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  1. 19 Sep '07 15:06 / 3 edits
    I find some of the solutions to the problems on Chess Tactics Server (http://chess.emrald.net/index.php) that seem not to make any sense. Is it me, or do others find the same thing?
  2. Standard member Red Night
    RHP Prophet
    19 Sep '07 15:08
    Originally posted by Ron Drums
    I find some of the solutions to the problems on Chess Tactics Server (http://chess.emrald.net/index.php) that seem not to make any sense. Is it me, or do others find the same thing?
    Try chesstempo.com
  3. 19 Sep '07 16:24
    Originally posted by Ron Drums
    I find some of the solutions to the problems on Chess Tactics Server (http://chess.emrald.net/index.php) that seem not to make any sense. Is it me, or do others find the same thing?
    With rare exceptions, when I've found a solution I don't understand CTS I've missed something. If you have an engine handy, put the position into it and see what it says.
  4. 19 Sep '07 19:31
    Originally posted by Red Night
    Try chesstempo.com
    Thanks Red, but I think they have the same problem, take a look at problem #14133. Why doesn't the king take the rook?
  5. 19 Sep '07 19:34
    Originally posted by Schumi
    With rare exceptions, when I've found a solution I don't understand CTS I've missed something. If you have an engine handy, put the position into it and see what it says.
    I wish they where rare exceptions

    I think winboard has an engine, just haven't figured why I can't get that to work either.
  6. Standard member Ragnorak
    For RHP addons...
    19 Sep '07 19:36
    Originally posted by Ron Drums
    I wish they where rare exceptions

    I think winboard has an engine, just haven't figured why I can't get that to work either.
    The puzzles are explained on Chesstactics. Post a number of 1 that you think is wrong.

    D
  7. Standard member Red Night
    RHP Prophet
    19 Sep '07 19:48
    Originally posted by Ron Drums
    Thanks Red, but I think they have the same problem, take a look at problem #14133. Why doesn't the king take the rook?
    After KxR...Nf2+ forking Rook and King.

    that problem is about winning the white Bishop.
  8. 19 Sep '07 20:28
    Originally posted by Red Night
    After KxR...Nf2+ forking Rook and King.

    that problem is about winning the white Bishop.
    I need to give my eyes a rest from the computer screen, for some reason I missed the fork.

    Thanks
  9. Standard member TippedKing
    Blunder Grandmaster
    19 Sep '07 20:46
    I find this problem much less pronounced on CTS than on CT. On CTS, as others have already stated, there is almost always one, and only one, correct response. If you played something else you probably missed the motif completely.

    On CT this is not the case. They have lots of problems with lots of great move opportunities, but only one 'most correct' move. All other moves are incorrect, no matter what advantage you would have in playing that line.

    The most frustrating of these is forced mate situations. On CT if you see a mate in 6, but there was also a mate in 5, then your answer is incorrect. It doesn't matter if both lines are forced or not. This is very frustrating because I stop looking for better moves once I see a forced mate. I suspect most others do as well.
  10. Standard member Red Night
    RHP Prophet
    19 Sep '07 21:13
    Originally posted by TippedKing
    I find this problem much less pronounced on CTS than on CT. On CTS, as others have already stated, there is almost always one, and only one, correct response. If you played something else you probably missed the motif completely.

    On CT this is not the case. They have lots of problems with lots of great move opportunities, but only one 'most correct' ...[text shortened]... I stop looking for better moves once I see a forced mate. I suspect most others do as well.
    I agree with that.

    I find chess tempo to be easier to use, but lots of time there are multple soltions and as you point out the system rates a mate in 2 as correct and a mate in 3 as incorrect.