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Re:25 years of Chess Computers
« on: April 10, 2006, 05:12AM »
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Hi Terry,

Thanks for that post. Interesting questions on the use of chess computers to improve one's game. I think they did help me, though I doubt there's anything that can relly "improve" my poor playing skills 

However, the little I learn is mostly by trial-and-fail. The "Why didn't I see that coming!! I won't do that again" method!

That said, I know that different computers have different teaching methods and programs. Even affordable models.
Question: Can anyone recommend one that they think could help someone who is not really a beginner but also not quite a club player?

On PCs, I've used the ChessMaster 9000, though I haven't done so for a long time because of... time

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Re:25 years of Chess Computers
« Reply #1 on: April 9, 2006, 02:56PM »
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Keep the stories coming Terry. I love to wallow in the nostalgia of those days.

And Happy Birthday !!!

As to your question I for one think that chess computers can help most players improve their game particularly if they use them along with studying openings and end games etc. That is how I improved from a hobby player to play in matches and tournaments (BCF 135-140). It can make you lazy though  just waiting for the endgame etc. It is a rude awakening when you play an aggressive youngster and they go for the throat from the start.

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25 years of Chess Computers
« Reply #2 on: April 9, 2006, 01:33PM »
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Yes I know they've been going for 30 but my birthday today reminds me that I got my first CC 25 years to the day !!!  A 'Chess Traveller' put out by several companies - mine was a SCI-SYS. Since then I've had Fidelity CC9 Mephisto III, MM2, Roma 16, Vancouver 16 and Academy. Also Collected Fidelity Mini Sensory Voice, Voice Sensory and CC8.
      I could not afford the dizzy heights of a Fidelity Voice or even a CC7 at the time as they were 200/90 from my local Silica Shop in Sidcup Kent, England. Besides I was led to beleive they were far too strong !!.. which they were to a novice at first. I assumed the Chess Traveller was much weaker so found it a bargain at 40. I've come to estimate it was little weaker than the Fidelity CC7 .. just no openings.I also played at least one match against a friends Mini Sensory which was won by CT.
      The Chess Traveller I found challenging on level 1 ... at first, then 'improved' my game so that I was able to beat it up to about lev 5 which took some time per move. All the others (bar the MSC CC8 and Voice models) are/were far too strong for me, but I think I learned to play a bit better. Which brings me to ask do Chess Computers improve your game?
      In my case certainly from about 1000 to 1350 elo, at my best . Maybe being a weaker player this was the case. I do believe the strongest machines are fascinating when they have a good display, but I still get a good kick when thrashing an old Fidelity - all I need to do is survive to the end game !!!!!!!!!!!!!
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