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  1. 11 May '09 10:40
    Right now I'm a mid 1300s level player (based on Yahoo scoring if that means anything).

    I learned most of what I know from self study, mostly from Chessmaster 9000. I've reached a ceiling where I'm not getting any better. My next goal is to up my skills where I can be consistently in the 1400s, but I'll only rarely break that level.

    Is there any software you would recommend, or any other recommendations? I'm in Iraq so my resources are limited. I have access to the internet and I can order software and books. I haven't found any Soldiers anywhere that I can learn from. Believe it or not my modest little ranking pretty much destroys most casual players.
  2. 11 May '09 11:57
    These are all mainly tactics programs, but when I actually use them I find my rating does increase.

    http://www.chessimo.com/trainer/index.php?lang=en&val=pct
    my favorite

    ct-art:a lot of people use this
    http://chessok.com/shop/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&search_in_description=1&zenid=sq0bg7vk0nshqk6pbsf5b76ac2&keyword=ctart&x=0&y=0

    and this.
    http://www.chessbase.com/shop/searchresult.asp

    and if you want a free a good way of keeping up with your games.
    http://www.chesspositiontrainer.com/
  3. 11 May '09 12:51
    Originally posted by USArmyParatrooper
    Right now I'm a mid 1300s level player (based on Yahoo scoring if that means anything).

    I learned most of what I know from self study, mostly from Chessmaster 9000. I've reached a ceiling where I'm not getting any better. My next goal is to up my skills where I can be consistently in the 1400s, but I'll only rarely break that level.

    Is ther ...[text shortened]... from. Believe it or not my modest little ranking pretty much destroys most casual players.
    Spend some time here:
    http://www.chesstactics.org/

    Get this book:
    Chess tactics by Paul Littlewood.Best book on tactics for lower level players,imo.After that get a book with tactical puzzles.Any will do.

    For software I have no idea really.Heard good things about ct-art as mentioned by searcy.
  4. Standard member orion25
    Art is hard
    11 May '09 18:22
    this tactics server is simply awsome:

    http://chesstempo.com/


    If you are interested in free lectures the just download some of these:
    So far I've only looked at Pete Tamburro's lectures (on oppenings) and I can recomend them pretty much, its definetly worh the download time:
    http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/4221052685/m/3801095046