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  • #1

    I know this question has probably been asked a million times but, I have been searching for a while now and can't seem to find an answer. I am looking for a software program which deals with training you in chess openings. When I say "training" I am looking for the following:

     

    Something simple. I'd like a program that just drills you in learning the main lines, variation lines and possibly some continuations. Perhaps this can be achieved by playing against a program or engine where you have the option choosing what the engine will do like accept or decline gambits and then then the the engine will simply follow the predetermined lines and continuations. Or, perhaps the program can simply give you exercises that will somehow help you remember the main line, variations and again, some possible continuations.

     

    I really don't want anything that has theory in it or has annotations or comments or a multimillion game database for me to look at. I just want to be to choose an opening from the ECO and do exercises that help in the memorization of the main and variation lines. I also don't want to have to enter the sequence of moves by hand like some programs I've seen.

     

    Is there any such program like this?

     

    Thanks in advance.

  • #2

    HIARCS will do that for most common openings.  You choose to start a game against the engine and your starting position from a list of maybe a hundred openings.  You get to see the next move possibilities and popularity in the usual database format.  I guess the program has to choose the "best" move every time, but you can choose the most popular, the most successful, or whatever you want to explore.  Pretty sure most modern chess programs have something similar, but HIARCS is what I don't use....sigh.  

    Oh wait, that's not what you were looking for at all....my bad, but still a cool program.

  • #3
    Chessable (online), Chess Openings Wizard Professional (downloadable software), Chess Positions Trainer. You upload a PGN file or input moves to create one and then you can use the programs’ drilling features.
  • #4

    The easiest way for me to learn openings has been to look at many games and play them out quickly over the board to remember move orders. You should still study everything you look at and don't assume the person you are playing is gonna play along. Be prepared for anything and keep an open mind. 

  • #5

    Thanks for all the replies. I never got emails stating I received replies... Regardless, I have settled on Chess Positions Trainer. I like the interface. Thanks again.

  • #6
    dannyhume wrote:
    Chessable (online), Chess Openings Wizard Professional (downloadable software), Chess Positions Trainer. You upload a PGN file or input moves to create one and then you can use the programs’ drilling features.

    Danny -

    Can you provide a link to the software.  I have a Chessable (free) account, but cannot locate the download of the Openings Wizard Professional software.  When I Google it, I get links to Bookup.

  • #7
    Snoopy329 wrote:

    Thanks for all the replies. I never got emails stating I received replies... Regardless, I have settled on Chess Positions Trainer. I like the interface. Thanks again.

    Snoopy -

    Is this what you refer to?  Otherwise, can you provide a link the software?  Thanks.

    http://www.chesspositiontrainer.com/index.php/en/

  • #8

    Speaking as a chess coach, you could simply adopt Nimzowitsch's advice: get some master games in book form, cover the moves with card and try to deduce the next move.

  • #9
    tonyblades wrote:

    Speaking as a chess coach, you could simply adopt Nimzowitsch's advice: get some master games in book form, cover the moves with card and try to deduce the next move.

     

    That takes too long. 

  • #10
    RussBell wrote:
    Snoopy329 wrote:

    Thanks for all the replies. I never got emails stating I received replies... Regardless, I have settled on Chess Positions Trainer. I like the interface. Thanks again.

    Snoopy -

    Is this what you refer to?  Otherwise, can you provide a link the software?  Thanks.

    http://www.chesspositiontrainer.com/index.php/en/

    Yeah, thats the one.

  • #11
    tonyblades wrote:

    Speaking as a chess coach, you could simply adopt Nimzowitsch's advice: get some master games in book form, cover the moves with card and try to deduce the next move.

    In fact, Graeme Buckley wrote 2 books, Multiple Choice Chess I & II, that allow one to do exactly what you suggest....i.e., complete Grandmaster games are presented in which the reader is given the opportunity throughout the game to guess the next move, and be awarded points based on the accuracy of the answer.....a fun way to learn and compare yourself to the masters....

    https://www.amazon.com/Multiple-Choice-Chess-Graeme-Buckley/dp/1857442482/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1519268699&sr=1-3&keywords=graeme+buckley+chess

     https://www.amazon.com/Multiple-Choice-Chess-II-Everyman/dp/1857443098/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1519268699&sr=1-2&keywords=graeme+buckley+chess

     

     

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