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knightnothorse 54 ( +1 | -1 )
Program that has the "best" post-game analysis? Hi -- being a total beginner at this game, I would like to get people's opinions on which computer program has the "best" post-game analysis. My definition of "best" in this case means plain-language, easiest to understand, least amount of cryptic codes. I know there are packages like Chessmaster 10 (and soon to be 11) and Fritz 10, but do any of the engines themselves (Rybka, Crafty, etc.) provide just as simple explanations during post-game analysis, or are they more for advanced users? Thanks in advance!
dysfl 121 ( +1 | -1 )
I use Fritz, but w/o explanation I'm not good at chess, but I use Fritz to scan my completed games. I don't believe there is any chess software which can add comments like 'This move prepares the next Knight fork if BL take it'. Fritz can add some so obvious or amusing comments, but not that useful over all.

The Chessmaster older version used to add comments for total beginner's only, but it might have improved in newer versions, which I don't have.

My setting in Fritz is to find any moves differ more than half pawn from the engine in 12th depth. I turn off the plain English comments. By doing this, Fritz finds the blunder for both sides and suggest better moves. And I should use my brain to figure out why it is better. Sometimes I put an alternative move to understand what if one side plays differently than in the suggested move.

To understand the games, it would be best to be analyzed by a stronger player. Secondly, you can study books to make yourself a better commentator. The computer engines are getting better, but not that good to tell in plain English why my game faltered after move 8. Fritz newest version has positional analysis, but it is not as helpful even in my strength level.

bunta 50 ( +1 | -1 )
Computers Computer chess programs do not help much but offer more alternatives and interesting insights to follow up with plans they suggest. It doesnt help much with commentary, dysfl has got it exactly right. The best thing you can do is to study and ask yourself why why why all the time that strongers players play like. The more keen you are, the more you will learn and apply yourself. Its a challenge and does take time, don't expect to be super strong after a few hours of study.