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Post Re: zeitnotakrobat's training materials
Just saw another free program for guess the move training:

https://sites.google.com/site/fredm/

on this site the author has also a link to a youtube video, where he explains the program features.

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Post Re: zeitnotakrobat's training materials
Some thoughts on zeitnot:

In general, you will never be able to play always the best move throughout a game unless your opposition is very weak. A chess game is a struggle and it doesn't help to play a long sequence of best moves and in zeitnot blunder the game away with one move.
Some time ago I had the same problem and searched the web for tips, but there was only little I found and those guys often copied from each other. I think the first thing is to do some self analysis why you get in zeitnot.

Reasons for getting into zeitnot:
:arrow: Lack of confidence /Afraid to make mistakes. One of my students always gets in heavy zeitnot. He is calculating all variations several times to be sure he didn't miss something and he overestimates the strength of the opponents threats.
:arrow: Lack of physical fitness. This will let you get tired the longer the game runs and badly influence your concentration and ability to calculate.
:arrow: A strange fascination for a combination which almost works. I experienced this once against an IM where I could have sacrificed the queen for two minors and some pawns. I decided not to do it, but he played an indifferent move and after that I began checking the sac again... The end of the story was I blundered away a fully equal position after saccing a piece (correctly!) in zeitnot.
:arrow: Self discipline (this might be connected to the point above). Kotov says you may only calculate a variation once. Some players hop between variations, often because they cannot decide which one to chose.
:arrow: Lack of practice. Playing only a low amount of serious games.

Tips how not to get into zeitnot (or simply to save time?!):
:arrow: When your opponent thinks, try to work out your general, long term plan and strategy, so when it's your move you can think of how to achieve your goals.
:arrow: Play openings you studied well and know the general middlegame ideas.
:arrow: Knowledge of (at least basic) endgames will help you to decide when to go into the endgame and if it is a win, draw or loss without calculating.
:arrow: Knowledge of strategical ideas (pattern recognition?! btw a GM knows several thousand) helps to find the right move. Zibbit's video series on that is nice, but there are also some good books on that, one of my favorites is by Bronznik and Terekhin 'Techniques of Positional Play: 45 Practical Methods to Gain the Upper Hand in Chess' english version will be published in Octobre 2013.
:arrow: Develop a feeling for critical moments. I am not sure how to train this. Maybe by writing down the used time for each move and plotting this together with the evaluation of the position versus the moves. I remember Bronstein has suggested something like this.
:arrow: Do solitaire, guess the move or whatever you might want to call it. Take a database, book, magazine with games that contain high quality annotations. Get a database with the games without annotations and either analyze the games (write it down!) and compare. Or try to guess the moves played in the game using a fixed time per move or for the full game. This can help making decisions under time pressure.
I can really recommend 'chess hero' to do this, because it saves the history and after the game (or much later) you can check which moves you didn't find to see your weaknesses.
:arrow: Finally one that was given in the web. Playing some games with shorter time to get used to playing quicker. I'm not sure about that.

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Post Re: zeitnotakrobat's training materials
Some web ressources and books that might help to come to a better time management:

Dan Heisman's 'Novice Nook' series at Chesscafe contains some articles about time management and thought process
http://home.comcast.net/~danheisman/Articles/subject.htm

Some books, which I haven't read:
As far as I know (which means I am not sure :wink: ) John Nunn's 'Practical chess' and Simon Webb's 'Chess for Tigers' partly deal with the subject.

Eingorn's 'Decision making at the chess board' has a very promising title. I'm gonna read that in the next weeks.

EDIT: after having a quick look I wouldn't recommend this book. No general introduction, no introduction to the chapters, just pure games. Maybe in the comment there's something useful... In any case from the didactical point I think the reader needs guidance to the subject and explanations.

'Secrets of Chess Intuition' by Alexander Beliavsky and Adrian Mikhalchishin. Developing intuition will of course help to find best moves quicker.


'Right Decisions', Chess Training, Jacob Aagaard / Esben Lund by ChessBase seems not to be a good choice. It contains many positions for practicing, but only variations as solution and no explanation why.


'Thinking, Fast and Slow' by Daniel Kahneman. A book on thinking and decisions in general, clearly not chess related.

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Post Re: zeitnotakrobat's training materials
As owner of an android smartphone I have been trying some chess apps recently.
There is a nice article on chess.com by Sam Copeland giving an overview http://www.chess.com/blog/SamCopeland/the-best-android-apps-for-chess, so I will skip apps mentioned there. Sam also links to an article by Silman covering (mainly commercial) chess apps for Apple products.

This is what I tested so far:

Chess Evolution Puzzle Hero
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hu.gever.chess
Nice puzzle collection (at least when leaving the beginner levels behind :lol: ), nice interface
Online connection required

Chess Tactics
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vv.mtc
Puzzle collection for white (free) and black ($$$), few hundred puzzles included. I noticed in one problem black catches an own pawn, so there is no chess engine or knowledge implemented. Also remember a puzzle where white can win a piece on a5 by Qa4+ or Qb5+, but only one move is accepted.
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Chess Puzzles
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.levesque.chesspuzzle
Also nice app. Two things I don't like:
1 you have to slide the pieces across the board and not simply tap on pieces and destination. A horror in bus or train...
2 insists on given solution. Means it is not enough to win a piece but you even have to guess how to take when there are equivalent ways...
Rating system is included.
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Chess puzzles, Chess tactics
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jogo.chess_puzzles
Discontinued, last update was 03/2013.
In principle the app is ok, but never tested it in detail. There is one bug that confuses me completely and that is the color of the squares is inverted. h1 is a black square here!
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Schach Puzzler
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.appicenter.android.problem
Chess problem collection (several 1000 from easy to difficult), nice interface, shows only diagrams and first move of solution, means you can't move the pieces!
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Of course I also use chess.com, scid on the go, droidfish

But I am still searching for something similar to LukasSchach, ChessHero for training. If anybody knows an app which has such features let me know!

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Post Re: zeitnotakrobat's training materials
zeitnotakrobat wrote:
But I am still searching for something similar to LukasSchach, ChessHero for training. If anybody knows an app which has such features let me know!

"Perfect Chess Trainer" might have the feature you're looking for.
http://www.perfectchesstrainer.com/
https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... droid.demo
https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... er.android

My fav apps: http://katar.weebly.com/blog/chess-apps-for-android

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Post Re: zeitnotakrobat's training materials
hey katar,

well, the feature list of the program looks really like the ones I was looking for, thank you. I will try the demo within the next days.

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