Re: sfarmer29 - Chess King Program Overview [26:29]
: As far as an 'in-time' database reference I don't believe that there is one, but if you do the 'Full Analysis' (i.e., slowest) it will insert reference games like Fritz or Chessbase. I do like the features of being able to publish in pdf and if you have the full Adobe Pro you can edit the diagram size (otherwise you can do it in rtf then convert to pdf). I've always been a stickler about diagram position/size relation in my articles. I just got the program so I haven't really dealt with publishing yet, but you can look on the Chess King YouTube page for more info at http://www.youtube.com/user/chessking@Pobble
: Please let me know what you find when you do the test Classical Games. I am interested to know what you think of it's opening book play at different levels and your overall opinion of the function.@detroitman
: I agree, and I think I made mention of that in the video. Stronger players are going to get more out of programs like SCID, Fritz and Chessbase, naturally. Yet there are functions that are different in these three programs as well. For example; I wish CB or Fritz would do an MCO/ECO style opening sheet that SCID can create, and I wish SCID had an easier to use GUI like Fritz or CB.
Your concern about cost is absolutely understandable. I am uploading a video on the endgame module that Chess King sells. The modules are stand-alone and don't require the purchase of Chess King. Also, the modules all run for about $25 US.That said, what I like about the program
1-Great for families that want to have different accounts for each person
2-Very good for chess clubs and coaches with multiple accounts/players
3-Great for introductory level players, the 'Quest Mode', building up the ability to win with a large edge to a gradually smaller advantage is a nice touch.
4-The level adjustment bar for 'Classical Chess' training is good for lower rated players and those not used to making engine adjustments in other programs. Only Chessmaster has a similar ability, that I know of at least.What I don't like about the program
1-Notation / game score box, only two sizes of fonts to pick
2-Color graphics are possible, but a bit more complex than in Chessbase.
3-Text annotations - you have to open a separate panel to do this, in Fritz and CB you double click on the move and input your text.
4-In Fritz and CB, when you make a move the entire move is highlighted, in Chess King, the cursor bar is behind the move, and for an old man like me, this is a hassle.
5-There are functionality problems with my ASUS machine running Win7. Diego is working with me to get these bugs fixed and assures me that other ASUS machines are not having this problem.
I forgot to mention in the video that this program does run on a Mac (if people still use those these days
In the end, I would like to help Diego and Chess King make a run at being competitive in this market, and I feel if viewers/users make suggestions he may be able to implement these into future versions of CK. Then, with such improvements, $99 would not be a bad price when compared to other 'high-end' programs for the chess professional.
Right now, the only chess professionals that I can think would benefit from this program is a coach/teacher. It is a great tool for that. Also for chess clubs and families that want to 'play together to stay together'.
I am interested in getting feedback from viewers and from people who already have Chess King. Let me know what you think and I'll pass it along to Diego.