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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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Stockfish Chess

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, ...
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Where I can start to learn?

About 8 months I have a pretty interest for the chess, but I was looking for Where I can start to learn? becouse I feel confused When I search in google, I got a lot of info articles, books or videos ...
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Midgame Ideas in the Caro-Kann

Most of the writing I've found on the Caro-Kann online simply makes vague assertions about how "Black's endgame is better" or how White should try [some dubious move or other] to get a good attack in ...
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Can playing blindfold chess be learned or is it a natural skill?

Any blindfold players here? Just wondering if blindfold chess is a skill that can be learned by amateurs like me or a natural skill by chess GM's, IM's, etc.
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What advice would you give a novice in Chess?

I am a bit of a new blood when it comes to Chess. Oh I know how to play but before I started getting more serious it was more like flailing about and hoping for the best. Recently I came to the ...
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What are some good books for chess opening?

I am not new to chess, I have been playing for around 6 years. But I don't know much about chess openings technically. What are some of the very good books to to learn important opening moves. Thank ...
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How do you teach chess to a beginner / rookie?

Recently, I got some students (beginners) in chess, and I would like to teach them how to play but I don't know where to start! They already know how to move pieces and some concepts on how to play, ...
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How can I improve and get to know the game? [closed]

I'm just starting at chess and I would like to understand better the game itself , and if possible some tips on how to get better.
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Can the black ones still win the game? (how?)

Black to move. [FEN "r3k2r/pppbn2p/4p1p1/8/3PNq2/2PB2P1/PP3P1P/R2QR1K1 b - - 0 1"] Here's a picture of a groovy little portable chess set with the position above
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What is the better way to stop blundering all my games?

I am on the road that starts from the "Beginner" stage, trying to leave this "town". I know and understand the rules, I also understand most of the "classic" tactics. I am able to reproduce some ...
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Randomness in Chess?

I have had periods in my life when I became quite engaged in Chess. I am also a card player - particularly Bridge and Two Handed Pinochle (old game, not very popular these days). Oftentimes I get ...
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Struggling to improve past beginner level

I am a beginner skill level chess player who has been playing primarily against computers.. well on my Samsung, and Google apps for about a year regularly, but have played now and again my whole life ...
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Interactive chess coaching software

Is there a chess software that helps you train while you play against it? I know there is software to train openings and such, but I would like one to actually advice you interactively as you play ...
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What would happen if multiple GMs played on both sides of a chess match?

Imagine a situation where a team of top Grandmasters would face another team of top Grandmasters over a single chess board and play a series of games. Would the games always end in a draw? Would ...
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How to write out analysis of a game?

I have read that one exercise to improve one's analysis/thinking skills is to set up a position, then write out and evaluate all the variations that could take place. Or write out analysis of one's ...
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Why would black resign in this situation?

I was playing online with someone I do not know that is considerably better than me. I am still somewhat new and I can't figure out why they would resign after castling. What am I missing? [fen ""] ...
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How to improve time control/management?

Personally, I find my biggest weakness to be time control/management. I usually end up moving very fast with a lot of time left on the board or move to slow with a little time left on the board. I ...
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What is a logical move?

I'm not sure as to what constitutes as a logical move. Sometimes I hear that chess is a discussion using statements, arguments, questions and answers. Can someone explain to me what a logical move ...
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What are some good tactical opening moves?

I have been playing chess for about an year now. But, I am unable to get past 1300 USCF rating. There are three phases in a chess game: opening phase, middle-game phase and end-game phase. When I get ...
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Software for opening repertoire practice

I am developing an opening repertoire for white based on d4 and c4. I think this is going all right, but what I am looking for is a chess program that can exercise my repertoire knowledge. ...
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How should black react if white plays “defensively”?

I have heard that when White makes defensive moves, Black should take the center and be aggressive. In such a case, is there a problem with Black making defensive moves too? Is that a bad idea?
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Most effective way to achieve a 2000+ rating in one year, starting as a 1600?

I currently play at around a 1600 level, and have stagnated in terms of rating improvements for quite some time. I have always played chess recreationally, occasionally doing tactics puzzles here ...
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What is the most effective way of reducing blunders?

Many people suggest that tactical exercises as the best form of study for this purpose but I find that it only attacks the problem from one dimension (not making the strongest in a position). ...
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What are the best scoring openings in chess 960

I don't play chess 960, or Fischer's chess. I've seen a lecture or two about it, but i was never interested. Last week i was a bit bored so i decided to participate in a chess tournament on ...
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What is the correct placement for the King and Queen on the chessboard?

What are the correct placements for the King and Queen set up on the board? I've heard things like, "white on the right and queen on her own colour" and "kings must not be facing each other." I'm sure ...