LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1   Report Post  
Old December 14th 12, 02:50 PM posted to
external usenet poster
First recorded activity by ChessBanter: Dec 2012
Posts: 11
Default Starting over

I apologize for a repeat of the most frequently asked question on chess
sites. Perhaps my question is a bit more specific than most. I was a
former USCF member and played for a short time in tournaments in the
Kansas City area back in the '70's (USCF ~1450 - no idea how that
compares with the Elo system now in use). Time and family took me away.
I did have an old copy of Chessmaster 4000 (I think it was) back in
the Win 3.1 days, and looked at Sargon which was the best at the time
but never really had time to become involved in study in those middle
years which is needed for tournament play.

But I retired, and now time is not as much of a factor. But age does
impair older players against the kids. So what I am thinking of doing
is working with school chess clubs helping new players learn and
analyze. But I need to bring myself up to date on computer aids,
databases and engines.

I'm running a high end Windows PC with a quad core processor (thinking
of building a new quad-core hyperthreaded (8 virtual cores) rig.

Looking at the wealth of available software is overwhelming. I'm
thinking of Fritz 13, but then I see these terribly expensive "systems"
such as Chessbase for hundreds of dollars (!) and wonder what they do
that Fritz doesn't do (just databases?). I see many free engines
available, then claims by other commercial engines for supremacy
(Houdini, Rybka, etc.).

So I'm thinking Fritz 13 is adequate for my purposes and level. What
about database reading and handling? Is there a program (paid or
otherwise) that is better than Fritz and/or that will do things Fritz
does not do (i.e. different formats, etc.). Are the databases and
Livebook features of Fritz adequate or does one need to look beyond that?

Cost is only a minor consideration here, and I plan to expand perhaps
again into the tournament arena depending on how I feel about my play.

Any comments or suggestions regarding playing, analyzing and database
software would be greatly appreciated. There seems to be a lack of
comparative reviews on the 'net.
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules

Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
starting a chess club [email protected] (Chess General) 0 April 21st 09 04:36 PM
Long Term Critics are starting to talk about voting for Sloan samsloan (Computer Chess) 3 March 26th 09 07:18 AM
Chessmaster 10 Starting a game Terry (Computer Chess) 2 October 7th 06 11:21 PM
Looking for games that are in the Starting out series Muggs (Computer Chess) 0 October 5th 06 02:17 AM
starting position in Fritz/Shredder Ange1o DePa1ma (Computer Chess) 5 March 15th 06 11:51 AM

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 11:58 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2004-2019 ChessBanter.
The comments are property of their posters.

About Us

"It's about Chess"


Copyright © 2017