Originally posted by Dewi Jones
Does anybody use it? Do you think that if I started using it, my game and rating might improve?
Yes, I use it. I think it helps prevent making some stupid moves. I guess you will not know, if it will help you, until you use it. My rating has went from around 1600 to around 2200 on RHP, since I started using it.
The analyze board helps me visualize where the pieces could be a few moves later. My memory and visualization is not near as good as when I was young and it helps me from getting too tired of thinking. Instead of trying to force my old brain to visualize the new positions that will result from my planned moves, it allows me to see it in real time. By clicking "flip board" I also can see the new positons that will result from my planned moves from my opponents point of view. I think it helps me from getting mixed up as to where I think the pieces are and what change in defense and attack might occur because of the moves I am considering.
I don't see it helping your OTB play however, because it is like using a crutch for your feeble mind. No crutches are allowed in OTB play and you have a much shorter time limit to make your moves. But if you wish, you can get a little pocket set and use it on the side and see what happens. However, I doubt if things will end in your favor. Good luck with whatever you decide.