Know when to trust the output of the chess engine
A chess engine works well in some situations, and worse in some other. The method I will describe is using the chess engine as a coach and help. That means it should only be used where it provides a good advice. So first thing to do is to figure out where the chess engine gives good advice:
- The chess engine gives good advice in situations where a reasonably limited number of possible moves lead to (or avoids) a forced result/advantage
- The chess engine gives good advice on what not to do. It is very good at spotting blunders, which by definition is a low number of moves which lead to a forced result/disadvantage
- The chess engine only gives good results when it has gone so far in the analysis that it has penetrated the effects. If the chess engine analysis too short in a complicated situation, it possibly gives bad advice. I have found what often works for me as enough time and sensitivity for the analysis.