Advice Needed

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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.

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