SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
Several months ago I wrote about the dedicated teaching application Shirov-on-Line
and about how impressed I was with it. Today I want to discuss a new and exciting addition to online coaching offered by chesscube
ChessCube, a world leader in online chess tournaments, with over 20,000 tournaments and 5 million games played per month, has recently launched a web-based online coaching system that is everything a coach wants and a student needs. What is more, there is no downloading or installing necessary–it runs straight out of your web browser!
And did I say that it is easy to use? As simple as snapping your fingers! All you need do is register (this is free) and try it out. Presto!
ps. Just send an email to chesscube to request coaching status after registering
I checked out this great coaching application the past few days with several of my advanced students and I have to say that we are very impressed! Not only do you have text, video and/or audio options (your choice!), but both you and your student have full and simultaneous control over the board and pieces. By July pgn saving and uploading will be added.
In particular, one of the really nice teaching features that chesscube has built into the application is the option to make several consecutive moves by one side (without the other having to respond alternately). This facilitates explaining the ideas and plans of one side without affecting the pgn of the game and is very useful!
Another great feature is the option to create and use arrows and markers.
And most important, you can set up any position in just seconds and then start analyzing with it.
In addition, when you coach you and your student have complete privacy: no third-parties have access to your work and training session. You need not fear your competitors spying on you!
Finally, chesscube allows for your own personal website to have a fully functional branded application of this coaching application, and for free! Imagine the possibilites!
Wow! It took me less than 5 minutes to register and then enter the coaching application. Help files are available if needed, but from what I can see everything is intuitive and logical. I had no problems at all. Everything that a coach wants is available, and changes to the options can be made while the coaching is in progress without having to interrupt or exit the application.
I give chesscube 10 out of 10 for creating an outstanding online coaching application. Congratulations!!
CEO and founder of chesscube, Mark Levitt, is a successful businessman, an avid chess player and 4-time champion of South Africa.
ChessCube is a chess site that allows chess players to play chess online for free. You only need to register in the chesscube site and you can play with your friends or other players from around the globe. Already there are more than 1 million registered members and each month thousands of tournaments are organized regularly. In 2009 chesscube sponsored the South African Open, and this year chesscube is associated with the Commonwealth Chess Championship to be held in Johannesburg next month. An online qualification event was organized and 3 lucky individuals won an all expenses paid trip to the prestigeous event.
Mark Levitt was involved in chess publishing in the early 1990s. From 1997 to 1998, Mark built the online Chess World for British Telecom‘s GamePlay.com In 2007 Levitt founded chesscube as a market test and soon after went international. More than 1.8 million dollars has been secured in venture capital since then.Chesscube is the first online site to actully organize officially-recognized FIDE rated tournaments!
An interview with Mark Levitt can be found here
In October 2009, ChessCube launched Premium Memberships. Premium Members receive free weekly streaming videos from chess masters, advanced game analysis and personal stats, customisation features and more. Premium Members also have access to P2P audio chat in the Play application. Premium Membership costs US$19.95 per annum.
SPRAGGETT ON CHESS