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tactics trainer is only about tactics, but there is also opening knowledge and strategy that it does not value.
Probably because the tactics trainer has quicker time limits to solve the puzzles, usually somewhere around a minute. With chess mentor you can take much more time doing the various lessons. You naturally will not be as acurate with less time to calculate, thus not scoring as well. Plus you might not be doing too many of the more difficult chess mentor courses. Some of the courses for beginners are rather simple. Others, like the roots of positional understanding course, can be extremely difficult.
what course are you studing in chess mentor?
chess mentor rating is totally uncorrelated to any other rating.
i studied "step up in tactics" course and i found i was able to solve them, so i doesn't learn anything but my chess mentor rating growed to 2117, then i started study the next course, ending &opening, i did good in ending, not very good in opening ( chess mentor opening course is UNUSEFULL at all) and now i'm 1902.
my tactic trainer rating is between 1400-1500 and my chess.com rating is around 1400.
Yes, the Chess Mentor ratings and Tactics Trainer ratings are not comparable. They are both independent and should not be compared to each other.
My chess mentor and tactics trainer ratings are both higher than my actual one. Can I play people in chess mentor?
chess mentor has hints and has a long time given
Tactics trainer is a useful tool but rating can vary alot. On a good day, I get on a roll and go to 1850 and then lose 500 pts in a half hour! Seems like after 5000+ problems my rating would stabilize somewhat!
My Chess Mentor Rating is also significantly higher than Either my Online rating or Tactics Trainer. As mentioned above the Chess Mentor rating is a totally different critter, but it is one of the best teaching tools out there.
Chess Mentor is a great study tool. It has defintely helped me to get better, which is my real goal. I have to admit that I don't really measure myself by how well I do on the site, even though I'm improving, I measure myself by how well I play when I'm sitting across from someone in person. I have become a lot stronger and am beating people who before wouldn't even play me regularly (the snobs, lol). I will agree that the on site rating thing is frustrating, though.
you are probably selecting the courses in chess mentor, whereas tactics trainer decides. In you selection, you probably choose lower rated lessons. If this isn't the case, then I would assume that you have difficulty with the time constraint of tactics trainer. My score is higher on mentor, but only by about 100 points- 1800 tt vs 1960 cm
hi demon, no i dont select courses on mentor. Both my CM and TT are set to adaptive. I am now at the point that i do not worry about TT rating anymore. I hide the time bar, and just try to solve as much puzzels as possible (right now 70% pass rate). I believe speed is key in this rating, and since i am just starting, I suppose it is better to be patient and take some more time. Anyways, TT and CM are great learning tools to my opinion!!
Yes, I agree. If you are just starting out and your goal is improving you should forget about the Tactics Trainer rating and try the problems untimed and take your time to solve and fully understand the problems.
I dont know about the chess mentor being useless in the openings.It has taught me why the pieces go where they go and,this is a major part of the opening's.Learning why the pieces go there can have a wonderful effect on improving your game.
As Patzer24 said try to work on fully understanding the problem b4 you try to solve.This will allow you to grow more than you realize.If you dont get some of the puzzles in the tactics trainer some of the courses will help aid you in your understanding of why the puzzles end when they do.(basically you understand why you have the advantage).
Ratings in those are to show improvement, not definte skill. I've been 500 in Tactics Trainer and 2000+ in Chess Mentor, and my internal rating is about 1150.