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What's a good website or program to create my own chess flashcards?
I'm envisioning a position and a question ("What are three plans for White?") on one side, and the answers on the flip side.
You'd think this would be a really obvious tool, but I haven't found it yet. (Also, I'm on a Mac, though I could probably run Windows under Parallels if necessary.)
Denver what's the ace of spades in that deck?
Do you want electronic flashcards, or do you plan on printing them on stock?
What format does your printer require?
Electronic. Something I can use on on my Mac or (ideally) on my iPhone.
There's a program called Chess Position Trainer that claims to offer "Training based on flash-card concept", whatever they mean by that. Seems to be available for Windows only. I've never tried it myself, but I think they have at least a free demo: http://www.chesspositiontrainer.com
I actually stumbled across it when I was looking for the same thing as you: Chess flashcard software for the Mac. I couldn't find anything else, so I'm now considering creating my own flashcards using generic flashcard software. I'm quite happy with Mnemosyne (http://www.mnemosyne-proj.org/) which I use for vocabulary and grammar. It's free and available for Mac, but there's a ton of similar programs out there - Wikipedia has a nice overview: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_flashcard_software.
The problem is that while it's certainly possible in Mnemosyne to insert screenshots of chess diagrams into your cards, doing so is a major pain in the neck: You need to set up the position in some kind of editor, take a screenshot (or save it as an image), import the image, add comments, add the question and the answer. Rinse and repeat for every position you want to remember. A program that does all these things automatically would be great, please let me know if you ever find one.
Thanks, Mr. Hoof - sounds like you and I have the same need, and have come to the same conclusions. Wish there were a smoother workflow to do this.
If I do discover purpose-built chess flashcard software, I'll update this thread.
(The Chess Position Trainer website is so opaque I don't have much faith in the product's usability, but maybe it's worth a closer look.)
CPT is actually a very nice product, but it's cumbersome for general position training as non-connected positions need to be named. It is really designed for training openings -- a task it does very well.
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