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The chess world is very different from what it was 20 years ago. The internet changed everything, allowing chess players from all over the world to play each other live as well as to access a whole host of chess training tools.
1. Chess Tactics Websites
One of the most popular sites is Chess Tempo. You can create a free account and get a detailed overview of your progress plus a tactics rating.
2. Nalimov Endgame Tablebases
One of the best chess training tools to improve your endgame play.
The Nalimov tablebases contain the definitive solutions to all 6-piece or less endgames (including the 2 knigs). Thanks to these, we can say for sure what the result will be with best play. And they are available for free in many websites!
You just need to insert the position and the tablebase will tell you if it’s a draw or if one side wins. If there is a win, it will also give you the best move to give the fastest mate and how many moves it will take.
Opening trees are the best way to see the current opening theory. Opening trees have to be opened in specialist chess software, like ChessBase, and they give you important information about an opening position:
• How many games have been played with each move, immediately telling you the most popular move.
• The winning percentage so you know if the move you’re considering does well or not.
• How long ago the move was last played. If it hasn’t been played for a long time, there may be a very good reason!
• The best strongest players to have played the move, giving you more confidence about the reputation of the variation.
Arguably the most important chess training tool. Having a chess engine such as Stockfish or Fritz gives you your very own Super GM to evaluate and analyze your games!
Each chess engines has its own style, strengths and weaknesses and nearly all of them are stronger than Magnus Carlsen, so there is no better advice to take! And some of them are free!
The last chess training tool would be the dream of those Petrosian ironically called the “children of Informator”. Players fascinated to have hundreds of games to analyze every 6 months. Imagine how they would have feel having hundreds of new games every week as we do now!
Databases are huge collections of games and every player should have one. It enables you to make quick searches on every topic you need. You want to study Kasparov’s recent games in St Louis? Want to know which move the top players make in some opening variation? You can get the answer with the click of a button.
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