The internet has so many cool websites that it is impossible to know each one. Sometimes you stumble on a great new site either by luck or upon another person's advice. When my round 4 opponent last Saturday suggested that I check out www.chesstempo.com, I was a bit puzzled. When I checked it out later, I was stunned. This chess tactics website is nearly everything that I could have dreamed of! Thanks to Alvin Pulley for this tip.
This Chess Tactics Server allows users to solve tactics puzzles and receive a rating. The standard rating requires only accuracy (get the correct solution) while the blitz rating requires accuracy plus speed (lose points if you take too long). The interface is quite easy to use. Best of all, registering for this exciting website is free!
- Over 25,000 problems! You won't run out anytime soon.
- A new problem pops up automatically (click on "last problem for session" to stop).
- Wide variety of puzzles so that you won't get bored.
- Harder problems have a higher rating and you get more points for solving.
- All problems are from real games.
- Some positions are easy (e.g. 1-movers) but the correct move is difficult to spot.
- Can view your solving history and go back to problems you missed.
- A few problems are dumb (e.g. a piece is hanging).
- It is frustrating when you find an easily winning move, but there is an equal or better one (e.g. winning queen instead of checkmate or two different mates in 2).
- There is no partial credit if you get the first move but mess up in the full variation.
- Standard ratings are much lower than USCF (I'm about 1800).
- Blitz ratings are higher than USCF (I'm about 2400).
- Can't search the database for specific types of tactics.