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Does playing correspondence chess improve your game?

My rating is around 1200 and I want to improve my chess. Will playing correspondence chess improve my game?
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Can almost anyone become a grandmaster if they devoted their life from age 6?

I hope that some stronger players have some insight or that their are some quotations from notable chess players that relate to the question.
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Why should black not capture the knight with the here?

I played a game on lichess. (Link: http://en.lichess.org/n2hfBGYy#18) After the game I did a stockfish analysis of the game. This is the position: [fen ""] [Event "Rated game"] [Site ...
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What are the mistakes that I have done in the following game?

I am a begginer and I have a rating of about 1000 Elo. I played a game against stockfish 5 but I lost the game. I know that stockfish is a very strong engine but I played against it to learn more. ...
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How to study a chess tactics book?

I've been playing chess for quite a while now, but I still consider myself a beginner. I play with friends most of the time. Now I want to get better so I bougth a tactics book (Yusupov: Build up your ...
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Game played by day or week

Currently I aking me about How many games by day or week, need a beginner to improve their game. I asking that because I read a beginner player need to play 80% and study 20%, but How much is this ...
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How to write a swiss pairing software

I'm thinking about to develop an online service to provide free software for helping chess tournaments organizers with pairing systems like swiss, round robin, team-swiss, team-round robin. Could ...
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Chess puzzle that is hard to understand

Today I was solving a chess problem as following picture : [fen "r1bqr1k1/1p3nbp/2pp2p1/2n2P2/p1PN1P2/2N1B1PP/PPQ3B1/R3R1K1 b - - 0 1"] The solution given was 1...Rxe3, but I did not get the ...
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Worrying inconsistency in playing strength

I recently found time to make a study plan and improve my playing strength. Using this plan, I was able to achieve a 1900 average rating on online chess sites. Since a couple of days, I have in a ...
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How do I find people to play chess with me through correspondence?

I really would like to play chess, nevertheless, I do not have access to physical chess players. My question is, how do I find people to play chess with me by email? I have not been successful in ...
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What is the best age to learn chess?

I am currently writing a capstone position paper about the optimum age for a person to start learning chess. I have come to the conclusion that the optimum age is 5-6. I need help brainstorming ...
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Chess As It Relates To Elaborate Endgame Strategies [closed]

Not sure if this is relevant to chess, so please redirect if necessary. But I figured I would get the best chess-based response here. How would one apply the principles of chess to everyday life? ...
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Can playing against Computer help?

I am a begineer level player on chess.com with rating around 1500. I play daily 2-3 games with 15|10 mins time control for each player. I find it difficult to get time to study chess books, and was ...
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Where can I see the recorded chess matches?

I want to know if there is any web site that maintains the recording of the famous chess tournaments. I am not looking for the video recordings, but the recording of the moves. For eg. I am currently ...
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Rule enforcing a player to move on a turn?

I'm an amateur chess enthusiastic and I have a somewhat esoteric question about the rules of moving on a turn. In chess, is there a specified rule that a player must move a piece during her turn? I ...
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Where to download chess master games(pgn format)/databases for android for free?

Self explanatory title, Most of the sites i have visited, Only allow downloading one game at once, So if i want to download several, It takes ages. So, is there is a website which allows downloading ...
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A Really Good Site

Do you guys know some site that is really good, well organised, with video lectures for learning general concepts of chess like openings, middle-game, end-games, tactics, and, furthermore, for free? ...
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How to solve mate-in-N problems

Here is a mate-in-4 I have been trying to solve: [FEN "2r4r/b5pp/q3pp2/8/4QBk1/8/3R1PPK/4R3 w - - 0 1"] (white mates in 4). I have been looking at it for about half an hour but not solved it. My ...
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Does memorizing chess games improve chess ability?

It is common for strong chess players to have chess games in memory. Is this because it helps to memorize chess games?
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If I accidentally knock over a rook with my elbow while reaching for another piece, do I have to move the rook?

According to the official FIDE rules for otb games, does the above description warrant the touch move rule?
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Queen vs rook & knight with all pawns

I'm going through a chess tutorial (Shredder). One of the exercises begins where all pawns are in their starting positions. I have a queen and my opponent has a rook and a knight, again all in ...
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Chess Psychology

I have a friend who is an improving chess player. He wants to progress in his game. The problem with him is that he plays really good with much stronger opponents but, often lose many games ...
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Chess books or tactics apps for android [duplicate]

now that my university has started, i have little time to read books, i spend my free time at university using my phone, if not studying I use chess tactics on my phone whenever i have free time, are ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Who has the advantage at this point in the game?

I was playing the following game and at this point I thought black had the advantage but upon thinking about it for a little while was not sure. At this point in the game who has the advantage and by ...
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What book should I refer to to begin learning chess?

I'm a highschool student and want to play chess seriously. A friend of mine taught me the basic rules of the game. What book should I refer to to begin learning chess? I tried Capablanca's Chess ...
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Is there a site that provides (legal) online access to free chess books?

As the title says, is there a site that provides (legal) online access to free chess books?
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What are the common mistakes make by chess engines at ELO range 1500 - 1800?

I'm a software developer and occasional chess player at elo rating 1500. Chess engines of different level play different type of games with some mistakes according to that given level. I'm ...
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understanding evaluation function

I am developing a chess program. And have made use of an alpha beta algorithm and a static evaluation function. I have successfully implemented both but I want to improve the evaluation function by ...
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Struggling to improve past intermediate level

I have been playing a lot of chess recently after not having played much in the last few years. My rating (sorry, I don't know which rating systems) on most chess websites and so on tends to sit ...
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Does anyone collect chess sets or chess memorabilia? [closed]

I am an avid player but it was only recently after reading an AoM article on the benefits of starting a collection that I considered collecting rare or unique chess sets. Do any Chess.SE members ...
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how large can a rating difference become before either player realizes it's not worth engaging in a game?

I think the relationship changes as rankings increase (i.e., players with ratings lower than 1000 might be able to play all other players in that range and still enjoy themselves, but if a sub-1000 ...
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Question about four digits appearing next to move

As new to this as you could get i think. Could you explain the four digit numbers that appear next to what i guess you call annotations. I would either think it should go for the highest or the ...
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As a Beginner, is playing a lot of tactics chess (puzzles) a good way to improve?

I am pretty new to chess, and I play lot of chess puzzles: trying to find the best move for a given situation (which will not necessarily end-up with a checkmate). Is this a good way to learn chess ...
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How to repair black's position in this Game?

In this game black made some mistakes which leads to final position. While analyse this game engine not willing to capture bishop . [Event ""] [Site ""] [Date "2014.07.05"] [Round "-"] [White ...
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Why does Stockfish website offer many apps to download?

I want to get a strong engine to practice while I'm not home. Look at: http://stockfishchess.org/download, we see a list of apps to download for the Stockfish engine. Why are there three apps to ...
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Which format should i choose to improve my chess skills (Blitz chess or Standard time control chess)?

I always play both blitz and standard time control chess games. But in blitz I make a lot of mistakes and I'm not able to find a lot of good and tactical moves whereas in standard time chess format I ...
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What are the benefits of learning to play chess as an adult (30s) if any?

I played chess when I was a child, but never got into it seriously (I didn't know it was possible at that age). Nowadays I'm playing regularly as a hobby and I'm interested in how this can affect my ...
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Playing 3d chess [duplicate]

I have a quite simple question: I was watching the Big Bang theory and I was wondering if 3d chess was possible? And how us it similar and different to regular chess
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What levels should theoretical endings be learned at?

When I am introducing beginners to the game, I immediately teach them KQvK, KRvK and KPvK. I follow that up with KBBvK at around the 800 level. Are any resources on when one should learn/teach the ...
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Help with discovered checks

I'm new to chess and I've found that while certain tactics come relatively easily to me(double fork), certain others are quite harder. I've been missing out on a lot of opportunities to take ...
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Which free chess (learning) programme would you recommend?

I sadly do not have the time for a paid engagement regarding chess, yet I would like to use a good (learning) programme in my spare time. I used an old programme from my grandfather, but it doesn't ...
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How do I get to the next level of chess skill?

I learned chess when I was about 5 years old and my brother and I went through a huge chess phase where we had many of the major openings fully committed to memory and competed in a few tournaments ...
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How to start learning chess? [duplicate]

I have always wanted to learn how to play chess, but I don't know how to start. I downloaded chess apps on my smartphone and PC but I didn't learn anything. I also contacted some local chess clubs to ...
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Opening book series with “complete” explanations

I am looking for opening books, preferably a series that explain different openings, where the opening is explained with a complete view: strategic plans for main variants, main tactical ideas, ...