Flash-Card Concept

Learning Chess Openings as efficient as a Foreign Language

How do you try to remember the theory of your preferred openings after reading a chess book about it? Just by learning the ideas at best? Ever tried to learn a foreign language by remember just the ideas? Good luck!

Thanks to Chess Position Trainer since June 2004 it is possible for chess players to learn and remember openings as efficient as it has been for people to learn new languages for many years already. Are you tired of training in a non-structured way the same positions over and over again while other variations which you don’t know well yet are totally neglected? For learning vocabulary there exists already for a long time a so called flash-card concept. Chess Position Trainer borrowed the same basic idea to chess. Each position has a training value. In the training module of Chess Position Trainer you are tested in those variations and positions which you know the worst. Thereby every result will be stored which ensures that you are steadily working on your weaknesses, because Chess Position Trainer is doing all the work in the background.

Finally the program creates a percentage number for each opening to reflect your current knowledge of it.


With Chess Position Trainer 4 the training methodology has been further improved by incorporating ideas from spaced repetition concepts. That means the program will only ask you to recall a position just before you are about to forget it (with the goal of an 80% recall rate). Sounds like magic? This approach is actually based on science data and the beauty is: you don’t have to care, because the program takes care of it in the background.

As a result a scheduler informs you when you have to recall positions:

Recall Positions

Read on in the section for the trainings module to find out how the training values of every position change and how a correct move is defined.


  • I have been recommending Chess Position Trainer to students for several years now as part of a multi-pronged approach to learning openings. [...]"
    GM Nigel Davies (tigerchess.com)
  • "I'm recommending it to all my students. It's the best program for openings."
    FM Eric Peterson
  • "If you have the opportunity check the program out, it is hard to find someone who is not an ardent supporter of CPT specially, if you're an opening geek like me."
    FM Charles Galofre
  • "...this is almost exactly what I had wanted to see in a chess program for a long time! It is a thing of the future, for sure."
    IM Jovan Petronic - Advisor / Computer & Internet Chess, FIDE Senior Trainer



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