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TOPIC: Learn from your played Games

Learn from your played Games 3 years 7 months ago #23

It’s good to see where something went wrong, but it would be even better if you could use this information similar to the training mode to update your training scores. You probably guessed it already: CPT can do that too!

Maybe you play on the internet at some chess servers or you just play over the board games. Did you ever wanted to know with one click where you or your opponent didn’t play what you actually prepared? With CPT this becomes a very simple task.

First let’s load the example database which comes with CPT and is located in your local document folder under Chess Position Trainer. Click on the application menu button and choose Open.

Browse to the folder where you can find the “ExampleDatabase.cpt” database. It contains an opening for White which is called “Closed Sicilian”.

Go to the Repertoire Module and then click on the Run Against Repertoire command of the ribbon page Extra Windows.

This will show you a dialog box where you have to provide a PGN file which contains your played games. In the same folder as the example database is located you can find a PGN file with the name “Amarok.pgn”. Browse for this file as the Watch File.

Next you have to provide a player name. Please enter *amarok* (if you run your own games against your repertoire you should provide your name here). Finally, tell the program to check both sides for the player name.

If you click on OK your screen should look similar to the following screenshot:

The program parsed the complete PGN file for all matching games. That means White or Black has a name which matches *amarok*. At the bottom you can see all games. If you click on any game the chessboard will automatically show you the position where you or your opponent played the first novelty. That means the move is not covered by any opening of your repertoire. In our case the repertoire contains only one serious opening, but this function works even with dozens of openings. The program will detect the corresponding opening which fits best to the game and then show the novelty.

The last played game is shown first. Black replied with c6 after 1. e4, which is a novelty as our repertoire only covers 2…c5 for the “Closed Sicilian” (and more openings don’t exist yet).

Activate the main window again. It should look like this:

What happened? The program shows in the main window automatically the corresponding opening and then highlights the played novelty. Of course, this is more amazing once you have a complex repertoire with many openings. You can see that the repertoire only covers c5 for this position. Now, you can add the move to your opening by playing it manually or you switch back to the Run Against Repertoire window where you can see the Copy+Mark command at the top.

This will copy the novelty to your opening and mark it as “Novelty” which makes it easy to inspect later by selecting the GoTo-Position type “Novelty” on the Navigation group page.

Update Training Scores
If you use the Update command the program will update the training scores of your openings. CPT will automatically find out for every game where you didn’t play your candidate move for a specific position and it does even more: It automatically figures out to which opening the game belongs and the position in question. Thus it makes the whole process a piece of cake. You can use this feature to train not only by using the training module, but also by playing games on chess servers.
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