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How to Analyze

Garry Kasparov

Lesson time 05:45 min

World champions climb to the top through brutal and relentless analysis. Learn what Garry believes is the greatest danger facing players.

Garry Kasparov
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You have to analyze your own games. Analyzing your own games is vital for your progress because that's the ultimate source of inspiration. And when I say inspiration, it's more like a learning experience. But if you want to understand how to get better, you have to look exactly at the moves you made, and find out the nature of your mistakes. But also to understand why you made good moves in certain positions. Learning about yourself is impossible-- is absolutely impossible without being very thorough analyst of your own games. And you have to be very honest, brutally honest, even relentlessly honest with your own games. Don't try to please yourself with some commentaries, oh, why this is here? I made a bad move because somebody was talking loudly, or my opponent looked at me, just it wasn't very pleasant. Don't look for any excuses. It's all about you, about your moves, about the quality of your moves. And better you understand the nature of your mistakes, better you understand the nature of your game, good and bad moves, better are your chances of making fast improvement. While being a professional player, I had a habit that you have to glance at your game almost instantly. When it's over, you have to analyze it while it's all fresh in your mind. You try to understand what's happened in the game. And then you can set it aside, because you have another game probably the next day. And then you have to go back. And you have to find out what did go wrong. But also you have to find out what did go wrong with your opponent. Because if you won the game, it doesn't mean that you haven't made a mistake. Most likely is because your opponent made the last mistake. It's very important that you find these mistakes, opponent's mistakes and your mistakes. The greatest danger it's what I call gravity of your past success. If we win, we're always tempted to consider it as a result of our greatness. We made great moves. We crushed our opponent. Let's move on. But I bet you there is a mistake. And if you don't find these mistakes, if you didn't find what's went wrong in your game before they did, they will be ahead of you next time. So to be ahead of a curve, you always have to analyze your own games, even if you win. And that's what I did all the time. Studying classical games always helps. Because at the end of the day, it's about patterns. And working and find the best place for learning patterns if not starting the games of those giants, who have invented these ideas. I spend a lot of time working on a series of books called My Great Predecessors. And one of the things I discovered in the process of working on these books is that very often, in the crucial moments of these games, they made better decisions at the boards, at the moment where all your senses are mobilized. They saw more and better moves than when later they were in comfortable studies, writin...

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At age 22, Garry Kasparov became the youngest world chess champion. After beating Bobby Fischer’s peak rating, he outranked his fiercest competitors for over twenty years. Now, Garry is ready to share the chess strategy that made him a six-time world champion. Through detailed lessons, including his favorite openings and advanced tactics, you will develop the instincts and philosophy to become a stronger player.


Students give MasterClass an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars.

What a great class! Beginner to Advanced concepts are covered in a meaningful and intelligent way. Gary Kasparov's genius continues to amaze me!

I have learned the patterns to look for in a real game.

Good stuff. I would've liked more instruction on openings and perhaps more in depth game analysis. I didn't need to see the entire real time chess match between Gary and the three students. Also, the the 3-4 final episodes about mental toughness, Gary's story, etc. felt overly long and like filler.

Garry Kasparov's Master Class has opened my mind to concepts that I hadn't considered before. I had many moments when the light went on after so long in darkness. Thank you Garry! Thank you MasterClass!


Alex H.

"You always have to analyze your own games, even if you win, and that's what I did all the time." This is one of the best Chess quotes I have heard in along time, also the comment about politics and chess: You had to be objective while assessing the position. Thank you, Garry, for your colorful wit and genuine story-telling.

Lewis G.

I like how Gary stresses we can learn from every game, win or​ loose, and learn from our play, our opponent, and from master play in books


Garry I re-listen to this one all the time, its really great thank you, I even came up with the following which was inspired by this video (will refine this lesson overtime): "If you don't try and find your mistakes and correct them your competitor may but they might not correct them instead they may take advantage of them. There is no real competitor inside or outside, its an illusion, no person nor being can ever be a competitor, enemy, etc, we're all just consequences of time. Thus your only competitor is time and time will always find your mistakes. The best means to comprehending time is to seek to understand the cause and effect of what has already happened. All the great masters of time sought to relentlessly improve upon their past." - inspired by G. Kasparov Just to warn others I've included some things that Garry doesn't make mention of so I wouldn't be able to say whether or not he would agree with the quote completely, regardless I'm sure he'd have some improvements to it.

Antonio C.

this is something to think about never really thought about it that way very cool man

Steven B.

I input my games into Fritz 15. Fritz 15 lists the best moves in order from 1 (the best move) to the worst move. I set it up to analyze no deeper than 10 or maybe 15 moves deep. I write the move quality number down beside my move and next to my opponents moves. (I also write down the really good moves in the margin) If my, or my opponent's move is worse than the ten best moves I just write down a big RED "X". I also write down the Game Balance Quantity. Fritz keeps track of who is winning using the points value of the pieces. If I am more than 5 points down, (A Rook) I know I am lost - I have never recovered from being that far behind. I then total up who had the most number one, number two and the most number three moves and write the totals at the bottom of the paper. I also write down who had the most "X"'s. However: I have never analyzed my WON games??? It sounds like a great process and I am going to go back to my won games and see what I can find. This should have an unintended bonus, because I wont have the worst score every time, like I do now. What great advice Mr. Kasparov has given us, I am forever in his debt. Steven.

Miguel P.

Analyze even if you win... never thought of that. That's something I will apply.


Suggestion for improvement of course: If GK can hand-select a series of Master Games to practice with that he feels are most instructuve Maybe even show the thought process in a case-study on analyse games/master games

David B.

Yes, Kasparov convinced me analysis of games is important, but I'm uncertain how to actually do it. I wonder what Kasparov's coaches taught him?

Eric S.

Totally agree with looking at Masters and their games. I have to get better at studying my own games though.

Dan T.

I played in a tournament recently and won 3 games that I shouldn't have. I was stronger than they were but still looked at the games and 2 of the people wanted to look at the games afterward, and was really aware what they should have done to win the game. I wasn't looking so much of what I could do better to no get into those mistakes. The old saying 40 good moves doesn't when the game but one bad one can lose it. I always think we should write down the skiddle's games we play at our clubs but I rarely do. I need to start because they always seem to be interesting enough to learn something from them.