Originally posted by rapabst
If you have chess software (Winboard, Fritz, etc.), what have you found to be the most effective way(s) to use it to help improve your game?
I have Winboard, and have ordered Fritz 12 (hoping for faster speed, more versatile options).
Its very useful in endings - or to show you the mishap in a tactical mistake.
Engines aren't usually overly instructive, so picking up strategic tips isn't usually
advised to anybody.
Playing against your engine in uneven endings is probably one of the very best ways
to use engines. An engine can be a very devious (and flat out aggravating)
opponent in the endings. Trying to win a won ending say Queen vs Rook, can become
a real chore against such punishing opposition. I highly reccomend this type of practice.
If you analyze your own games for missed tactics, then engines are very useful in
pruning your thoughts. I have personally found however, that once you have analyzed
your game by hand, actually playing through on a board; the variations that are
suggested by the engine - can really open up your vision.
Think of your engine similarly to your boss at work - if you don't have to talk to him,
then don't... or at least not until there isn't any other way. When it tells you what
to do, keep a brow raised - in a few minutes its suggestion may make no sense.
Just as you only want to be in your bosses office for good behavior - you only want
to be up against an engine when the game is already won 😉.