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What do I do next?

So I've been playing chess for about 7 months regularly. I learned basic movements years and years ago but tactically there was nothing. Over the 7 months tactically I've learned basic moves, beginner ...
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Do chess masters think with the board flipped when playing black?

Or do they always keep white on the bottom, as is the case with most historic games? Wouldn't it be easier for them to spot patterns from old games if they always oriented the board the same way in ...
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Why did Spassky play the King's Gambit?

If the King's Gambit is unsound, how could a world champion play it often?
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Why is d5 the best move in this position?

What is the thought process behind playing d5 in this position?
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Books that help improve your chess without a chessboard?

I am looking for books that can help me improve without a physical/digital chessboard. I have a kindle, and I have many places in school where I can read, but not many where I can open a chessboard ...
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How much worse would I play if I played blindfolded?

Suppose I played a chess game with 60 minutes on both side. I play blindfolded while my opponent does not. Assuming that my rating is 2000 fide, what rating would my opponent have to be so that the ...
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How to play against the polish opening?

1 b4 It seems like that black can some how equalize. Despite this, I somehow get tricked and lose my games against this opening.
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Does black have an advantage if white plays 1. h4

White would playing as if they are black, but with the insertion of h4. Does this insertion give enough advantage to white to at least equalize? Does the insertion of h4 weaken white's position even ...
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Is it legal to use a chess database in correspondence chess?

Someone told me that you can use a chess database for correspondence chess, but this seems a little like cheating. Does anyone has some information on this subject.
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What is the proper etiquette in Team Chess Championships?

In Team Chess Championships, what is the proper etiquette for being a player? This question is mainly focused on: Can I see my teammates’ games during the match? (I suspect I can.) If I win ...
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WHITE: K-E1; R-A1; B-C5; B-D5; N-G6; BLACK: K-G8; PAWNS: G7; H6 The black king is facing a _______ [on hold]

WHITE: K-E1; R-A1; B-C5; B-D5; N-G6; BLACK: K-G8; PAWNS: G7; H6 The black king is facing a _
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Website for playing Cylinder Chess

Does anybody know a website where I can play Cylinder Chess? I'm looking for something similar to Chess.com but for Cylinder.
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Material for knowing more about Cylinder Chess

I love the usual way of playing chess, but I also like a lot Cylinder chess. Does anybody know a book, website or other way of learning more about it? Like maybe a strategy book about cylinder chess ...
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Scotch Opening - How to play

Does anybody have some indication of book, site, video, etc, which explore this variation of Scotch Opening for Black? [fen ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Bc5 5.Be3 Qf6 6.c3 I have lost ...
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List of bad gambits?

There are many good gambits, from tactical ones such as the Fried Liver Attack, the Evans Gambit, or the King's Gambit, to positional ones such as the Volga Gambit. But there are many bad gambits, ...
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Does playing bughouse have any benefits on your chess game?

I've heard that it helps your tactical skills, but can a chess variant really help you in tactics more than simply playing standard chess.
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Tricks to force stalemate?

When playing against a novice player, how can you attempt to force stalemate (please don't ask how you would get there against a novice player)
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How to convert Chessbase format files to .pgn?

While downloading some games I came across some files in Chessbase format: .cbv .cbf .cbh I would like to know if is is possible to convert these files to .pgn format without using proprietary ...
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Kings and check

Is it ever legal for a king to put the other king in check, even if after the king is taken by the opposing king, the king doing the taking puts himself into check?
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About forcing a checkmate

Could a player sacrifice 3 of his pieces , the opponent's King being forced to take each piece in a sequence of moves where the opponent's King lands on a space where it is promptly checkmated? A kind ...
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What are some good defenses against the king's gambit?

The king's gambit has a lot of initiative and attack. Is there a good defense to neutralize this initiative?
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What Chess board companies are the most reputable?

As a follow up to my original question What are the characteristics of a good chess board? I was wondering what companies are the most reputable for Chess board construction. Since I am just a ...
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What are the characteristics of a good chess board?

I just read the question: What are some good quality magnetic chess sets? and I was left with a few more general questions: What is a comfortable board size for home vs travel? What height of chess ...
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Does black really have a disadvantage?

Most people say chess is a draw, and it is quite believable, white is but a tempo up, and skill plays a lot of part in the game. But even the most skillful agree that blunders are made, in some games ...
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BabasChess Copy PGN to clip board

I would like to go from babaschess directly to my analysis software. I know in BabasChess I can save as pgn, but LiChess.org (where I run the game analsys) wants the pgn pasted into a text box. When ...
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What are the official rules if your opponent does an illegal move?

I heard that they lose some time or that they lose the game. Not sure what happens.
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For an aggressive player, what are good defense against 1. d4? [duplicate]

Right know I am leaning toward the dutch defense or kings indian defense. Any thoughts?
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Resources on the caveman Caro-Kann

The caveman Caro-Kann goes: [fen ""] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4. h4 h5 5. Bg5!? Any anotated games, resourses, books, etc, are apreciated.
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A digital tree (With annotations) of all chess opening moves discovered by theoreticians

I am looking for a tree of sorts, like the one of Chessmaster XI, but with deeper analysis, like why is this move good. For example: e4 gets the center, with the idea of opening the bishop. e5 with ...
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Tips on how to beat a computer?

Not a computer that sees like 15 moves in and picks the best, but a computer that decides based on a like 3 move deep. Please do not say check every move in the next 4 moves...
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An Aggressive Opening for Black against E4

I am a novice at chess. I am around 1400-1600 chess rating. I have struggled to find any sound aggressive openings for black against E4. As white I play the Scotch Gambit which I have great success ...
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Chess960 human database?

Is there a database for the different starting positions of Chess960? I would like it to have only human played games, because it it was for engines, I'd have lots of computer chess games.
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Has the Soviet movie “Grandmaster” ever been translated into English?

I am looking for audio or subtitle English translation of this movie http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0382724/ - does anyone know if that is available anywhere?
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Chess variants where black is considered equal?

In normal chess, black isn't that bad, but not that good either. White has the initiative and opening theory dictates how to win these positions. Variants like Chess960 have made it possible to play ...
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How to play simultaneous chess each against each?

Lately, we have done an experiment in our chess club and liked it much. We were 4 players, and we wanted to play simultaneous each against each other. This setup worked (more or less, see the ...
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Who has Dr. John Nunn employed as a second or trainer?

Who has worked for Dr. John Nunn as a second or trainer?
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How do I play against this kind of position with double c pawn?

Continuing my question on double c-pawn.I am studying on this topic and I came to this position. [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 ...
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Famous celebrity chessplayers?

Are there any celebrities, such as artists, politicians, etc, that also have a FIDE title? Also I don't want people whom had chess as a catapult to their job, because Karpov would be a great example ...
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Is there a refutation of the Muzio gambit?

Is there a 'refutation', i.e. a defense for black that leads to a guaranteed advantage assuming perfect play, against the Muzio gambit? [StartPly "11"] [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Bc4 g4 ...
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Average number of moves per game

What are the average number of moves per game with regards to what opening has been played?
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Does anyone know the anecdote about Ostap Bender?

every now and then I have heard the saying "1. e2-e4 -- The favorite opening move of Ostap Bender." In Alexei Kornev's book "A practical white repertoire with 1. d4 and c4" the author writes: ...
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Can I improve my chess? Or am I too old?

I am 25 years old. I have been interested in playing chess since my school days but I never played seriously. One year back I realized that I want to become good chess player and I started. Most of ...
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Tactical variations in the Caro-Kann?

I am currently using the exchange variation of the Caro-Kann, so the: [Title "Caro-Kann refutation"] [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 I am ...
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Is it poor form to win a drawn position on time?

I was playing a 3-minute game, my opponent had around 15 seconds to my ~50 seconds when he managed to cancel out the last pawns to make it so we each had a king and a rook. I let his time run out and ...
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Forcing a Stalemate [duplicate]

Seems really unfair to the player winning. Why does "stalemate" even exist, it's not a win, a lose, or even technically a tie, it's an eternal game. So using this "eternal game" theory in speed chess ...
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Fool's Mate - As White?

Fools Mate is simple as black, white opens right up, 2 moves, done. But if you attempt to do this as white, once you move, black moves, you move, it's only check, there is no checkmate. Is it ...
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Top sources for opening theory

Can anyone recommend any good sources such as periodicals, websites, or what not to stay up to date on the latest opening theory? I am willing to pay if the source requires such. How do the top ...
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What's my next move against this Caro-Kann variant?

I'm a beginner with openings and Steinitz principles, and I'm in the interesting position where I can develop an artificial intelligence which is better than me in chess. After the e4 c6, I have ...
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Instructive chess positions (and famous games/studies containing these) that engines do not understand well

Basically, I would like to ask people to share their knowledge on famous and/or particularly instructive examples of chess positions, which chess engines do not understand well (i.e. do not evaluate ...
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Chess960 vs. Chess480 castling moves? Which is better?

In the chess variants Chess960 (aka Fischer Random Chess) and Chess480 the castling moves are radically different. Do the castling rules in Chess960 favor established FIDE Chess players more than ...

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