March 5, 2012 in Education (E)
[prMac.com] Tempe, Arizona - Cliqueyou has announced the availability of Chess Opening Trainer for iPad on the Apple App Store. Chess Opening Trainer builds on the time-tested educational technique of learning by doing. The user trains by playing the exact opening lines he/she wants to learn.
The development of this app is inspired by what the former world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik said about the importance of studying chess openings: "Why do chess players spend so much time studying the openings? Because the initial stage is more crucial now, you might fail in the opening or gain a point."
The traditional method of studying an opening is to pick up a book about one's favorite opening and play the moves and variations over the actual chess board as one reads the book. Many times, one needs an extra chess board to play through the branches. However, one is not able to get tested on how much one learns or remembers from reading the book. The player often finds out at the worst moment. In one of player's tournament games, the player encounters the same variations that he/she has been studying, but forgets the proper continuation.
When reading chess opening books, instead of chess sets, one uses Chess Opening Trainer. The app records the move as the user plays the move. Then, the user trains against the app and try to play through the moves. Chess Opening Trainer smartly plays the variations based on which move the user has the most difficulty learning or remembering. By self-testing like this, the player is assured he has learned the moves. Also, because the moves has been recorded, the player can always at his own convenience (spare time, during train commutes, etc.) review the moves.
In order to jumpstart your learning, free complete sample training books are available based on the printed books of Nigel Davies ('Taming the Sicilian' and 'Play 1e4 e5'), and that of Andrew Greet ('Beating Unusual Chess Defences: 1e4'). More free training books will be available soon. Note: A Box account (free) is required to donwload the sample books.
Chess Opening Trainer supports languages in US English, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 23.2 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Chess Opening Trainer 1.0 is $9.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category.
Based in Tempe, Arizona, Cliqueyou specializes in educational and training development for the mobile platform. A couple of the mobile apps they developed are the math arcade game Mathris and the word game Word Samurai. Copyright (C) 2011 cliqueyou. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.