Analytics And Analysis In Chess – HowToChess

Episode 10 – FM Nate Solon on How analytics and analysis can help your chess

How to use analytics in your chess? What’s the difference between analytics and analysis? How can club players benefit from them? What chess tools help to collect data and analyze it?

FIDE Master Nate Solon joins Ben to share some ideas on the subject. Nate is the Massachusetts State Champion, a data scientist, and a consultant for who’s always looking for ways to improve his own game. He is also the author of the excellent Zwischenzug newsletter.

Three ideas on how to use analytics in chess:

1. Filter by level (study what you’re likely to face and study your peers)
2. Look at your own data (find trends and weaknesses in your play to fix them)
3. Consider going off the beaten path (sound but unpopular openings have surprise value)

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  1. Analytics(field of study)as opposed to accounting, recording, painting. It's a process with the help of science. is the discipline/field of analysis with the help of math, statistics, table of data that includes the values you want to analyze.Analysis is more specific like Analysis of my first chess game vs an opponent. (n)Can be used interchangeably.

  2. I started doing this in python using the pgn2data library. Just making simple stats about what happens in my games. Really helpful.

  3. Ironic about 1.Nf3 and 1.c4 having better results on the lower end of the rating scale … I have noticed that I get more people aborting immediately when I play 1.Nf3 in a blitz game. Apparently, these players do not like to play against something that avoids their pet gambits.

  4. Is Nate Solon on Perpetual chess podcast? Episode number? I would like to hear more of his analytical approach in chess.

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