FIDE CM Kingscrusher is the webmaster of Chessworld.net
Chessworld.net is a long established online chess site.

If you would like play relaxed, friendly online chess, then

or

And meet other Youtubers or perhaps even play me in a ChessWorld Simul
Support the Kingscrusher Youtube Channel: ►Support via PayPal ($)

 
Chess World Online Chess Forum - chess mentor

Chessworld Forum Topic


Play | Latest posts | IndexForum Name: Chess books
Forum goals: To discuss chess books
You are currently subscribed to this forum by Email - Click to unsubscribe
If you see anything that you find offensive, please report it to the Helpdesk forum

  Play ... Latest Forum Posts > Chess Forums > Chess books
  chess mentor

Billdor1967

Chess rating: 1294



 Topics started


United Kingdom
Give chess goodie
Tue Apr 3 2018 5:06PM | MsgID: 19783356


I’ve tried a few lessons and it starts with the basics and covers all the topics from different openings to end games. Most are locked,but it lets you play the odd lesson (game) at different levels.
I’m probably at about 1500 on this web site,but would like to move to a higher level. I just need to know why a player rated 1700 plays the moves they do. I’ve seen players put a Queen on a square,where a pawn could easily take it. But it’s left alone.
£79 per year for the full course,maybe a birthday/Xmas present.
Thanks again.



bwzins64

Chess rating: 2262





 Topics started


United States
Give chess goodie
Chess goodies: 1
Tue Apr 3 2018 1:47PM | edited: 1:50:22 | MsgID: 19783349


Sorry. I haven't tried the app. I have a disposable cell phone for emergencies, but that's it.

I looked pretty closely at their website, and it struck me as being geared more for beginners. The demo engine 'Magnus at age 5' was definitely beatable. If I got this, it would be for the lessons. The sample lesson that I saw wasn't too hard, but you did need to know a little bit about chess. And they must reach a respectable level, as you can win a chance to play the "real" Magnus. A lot of reviewers left comments like, "Learning chess this way was fun" or, "Their kid actually enjoyed chess now". I didn't see a price, but if it weren't too bad I would probably take a chance. Unless of course, you really HATED it.



Billdor1967

Chess rating: 1294



 Topics started


United Kingdom
Give chess goodie
Tue Apr 3 2018 9:44AM | MsgID: 19783341


Thanks for replying Brian. So in your opinion,was it good,bad,ok for a certain level? I’ve got the free app,but can’t seem to play a proper game against Magnus.



bwzins64

Chess rating: 2262





 Topics started


United States
Give chess goodie
Chess goodies: 1
Tue Apr 3 2018 9:03AM | edited: 9:14:41 | MsgID: 19783339


I played the demo version on their website. The game went 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Kd7. It was a back-and-forth struggle from that point on, but needless to say I came out on top.

https://www.playmagnus.com
They have a free app you can download.



Billdor1967

Chess rating: 1294



 Topics started


United Kingdom
Give chess goodie
Thu Mar 29 2018 11:08AM | MsgID: 19783178


Has anyone tried Magnus Trainer? How does this compare to any other chess trainer program and who is it aimed at?



bwzins64

Chess rating: 2262





 Topics started


United States
Give chess goodie
Chess goodies: 1
Fri Mar 23 2018 2:13AM | edited: 6:36:03 | MsgID: 19782913


I just found this post about another annoyance that I forgot to mention in my previous post...accepting more than one reasonable move.

"In general, Chess Mentor is a great learning tool. However, yes, there are often situations when I try a move, the program (IM Silman's course on Positional understanding) says "it's a great move, but you need to find another one"...and takes my rating points away! Just an example: not that I cared too much, but once I tried three reasonable moves in a row only to receive comments that they are all wrong. Then I turned on Rybka - they were it's #1,2 and 3 best choice accordingly. So why should I search for a 4-rate move and "enjoy" comments along the lines of "as a student, you must learn that...". That mentor tone from an IM accompanied by dubious solutions (from time to time) can drive one nuts."

- WGM Natalia Pogonina



bwzins64

Chess rating: 2262





 Topics started


United States
Give chess goodie
Chess goodies: 1
Wed Mar 21 2018 6:52AM | MsgID: 19782843


Originally posted by: "Grey-cells-teaser"
Thank you ElPractico.I appreciate your comment.
Since then, I have invested in the Dutch method; they call it “stappen methode” or the step-by-step method. The great thing about it is they have gathered al the booklets into three CD ROM, available from New In Chess. I bought step 2, as I think I know the rules of the game. The method is very gradual and easy to understand. It is geared to beginners. It concentrates especially in teaching to recognize patterns of tactics. I am very enthusiastic about it since it will fill gaps in my chess knowledge. The knowledge learned is readily applicable, because you automatically look for, say a pin; and you know what to look for having done the training exercises – which are easier than C*T Art, but more efficient.
Best regards;
Grey-cells)-teaser




I have a program called 'Chess Tutor' by TASC (The Advanced Software Company). It's also the step-by-step method like New In Chess's, but an older version. I started out with their DOS version in the 90's, and then upgraded to their Windows version when they came out with that. Originally, each step cost $41.65 (I still have the ad.) Or you could buy all five for the "discounted price" of $150. Now you can buy a CD with all five steps for $20, or less. A great value in my opinion. I've recommended it to several people throughout the years. I still use it, and still love it.

I'm answering your post because I just downloaded a demo of 'Chess Mentor' a few weeks ago and am not very impressed. There are several problems in my opinion. First, it's hard to see the program's moves, because it's done instantaneously. No highlighting or anything. I had to read what was written in the instructional text, otherwise I wouldn't have had a clue what was played. It's difficult to navigate games, because there are no VCR or Replay Arrows below the board. There is a Take Back button, but more often than not it's not active. The text was too small. I could change the font size in each window, but couldn't find a way to save or make all text larger. The Help doesn't work on my computer. Supposedly, "The Help for this program was created in Windows Help format, which depends on a feature that isn't included in this version of Windows". And I'm not too sure that Chess Mentor is even updated anymore. The newest date that I could find after hitting the "About Chess Mentor" button was 2004, so it's been a while. Get the demo and try it out for yourself.



Grey-cells-teaser

Chess rating: 1422





 Topics started


England
Give chess goodie
Mon Apr 15 2013 7:41PM | MsgID: 16403187


Thank you ElPractico.I appreciate your comment.
Since then, I have invested in the Dutch method; they call it “stappen methode” or the step-by-step method. The great thing about it is they have gathered al the booklets into three CD ROM, available from New In Chess. I bought step 2, as I think I know the rules of the game. The method is very gradual and easy to understand. It is geared to beginners. It concentrates especially in teaching to recognize patterns of tactics. I am very enthusiastic about it since it will fill gaps in my chess knowledge. The knowledge learned is readily applicable, because you automatically look for, say a pin; and you know what to look for having done the training exercises – which are easier than C*T Art, but more efficient.
Best regards;
Grey-cells)-teaser



ElPractico

Chess rating: 2174

 Topics started


United States
Give chess goodie
Mon Apr 15 2013 7:28PM | edited: 7:31:43 | MsgID: 16403155


CT Art is a good strong "tactics" study. "Chess Mentor" is a comprehensive study of chess in general; positional, tactics, middle game, endgame and most importantly a serious look of "imbalances" which is a key guide for determining your next move.

It's a study of finding the best move from Master games. It's a great learning tool! The moves and ideas are explained very well. You gain and lose rating points as you go through the excercises.

ElPractico



Grey-cells-teaser

Chess rating: 1422





 Topics started


England
Give chess goodie
Thu Feb 14 2013 5:09PM | MsgID: 16228494


Dear avid chess learners,
I wanted your opinion. I go to chess com where they have some good advice. I noticed an advert for ch*ss m*entor; their subscription is pretty steep £64/year. I bought ct Art (current price at amazon £29,95).
I wanted to know if any of you had used chess m*ntor. How does it compare with ct Art.
Best regards, Grey-cells-teaser