Thursday, 05 September 2013

CPT 4.2 will re-introduces Tabiyas

Since the release of CPT 4 this has been the most requested feature. Actually, CPT 3 already supported tabiyas to manage and train tactical or end game positions. The main reason I removed it from the initial release of CPT 4 was the way tabiyas were managed in CPT 3. They were just named positions, which were loosely coupled with the rest of a repertoire database.

I had a vision how it should be done properly. I’m right now in the final stage of implementing this last big feature for the CPT 4.2 release and I would like to give you a preview of what I believe will be a really great enhancement of CPT and much better than it was done in CPT 3.

First of all, let’s start with a screenshot:


In CPT 4.2 you can add a new repertoire element, which is called ‘topic’. A topic can contain any type of positions. Usually it won’t be the start position or opening. Instead you probably will create a topic an opening to manage key positions (or positions you frequently forget). You could also create another repertoire just to manage tabiyas like end games (with different themes) or mate in 2 positions etc.


If you load a topic the first tabiya is shown. Then you can easily navigate through all tabiyas of the topic, add new ones or delete some. And of course you can train it!

You can see how topics perfectly fit into the comprehensive and unique repertoire concept of CPT. Folders will further help you to organize topics. The fact that you can have several repertoires for a single database makes it very easy to manage all training material.

This new feature will also allow chess teachers to create more complete and innovative training units for their pupils.

This is the very last new feature I’m right now finalizing. The release of version 4.2 took more time than originally planned, but we are now really close to the finish and about 100 new features, bug fixes and improvements have been implemented. It will be released before x-mas and it is a free upgrade for all Pro license owners!

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Comments (10)

  • Ivan
    05 September 2013 at 17:51 |

    Thank you! As a CPT 4 owner, I really hope to see a great CPT one day, rivalling with... well, in my opinion if you continue to improve and smash bugs you should be the winner, at least for some months.
    And, best of all, as far as I know you are the only one developing with pasison, not only money in mind.

    Buona fortuna, mein Freund!

  • Brian Smith
    07 September 2013 at 07:48 |
    Brian Smith

    Yes, good news indeed!

    All weekend warriors who make their living away from the board during the week can relate to perhaps not having enough time to study everything the night before a tournament, and wishing they had a handy way to go straight to a group of key positions in their favorite openings to brush up on. This looks like it will make all those 'Friday night cram sessions' a lot easier and more productive. Thanks Stefan!!

  • Stefan Renzewitz
    11 September 2013 at 23:10 |
    Stefan Renzewitz

    You are welcome! I have just published a quite complete list of what is new in CPT 4.2.

  • Nick Sitterly
    23 September 2013 at 21:21 |
    Nick Sitterly

    This is fucking awesome!!!!!!! Can't wait!

  • Stefan Renzewitz
    23 September 2013 at 22:50 |
    Stefan Renzewitz

    If anybody can recommend free and legal download resources for tactic / endgame positions / puzzles / mate in X / white to win ... you name it, I would appreciate a link. I would like to include some stuff in the example database, which comes with CPT. If the source is not clear and hence the legal status of the material, I can't incorporate it.
    Thanks for any tips!

  • Hans Nepomuk
    20 October 2013 at 12:11 |
    Hans Nepomuk

    Hallo Stefan,
    können Sie bitte kurz erklären was "Tabiyas" sind?

    • Stefan Renzewitz
      20 October 2013 at 12:58 |
      Stefan Renzewitz

      Hallo Hans,
      bisher kann man in CPT nur Stellungen verwalten, die man von der Startstellung aus erreichen kann. Die nächste Version wird es darüber hinaus ermöglichen, dass man irgendeine beliebige Stellung als Tabijas anlegen kann und dann wie bei Eröffnungen Kandidatenzüge für beide Seiten hinzufügen kann. So kann man ein Thema mit beliebig vielen Tabijas erstellen, um zum Beispiel Endspielstellungen mit 4 Bauern gegen 3 Bauern oder Turm und Bauer gegen Turm oder Schach-Puzzles, Matt in zwei Stellungen, Schlüsselstellungen einer Eröffnung etc. zu verwalten und trainieren.
      Der Begriff Tabija (im Englischen Tabiya or Tabia) existiert eigentlich schon lange, wird aktuell aber wieder vermehrt und in einem leicht abgewandelten Kontext genutzt (nicht nur für Schlüsselstellungen für Eröffnungen):

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