Originally posted by knightrider63
This thread is relevant as chess theory is important. Grandmasters use chess programs and analysis engines to train. So how can the advice be nonsense.
To be able to use chess engines effectively for this purpose one has to be quite skilled at the game already. An engine may say a position is equal, some 1600 rated player may see this and head for that position. Little does he know that it is only equal if he plays extremely accurately over the next dozen moves in a very difficult position. How easy a position is to play doesn't factor in to a computers "thinking" in any way. I would rather be a pawn up in a simple position, than +2.00 in an unclear sharp position in which the slightest miscalculation leads to a losing position.
When I get near the end of theory, I look at master games that continue from that position. It is easier to pick up ideas, they think like I do.
Engines are great for finding blunders after a game, but I wouldn't try to play like an engine in the middle game, you have to see too much for that play style to work.