – then turn on the “Default Kibitzer”. It is going to give you a value after each move.  something like +1.06 meaning white is winning by about a pawn.

Arrow through the moves of the game, looking at the evaluation after each move.

My guess is that the game will go back and forth, between -1 and +1 at which point someone makes a mistake – then the computer will start saying things like +- 3.00, meaning white is now winning by 3 pawns.

Then look to see if you found the move (or your opponent did).  This was probably the winning move, or losing move, or missed opportunity.

Then try to figure out why the move was found, or missed.  Was it an overloaded piece, a pattern that you didn’t know before, etc.  Try to pinpoint the root cause of why the game was won or loss.

Then try to learn from that mistake, and not make it again.

Then repeat this process.

This way each game is some kind of learning experience.  Eventually all of these little lessons add up.

Hope that helps!



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