Hello ChessJournal fans!
Well its been just over a week since we launched version 2.0 of everyones favourite chess players diary. Myself and Matt have been delighted with the response so far. Across the App Store and Google Play we are averaging a 4.43 (out of 5) star rating and I’m getting lots of lovely emails from my fellow wood pushers!
One of the biggest changes in v2 of ChessJournal was the move to a subscription model. A few people have questioned whats included with the different membership levels so on todays blog I thought I would outline the different levels of membership. Here we go:
ChessJournal is free to download and create an account. With the free level of membership the following features and benefits are included:
- Unlimited storage of your competitive ‘over the board’ games in the cloud;
- Inport and export PGN of your games to and from your personal ChessJournal;
- Built in engine to use on all your games;
- Statistical breakdown of your performance across competitive seasons;
- Create personal improvement goals that you can track and link important games to;
- Share your games via email, Twitter and Facebook;
- Search functionality for your whole ChessJournal.
Premium Membership (£4.99 / $6.50 / €6.00 per year)
Becoming a premium member of ChessJournal unlocks the following:
- Ability to analyse key variations and save interesting lines with your game;
- Annotate your games with your thoughts and lessons learned;
- Export and share your annotations and variations via email, Twitter and Facebook.
Becoming a premium member allows you to take your ChessJournal to the next level by enabling a deeper level of self study and learning. Here is a link to an example of a fully annotated game that I played in the Bristol & District League recently:
My team and club mates enjoyed watching me wriggle out of that one!
Our Premium subscription offering will be getting expanded in the coming months. I will be blogging more info here in due course.
Why choose ChessJournal?
So there we are! Even with a free membership I hope you can see the value of starting your own personal ChessJournal with us. ChessJournal offers you the ability to access and study your ‘over the board’ games whenever, wherever and on a convenient device to you (leave your laptop at home next time you play a tournament!). Even time poor amateur players can now find the time and opportunity to study using ChessJournal!
The focus of learning from your own mistakes and patterns of play, will we hope start to yield real benefit to improving, aspirational, amateur chess players. Anecdotally within the ChessJournal community (from v1.0) I have received reports of players improving up to 100 ELO (approx. 15pts in ECF money) after using ChessJournal for a season. I myself have achieved a rating increase of 98 ELO this season.
So thats it for this weeks blog. My chess club, Horfield & Redland, completed the league this week so I will probably write an analysis of my season soon. Until then thanks for reading and keep those nice reviews coming on the App Store and Google Play!