Your path to mastership: 500K+ PGN for Chess Hero

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Your path to mastership: 500K+ PGN for Chess Hero

Post by Mike S. » Mon Feb 15, 2016 9:26 pm

Chess Hero is probably the best chess training software, by far.

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http://innokuo.altervista.org/chesshero.html

For the convenience of users, I have compiled a PGN collection:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByQkHH ... ef=2&pli=1

After installation of Chess Hero, download this file and put it in a folder like e.g. {blabla}/ChessHero/pgn, and run it. You get six carefully selected PGN databases. Now here is a proposal as for how to use them in Chess Hero:

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All of that can be adjusted by individual priorities.

This perfectly configurable, UCI compatible program does not leave anything to desire in terms of engines. Here, a configuration example for Komodo 7a:

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Recommended free engines:

http://komodochess.com/ (currently Komodo 7a)
http://www.cruxis.com/chess/houdini.htm (scroll down to Houdini 1.5a)
http://talkchess.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=59002 (Gull 3.0.1)

(for Gull see also https://sourceforge.net/projects/gullchess/ )

In case that with Stockfish the eval scale is broader still - I am not sure - this would make the success for the trainee more difficult. But it can be compensated by adjusting the eval threshold. Without Stockfish, I use:

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The rest of the important settings is easily to be seen. For hobby players and house masters :mrgreen: with fairly good hardware, I think 5 to 10 seconds are sufficient for the engine. For the more ambitious, calculation time of the engine and/or the time limit for oneself can be adjusted. Chess Hero offers plenty of options for that. Everyone can configure his own optimal chess training.
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Re: Your path to mastership: 500K+ PGN for Chess Hero

Post by AdminX » Tue Feb 16, 2016 1:32 am

Thanks Mike! :wink:
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Re: Your path to mastership: 500K+ PGN for Chess Hero

Post by Volker Pittlik » Tue Feb 16, 2016 8:38 am

Mike S. wrote:Chess Hero is probably the best chess training software, by far...
I didn't know this program. Really very good. Thank you!

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Re: Your path to mastership: 500K+ PGN for Chess Hero

Post by Mike S. » Tue Feb 16, 2016 3:16 pm

Some examples of the pieces & baord designs available in Chess Hero:

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Re: Your path to mastership: 500K+ PGN for Chess Hero

Post by Ponti » Tue Feb 16, 2016 3:20 pm

Make it Linux / Mac compatible, please.
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Re: Your path to mastership: 500K+ PGN for Chess Hero

Post by Dan Cooper » Thu Feb 18, 2016 4:29 am

Chess Hero is a great tactics trainer. Unfortunately, the author hasn't updated in a couple of years.

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Re: Your path to mastership: 500K+ PGN for Chess Hero

Post by Mike S. » Thu Feb 18, 2016 6:15 pm

Dan Cooper wrote:Unfortunately, the author hasn't updated in a couple of years.
I don't know what we should demand from an update, except cosmetics like more sounds, more board/piece graphics and such insignificant stuff which is not necessary. The core mechanics seem perfect.
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