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mattdw 71 ( +1 | -1 )
Tactics software? Hi,
I'm looking for some tactics software that fulfils a specific requirement. Currently I use the Chess tactics server (-> ) but it has its limitations, namely that you cannot select the type of problem you wish to practice and that the difficulty is scaled to your performance in general but not to your specific abilities at any given tactic. Basically I would like to use a program that would help me concentrate on my tactical weaknesses, being able to select the motif (pin, fork etc) and choose the difficulty of the given problems. If it had the same kind of functionality as CTS too then that would be a bonus. Any ideas?

larsenb 68 ( +1 | -1 )
CT-ART From the makers of Chess Assistant, there is the "evergreen" CT-ART 3.0 ->

(scroll down to the bottom of the page).
They got also some other training software as well.

On the freeware side, if you got Chessbase Light or another chassbase product available, you can download 17 themed databases from ->

which are also very well done (you can download them also in PGN notation, but you'll miss some of the features you can access with CB)

Have fun
mattdw 18 ( +1 | -1 )
larsenb Thanks! I've downloaded the demo (CTA) but I'm still not 100% that is what I'm after, I can't tell whether the limited functionality is to do with it being a demo or if it due to me not being entirely sure how to use it yet.

alice02 130 ( +1 | -1 )
CT ART Chess Art really develops skills. But there are some cases where the programme does not make the best move because a less than best move illustrates the point better.

I suggest that when you are evaluating it - look carefully at the points allocated to each problem. Then work out an approximately average point level where you start having significant difficulties.

Experiment with doing only 10 point exercises and the moving up to 20 point. You would work through every section of CA doing only 10 point exercises , as opposed to choosing a theme and working right through to the most difficult e.g. 100 point exercises. Or you may decide to work only to the point level where you have significant difficulties.

there are a number of different learning styles you can apply to it - I wasted time struggling with problems that were just too hard for me and from which I didnt learn because they were way in advance of my level of skill

Another point - if it is slow to open, and thinking something has gone wrong you try to open it a second time - it will open twice but neither of them will work and it will have to have both closed down. Then you can open one programme.