Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Improve by understanding why you lost

You just lost a game with a classical time control. After spending several hours on it, you came out with a zero. Bummer. We hate losing and we think that you hate it too. It hurts. Now you have a choice to make. You can go through your usual habits of what you do after losing. Maybe you scramble your protocol and toss it into the nearest trash bin. Maybe you just have a bad mood for the rest of the day. Or, you can try the following method.

In general, it is important to notice the things that you say to yourself, no matter the result. So actually step number one is to try to think about what just happened. You lost the game. This is a fact. You can win, draw or lose your next game. This is a fact too.

So why did you lose this game? Do you care? If you do care, we advise you to find it out. In fact, find out exactly where and how you lost. Maybe you mixed up the moves in the opening? Maybe you mis-evaluated a position while calculating and simply ended up in a worse position? Maybe you lost at some other point of the game than you think?

Finding out exactly where you lost and why you lost will help you to let it go. There is no exact way of telling how much you will learn from analyzing your lost game. But knowing exactly what happened is very good and it does not leave any room for doubts and speculations. Try this method and we hope that your mood will go sky high!