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Using Fritz for Tactics Training

  • #1

    I have Fritz 11, and I want to use it to drill my tactics.

    I have created a tactical database of problems, with the solutions given in the annotated move notes...  The problem is basically this:

    1. If you use a standard layout, you can see the solution to the tactics problem.

    2. If you use BOARD ONLY layout, then you cant see whose move it is, and if you try to move a piece, it shows you the solution by showing you the move you are replacing.  Plus its annoying to have to move the pieces just to see whose move it is.

    3. The tactics database is in a certain order that I've memorized, so I would like to randomly shuffle the tactical diagrams, but there is no way to do this.

    So you can see, Fritz 11 isnt exactly ideal for tactics training.  Any solution to these problems?


  • #2

    dont know

  • #3

    Use the chess.com tactics trainer instead?

  • #4

    Fritz 11 has a tactics trainer. WEll I guess I mean Playchess does. IF u just got it this year it has a free membership to playchess. Playchess has a great tactics trainer.

  • #5

    Chess.com is one of the best I've seen but you have to pay to play.

    otherwise, try http://chesstempo.com/

  • #6

    When I think of Fritz and of tactics, I think of "sparring mode."  God, how I used to kick myself when the move list would update with one of those "missed something!" annotations.  Great stuff.  That feature alone set Fritz apart from the pack for me (along with its classic analysis annotations).

  • #7

    use tactics trainer on chess.com! its my favourite tool here

  • #8

    Thanks, but perhaps you've missed the point!  I didn't explain myself clearly, but this database I've created is with positions that I need to specifically work on.  They are hand picked positions, designed to correct my weaknesses in certain areas..

    So its important that I drill these specific diagrams, not a bunch of randomly chosen ones...

  • #9

    agreed. i would like this feature as well. it seems chessbase8 had a similar feature but i can't seem to find a way in Fritz 12 or other software.  

    I want  to build or compile a tactics database of my own games, tactics for a specific position, or specific opening theme tactics. (for example: tactical motifs of the stonewall, or positional motifs of the stonewall for example)  Thus learning the Stonewall at 16-1700 level in a matter of days or a week. a close software is 'Chess position trainer' CPT.  

    I feel years of playing chess at 1400-1600 level and years of study in the wrong direction would be saved, with the topic of this subject.  all books start out KISS then get way too variation specific, analyse to death only for equality.  and CPU programs will nearly always kick our butt in any equal setup position in the middle game.  

    NOTE: Tactical motifs and real game examples of how they are played out to success are the Game Gems database I believe we are looking for.  

    We forget how greats like Lasker often played inferior positions making the opponent uncomfortable.

    Computer analysis will always show equality answers.   However; BE Warned.  creating a database of tactics, and memorized move patterns May Very Well hamper over the board analysis, and the roots of positional/tactical understanding will become your bane...and also time consuming to pinpoint.

    Good luck on your search for a solution; and please post if you find an answer.

  • #10
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