Steve Lopez wrote:
If Chess Titans is constantly beating you it can’t be that badly designed :lol:
No but seriously, playing computers is just about the worst thing a beginner can do because it’s just disheartening to get crushed every time (powerful computer programmes are capable of beating GM’s now a days)
Get online and play human opponents (there’s plenty of free sites out there http://www.chesscube.com
is the best in my opinion).
The only way to get better is practice!
We need to qualify that a bit, because chess software is much more scalable these days than in the distant past. Chessmaster offers a plethora of pre-generated computer opponents (with estimated Elo ratings that are surprisingly accurate), and the Fritz family of programs offers "Friend mode" which is set up to modify its strength based on a users' past performance, with the goal being to allow the user to win 20% to 25% of the games against it. So it's not remotely "the worst thing a beginner can do". I would even argue that it's more
beneficial for a beginner than online play because the new player is free to make mistakes without the risk of judgment or insult that occasionally crops up in online games against a human opponent.
My advice is to mix it up. Practice against computer software, then play some online games to test how you're progressing.
Well some might say you’re a little bias Steve - Been associated with Chess Base you have to try and hawk all their stuff don’t you :wink:
It is true that you can alter the settings on Fritz and Chess Master (which in my opinion is actually superior to Fritz in that respect) to match your skill and make it more “human”. But to me it still feels like playing a computer, and no matter how “human” you can make them, computers play differently to humans - get too used to playing them, especially when just starting out, and you will come unstuck.
I was however more referring to Chess Titans when I made my original point, I appreciate Fritz is far more sophisticated and well worth buying - I never play against it anymore, but it’s invaluable for analysing your own games and keeping a database. I’ve only been using it for a year or so and I don’t know how I ever managed without it now.
As for the risk of judgment and insult after loosing an online game - I think you can rest assured that any opponent who feels the need to do that has very
small genitals :wink: