Analysis

 

Of course, analysis can sometimes give more accurate results than intuition but usually it’s just a lot of work. I normally do what my intuition tells me to do. Most of the time spent thinking is just to double-check.  -  Magnus Carlsen

 

It's a very special generation, because during our careers the computer entered chess. So we know how to play without computers, which is also important. We can analyse without computers. I am not saying that younger players cannot do this, but we are more in the habit of doing this. That's important to improve your chess understanding.  -  Vassily Ivanchuk, born 1969 (2012)

 

Sometimes it happens that the computer's assessment is very abstract. It's correct, but it's not useful for a practical game. You have to prove the assessment with very strong moves and if you don't find all of these strong moves you may lose very quickly. For a computer this is not a problem, but for humans it is not so easy. (2012)  -  Vassily Ivanchuk

 

In analysing complicated variations one must examine each branch of the tree once and once only.  -  Alexander Kotov

 

When you have finished analysing all the variations and gone along all the branches of the tree of analysis you must first of all write the move down on your score sheet, before you play it.  -  Alexander Kotov

 

Like Dvoretsky, I think that (all other things being equal), the analytical method of studying chess must give you a colossal advantage over the chess pragmatist, and that there can be no certainty in chess without analysis. I personally acquired these views from my sessions with Mikhail Botvinnik, and they laid the foundations of my chess-playing life.  -  Garry Kasparov

 

By strictly observing Botvinnik's rule regarding the thorough analysis of one's own games, with the years I have come to realize that this provides the foundation for the continuous development of chess mastery.  -  Garry Kasparov

 

Analysis is a glittering opportunity for training: it is just here that capacity for work, perseverence and stamina are cultivated, and these qualities are, in truth, as necessary to a chess player as a marathon runner.  -  Lev Polugaevsky

 

Analysis, if it is really carried out with a complete concentration of his powers, forms and completes a chess player.  -  Lev Polugaevsky

 

It is not possible to become a great player without having learned how to analyse deeply and accurately.  -  Mark Dvoretsky

 

It is hardly useful if you trustingly play through variation after variation from a book. It is a great deal more useful and more interesting if you take part actively in the analysis, find something yourself, and try to refute some of the author's conclusions.  -  Mark Dvoretsky

 

Training in analysis (like any other form of chess training) should be treated very seriously.  -  Mark Dvoretsky

 

Chess mastery essentially consists of analyzing chess positions accurately.  -  Mikhail Botvinnik

 

Along with my retirement from chess analytical work seems to have gone too.  -  Mikhail Botvinnik

 

I claim that nothing else is so effective in encouraging the growth of chess strength as such independent analysis, both of the games of the great players and your own.  -  Mikhail Botvinnik

 

The triumph of the analytical movement, which formed in the '30's and '40's, was precisely what earned the Soviet masters the acclaim of chessplayers the world over. Unfortunately, it must also be noted that, for today's chessmasters, the watchword is practicality.  -  Mikhail Botvinnik

 

It is a well known fact that almost all the outstanding chess-players have been first-class analysts.  -  Mikhail Botvinnik

 

Like the alchemist of old, for ever searching for the philosopher's stone, the analyst to-day never stops looking for stronger moves to prevent the defender from establishing equality.  - Savielly Tartakower

 

To my surprise I found that when other top players in the precomputer age (before 1995, roughly) wrote about games in magazines and newspaper columns, they often made more mistakes in their annotations than the players had made at the board.  -  Garry Kasparov