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Having come to the conclusion that trying to switch back and forwards from analysing positions on a computer screen to a 'real' chess board is hindering rather than helping my chess I was thinking about getting a DGT electronic board. Its a totally different perspective looking over a chessboard to staring at a 2D screen and I just find it difficult to adjust playing OTB.
They are crazy expensive though, I don't know if I can justify £400 ($600) as an amateur player with a 1650 rating!
Of course I could just play the moves on the computer and copy them on an analog chessboard so I was wondering what advantage there might be to shelling out the big bucks for a DGT board, if anyone here uses one?
Surely there are other things that you can use the money for your chess instead of using it for DGT. But rating is not the reason why you need to have one.
I find a DGT eboard very useful when analyzing games from books (like My 60 Memorable games, etc.).
Analyzing on an ordinary board can be very difficult for beginners when faced with variations. When going deep into variations, one gets lost as it becomes difficult backtracking to original main line positions.
An eboard with, say, Fritz running helps immensely, as one can simply check out variations on the screen while keeping the main lines on the board. Also, the eboard will record all your games you might want to keep for posterity. :)
Playing with real pieces over the net is a bonus also. However, this is useful in non-blitz games only, as there's a delay involved with anouncing moves and moving actual pieces.
As a learning tool, I love it. The price is steep, though. Highly recommended if you can afford it.
Does any alternative exist?
Analyzing game following variations, restoring main lines, going for another variation, restoring original moves from original games, on the board without looking the line in the pc - will improve the analytical skills of a player.
I think the Novag Citrine chess computer can be linked to a PC. Still not cheap, but costs less than DGT boards.
Unfortunately the Novag Citrine reviews I've seen are universally unfavourable, it appears to be quite cheap and nasty for the price.
Not that I would compare my DIY boards with a DGT, but there's something to be said for giving it a look..
fragilio, start a new thread about your work. I'll analyse your webpage and see if it is repeatable. :) How much has it cost you already?
Done! It's cheap, < $30 all told depending on parts, it all started with my chess.com blog post from a year or so ago..
Post any questions you have.
I know the DGT e board expensive, I have 2 of them. I also the PS3 and XBOX360 are expensives as well my understanding that the games cost around $60.00. I done find them fun to play when on the internet I normally play time controls 15min which is perfect for me.
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