Zak Analysis

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Something I have talked about over the years is my desire to one day use the method that Vladimir Zak allegedly taught in the Leningrad Pioneer’s Palace of taking between 13-17 hours to annotate a single game.

The formula essentially works out thusly:

  1. Play the game over quickly in 15 or 20 minutes to “awaken your thoughts.”
  2. Play it over the course of an hour to synopsize the key moments.
  3. Analyze key moments in detail over three to four hours.
  4. Analyze the opening for three to four hours.
  5. Play the game over one more and write analysis for four to five hours.

I am fairly certain I can not analyze every one of my games in this fashion as I don’t have that much time. However, I have always wanted to do one.

Here is the game I have selected. I will show my work over some upcoming blog entries.

Feel free to critique me on this journey. I think it will be interesting.

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott