Friday, June 09, 2006

Good new Fritz 9 vision training features

There is a pretty good article about them here. They are attack training (click on all the pieces under attack), check training (click on all pieces that can deliver check), and defense training (click on all pieces that are not defended by other material).

A couple of days ago I starting doing attack training for three minutes every morning. So far, my highest number in three minutes is 16 17. What numbers do other Knights get? (I am not sure what that number means: correct clicks per minute? Total correct clicks?)


Blogger Unknown said...

Well, I've never tried this exact exercise before but I have done the drill where you write out all the variations. . .

Anyway, I tried this a few times and the highest I got was 20 in 1 minute. I expect someone who has done a lot more tactical exercises could do even better.

6/10/2006 09:45:00 AM  
Blogger Temposchlucker said...

I have done similar exercises from a CD of Maurice Ashley.
The idea is nice, but at a certain moment I appeared to me that it was al about the pieces. This in contrast to for instance papa Polgar's brick where I noticed a shift of my view from the pieces to the squares which are covered. No intention to spoil your fun though:)

6/10/2006 04:34:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Vision drills have a narrow goal. If these attacking drills help me avoid making patent blunders (leaving my or others' pieces en prise) then they've done their job. I don't expect they'll teach me much about how to defend against the Colle System as black, either. :O

6/10/2006 05:10:00 PM  
Blogger Sancho Pawnza said...

The only thing I have that would be close is found on the CD "Learn to Play Chess with Fritz & Chesster".
It is a game called "Hit Parade" where you have to click on all of the enemy pieces that can be legally captured regardless if doing so would result in your pieces being recaptured at a loss. I guess this would be similar to the "Attack Chess" training.
You get one minute on the timer and get one point per correct capture and mistakes result in a one point deduction.
It really is a lot of fun, plus it helps you identify which piece movements are your weakest.
It is amazing how many times you will hit a problem where you just can't seem to find the last capture that will allow you to progress to the next position. With me it seems to be bishops on a long diagonal that give me the most trouble.

I can usually average 35-40 points for each run. The highest score has been 56 captures in one minute. I'm pretty close to finally knocking (game character) Grand Dad White's ass completely off the score board.
By default he was parked at the top with 50 points.
It will be cool to try the exercise
on something besides a cartoonish looking board. I went ahead and ordered Fritz 9, when it arrives
I will have to see how I score.

I noticed the same thing about the Polgar book. Your focus shifts from pieces to squares and square coverage. That is why I switched
to doing mate exercises for the Circles. Trying to recreate the same
effect. My hope is to be able to target squares as easily as most people do with pieces.

6/11/2006 01:57:00 AM  
Blogger Zweiblumen said...

I've been thinking about getting Fritz 9 for a while, but one thing that gets in my way are the two different versions that Amazon has listed. If you search "Fritz 9" on Amazon you find a white boxed version called "Fritz 9" and a black box called "Fritz 9: Playchess" which is 10 dollars cheaper. Can someone tell me what the difference is?

8/24/2006 12:04:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Zweiblumen: that is really weird. They look the same, but I don't know.

8/24/2006 12:19:00 PM  
Blogger Scott said...

One is a DVD-ROM, and the other is a CD-ROM. The DVD-ROM having additional training videos and such. If you decide on the DVD-ROM and order from Amazon, understand your not getting it from Amazon but one of there affiliates. I saved a couple bucks and ordered from I have purchased from them twice, and have not been disappointed.

9/03/2006 12:09:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Thanks, Scott, good to know.

9/03/2006 07:57:00 PM  

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