Increase Your Rating With Free Chess Training Aids

Using these aids you may be able to increase your rating by 200 points in 6 months

This program has been divided up into 3 sections.

Section 1. What is needed?
Section 2. The Chess Training System.
Section 3. Measuring the Results.

Towards the bottom of this page is a Summary that goes into the details of these programs with a lot of useful information that you may want to read.

Section 1 of 3. What is needed

Can one develop a method for increasing their chess rating by 200 points in 6 months or less with free chess training aids?

The answer may be as simple as just following a plan of attack. But of course no plan is going to succeed unless you have the motivation to stay focused, stay on track and study diligently every day until you succeed. Do you think you have what it takes to get there?

There are helpful study pages on motivation to help you get there.

How to increase your motivation Incentives
How to create motivation to improve

Next is the training programs that are needed

1. Convekta FREE Demo Downloads Here

http://www.convekta.com/downloads.asp

						              Available for
   					    CD  Price At       Download

Wholesale Chess As of 4-1-08 1. Ct-Art 3.0 (Tactics) $23.00 x 2. Advanced Chess School $23.00 x 3. Encyclopedia of Opening Blunders $24.00 x 4. Strategy 2.0 $27.00 x 5. Encyclopedia of Middlegame $27.00 x 6. Encyclopedia of Middlegame Vol 2 $27.00 x 7. Chess Endgame Training $27.00 x 8. Theory and Practice of Chess Endings $27.00 x Chess Assistant 7 Light (free) x Total $205

Note: You may be very surprised to find that there are a lot of exercises to do in these Demos. You may easily not see them if you don't open and expand the main topic. On the Chess Endgame Demo, for example. When you first open up the demo what you see is the Navigator and just the main topics. Go on the far left side, under Navigator double click on Pawn endings to expand it or right click and go to Expand Full, you then see all the files to use. To see which ones are available, left click on them. Of course in each mode of Study, Practice and Test the program automatically goes down the list for your use.

In The Middlegame Demo after opening it click on cancel and go to the far left side under Navigator. Right click on Scotch Game, and click on Expand Full. Left click on Kasparov -Sokolov and it can be used. The same is true with the Ruy Lopez that you can use the Chigorin Var and Breyer Var. In the Caro Kann you can use the Knight's Transfering to f4, and Byrme - Kavalek for example, and so forth. Often the first three or more examples are available like in the Slav Defense that give you games Botvinnik -Blau and Timman - Smyslov. In the practice mode you can usually use the first 3 games for your practice. Just be sure to test them to see and you may be pleased on just how many free practice exercises that there are to use.

To see which tests you can use. In the test mode select the maximum number of exercises, then move the right arrow down the list to see which ones are available for use. Out of 300 exercises you may find 56 to use. Not to bad for a completely free demo training program. At the end of the test you will receive a new ELO rating. This is a good way to test your progress as you continue your studies. For a close USCF rating add 100 points, which may be within plus or minus 100 points of the FICS ratings.

This is the number of exercises that i found were available for your use. Study 32, Practice 56, and Test 56. A total of 144 free exercises for your training in each program.

2. PCT (Personal Chess Trainer) Demo

Download it here:
http://www.personalchesstrainer.com/

Be sure and download this one. It is going to be one of your most useful training aids.
Downloadable Full Version is $49.90

The Trialware Version offers you exercises from the following
Modules. Tactics - Endgame - Strategy ______________________________________
It says that you can try only the first 5 units from each module.
Tactics: 5 units Each unit has 60 to 80 exercises x 5 = 300 to 400 exercises.
Endgame: Each unit has 40 to 80 Exercises x 5 = 200 to 400 exercises.
Strategy: Each unit has 20 to 80 Exercises x 5 = 100 to 400 exercises.
Which means you will have 600 to 1200 (11% to 22% of the 5400 for your use) exercises to use depending on whether you choose the first unit of 01 which has the least or the others that all have 80 exercises each.
Read more about it below, it truly is an amazing program. _______________________________________

3. The Chess Mentor Demo:
Download Deluxe Chess Mentor 3 Demo here:
http://www.chessmentor.com/download.html

Chess Mentor 3 - Deluxe Edition $178.00

Has all of the features of the full Deluxe Chess Mentor product, but only has a sampling of 75 Challenges. In comparison, to the Full Chess Mentor Deluxe of 2150 Challenges.

Read see pictures and hear a short audio brief about how to use the program here.
http://www.chessmentor.com/demo.html

Internet Web Demo Lessons Here
http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/myhome.html

The free demo will let you experience 10 free Chess Mentor lessons with no restrictions. They start easy and get harder and harder and harder and harder and still harder, up to the masters level.

Home Page
http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/


4. Web Design Chess Playing Program with 9 levels of play from Chess.com to test your skills
Free Chess Playing Program
http://www.chess.com/download/view/webdesign-chess-10

5. SCID
Download here
Scid.scourceforge.net

For managing chess games and databases, viewing PGN Games, studying openings, analyzing games, or playing chess, Watch Autoplay of games. Show suggested move, Coordinate move entry.

6. CPT Chess Position Training (Opening Trainer)

CPT will train you for learning a chess opening repertoire. You will learn the critical candidate moves. In the training mode you will receive a position score for the correct moves.

At the Downloads site you can download several Openings.

However after spending a considerable amount of time, at least a week I have made 77 Club openings based on our web page openings, variations and some complete games with with unique mates.

If you woould like these club openings you can ask me to send you our Club repertoire openings in an Email attachment.

Download the CPT here
http://community.chesspositiontrainer.com/files/default.aspx?Sort=Date

Home Page
http://community.chesspositiontrainer.com/

Download MS Framework.net
You also will have to download and install the MS Framework.net version 1.1 from here to make it work.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=262d25e3-f589-4842-8157-034d1e7cf3a3&displaylang=en

Free Adobe Reader 8 from C]Net To read PDF instruction Docs
http://www.download.com/3000-2378-10000062.html

7. Chessbase PGN Reader 7.0
For managing chess games and databases, viewing PGN Games, studying openings, analyzing games. Nice large chess board.
Download here
http://www.chessbase.com/

Or download from my site here:

  • Chessbase PGN Reader Lite 7.0


    8. Classic Chess Games Database
    Here is 825 Classic PGN games from 1619 to 2000, to view, study and analyze with your Chessbase PGN Lite Reader. It contains most of the more important chess masters and their classic games that made them famous for their brilliant style of play.

    Klick Classic Games, after you install Chessbase PGN Reader, then save it to a file to unzip.

    Section 2 of 3. The Chess Training System.

    In planning sessions one must not ignore to take into account that tournament performance is also necessary with confining the games to Standard play with time controls of 15/15, 30/30, and 45/45 minutes per game.

    When planning individual sessions you must also take into account to try to develop an individual style of play, much like the masters are noted for. You can practice and develop this style in your tournament play.

    This is why there is a period set aside to study the Classic Games of the Masters in order to study their style of play to help you to develop a style of play also.

    There are two things that all Masters have in common. They all have developed an opening repertoire and a distinct style of play. What about you? Have you developed an opening repertoire and do you have a distinct style of play?

    The styles of the Masters

    We put the chess software to use by doing the following with it:

    1. solving combinations;
    2. solving studies (endgame-like positions with tactical content);
    3. solving strategic tests;
    4. studying typical Middlegame positions;
    5. studying typical schemes of attack against the adversary's king;
    6. studying typical methods of play in opening;
    7. elaborating on an opening repertoire and developing plans for the transposition into the Middlegame.

    We have broken down the Training into 3 Phases of 2 month each per Phase in order to increase the intensity of critical important subjects like Strategy, Tactics and Endgame theory.

    
                                         
                                       Stay on track
                                 And Monitor your Progress
    				         With the Hal 9000
    
    Here is your 6 month stay focused study plan

    Do not press this button or you will have problems staying focused!
    Saturday and Sunday can be spent in tournament play and should include Standard Play tournament games with long time controls, like 15/15 or longer.

    Phase I: First Two Months
    Weekly Plan:
    Weekday Minutes Theme and Subject.
    Monday
    Min
    15 Study Openings with CPT 3.3
    15 Tactical Positions with CT-Art 3.0
    15 Strategy 2.0
    15 Ency Middlegame
    15 Chess Mentor
    15 PCT
    15 Opening Blunders
    15 Endings
    Total 2 HR

    Tuesday
    15 Theory and practice of Endings
    15 Tactical Positions with CT-Art 3.0
    15 Strategy 2.0
    15 Ency Middlegame
    15 Study Classic Games
    15 PCT
    15 Opening Blunders
    15 Endings
    Total 2 HR

    Wednesday
    15 Study Openings with CPT 3.3
    15 Tactical Positions with CT-Art 3.0
    15 Strategy 2.0
    15 Ency Middlegame
    15 Chess Mentor
    15 PCT
    15 Opening Blunders
    15 Endings
    Total 2 HR

    Thursday
    15 Theory and practice of Endings
    15 Tactical Positions with CT-Art 3.0
    15 Strategy 2.0
    15 Ency of Middlegame
    15 Study Classic Games
    15 PCT
    15 Opening Blunders
    15 Endings
    Total 2 HR

    Friday
    15 Study Openings with CPT 3.3
    15 Tactical Positions with CT-Art 3.0
    15 Strategy 2.0
    15 Ency of Middlegame
    15 Chess Mentor
    15 PCT
    15 Opening Blunders
    15 Endings
    Total 2 HR

    Total 10 Hours

    
    		      Minutes/Wk  Hours/Month  	  2 Month
    
    
    1.Openings CPT 45 3 6
    2.Ct-Art Tactical 1.25 5 10
    3.Strategy 1.25 5 10
    4.Ency Middlegame 1.25 5 10
    5.Endgame 1.25 5 10
    6.Opening Blunders 1.25 5 10
    7.Chess Mentor 45 Min 3 6
    8.Theory Endings 30 Min 2 4
    9.Classic Games 30 Min 2 4
    10. PCT 1.25 5 10
    _________________________________________________________________
    Total 10 40 80

    Phase II: Second Two Months
    Weekly Plan:
    Weekday Minutes Theme and Subject.
    Monday
    Min
    15 Study Openings with CPT 3.3
    15 Tactical Positions with CT-Art 3.0
    15 Strategy 2.0
    15 Ency Middlegame
    15 Chess Mentor
    15 PCT
    15 Opening Blunders
    15 Endings
    Total 2 HR

    Tuesday
    15 Theory and practice of Endings
    15 Tactical Positions with CT-Art 3.0
    15 Strategy 2.0
    15 Ency Middlegame
    15 Study Classic Games
    15 PCT
    15 Opening Blunders
    15 Endings
    Total 2 HR

    Wednesday
    15 Study Openings with CPT 3.3
    15 Tactical Positions with CT-Art 3.0
    15 Strategy 2.0
    15 Ency Middlegame
    15 Chess Mentor
    15 PCT
    15 Opening Blunders
    15 Endings
    Total 2 HR

    Thursday
    15 Theory and practice of Endings
    15 Tactical Positions with CT-Art 3.0
    15 Strategy 2.0
    15 Ency of Middlegame
    15 Study Classic Games
    15 PCT
    15 Opening Blunders
    15 Endings
    Total 2 HR

    Friday
    15 Study Openings with CPT 3.3
    15 Tactical Positions with CT-Art 3.0
    15 Strategy 2.0
    15 Ency of Middlegame
    15 Chess Mentor
    15 PCT
    15 Opening Blunders
    15 Endings
    Total 2 HR

    Total 10 Hours

    
    		      Minutes/Wk  Hours/Month  	  2 Month
    
    
    1.Openings CPT 45 3 6
    2.Ct-Art Tactical 1.25 5 10
    3.Strategy 1.25 5 10
    4.Ency Middlegame 1.25 5 10
    5.Endgame 1.25 5 10
    6.Opening Blunders 1.25 5 10
    7.Chess Mentor 45 Min 3 6
    8.Theory Endings 30 Min 2 4
    9.Classic Games 30 Min 2 4
    10. PCT 1.25 5 10
    _________________________________________________________________
    Total 10 40 80

    Phase III: Third Two Months

    Weekly Plan:
    Weekday Minutes Theme and Subject.
    Monday
    Min
    15 Study Openings with CPT 3.3
    15 Tactical Positions with CT-Art 3.0
    15 Strategy 2.0
    15 Ency Middlegame II
    15 Chess Mentor
    15 PCT
    15 Opening Blunders
    15 Endings
    Total 2 HR

    Tuesday
    15 Theory and practice of Endings
    15 Tactical Positions with CT-Art 3.0
    15 Strategy 2.0
    15 Ency Middlegame II
    15 Study Classic Games
    15 PCT
    15 Opening Blunders
    15 Endings
    Total 2 HR

    Wednesday
    15 Study Openings with CPT 3.3
    15 Tactical Positions with CT-Art 3.0
    15 Strategy 2.0
    15 Ency Middlegame II
    15 Chess Mentor
    15 PCT
    15 Opening Blunders
    15 Endings
    Total 2 HR

    Thursday
    15 Theory and practice of Endings
    15 Tactical Positions with CT-Art 3.0
    15 Strategy 2.0
    15 Ency of Middlegame II
    15 Study Classic Games
    15 PCT
    15 Opening Blunders
    15 Endings
    Total 2 HR

    Friday
    15 Study Openings with CPT 3.3
    15 Tactical Positions with CT-Art 3.0
    15 Strategy 2.0
    15 Ency of Middlegame II
    15 Chess Mentor
    15 PCT
    15 Opening Blunders
    15 Endings
    Total 2 HR

    Total 10 Hours

    
    		      Minutes/Wk  Hours/Month  	  2 Month
    
    
    1.Openings CPT 45 3 6
    2.Ct-Art Tactical 1.25 5 10
    3.Strategy 1.25 5 10
    4.Ency Middlegame II 1.25 5 10
    5.Endgame 1.25 5 10
    6.Opening Blunders 1.25 5 10
    7.Chess Mentor 45 Min 3 6
    8.Theory Endings 30 Min 2 4
    9.Classic Games 30 Min 2 4
    10. PCT 1.25 5 10
    _________________________________________________________________
    Total 10 40 80 ================================================================
        6 Month        Totals Hours
    1.Openings CPT		18
    
    2.Ct-Art Tactical 30
    3.Strategy 30
    4.Ency Middlegame II 30
    5.Endgame 30
    6.Opening Blunders 30
    7.Chess Mentor 18
    8.Theory Endings 12
    9.Classic Games 12
    10. PCT 30 ________________________________________________________________
    Total 240 ==================================================================

    NOTE: You will see that the Advanced Chess School program is not used in the regular course of study. It can be uses as Supplementary Course of study after you finish the regular course or if you happen to run out of exercises to use.

    Section 3 of 3. Measuring the Results.
    Training schedule's tasks must be necessarily more complex and more demanding than those of the base line stage in average FICS Standard play. It's main goal is to achieve an above average rating of approximately 200 points higher, which corresponds to a level of approximately 1800 at FICS. The average standard rating can be seen by using rstat s, and now is at 1550 to 1600.

    To excel as an above average chessplayer he must incorporate 2-3 openings into their repertoire as White and an equal number as the player of Black. They must master tactics with at least 80% correctly solving tests of a high complexity with the theme of the tests unknown. Also to understand a wide palette of strategic devices - how the relationships of the elements of a position evaluation vary depending on the pawn configuration or on the alignment of forces on the board; know more then 20 typical plans from classical games; master elementary and intermediate knowledge on chess endings:evaluation of a position and then form a plan of play, standard tactical methods from approximately 100 endgame positions; master methods of play in endings and the so-called 'simple' positions.

    When planning the individual work loads, it is important to take into account the style, tournament performance and perspective aims of each player.
    The chess software can be used for the following:

    1.	training and perfection of the calculating abilities of the chess player; 
    2.	solving combinations; 
    3.	solving studies (endgame-like positions with tactical content); 
    4.	solving test strategic examples; 
    5.	studying typical positions of the Middlegame; 
    6.	studying typical schemes of attack against the adversary king; 
    7.	studying typical methods of play in opening; 
    8.	elaborating on the opening repertoire and developing a plan for the 
          transition into the Middlegame
    
    Ongoing control and evaluation of results during the course are necessary. This 6 month training period must include intermediate control stages. It is well known from practice that intense studying gives a practical result after approximately 1 month. Therefore, it is a good idea to break the 6 month training period into 3 parts of 2 months for each phase. The working results of each phase must be cross-checked practically by participation in competitions and with an analysis using a chess program for testing your skill levels and determining your ELO progress ratings.

    Desirable test results to achieve during the various stages of training in Percent %

    Programs		    stage I  stageII  stage III  
    				
    				
    Tactics				60	70	    80	      
    Strategy			40	55	    70	      
    Encyclopedia of Middlegame I	30	50	    65	      
    Encyclopedia of Middlegame II	30	50	    65      
    Chess Endgame Training		30	50	    65	      
    Theory & Practice of Endings	30	55	    70	   
    
    You can expect the following progress. There is no sharp improvement of tournament results during the 1st month of training. But the 2nd to 6th month should produces dramatic improvement to these results and a consequential increase of ELO rating. The 1st month is used for the accumulation of knowledge and perfection of the acquired skills, while the greatest growth in tournament results takes place in the 2nd through the 6th month of training.

    The chess world faces big changes. Whether we want it to or not, teaching chess will soon acquire a completely new form that we can only imagine. A lone figure of a chess coach at your side as a teacher to analyze your games and give you advice is soon passing away to the more modern electronic world of teaching.

    Of course no amount of planning or the accumulation of chess programs is going to ensure results. Only the determination and motivation to keep focused and keep on track towards your goal is going to ensure success.



    Summary

    Chess Mentor
    Chess Mentor - The Full Comprehensive Deluxe Chess Course contains 2150 challenges with some of IM Jeremy Silman's positional challenges exceeding 20 moves. This chess course is designed for those who not only want to learn chess, but also to become reasonably proficient at chess. This course contains sufficient material to bring any beginner or less experienced player up to the level of the average tournament chess player. Some users will even be able to reach USCF Class A USCF 1800 to 1900 rating with this course. (ELO of 1700 - 1800) Your rate of improvement depends on how often you use Chess Mentor and how much practice you get playing chess against opponents slightly above your current level at any time.

    The Full Comprehensive Deluxe Course also contains Supplementary Courses of varying difficulty.

    Master Your Technique by FM Thomas Wolski
    This Course contains 50 rich and thoroughly analyzed challenges. The majority of these challenges focus on complex Middlegame positions, the art of transition from the Middlegame to the ending, and on endings themselves. This module is aimed at all players from the intermediate level (about 1400) to strong masters. Experts and Masters (FIDE and USCF Ratings over 2000) will not find these challenges easy. Many of the challenges will be hard for the intermediate player, but they will learn a bit more with each attempt until they become a master of technique. The challenges feature an average length of 10 moves.

    Silman's Lessons in Strategy (1), by IM Jeremy Silman.
    This course contains 50 very instructive positional challenges. Some are quite long (exceeding 20 moves and one lasts 40 moves), and experts and masters (USCF or Elo ratings above 2000) will not find many of these to be easy. A novice or intermediate level player (USCF or Elo ratings below 2000) will find these challenges quite difficult, but they will learn a bit more with each attempt, all the way until they reach master or higher.

    Lessons in Strategy (2) by IM Jeremy Silman.
    This Course continues with 50 strategic positional challenges similar in difficulty to those contained in Silman's Lessons in Chess Strategy (1). Some are very long, and experts and masters (USCF or Elo ratings above 2000) will not find many of these to be easy. A novice or intermediate level player (USCF or Elo ratings below 2000) will find these challenges quite difficult, but they will learn a bit more with each attempt, all the way until they reach master or higher.

    Silman Teaches Tactics by IM Jeremy Silman. T
    The 100 challenges in this Course contain combinations and tactical material for intermediate and expert level players (USCF or Elo ratings between 1400 and 2000+). Some challenges here are difficult even for masters and above. However, players of all levels can enjoy and learn from these examples. Less experienced players will go over these challenges many times and continue to learn more each time as they progress in their chess knowledge and experience.

    Chess Potpourri by FM Craig Mar.
    This Course with 100 challenges has something for everyone. It includes some opening traps, endgames, combinations, and positional challenges. Many of the challenges are at the intermediate level (USCF or Elo ratings between 1300 and 2000) and many are at the expert and master (USCF or Elo rating above 2000) level. Mar chooses positions from many sources including his own games as well as GM's, IM's, and also amateurs.

    Personal Chess Trainer Demo
    The Trialware Version offers you the first 5 UNITS from the following Modules. Tactics 01 - Endgame 01 - Strategy 01 They say that you can try the first 5 units from each module, giving you from 600 to 1200 exercises.

    http://www.personalchesstrainer.com/

    The basic concept of the Personal Chess Trainer is to develop your chess skills through repetition and memorization of key concepts (patterns) and positions, which is essential for improvements in chess games.

    The repetition of patterns results in a sort of instant memory, which is essential to develop combinatory vision and to improve variable calculations.

    This practical and dynamic teaching technique leads to apprehension of concepts, which makes studying theory unnecessary. The software uses a database of 5400 thousand positions extracted from Grandmaster games, distributed in 3 subjects: Endgame, Stratedy,Tactics.

    The Full version contains Each subject is divided in Training Modules, which start at a simple level and then gradually reach more complex ones. The Full Version of the Personal Chess Trainer 2.0 contains:

    Tactics: 6 training Modules with 51 units And each unit has 60 to 80 Exercises.
    Endgame: 3 training Modules with 51 units And each unit has 40 to 80 Exercises.
    Strategy:3 training Modules with 51 units each And each unit has 20 to 80 Exercises.
    Each Unit contains approximately 20 to 80 exercises. Therefore the full version contains 3240 exercises of Tactics 1440 exercises of Endgames 720 exercises of Strategy Total 5400

    Each subject is divided in Training Modules, which start at a simple level and then gradually reach more complex ones. The Full Version of the Personal Chess Trainer 2.0 contains:
    Tactics: 6 Training Modules
    Endgames: 3 Training Modules
    Strategy: 3 Training Modules

    Each Training Module is subdivided in Units. That is: Tactics: 6 Training Modules, with 51 Units each. Endgames: 3 Training Modules, with 51 Units each. Strategy: 3 Training Modules, with 51 Units each

    The Trialware Version says you have access to the first 5 units from each module. In all three of the training modules.

    Tactics Module 1-6 Unit 1-51
    Endgames Module 1-3 Unit 1-8
    Strategy 01 Unit 01 contains 20 Exercises Module 1-3 Unit 1-8

    Note: Only the first half of the exercises in a Unit are what you do, all the rest of the exercises in a Unit are repeat. So in Tactics of 60 exercises only the first 30 exercises are new the other 30 are repeats. Still you do have a lot of exercises to do.

    Tactics has 6 Modules. First Unit (01) in each Module has 60 exercises all the rest of the units to 51 have 80 exercises.

    Endgame has 3 Modules. First Unit 01 in each Module has 40 exercises All the rest of the Units to 8 have 60 exercises.

    Strategy Has 3 Modules. First Unit 01 in each Module has 20 Exercises. All the rest of the units to Units to 8 have 30 exercises

    In the training process of the Personal Chess Trainer, each exercise illustrates a concept and requires an answer from the user. If the answer isn't the most adequate one, the software shows the correct move.

    The exercises are repeated in a regular space of time, and the software demands for a faster answer every time, until the positions are permanently printed into your memory.

    This teaching technique has a priceless value because it significantly increases learning and apprehension, since you are required to work on a problem, before getting the answers.

    SCID
    For managing chess games and databases, viewing PGN Games, studying openings, analyzing games, or playing chess, Watch Autoplay of games. Show suggested move, Coordinate move entry. The Repertoire editor lets you create, view, and edit repertoire files. A repertoire (.sor) file is a list of the opening positions you want to reach or try to avoid, and you can use it to manage your chess opening preferences and also to search databases in Scid.

    Here is a great Free program
    Scid (Shane's Chess Information Database)
    Scid.scourceforge.net

    By using the built in Analysis Engine Scidlet you can view PGN games and walk through them or have the engine analyze them. Or play a chess game with different levels of play by changing the thinking time. Or even watch it auto play through a game or variation. In autoplay mode, Scid automatically plays the moves in a current game, moving forward until the end of the game. The time delay between moves can be set from the [Options: Moves] menu, and is saved to your options file when you save options.

    If you start autoplay mode when the analysis window is open, the game is annotated: the score and analysis for each position are added to the game as a new variation just before each move is made. See the analysis window help page for details.

    1.Go to Tools, Import File of PGN games. And then load any File or collection of down loaded PGN games you can find on your hard drive.
    2.Go to Tournament Finder (May take a few Min)
    3. Click on game to view

    Or I can play a game by first going to Tools, Analysis Engine, ok Using the Scidlet Engine) Some Engine don't work well unless you change the directory setting, but the default engine of Scidlet works just fine.

    2. Click on Training. Then adjust the engine thinking time in seconds to 1.0 Seconds if you don't like the 4.0. Click Ok
    3. Move your pieces.

    You can press Game New Game if you want to start a new game.

    The most likely cause of engine starting problems is the choice of which directory the engine should run in. Some engines require an initialization or opening book file in their start directory to run properly. Other engines (like Crafty) write log files to the directory they start in, so you will need to run them in a directory where you have write access. If the directory setting for an engine is Scid it will just start the engine in the current directory.
    So if an engine that should work fine in Scid does not start, try changing its directory setting.

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