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can i use fritz as a database application or do i really need houdini?
They are engines, not databases.
Good for about 5 million games.
Well, let me rephrase my question: If I have Fritz (engine), do I still need a stand-alone database program for intensive game study (on my road to mastership)? Is fritz enough?
these databases didn't seem to work, can you suggest some other good ones?
They do work, I was using both on my previous pc.
what do you use omar?
"Openings like the KID are not best"
Go back in time and tell that to Bobby Fischer or Judit Polgar today.
Don't forget Kasparov & too many others to think about listing.
are the statistics starting to look bad for the KID? I don't keep up with the data.
ive just read our very own GM Mark Paragua beaten in his KID by a 6 pawns attack. Ive never heard of a 6 pawn attack variation, but mark sure does know his KID and to get beaten in his pet opening is quite a scare for KID players who follow his games.
6 pawns attack!?? Wow! Of course I've heard of the 4 pawns, but I've never heard of the 6 pawns. Sounds like a lot of holes to keep guarded. It doesn't turn into a piece of swiss cheese looking position?
Play in tournaments only when you know you will have a better rating at the end. Else, it's a waste of money. :P
Thanks for the advice!
very reasonable study plan. just i can't understand how study 5 games in a hour because i spend like 1 hour studying a game.
I think I have put together a decent way to become a master, even if not a very high rated one. It requires 2 hours of training everyday. This might seem a lot for adults, but for kids and aspiring talents, it really shouldn't be. People are hesitant to put in the time and yet, like me, they spend hours staring at a screen thinking they are doing something productive. All they do, and all I do, is vegitate. Anyways, here is the plan:
First thing's first: You do 1 hour of tactics a day. Yes,....
This is a good plan, but not good enough. You need to have a GM or at the least an IM besides you 2 hours a day.
In a chess school, I believe a GM teaches at least 2 hours a day. So you will always lack behind.
Besides, you can't get far on your own, not far. Your progress will be minimal.
You've failed to mention studying endgames, which is a part of the game that can't be ignored especially if you want to be a titled player. Being a strong endgame player is critical. I can't disagree with anything you said though. I think an hour of tactics is enough. Anything more than an hour I think isn't all that beneficial.