CT-ART vs Chess informant anthology of chess combinations

dubrovnikchessset2

CT-ART vs Chess informant anthology of chess combinations

Has anyone consumed both and can tell me

if these two works overlap or if one is better?

ct-art would be more convenient bc it has an iOS app 

the anthology may be more comprehensive?

thanks

MGT88

I have the book which I believe is related to CT-ART: https://www.houseofstaunton.com/combinative-motifs.html. It appears to be out of stock but they have a "shop-worn" copy available: https://www.houseofstaunton.com/shopworn-combinative-motifs.html.

dubrovnikchessset2

Yes the one by Blokh 

 

that is the content for CT-ART

 

do you know how it compares to the content of

Anthology Of Chess Combinations

by Aleksandar Matanović

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10415216-anthology-of-chess-combinations

 

Chessoholicar

I used both. CT-ART is tool for learning tactics, AOCC is collection of combinations played by GM's and sorted by tactical motivs. 

In my AOCC (2005 year edition) you can find 2709 combinations sorted by motivs. This are not easy combinations. For elo 2000 and up.

My CT-ART has 4000 combinations for elo  1700-2400 (you can choose the level) divided in to 50 topics. And when I bought CT-ART 6.0 I got with them "Elementary chess combinations" course with more than 5000 exercises for beginners.

Chessoholicar

beafraid3

Good

dubrovnikchessset2

Thank you very much

ill get through CT-Art first before attempting AOCC

beafraid3

This is the best Make sure you get material for your level and above

dannyhume
Do these collections have any particular value now that the tactics trainer here and chess tempo have exponentially more problems, you can check your wrong answers with an engine on those sites, and you can sort these problems by rating and/or motif?
MGT88
dannyhume wrote:
Do these collections have any particular value now that the tactics trainer here and chess tempo have exponentially more problems, you can check your wrong answers with an engine on those sites, and you can sort these problems by rating and/or motif?

Having done many thousands of both (book problems and tactics trainer problems), I can tell you without a doubt that book problems (i.e., problems hand-selected by a human) are always of higher quality/instructional value than tactics trainer problems. With that said, tactics trainer problems have their advantages of course (very convenient/numerous/etc.).

beafraid3

The tactics trainer here is a joke.

Chess t from real games meaning most just win material and are from games above 2100.CT-ART is perhaps the best trainer over time patterns will be learned if you work hard you will go far.

I belong to chess t and I have CT-ART (several products) it takes work

dubrovnikchessset2

It’s been said already but yes books and apps have different pros and cons

 

i break these out into several categories

 

  1. books
  2. Apps sourced from books
  3. filtered online sets
  4. random online sets

 

books and apps sourced from books have the benefit of the material being hand selected. The author can order the puzzles by pattern which is great for learning.

 

apps sourced from books, like CT-Art, have the benefit of interactivity.

this is also a con, bc the user can make one move, get it right, then think more for the next move, etc. 

books forced you to calculate the whole variation first. Books I think are better for training calculation and visualization. Apps may be a smoother and less frustrating  learning experience

 

online tactics trainers are more random, and the quality depends on the games they’re sourced from. You can create your own sets of themes tactics with rating bands on chesstempo and now here but it’s still not quite the same as a book

 

i like all of the above but there’s nothing like finishing a book

 

dannyhume
Books are not as good for graded learning ... you will often have short sets of problems where 2300-level problems are mixed in with 1000-level problems.