Now let us start the main part of the chess game preparation against the opponent. Firstly, the player should have to create 3 separate databases or folders (this method can also be used to analyze own game and identify weaknesses)
- Opponent’s games with white pieces
- Opponent’s games with black pieces
- All the opponent’s games
Most of the chess players look only at the games with one of the colors. For example, if they are playing white, they look at the opponent’s black games. It is a mistake, let us see why it becomes a mistake.
Chess game preparation Step 01: Selecting the opponent’s Losing games
Since it is not practical to look at all of its games (due to time restriction) better to select some games for the chess game preparation. When selecting games we should have to select the longest games they played. It is the best opportunity to find an opponent’s weakness as the game extended much longer. Usually, players make the same mistakes all the time, even in the different periods of their career. Because it depends on the specifics of their character and on their typical way of thinking. Most of the time these factors are stale, if you can spot those key factors it will be favorable for you.
Step 02: Selecting the opponent’s Latest games
In chess game preparation you should also look at the newest opponent’s games. Those are the reflection of the current strength and weaknesses. You can search for the games which played in the last tournaments.
Step 03: Analysing the opponent’s strength & weaknesses
During this analyze you should realize what is the opponent’s strength and weaknesses. Following factors may be considered in the determination.
- Is he an attacker or defender?
- Which types of center he plays better (open center, closed center, semi-open center).
- His strategical skills (does he make strategical mistakes)
- His tactical skills, Can he find the tactical ideas? or does he miss the opponent’s tactical ideas?
- Does he make mistakes in the calculation?
- His endgame skills
- His openings repertoire. Is it versatile or not? Does he play the same lines all the time or play a lot of different lines? Does he play the lines, which contain a lot of theory forcing variations or more calm lines?
Chess game preparation Step 04: Making the final conclusion
If your opponent is an attacker, he likes to play the positions with an open center, he is good in tactics, he plays the long forcing theory lines.
Most of the attacking players have some shortcomings (Not all attacking players have these weaknesses but most of them have):
- Makes strategical mistakes
- Not so good in endgames
- Misses the opponent’s tactical ideas, his opening repertoire is small and his results are unstable
Using this you can choose the right strategy for the game and choose the most unpleasant opening line for the opponent. Hope that this will help in chess game preparation against your opponent.