I am new to the site and would appreciate help in this area.
At my current stage (beginner) I have started to draw or sometimes even beat the computer at low levels (ex. chess.com level1,2,3, lichess.org level1,2). One of these sites has an interesting feature that helps me a lot, it is a set of 3 numbers like a score. Here is an example of a game where I play White and I am behind 2 pawns (-2pts in material):
+2.90 -1.78 -2.14 Stockfish.js 8 | depth=19
Which I interpret the following way:
- Positional score shows max=+2.90, which means that there is a tactic opportunity involved (overloading? removal of defender?...etc I must find out!).
- If I see the opportunity and play correctly, I can materialize the advantage and win an important piece (maybe win a rook, or take the queen in exchange of one of my rooks)
- If I miss the opportunity, the next score will be -1.78 (second best move) or -2.14 (third best move). That is, the momentary positional advantage will disappear and the score will revert to the material strength (2 pawns behind).
Well, my problem is that I sometimes blunder and my score goes abruptly down to for instance -M2 [mate-in-2 for Black]. I lose the game :( because I did not realize that there was a mate danger (ex: last rank weakness or something like that). The score of the site I am playing only shows the 3 best moves, not the WORST moves.
I am formulating this question here in the hope that someone knows other sites for beginners, with an engine that can be tuned to warn if there is a risk of blundering and being prematurely mated. If I do not find such feature, well, I will have to be patient and continue with the learning process:). The frequency of blunders should decrease as I gain experience.
Thank you for your help.