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Hi all. I am a beginner-level player and I have been playing chess for a few months on chess.com and decided to join diamond-style.
For my chess mentor settings, I chose "ADAPTIVE", "ALL THEMES", and "ALL GOALS", but under "Lesson Pool", the default is "Lessons I have not attempted".
As a beginner who struggles with blunders, spotting 2-move combos and the most basic simple 1-2 move tactical motifs, should I change this setting to one of the other categories such as "All lessons"?
I need help in every aspect of chess and I need the repetition that I thought was automatic with adaptive mode.
The "Lessons I have not attempted" setting seems to tell me that I will not be getting that repetition regardless of my performance. The "All lessons" setting seems to tell me that I will be getting repeat lessons on how to move a rook 3 squares to the left (I do plan on starting from the beginning regardless, just don't want to repeat simple rules of the game over and over). As for the in-between settings, how much perfection for a lesson is warranted before exposing one-self to increasingly complex ideas to optimize development of the critical pattern-recognition/visualization/calculation skills for the more simple ideas?
I guess I was under the impression that adaptive mode would simply score me low when I struggled and repeat the lesson for me at a later date (as it does on the CD version of Chess Mentor I bought), but the "Lesson Pool" headings have confused me on how Chess Mentor does this, especially the default heading "Lessons that I have not attempted", which seems to imply that if I struggle with a simple lesson, I will never see it again unless I reset my scores and start all over. I figure this is just something about the program I don't understand.
Any advice on these Chess Mentor settings for a beginner (who wants to start from the absolute beginning) would be much appreciated. Sorry for the length of the post. Thanks.
I have my setting on sequential and go through the courses I want, lesson by lesson. This seems to be better for me at this time.
Thanks for the suggestion...does it repeat any of the lessons on that setting if you happen to perform poorly the first time around?
no, it won't repeat if you go sequentially.
you might have better luck at your level just working through individual courses.
Thanks for the suggestion, Erik. One last question...
Out of the 4 "lesson plan" settings, which is preferable for getting the most benefits from adaptive mode? I'd rather the computer track my progress and tell me what to work on rather than myself (as I need help in all areas).
I really enjoyed the solving cycle mode on the CD-rom version of Chess Mentor 3, with computer tracking and re-presenting me challenges I struggled with (I maybe covered 700 or so exercises this way, but it kept my interest/motivation high).
you can go here to FULLY customize your mentor experience: http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/custom_training_session.html !
Yes, thanks. I went with your suggestion to go sequential and have set up my Chess Mentor in this manner...
Rating: Min [X] Max [X+100]
Lessons I have not attempted
Then when I finish the lessons in that rating range, I repeat the ones that I failed, then the 3rd time I repeat the ones I did not perfect.
Thus I am trying to gradually ascend the rickety chess ladder 100 points at a time, covering multiple aspects of the game.
Thanks for the good suggestions.
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