Chess SWOT Analysis || Business strategy may be useful for Chess || Ramussen vs Andersen (2019)

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FIDE CM Kingscrusher shows an example game which highlights Chess SWOT Analysis. It highlights that Business strategy may be useful for Chess thinking. The game is Ramussen vs Andersen (2019) which featured a Gruenfeld Defence.

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Chess SWOT Analysis || Business strategy may be useful for Chess || Ramussen vs Andersen (2019)

What is SWOT analysis?

SWOT analysis (or SWOT matrix) is a strategic planning technique used to help a person or organization identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats related to business competition or project planning.[1] It is intended to specify the objectives of the business venture or project and identify the internal and external factors that are favorable and unfavorable to achieving those objectives. Users of a SWOT analysis often ask and answer questions to generate meaningful information for each category to make the tool useful and identify their competitive advantage. SWOT has been described as the tried-and-true tool of strategic analysis,[2] but has also been criticized for its limitations (see § Limitations).

Strengths and weakness are frequently internally-related, while opportunities and threats commonly focus on the external environment. The name is an acronym for the four parameters the technique examines:

Strengths: characteristics of the business or project that give it an advantage over others.
Weaknesses: characteristics of the business that place the business or project at a disadvantage relative to others.
Opportunities: elements in the environment that the business or project could exploit to its advantage.
Threats: elements in the environment that could cause trouble for the business or project.
The degree to which the internal environment of the firm matches with the external environment is expressed by the concept of strategic fit. Identification of SWOTs is important because they can inform later steps in planning to achieve the objective. First, decision-makers should consider whether the objective is attainable, given the SWOTs. If the objective is not attainable, they must select a different objective and repeat the process.

Internal and external factors
SWOT analysis aims to identify the key internal and external factors seen as important to achieving an objective. SWOT analysis groups key pieces of information into two main categories:

Internal factors — the strengths and weaknesses internal to the organization
External factors — the opportunities and threats presented by the environment external to the organization
Analysis may view the internal factors as strengths or as weaknesses depending upon their effect on the organization’s objectives. What may represent strengths with respect to one objective may be weaknesses (distractions, competition) for another objective. The factors may include all of the 4Ps as well as personnel, finance, manufacturing capabilities, and so on.

The external factors may include macroeconomic matters, technological change, legislation, and sociocultural changes, as well as changes in the marketplace or in competitive position. The results are often presented in the form of a matrix.

SWOT analysis is just one method of categorization and has its own weaknesses. For example, it may tend to persuade its users to compile lists rather than to think about actual important factors in achieving objectives. It also presents the resulting lists uncritically and without clear prioritization so that, for example, weak opportunities may appear to balance strong threats.

It is prudent not to eliminate any candidate SWOT entry too quickly. The importance of individual SWOTs will be revealed by the value of the strategies they generate. A SWOT item that produces valuable strategies is important. A SWOT item that generates no strategies is not important.

The usefulness of SWOT analysis is not limited to profit-seeking organizations. SWOT analysis may be used in any decision-making situation when a desired end-state (objective) is defined. Examples include non-profit organizations, governmental units, and individuals. SWOT analysis may also be used in pre-crisis planning and preventive crisis management. SWOT analysis may also be used in creating a recommendation during a viability study/survey.

Strategy building
SWOT analysis can be used effectively to build organizational or personal strategy. Steps necessary to execute strategy-oriented …


  1. kingscrusher Thank you for your analysis and comments, it illustrates us and so we learn better,

  2. A very illuminating insight. The game was interesting, though the winning move was much easier to find thanks to your useful model. Thanks KC keep up the good work

  3. When I was in the IT industry many years ago, I studied SWOT analysis. I'd never thought of applying it to chess before but it does kind-of work. very interesting, thank you.

  4. KC you gonna upload some engine games? These humans are weak and boring 😀

  5. Very nice! I've enjoyed using SWOT analyses in various work settings, hadn't thought of chess. I would envision that as Strengths: material or space advantage, outpost, control of file/diagonal ; weakness: weak squares or pawns, king safety; opportunities: the gamut of tactical motifs that lead to combinations; threats: motifs/weaknesses that opponent would see against your position.

  6. GEEZ that combination made my day! I was already aware of SWOT but was always at a loss as to how to effectively apply it to my thinking system – The SWOT-centric analysis of this beautiful game as well as your highlighting of the specific questions you should ask yourself (1. weakened squares? 2. liberated pieces? 3. occupied "parking space" for opponent's pieces? 4. Common squares? [if I were to oversimplify]) really clears things up.

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