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How does analyzing help me improve?

This has been really frustrating for me since I don't get it. When I go through my games I spot errors and simply find better moves but then that's it. I just don't understand how this improves your ...
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Can Black crash through?

I wonder if White can defend below position: [Title "White to move"] [fen "r4rk1/pppq2pp/2np1n2/2b1p1B1/8/2NP1N1b/PPP1BPP1/R2QR1K1 w - - 0 1"]
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Need help spotting whats wrong?

Although I would prefer just figuring this out on my own I feel like I need a stronger or more knowledgeable player to help me out here. I keep seeing a lot of my losses are when I'm up in material, ...
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Does …Nxg4 really work?

[Title "Black to move"] [StartFlipped "0"] [fen "r4rk1/pp1nbppp/2p1pn2/q6b/2B2BP1/2NP1N1P/PPP2P2/R2QR1K1 b - - 0 1"] White has just played g4, after which I have replied ...Bg6. I have uploaded ...
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How to play this bishop & pawn endgame?

[Title "Black to move"] [StartFlipped "0"] [fen "6k1/p4p2/1p2pPp1/7p/3Pb2P/1B2P1P1/P7/2K5 b - - 0 33"] I'm Black. In the game I deliberately allowed White pushing the pawn to f6, I was expecting ...
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Anaylsis of my game

Me and one of my colleagues have started playing chess for a while. We are playing one or two matches every weekday, and play tactics over our phones when off work. Here is one of our latest games. I ...
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Can the outcome of the submitted position be clearly determined?

Playing a blitz game, I reached the below position: [Title "White to move"] [fen "1r3rk1/1q1nbpp1/p1n1p2p/P1p1P2P/2Pp1BN1/5BP1/1P2QP2/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1"] At this point both players had less then a ...
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Please Critique my game played by my engine

[Event "?"] [Site "?"] [Date "?"] [Round "?"] [White "?"] [Black "?"] [Result "?"] [fen ""] 1. e3 e5 2. Qg4 Qf6 3. Bb5 e4 4. Qxe4+ Qe7 5. Qd5 Qh4 6. g3 c6 7. Qf5 g6 8. Qd5 Qb4 9. Qe5+ Ne7 10. Be2 Rg8 ...
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Does …Rxe3+ work for Black?

In the position below, does ...Rxe3+ sacrifice work for Black? I need concrete lines, that prove your claims, I can not satisfy myself with some rough evaluation. Thank you. Regards. [Title "Black ...
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I know my mistakes but how would I learn from them?

Learning from your mistakes is the whole point of analyzing your own games is it not? By learning from your mistakes you are able to improve but my question is once I know I played a inaccurate or bad ...
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Learning chess theory

I have played a lot of chess in my childhood. And I'm quite a decent player as well. However I stopped playing for few years now. Only after I realized that there are lot of opening/middle/closing ...
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Win an exchange vs winning a piece

I'm black, I took the rook and ended up winning the game, did I make the right choice? instead of winning a bishop and after queens are exchanged i would have got trippled pawns. Lichess engine ...
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SCID not recognising transpositions

I like going through open variations and taking notes and saving them in my database. However I have a problem. When I get to two of the exact same board positions and same color to play, if I got ...
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How to handle resignations from unlost positions when learning?

I played a game against bemeurer, a friend of mine who's learning chess. He's only got me to play against but he's learning quite quick. Of the 8 games we played so far, I won all of them. Most quite ...
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Why did this guy resign, was there a strategic reason?

I have a hobby as an amateur chess player to watch top rated games on lichess.org, my personal favorite online chess platform. Usually after some analysis, I can figure out why players do particular ...
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Is this position lost for White?

8/8/8/5kp1/p7/P4K2/1P6/8 b - - 0 1 White just played Kf3, thereby gaining the opposition. If there were no queenside pawns, what is on the kingside would be a "book" draw. That's because the White ...
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Is this a fortress?

I have just played a thoroughly enjoyable game, where in the middlegame I was forced to give up the queen for two minor pieces and defend. After 30 moves and some trades, the situation got simplified ...
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How to review past games [duplicate]

Does a software that analyzes your past games and gives you tips exist? If there exist, is there a way to implement it, so we can play against "ourselves" If not, how do you review and analyze ...
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Is there a chess move history app (Mac)?

I would like to check various positions to see if I have reached them in the past. I play on lichess.org which lets you download your complete game history as a pgn. I was wondering if anyone knew of ...
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How to limit lines in scid vs pc in annotate mode?

I would like to reduce the number of lines calculated by the engine to speed up the analysis but I cannot find the appropriate option for that. Does anybody know how to do this in Scid vs PC?
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I sometimes miss very obvious moves. How can I improve my game?

I am a hobby player but I would like to improve my game. I like to watch annotated games. For instance, I have watched all games of Josh Waitzkin in Chessmaster GM Edition. Also, I watch games in ...
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USCF player question

I was looking at the list of uscf players (as anyone can through WinTD) and two columns in a dataset, downloadable through the program, are titled RSUPP_NUM, R_PLR_TYP. Does anyone have any idea what ...
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What features can I add to this FIDE chess application? (edits made 2/25)

EDIT: Most of the app is completed. Now all I have to complete is implementation of FIDE arbiters, a dynamic 3d plot (right now it only has 3 variables being plotted, no inputs affect it), adding more ...
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Adventures in the ODCL pt. 2 - How about this Endgame?

Another week, another match, this time as board 2 for the second team instead of bottom board for the firsts. Background: In the review my rating has gone up slightly to 142 ECF (~1765 Elo). My ...
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How do players “see” several moves ahead

How can you predict what your opponent will play in the next 5 turns, 7 turns, ten turns. If the game is like a tree, then the more the turns the more it will branch out. How can a player accurately ...
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Could Karpov defend against Kasparov in 1990 championship?

I have watched this video, where Kasparov explains the variations after his knight sacrifice. However, the position he analyses starting from 3:08, I think I am missing something. Kasparov vs Karpov, ...
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Adventures from the ODCL - How To Play The Endgame?

Well the league restarted after the Christmas break this week and here's much of my latest effort with a couple of questions afterwards - I haven't shown the whole game for reasons that I hope will ...
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Kasparov quote reference

Kasparov apparently said: By strictly observing Botvinnik's rule regarding the thorough analysis of one's own games, with the years I have come to realize that this provides the foundation ...
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Probability of making a game-losing move as a function of Elo?

BlindKungFuMaster and I are having a debate (http://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/34484/discussion-between-blindkungfumaster-and-jeff-y) and it got me wondering: Given any position that can be agreed ...
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Should white be able to win this endgame?

Should white be able to win from the position [fen "8/5k2/3p1p2/3PnP2/1KP1r1P1/8/3RB3/8 b - - 0 67"] with black to move? (A game I was playing ended there when black just let black's time run out ...
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Does the right of first turn of White provide any positive effect to the White's game? [duplicate]

Does this right provide any positive effect to the White's game? I am not talking about the first move of White but only the right which it was given conventionally. Does this right provide any ...
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Why Promotion doesn't provide the choice between Queen and knight only?

Queen, in a sense, is equivalent to Bishop and Rook. What is the logic behind "putting Rook and Bishop" in the promotion move's options. Why doesn't it (Promotion move) provide the choice between ...
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Using Tarrasch Chess GUI to annotate

I just started using Tarrasch so I am learning how it works. I usually play on chess.com and after the game I ask for the computer analysis which usually when an annotation is added it first adds the ...
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Nimzowitsch Defence - 1. e4 Nc6 2. Nf3 variation

I was watching a YouTube video which explains the 1. e4 Nc6 2. Nf3 line of the Nimzowitsch Defence. In that video, the presenter was talking as if after 9... Nd4, white did not have any good move. ...
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What is a good chess engine to play against on an android phone?

I have an android phone, and I have the Chess Free app. It is nice in that you can set the computer difficulty level and record games, and even play against another human, but it severely lacks ...
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How do I make my opening reportorie stronger, specifically my Grand Prix Attack against high level competition?

I saw the DVD Killer Grand Prix Attack from GM Gawain Jones. This helped a lot. However, I have some trouble with some concepts against 2 ...e6 lines. According to the DVD the second plan of the Grand ...
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How not to use a chess engine?

How not to use a chess engine? What are the bad practices when using a chess engine, and the good ones? How trustworthy are their suggestions and evaluations?
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Is this same colored-Bishop ending really drawn for Black?

I was playing as Black. Was there something I could of done to win in this position? Or was the game truly drawn? What are some endgame ideas for this position as Black? Black to move
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How would you evaluate this king and pawn endgame for white, and what's the best book to study King and pawn endgames?

I would like to learn more tricks and ideas behind these complicated endgames. For example, here is a game I played where I got into one (I was playing white). [fen ""] [Startply "83"] 1. e4 e6 2. ...
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How do I seriously analyze my tournament games and become stronger doing so?

I'm a Class B, but I would like to reach Master Class one day. I been playing a lot of OTB games recently, and I would like to spend time studying my weaknesses. My coach noted some major weaknesses ...
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Which side has the advantage?

In this game, I made an early exchange of my queen for his rook and bishop. At the time, I was ahead, though he managed to bring it back to roughly even with an effective threat on the queen side. ...
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What defines a forcing move with major/minor pieces?

I have been taking various training tests and the answer almost always involves some sort of forcing move. Clearly attacking a king will always force a response but when another piece is involved ...
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How is this a winning position for white?

[FEN "r4r1k/pbq2p1p/1p1ppPp1/8/2P3P1/PP6/R2Q2P1/1B3R1K w KQkq - 0 1"] 1. Qh6 Rg8 2. Rf4 e5 3. Rf3 Bxf3 4. gxf3 This is what I got from "ChessCademy -> Attack and Defence -> Attacking Castled King ...
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Is there some method to show attacks and defends and other statistics on board?

I want to teach children basic rules of openings and show them some critical point in formation with some kind of visualization. How can I show attack, defends, weak points or other statistics on ...
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Why is Qg4-Qe6 the correct move here?

Given this board setup: 6k1/1p3rpp/1q1p4/p2Pp3/P5Q1/1P3PP1/2R3KP/8 w - - 3 13 Puzzle states: White to move, find the best move. The puzzle solution says Qg4-e6 and the rationale is that Rc2-c8+ ...
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No ways for whites

I'm analyzing a situation that happened to me in a game ... is when I move my black queen to this position. Finally I won, but ... is there any chance to stop the attack for White? ...
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Puzzle: Best move for blacks

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nc6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 d6 5.h3 Be7 6.d4 exd4 7.Nxd4 Bd7 8.O-O O-O 9.Bg5 h6 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.Nxc6 Bxc6 12.Re1 Re8 13.Qf3 r2qr1k1/ppp2pp1/2bp1b1p/8/2B1P3/2N2Q1P/PPP2PP1/R3R1K1 b - - 3 13 ...
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Analysis of a very complicated end position - why is this move leading to a draw?

I am trying to understand this position a bit better and would appreciate some help in doing so. I am black and it's my turn... (the board is flipped .. ie. black plays up and white plays down) [FEN ...
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How to use Stockfish to automatically analyze big DB of games

I would like to have Stockfish (or another strong engine) automatically analyze a very large database of games (>1M games), so that the analysis is as strong as possible while making the best use of ...
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analysis of a position - why is my move so bad?

I am trying to understand this position a bit better and would appreciate some help in doing so. I am black and it's my turn... I played the move ..c5. I don't have a deep understanding of this ...