Creating chess flashcards?

  • #1

    What's a good website or program to create my own chess flashcards?

    I'm envisioning a position and a question ("What are three plans for White?") on one side, and the answers on the flip side.

    You'd think this would be a really obvious tool, but I haven't found it yet. (Also, I'm on a Mac, though I could probably run Windows under Parallels if necessary.)


  • #2
  • #3

    Do you want electronic flashcards, or do you plan on printing them on stock?

    What format does your printer require?

  • #4

    Electronic. Something I can use on on my Mac or (ideally) on my iPhone.

  • #5

    There's a program called Chess Position Trainer that claims to offer "Training based on flash-card concept", whatever they mean by that. Seems to be available for Windows only. I've never tried it myself, but I think they have at least a free demo:

    I actually stumbled across it when I was looking for the same thing as you: Chess flashcard software for the Mac. I couldn't find anything else, so I'm now considering creating my own flashcards using generic flashcard software. I'm quite happy with Mnemosyne ( which I use for vocabulary and grammar. It's free and available for Mac, but there's a ton of similar programs out there - Wikipedia has a nice overview:

    The problem is that while it's certainly possible in Mnemosyne to insert screenshots of chess diagrams into your cards, doing so is a major pain in the neck: You need to set up the position in some kind of editor, take a screenshot (or save it as an image), import the image, add comments, add the question and the answer. Rinse and repeat for every position you want to remember. A program that does all these things automatically would be great, please let me know if you ever find one.

  • #6

    Thanks, Mr. Hoof - sounds like you and I have the same need, and have come to the same conclusions. Wish there were a smoother workflow to do this.

    If I do discover purpose-built chess flashcard software, I'll update this thread.

    (The Chess Position Trainer website is so opaque I don't have much faith in the product's usability, but maybe it's worth a closer look.)

  • #7

    CPT is actually a very nice product, but it's cumbersome for general position training as non-connected positions need to be named. It is really designed for training openings -- a task it does very well.

  • #8

    I know this is old, but I'd suggest Anki

    in combination with this site for building diagrams.


  • #9
    RobertKaucher wrote:

    I know this is old, but I'd suggest Anki

    in combination with this site for building diagrams.


    Thanks for this!  I'm considering flash cards or at least a cheat-sheet to remind me what to do against certain opening variations - it would be nice to look at between games.

    I haven't yet, but I'm going to build up a repertoire with the free Lucas Chess' Personal Opening Guide (Scid may also have such a builder), explained here:

    I may be able to fit the trees on sheets of paper and individual diagrams on flash cards:


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