#1

Hey
Anyone use this ?
I have been playing for a while now - pretty basic level, I have started to get some wins against players around my ranking ~600/700 - mind you you start off with 800 ... hehe still not recovered from my initial hammerings

fizzypish Registered User
#2

Jan_de_Bakker said:
Hey
Anyone use this ?
I have been playing for a while now - pretty basic level, I have started to get some wins against players around my ranking ~600/700 - mind you you start off with 800 ... hehe still not recovered from my initial hammerings


Hey. Ya its a nice site. I mainly play the 3 day games and have a couple on the go. I'll play 30 min games occasionally. Dutch or Irish (I presume dutch...)?

#3

Irish living in Barcelona and occasionally Holland ..

fizzypish Registered User
#4

International chess man of mystery. I'm just tipping at 1400 (online, no clue what my on board would be and I really only play correspondence games so time pressures are something I've never dealt with). Use the analysis tool after each game. See where your mistakes came from. The tactics trainer gives you five puzzles a day. Do them too. I got the tactictrainer app too. Its pretty good. This will help train your eye to spot obvious **** like a bishop in line with a queen about to sack your king or pins etc..... The best way to learn is to lose, figure out why and try not to do it again. Also, try to find someone to play on an actual board. It'll keep interest up and its a different game on the board. I learned a handful of openings. This doesn't seem to be recommended (study mid game seems to be what the literature says, tactic trainer will help with this) as at my level I cannot fully understand them but having a plan from the offset makes me enjoy the game more. There's probably better ways but this worked for me. Does reaching 1400 count as working? probably not. Ignore everything I said. O and finally finally, my best wins came from me not trying to make that sexy attacking move, or going for the fork or devastating pin.... it came from letting my opponent **** up. Don't be fancy, be victorious.

#5

Nice, I have some friends who are ranked 1800, and he sometimes has chess tournies in his house, its a lot of fun - as you say it's nice to play on a real board.

I must get a nice wooden set actually ...

But yeah, they kill me

fizzypish Registered User
#6

https://www.athleteshop.nl/schaakcassette-wedstrijd-6-mahonie-essenhout-54-x-27-cm


I've only used it 5 times since I got it and I don't care. Its gorgeous.

O and 1800's are mythical beasts as far as I'm concerned.....

kal7 Registered User
#7

Chess.com is a great site, I play the daily puzzle mainly.

Only play my brother through email correspondence, but have real board set up.

Don't know my ranking.

I must have another look at tactics trainer and analysis tools.

fizzypish Registered User
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kal7 said:
Chess.com is a great site, I play the daily puzzle mainly.

Only play my brother through email correspondence, but have real board set up.

Don't know my ranking.

I must have another look at tactics trainer and analysis tools.


I distrust the free analysis tool at times. It gives inaccuracies at times when its optimal play doesn't leave such a good position. IDK, maybe I'm not clever enough to see its brilliance. It does highlight mistakes and blunders though so you see where it all went to ****.

Squall Leonhart Registered User
#9

Reviving a half zombie thread here, but..

Can anybody suggest good apps/websites to learn to become a better player?

I have the chess.com app, and I play tactics and usually do the daily puzzle. However, my daily chess score is only in the low 600s

I am winning maybe 35-40% of games I'm playing, and probably making gradual improvements, but as I play on my phone and don't have a laptop, using the analysis tool is very difficult.

I'm all ears

fizzypish Registered User
#10

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ao9iOeK_jvU&index=5&list=PLl9uuRYQ-6MBwqkmwT42l1fI7Z0bYuwwO
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoBAr08PApk&list=PL_9i-vG2pBSDtL9AmK6GiBsb6QdzvMZYs&index=1

I'd start right here if I were you. John Bartholomews fundamentals videos are pretty good. Just watched them.

Hutch is a gaming youtuber with an interest in chess. He got Tal Baron on to whisper sweet nothings in his ear while playing. I found this great as hutch is not at a high level and so thinks like us mere mortals do. Tal steers him towards better play. This I found really good as nearly everything he was saying or critiquing applied to me. I personally think watching a video/reading a book and applying it to a single game or two is far more beneficial than spending an hour on a tactics trainer or playing 7 games. At our level its concepts and good practices we need to develop. I think.....

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Squall Leonhart Registered User
#11

Great, thanks for the links, will check them out!

cdeb Moderator
#12

Couple of other suggestions -

ChessTempo.com is good for endgames. Endgames are vital for finishing off an opponent - not much point being able to spot a tactic if you don't know how to win from a queen up. ChessTempo gives exercises across a range of positions with just five pieces or fewer on the board - getting harder as you get better of course. Rook and pawn against rook is a particularly good one to know.

On tactics, are you looking at the ones you get wrong to understand the puzzle? It's key to avoiding the same mistakes in the future - and learning. At a simpler level, that can be done by looking at the solution, but oftentimes it helps to put it into a programme like Fritz or to talk the puzzle through with someone up the club who's better acquainted with patterns. (A computer programme is good for stuff like puzzles because it will show you moves which are clearly better than the alternatives; it's not so good for positional stuff like moving a piece twice in the opening, or putting something on the wrong square, because it can't really talk to you as such)

blergh Registered User
#13

I play 10 minute blitz games and do tactics puzzles on chess.com. My rating for both is over 1300 at the time of writing. [My tactics rating has dipped a bit recently and was over 1500 in May.]

Can anybody suggest good apps/websites to learn to become a better player?


I started playing regularly two years ago. My blitz rating two years ago was about 1000. So I've improved my rating by 300, which is a rate I'm happy with.

I think tactics puzzles are good for improving your game.

I play on a mobile and a tablet with the app. I find the analysis easy to use on both. I use the one minute analysis after most games.

Studying openings is a good idea but I've never had the time and motivation to do so. I think the best thing is to study and understand them. I don't think there is so much benefit to just learning off sequences of moves.

Getting some sort of insight into evaluating exchanges is definitely beneficial. For example two bishops together are generally much stronger than a bishop and a knight or two knights. Bishops vary hugely in terms of mobility/strength, largely due to the placement of your own pawns. Doubled or isolated pawns are weak and open to attack. Things like that. Also how to organise your pieces better.

It's worth paying attention to what your opponent is doing and especially why they're doing it

Playing some bullet games helps blitz. I lose on time much more frequently than I win on time, but playing bullet definitely has improved this. It's useful to be able to shift into a different gear when the clock gets low.

For endgames, knowing how to get a mate with a king+queen or king+rook against a king is worth learning. Having some idea of how to promote and block pawns when there are only pawns left on the board is also worth learning.

Really I think the best practice is just practice. Mainly it improves your mental model of a position. You also sometimes spot moves you've seen before and deal with them better. I think 10 minute games are good for learning because you see more different positions/games than you would after spending the same amount of time playing longer games, while still having time to think about what you're doing.

Ficheall Registered User
#14

lichess.org is very good - free, but no ads. Allows you to instantly analyse all of your games afterwards with stockfish - including pointing out what your mistakes in the game were and inviting you to find a better move, provides great analytics of your general performance; what openings you do well out of etc.
I mostly use it for the hourly blitz competitions. There are loads of chess variants too, but I only get hammered when I play those.

EoghanIRL Registered User
#15

I am currently starting to play chess.
I am using chess.com and find it very good.
10 minute games usually don't end with check mate but with time running out so I prefer 30 min games.

Also read the first 100 or so pages of Bobby Fischer's chess book online.

Even though I understand the concepts discussed such as back rank mates etc.. I struggle to set up these positions in matches.
Particularly struggling with openings at the moment , never sure when to trade off pieces early on.
Can anyone recommend a resource to help with openings ?

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