Analyzing classical games

I’ve recently started playing some actual tournements and playing classical chess at decently high level. And I’ve found myself struggleing to learn anything from the games I play.

I’m used to playing rapid games, where you will make at least 1 mistake or come up with a clearly bad plan every game. So it’s quite easy to find mistakes, understand why they are mistakes, and learn from them.

In classical however, I’ll write down the moves, plot them into the engine, and it will tell me I made 2 inacurracies. And I won’t be able to understand why they are inaccuracies because the lines that make these moves inaccurate are so deep that I can’t possible find the reason by looking at the moves with an engine. So essentially, the engine will tell me what a better move is, but not why it is a better move.

I’ve found that just talking to your opponent after the game is the best method to learn from these games, or possibly to ask the local GM for his oppinion on a certain move/position. But this is rarely possible since I play on a Tuesday evening, so when the games end my opponent and myself need to go back to their families or to bed to wake up early the next morning.

It gets quite frustrating, struggling in a position for 4 hours, losing, and not even being able to learn anything from it. Makes you feel like you might at well concede on turn 8.

So I was wondering, how do people analyze their classical games? The ones that you can’t just plot into the lichess engine and hope it tells you everything you did wrong.



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