Play against an engine
Playing against an engine in Lucas Chess is a very good way to practice your game. First of all, you can pick an engine like Maia (included) which mimics human play at certain levels (based on neural network technology):
Lucas Chess has the concept of a Tutor: you make your moves, but if they are not good enough, the tutor will warn you and guide you to better moves. This is a really helpful feature to see when you are going wrong in your games.
By clicking on Tutor change, you can configure your Tutor.
- Which engine to use
- How long the tutor should think (0 means until the Depth is reached) - it might be good to set a time limit here so you do not end up having to wait for too long
- Depth: how many half-moves (plies) should the engine think ahead
- MultiPV: how many lines (best moves) do you want to see - more lines of course take longer
- Sensitivity: how many centipawns of error will the engine allow for you
When you play a game against an engine, the tutor keeps monitoring your moves in the background. If you make a mistake that loses more points than the threshold you set, the tutor pops up and offers you help:
You can now either a) try again, b) play your move or c) open the tutor window to see the engine's suggestion:
Help to move
When you are playing and get stuck, use the help to move function which will show you the best engine moves.