Advice Needed


I am back to chess after a long layoff. I am working to get a study plan together.

So far, I am studying openings 25% of the time, endings 25%, tactics 25% and playing 25%. For now, I have settled on Queens Gambit, Grunfeld and Caro Cahn. To start,I am trying to identify 15 or 20 important positions for deeper study.

I would probably win more games immediatley if I dropped endgame study for a while, but it is more fun for me than studying openings. Eventually I will get some opening sense back and I think it will pay off then.

My question... How should I be using chess engines and which one or ones?

I have Fritz, but I must admit I find it and the Microsoft style ribbon unintuitive. It seems I spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to do simple things in the program.

The help files are only partially helpful.

So... what engines do you use and how do you use them?

All comments welcome.

Thanks in advance.


  • 3 years ago


  • 6 years ago


    Thank you for the thoughtful comments and advice. I am quite sure that I could not go wrong by studying endings and more endings, tactics and more tactics. When I played many years ago I largely ignored openings and did resonably well against sub 2100 players, but I did often slowly grind out a win from poor, cramped opening positions that I had clearly lost. Of course, sometimes I lost the opening so badly that I could not recover and the stronger the opponent the more likly this was.

    I wonder what it would be like to not lose the opening.

    Still, I think the advice is very sound...abiltiy, understanding and knowledge is more important than memorization of lines of positions.

    Thanks very much!

  • 6 years ago


    Time ,time,time!If Your needs most effective method -i think only try COORDINATE your pieces-100% of time-this is Capablanca-Morphy method-just study games of two greatest players!My BEST REGARDS! Fast coach.

  • 6 years ago


  • 6 years ago


    My humble advice ; Ask the source of misdom in " JEREMIAH 33 :3 " and prosper !///

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