I have a lot of my own chess games in pgn format, Im wondering if there is a tool that examines my games and suggests what books I should buy to improve?

  • fixed thanks @CodesInChaos
    – nak3c
    Commented Apr 21, 2020 at 14:01

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Full disclosure: I am answering my own question. I recently finished the alpha version of an app that maps chess games to diagrammed positions in chess books (https://www.thechesscite.com/).

The primary goals is to help you to make better choices about what books to buy and to help chess authors cite their colleagues. My other goal is to streamline how you study chess.

See more on the site. I’m still very early in development but have a lot of features planned. Hopefully I’ll see a little interest from the chess community and grow the tool over time. Would be happy to take feedback; however, be aware there are some minor quality of life issues I already know about, and I am a one person team. I'm eager to share this tool even if it's just getting started.

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    The idea of the site is brilliant. Excuse my question if its to early to ask, but are you planning to implement a import games fro Lichess or a database feature as manually entering a lot of PGNs would be infeasible.
    – AKP2002
    Commented Apr 21, 2020 at 4:21
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    Second the brilliant - a quick check of a Pirc picked one of the books I would recommend. A second question - what books are currently covered? A link on the page to give an idea of what might be suggested could be useful.
    – Ian Bush
    Commented Apr 21, 2020 at 7:11
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    Question: Does this only cover opening books base on the opening played or does it go deeper by analyzing the games and say if you miss tactics it would suggest books on tactics? Commented Apr 21, 2020 at 9:54
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    @David the spam flag description says "does not disclose the author's affiliation" - but they do. As long as their promotion is limited to a few posts, there's absolutely no problem.
    – Glorfindel
    Commented Apr 21, 2020 at 10:43
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    @AKP2002 I'd be really cool to have a button on lichess that sends your png to the site. I could allow multi-PNG uploads for one's entire game collection but I was worried about hitting the server too hard (some game collections can be rather large). These are definitely features on the agenda though!
    – nak3c
    Commented Apr 21, 2020 at 11:26

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