Solitaire Chess

We are told by the chess masters that playing solitaire chess will improve our games. There are a number if different ways to do this, of course, with or without computers. But I have recently come across a really nice free solitaire chess program called "Guess The Move" that is fun to play because it has a built in chess engine--Stockfish--that compares your move against the move solected by the chess engine as well as against the move made in the actual pgn game. I have been using this  program to improve my opening play by downloading a group of games in which my chosen opening was played from an internet database. These games were loaded into Guess The Move and I can navigate through them and pick out the games I am interested in. The whole thing works simply and easily. When downloading the program make sure you have Microsoft's Net Framework on your computer, if not get it from Microsoft for free. Also download the zip file not the exe file. You can put the zip file into a folder and since it does not change your Window's registry you can delete it quickly and easily if need be. If interested and want to know more take a look at this video. BTW don't be bored by this persons style of delivery, he's a great programmer but not a great orator.


  • 4 years ago


    I think I already read it. Also I believe there was another book of the same title by Pandolfini, although I may have be mistaken. Most of these books can be gotten for free on the internet. I've read so many chess books my head is swimming. I think I prefer computer programs, I seem to learn best from them. I know about Chess Mentor  and do at least one lesson every day. This Guess The Move program works real good but of course it's not as good as something would be if each move were explained by a chess master. That's why I think should offer a full solitaire chess game and I've mentioned it b4 but so far no one seems interested.

  • 4 years ago


    You would probably like "Solitaire Chess" by IM Horowitz, it's worth $6.00 or so for a used HB copy (from amazon) I read it eons ago and I'm pretty sure IM Horowitz's commentary is  still more to the point than anything "said" by a chess engine, Stockfish is really good  but basically engines are best for finding calculation errors and moves overlooked by us carbon-based duffers. We're better at explaining chess concepts, strategies, etc. to each other IMHO 

    The chess mentor also has many lessons on openings, I'd recommend using it along with whatever else works for you.

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