By NM Sergey Ivashchenko
This program is based on a bestseller by the experienced coach Sergey Ivashchenko who became some sort of chess publishing sensation in the late 1980s having sold over 200,000 copies in the Soviet Union!
It is a Windows based chess tactics testing and training program intended for beginners, both children and adults. Among the topics there're: Mate in one, Mate in two, Win a rook, Win a piece, Draw, etc. The program is designed for chess players with ELO level 900-1500 points.
The exercises are arranged in five courses according to their increasing difficulty. Each course contains exercises for Practice and Test. After you have solved a problem, you are given a ELO rating. This rating is based on the difficulty of the problem, the time taken, and errors if any you made. Your original rating is adjusted up or down after each exercise.
The program includes positions from practical games, endgame studies as well as training examples.
Features of the program include:
* The program includes more than 1,300 tactical problems classified according to topics and difficulty.
You have to find the most important moves. Once you're solving a problem and proposing a wrong move, the program helps you with various visual hints (such as arrows showing key lines of attack), and, eventually, shows the piece which is to move.
* The program's got a built-in playing engine “Dragon” which can be called upon to analyze the problem more thoroughly than the offered solution gives.
* You can also use your favourite external playing program.
* It generates a student's ELO and statistics in easy-to-read bar graphs, based on a student’s success rate with the exercises, thus helping to keep track of one's progress.
* Multiple user profiles are possible, with independent ratings and all other individual information.
* Statistics is stored and can be compared between different users.
* Wooden, marmoreal and standard interfaces are possible.
* The program may be useful for both individual chess players and coaches.
* It keeps track of the time and score of each position for each student
The difference between "Chess Tactics for Beginners" and CT-ART 3.0 is the complexity level of exercises. "Chess Tactics" hardest exercises are easier than CT-ART 3.0 simpliest ones.
English, German, Spanish and Russian versions are available. For each language there are manual and build-in help files.
No additional software is required.
IBM-compatible PC, 16 Mb RAM, Hard Disk 30 Mb of free disk space, Windows 95/98/2000/NT/ME/XP, CD-ROM.
Types on using the program