Saturday, May 27, 2006

New Idea

Just was struck by inspiration! What do my fellow bloggers think of the prospect of entering the positions and games from some middlegame manual like Silman's Reassess Your Chess into Chess Position Trainer. In this way, you could not only get the benefit of reading through the games once, but from then on you could easily access any part of the book by simply going to the repertoire of the game, rather than having to set up a chess board, etc. Just thinking...

7 Comments:

At 7:02 AM, Blogger sciurus said...

Before you start 'typing' the positions in: take a look at the DB Books List. They have (free!) pgn files for many chess books. I don't know how accurate they are, though.

 
At 9:50 AM, Blogger takchess said...

http://www.uni-klu.ac.at/~gossimit/c/chess.htm

this link is like DB books but doesn't require passwords like db books.

 
At 4:56 PM, Blogger generalkaia said...

Thanks guys, but those don't seem to work in chess position trainer. i'm still figuring out how to put the positions in though. thanks for the input. if i find the right program for either of those websites, i will definitely take advantage of that.

 
At 9:55 AM, Blogger bahus said...

How to copy positions to CPT:

a.) Search for the pgn -file with all the games / position of the book (sciurus gave the link above)

b.) Fire up your chess program (Fritz, Winboard etc.) and copy position

c.) Paste position to CPT and type in the moves.

I've tried to import the whole pgn -files to CPT but it works best if you only copy the position and then make the moves yourself (while reading the book).

I tried it some time ago but somehow it didn't work for me. I think the method is sound, the book I was using just wasn't suited for memorizing. I plan on starting Art of Attack (again, last time I got to page 15 :) and insert those diagrams into CPT for practice...

- bahus

 
At 11:15 AM, Blogger sciurus said...

GeneralKaia asked me about the password protection of the DB Books list. To be honest, I did not notice this "flaw" right away. I only stumbled over the site a few weeks ago and thought "great, let's take a look at these files some day". Seems the deal is as follows: You have to submit one of your books that is not yet in the database. Then and apparently only then you will get the password to unzip the files. Sorry for the inconvenience!

I took a look at the site takchess recommended - looks fine, no passwords here. Unfortunately (at least for me), the files there are in chessbase format which I can't read, because I am running Linux...

 
At 10:50 PM, Anonymous hidden said...

Are you still alive?

 
At 12:36 PM, Blogger generalkaia said...

yep, i'm still alive. i just finished finals, and I'm officially a senior! more time for chess and running now, since its summer.

 

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