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Cool, thanks!

Thanks for letting me know. I’m hoping you clicked on the link for “Heck yeah, I’m interested!” but I’m good either way.

I’ll be in touch.

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Chess Openings Wizard Help

Help for Chess Openings Wizard for Macintosh is best found in the Expert’s Forum.

 

Cheating?!

You gotta help me.

I’ve been accused of helping a LOT of chess players to CHEAT.

What would you do if you discovered that your opponent had instant access to the best moves in thousands of opening and endgame positions?  It’s ILLEGAL!

Some folks were prepared to tar and feather me when the Professional version of Chess Openings Wizard came out with Speed Learning because it looks to them like players can now cheat that way.

You see, some players are using Photoreading to memorize reams of opening books.  (One guy used this technique to become state co-champion.)

To level the playing field, COW Pro blows that away by making it possible to download your opening repertoire into your brain.

No, I am not kidding.

There are catches.  First, COW Pro is $197.

But I think you have to experience this little miracle to see if you want to risk being accused of cheating.

So I’m going give out trial copies of COW Pro for ten bucks.

Yep, ten measly dollars.  If it works for you, then you pay the rest.  If it doesn’t, then my usual guarantee does NOT apply – that is, you don’t have to pay the rest but you have to stop using the software.  (That’s one of the catches.)

I have to set up the web site so that it allows you to pay $10 now and the rest in 30 days, and I’ll let you know when it’s ready, hopefully by next Thursday.

(Current COW Pro users got the updated with Speed Learning and Speed Testing for free when those features were added, of course.)

You will amaze your friends – and piss off your enemies – if you have the stomach to be accused of cheating, because anyone studying positions the old way will be devastated by your ability to instantly recall the best move in any position.

When the proverbial dung hits the fan, I just hope you hold me harmless.  I’m just looking to make it fair for everyone.  (And sell some extremely cool software.)

Mike

Speed Learning Rocks… but it’s not for ‘babies’ :)

I don’t go out of my way to get testimonials.

Oh I get unsolicited ones every so often but I figure that with our guarantee, anyone can get the program and prove it for themselves.  And when I’ve asked the occasional grandmaster for a testimonial, I almost always get an emphatic No… and the occasional counter-request for compensation but I figure no one is going to be persuaded by a grandmaster who got money or free software from us.

But if you haven’t tried it yourself, then you may need to know that Speed Learning is working like a miracle for some players. Most players don’t want their opponents to know about it. 🙂

Thankfully there are exceptions, and Michael Horne of France was one of the first to give me permission to quote him…

Hi Mike,

Many thanks for this most welcome update, although I must say it didn’t do me any harm looking at moves from the other side. In fact, I’m sure it did me some good. In the few weeks I’ve been using the speed learning feature my scores at the club have gone up quite remarkably. But I put work into it too! At my level, I don’t just sit back and hope it will all sink in subconsciously. First, I work with the training feature which is already there, and only subsequently with the speed learning feature, and even then making ample use of the pause button. This allows me to revise the positions I’m now supposed to know. To begin with, I work only on a limited number of moves; I will reduce Dzindzi’s Recommendations for White, for example, to 5 moves, then 6 moves, then 7 moves, using Chessbase to cut off the remaining moves. (This is a bit of a pain and would be a nice feature to incorporate into the Wizard in the future). As there is only one candidate move for White, the number of positions is not too unwieldy. (Here, too, this would be a nice future feature: eliminating (at least temporarily) all non- top candidate moves for the side one is training on. Again, I use Chessbase to do this when importing games, but again it’s a painful process). After a week or so of working in this way, I can set the speed to around one position per second (a middle setting) and take it all in quite consciously. I’ve no doubt that with time I will be able to accelerate this to substantially higher speeds. To my mind, speed reading only starts to be valid if one can read first. It’s the same with chess; the speed learning feature will not be profitable to a complete beginner, and for the intermediate player its value will depend on how it is used. I personally think there is enormous value in this feature for everyone wishing to improve his or her chess, which means that, when you say it does not work for everyone, I would only agree if ‘everyone’ is meant to include babies and non-chessplayers!

Please keep up this great work!
Mike Horne

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