Annotated Games

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Today's trend to paste a strong player's name on glorified database dumps and strong engine analysis is not particularly useful to the vast majority of club strength players. Many of us have large databases of games (Quixote's Horse has a 6 million game database) and GM strength engines such as Stockfish are available for free. Obviously if those tools were all it took to turn a club strength player into an Expert or Master, then we would see those numbers exploding. However, the reality is that it is not happening. We believe that most players will benefit more from notes that better reflect HOW the players are looking at the game and not so much WHAT they are remembering or calculating. In fact, that is more than just a stylistic difference. The difference between a club player and an Expert or Master is not in the titled player's ability to calculate. Many club strength players calculate just fine. Instead it is the titled payer's superior planning skills that account for the difference in strength. In short, it is not WHAT is seen during a game but HOW the more experienced player is looking that usually decides the issue.

Here at Quixote's Horse, you will be offered more of a 'stream of consciousness' approach which, at least theoretically, should be much more beneficial to the developing club player than database dumps and engine analysis. We do not think as those engines do... and I doubt that anyone visiting this site can calculate at a 3000+ rating level. Personally I am lucky if I can remember the last game that I played, let alone hundreds of top GM games in whatever line of play is on the board in front of me with the clock ticking. However, over the years I have learned a few things about strategic based planning. My notes, particularly in the more recently played games, will tend to reflect HOW humans actually look at the board. Hopefully those notes will offer something useful that you might not be able to get from your powerful engine and huge database collections of games.

The following links point to the indicated individual games. Each game will offer a link below the game title back to this page. Of course the Main Menu items also appear at the top of each page.

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