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elliethemutt 51 ( +1 | -1 )
learning from computer programs I play gameknot addictively and my rating never really improves. I've tried reading books on chess strategy but I'm not a learn-from-books type learner. I do learn well from computer program instruction. I know people use computer programs to cheat, and I don't know what programs those are, but I'd like to invest in computer program(s) that will teach me to improve my skills and strategy. Any suggestions? I've seen mention of Fritz and Chessmaster and there seem to be many versions.
kewms 59 ( +1 | -1 )
Do you analyze your own games? Especially your losses?

Everything I've read suggests that the two best ways to improve are analyzing your own games, and trying to guess the moves as you play through GM games.

Playing against a computer can help if you are dropping pieces, as computers punish tactical blunders, but they don't play much like humans and can make you overly cautious.

I might also suggest that you slow down. At less than an hour per move, there's a good chance you aren't spending enough time to see everything.

hewhomateswins 73 ( +1 | -1 )
Learn tactics If you want to get better then learn tactics, thers no point learning strategy at this point because
at your level if you have good tactical knowledge then you will win most of your games. You
can learn tactics by doing chess puzzles of which there are loads of on the internet including this
site, or get a book on tactics. Dont wory though, books on tactics are not a load of boring trash
like books on strategy are, and the best one I have found for a beginner is 'winning chess' by
Fred Rienfeld and Irvin Chernov. If that doesnt make you better then you might as well give up
chess and try somthing more basic, like snap for instance.
knightnothorse 62 ( +1 | -1 )
Chess Mentor looks like a good bet... I have read really good things about Chess Mentor (, and was very impressed with the downloadable demo. One of the thing I liked most about it was that as you are going through the exercises and guessing the next move, it gives feedback on all of your available moves, not just the correct move -- haven't seen that before in any other software. With holidays around the corner, this will be at the top of my list. Anyone else have experience with this program?
greenrat777 85 ( +1 | -1 )
i have a old chess ch 7 . chess computer . i used to lose to it most times . then i got a book called bobby fischer teaches chess . after reading the book i started 2 win most games against chess ch 7 . you write in the answer to a question on one page . then turn to next page and see if u got the correct answer . i recommend you dont write in the answer . that way you can go over the book from time to time . i also have chessmaster on x box . it is helps me in learning chess openings . read about a chess opening in chess books . the logic and strategy behind the chess opening and then go over it a lot of times on the chessmaster version on x box . it has lots of chess openings and variations . the books and the chessmaster working together should help you get through the first 12 moves of most games with a advantage or even game .
greenrat777 14 ( +1 | -1 )
chessmaster x box i have not played a lot of chess on chessmaster x box . i use it mostly as a tool to improve my chess game . well i hope it has improved my chess game .
spurtus 9 ( +1 | -1 )
Aspirations when playing a chess computer should not be to beat it, but to see how long you can go toe to toe with it.
easy19 18 ( +1 | -1 )
The best way to learn (in my opinion) is to play a lot of games with a strong opponent (s) face to face specially wen that someone explains what you are doing wrong and wright.
wschmidt 63 ( +1 | -1 )
Michael, Both Fritz and Chessmaster are excellent. Fritz has a higher learning curve but is considered world class. Chessmaster is definitely more user-friendly and for ordinary mortals like us, perfectly good. Looking at your rating I'd say more than anything else tactical work is the order of the day. In addition to studying tactical positions, reviewing your own games and then having a chess engine analyze them for tactical errors will help you a lot.

If you decide to go with Fritz or Chessmaster, send me a PM after you've played with the program for a day or two and I'll share a few ideas about how to get the most out of the analysis function. ws