Hi all. An excellent way to improve your game is to review your games afterwards. Your games are a springboard to additional learning when you identify your weaknesses and any missing concepts that cost you the game. One problem many players encounter is they haphazardly go over the game—they run through it quickly and maybe even let an engine do most of the work. The problem with this approach is that most learning comes from pondering the game and asking questions about moves and ideas you had at the most critical moments.
I made a downloadable Game Review Checklist to give you ideas of what to look for while reviewing your games. The Checklist breaks down the review process into three distinct phases:
Phase I – manual review with no engine help. This should be done on the game board.
Phase II – engine review, or if you have a teacher or stronger player to review the game with you this is where they would come in. (If using an engine, Go Review Partner is good for this purpose.)
Phase III – identify lessons learned. Identify all things you need to work on based on your analysis and the engine / stronger player analysis. You should then add these to your study journal.
In this way, I hope you will improve your game and find more enjoyment in reviewing your games.