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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?

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 ...
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Tools for helping to learn openings by heart

Is there any tool that can help us learn openings by heart? I tried to use Fritz but without success.
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Viewing the board from the other side

I have seen a few players going to the opponent's side of the board and then observing the position from that view. They usually do it when it is the opponent's move. Does it really help in ...
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Visually disabled and chess

I am very curious as I have seen many of them playing: How do visually disabled people learn chess? And what are all the types of equipment they use to learn the game?
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How to deal with time-control pressure?

I find myself frequently running into time trouble. Even though mentally it feels like I didn't use that much time, when I look at my clock it says otherwise. When this happens I start rushing to try ...
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I lost a game without making tactical mistakes; how can I avoid this happening in the future?

Here's a game of mine from last night. It was my first tournament game for many years. (This game is David Kenney vs. Douglas Stones [me] 1-0. Press F to flip the board.) [fen ""] [Event "Bluenose ...
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How to Verbally Describe Chess Moves?

This may sound incredibly naive, but all the time on T.V, movies, books, etc. People can be heard saying things like "Queen to Rook 5" or like "Knight to King 3" and things like this. What is this? I ...
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The thin line between winning and losing at the top level?

At lower level, we often blunder many times and do not make the best moves, so there can be multiple ways to win. But at the top level, for example, during the candidate matches going on now, the ...
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How to maintain the initiative?

What are some ways one can keep the initiative? I find in many cases I have the upper hand if I am able to keep my opponent defending instead of creating his own attack. Are there openings or ...
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How to play for a draw

In this video: Levon Aronian vs Magnus Carlsen Round 1 - 2013 Candidates Chess Tournament [FEN ""] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Bd2 Bxd2+ 5.Qxd2 And now, Kevin said: "You can tell that the game is ...
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How to reach an open position in the 4 Knights Game without exchanging too much material?

I believe that 4 knights opening is the most popular opening, especially among average players. I play it a lot, that's why I want to analyse it. I'm an average player, so I hope you can help me. ...
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Chess problem - don't understand the solution

Black to move: [fen "4rbk1/pp3pp1/1nq4p/8/1PP5/P3N1P1/Q2BrP1P/3R1RK1 b - - 0 1"] I've tried to solve this chess problem - black to move, find the best move. I couldn't work it out so I checked the ...
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Improving your position?

A recommendation from IM Andrew Martin was to improve the position of your worst piece if you are not sure what move to make. Are there any other ways one could improve their position besides the ...
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Thoughts on the Robatsch (Modern) Defense?

I heard from IM Andrew Martin that if you are unsure what to play as Black, you should play the following moves no matter what White plays (not sure I agree with him saying no matter what White plays ...
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Is it possible to play the Najdorf Defense if white played 1. d4?

After white plays 1. d4, is it still possible for black to play the Najdorf Defense? Is it possible, for Black to play in a way in order to reach a Najdorf setup? If so, how should Black continue?
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What are the middle game principles?

What are the middle game principles? I have already seen numerous principles regarding the opening and ending, but not the middle.
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Studying beyond the opening?

I was watching the following video on the Ruy Lopez (Spanish Game) - Variations with 3...a6. The video is almost 1.5 hours and it pretty much goes through all variations with 3...a6. As I was going ...
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The Pointing Rule and its relation on which side to attack?

I was watching a video by NM Dan Heisman and in the video he mentions what is called the Pointing Rule. He also makes mention that like many rules in chess, it should be taken lightly and not ...
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What are some solid attacks in chess?

By solid attacks, I mean, attacks that have been tested over time. They don't necessarily have to be used at the top-level. I will give an example of what I am looking for: The Fried Liver Attack ...
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Why and when should one make a zwischenzug (in-between move)?

This is not an "origins" question like this one: What are the origins of the words 'zwischenzug' and 'zugzwang'? I know enough German to know that the term means "in between move." ...
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The path of learning chess

I've decided to become a better chess player. I play every day online and sometimes with my friends offline as well. I've also started to study openings. It is very difficult to get the right ...
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I would like an iPad app for annoting my games

I would like an app for annotating my games and/or replay others' games. Do you have any suggestions?
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Best pseudo-chess game for kids to learn the basic?

My kids are 5 and 3 years old. I would like to teach them chess by playing alternative mini-game. Where can I find those mini-game instruction?
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How should I play the Old Benoni Defense as both White and Black?

[FEN ""] 1. d4 c5 2. d5 A lot of people play it against me as black, and I am also interested in it for both sides. What are some of the main lines? Also, what are some of the key positions and ...