Friday, December 16, 2011

Do chess engines improve your game?

Nowadays chess engines pack a strong punch, calculate at an incredible speed and contain a lot of knowledge based on previously played Grandmaster games. They can find good moves in virtually any position. But do they improve your chess level?

In fact, one of the most important abilities during a competitive game is the ability to evaluate a position. A human player needs more than a pawn based score. Much more. A human player needs a collection of criteria, a collection of methods, which build a know-how about where to look and what to look for in a position.

How to correctly evaluate things like center control, Queen position, King position, Rook activity, and much much more, each of these components require training and practice. For a chess player who wants to improve the ability to evaluate positions, there are many books that will come in handy. Perhaps some of our readers can even recommend them here as comments?