Chess Mentor is nice, but there are is a thing that annoys me a bit. If someone finds a so called "alternative right move" why does he still have to guess on time and for points the move the author wants? E.g. if I play the best move and he says sth. like: "Thats the best move, but we want to play sth. else." and then I try sth. else and he says sth. like "it is a good move, but not the one I want you to play", and he gives me a "wrong move". This way I get to the "right" move, which isn't necessarily better than the "wrong move", in the third try or have to go for a hint loosing some points. And then I feel like I don't get the points I deserve, because I have found the best move first and then a good move in the position, and the author admits it. But I have to guess a lot and get punished because I don't find the intended move of the author.
I know that it is important to consider different ideas. And it's great that the intended moves are not necessarily the best ones, because usually it's about ideas and not just single moves. But is it fair that one who finds the "intended" move first won't be punished for not finding the best move but vice versa?
If the text of the author has already given a hint on what the plan might be, it is Ok to handle it this way. But if the user is allowed to "fire at will" finding the "alternative best move" should be sufficient to proceed without being punished.
Just because. Hence I'm a Platinum member.
Mentor is much to my liking. I find it both encouraging and instructive. It gives me hope. I believe that it will allow me to become an intermediate chess player or better. It is my way forward, and it is fun!
I'll give it more thought.
Why Chess Mentor? Today I received a book in the mail entitled "How to Choose a Chess Move". I might be a rather good book, but after a few minutes with it I fell of to an afternoon nap, so for me rather than Choosing a Chess Move it resulted in me An Afternoon Snooze. I have never yet fell into sleep while using Chess Mentor. Besides that it is slowly moving me along toward making better chess moves.
Chess Mentor keeps me awake, stimulated and motivated. I will continue to improve through its use.
Sounds like the Mentor is for some people and not for others.
Mentor is highly encouraging. I keeps me motivated to improve my play. Starting out with the lessons I enjoyed a rapid rise in rating points. Later I got bogged down but now I regained traction. I am back on the rise though at a more moderate pace.
there is no time limit... for DIAMOND members that is.
Only for those with diamonds, I'm afraid.
Chess Mentor is one of the best programme, I have seen so far... It is a pain for me, that I want to report some serious bugs of Chess Mentor!
Whom Should I get in touch with?
Although, the software captures the Silman's ideas in great deal! There is some obvious things, I found that the authors have missed, to consider.
If you click help in the upper right corner near your name it will take you to a support page. On it you can send in an email.
But I don't have to pay twice as much until some one convinces me it's worth it.
If I start a course with mutiple lessons Chess Mentor does not seem to remember what lesson I was on. Is there a way to keep lessons in order from session to session?
I can see somebody convinced you. I would just like to know why it keeps putting me through so many identical king pawn ending lessons.
order of lessons:
I just upgraded to diamond because of chess mentor & videos. For chess mentor, I am trying to figure out a good order to take the lessons. Other than skipping the 1st one about rules, I have started from the beginning, although the first couple course are pretty easy. Still, I learned a few things & am looking forward to learning much more as I progress.
Could a master teacher (like dpruess) recommend the order I should take the courses? It seems like easiest to hardest makes sense to me, but that is not an option in settings. If I do sequential, you might do an 2000, and then drop back to a 1400 course, which doesn't make sense to me.
Any staff member or teacher input would be appreciated. I am fortunate enough to have the time to do 1-2 hours each day, and am determined to improve my game.
I just do sequential because I found adaptive confusing and I've gotten up to 1900.
With advent of the new rating scheme I have switched to adaptive.
We become mentors 2 d kids we train so we @ Royalty Chess Nation try as mch as possibl 2 step up our game.
Ichessu is the best website for kids to learn chess online. Their expert teams of coaches and chess masters teach the game in such a way that, it’s easier for children to understand and learn the game. They also offer chess mentors to learn from.
@DavW I must respectfully disagree, Chess.com is obviously the best website.