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Where can I find free training tools like detailed annotated chess openings, middle games and endgames in the PGN format?

I have decided to study chess after playing it leisurely for a while. I looked at some online chess courses like the ones offered by Igor Smirnov at the Remote Chess Academy, but these options seem to ...
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What is accepted and declined in chess moves?

I'm very beginner in chess. I was just going through some of the opening moves like King's gambit,Budapest gambit,Queen's gambit. I encountered things like Queen's gambit Accepted or Declined kind of ...
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In the Damiano Variation of Petrov's Defense, should white play d4 or f4?

Here is the opening in question: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 Nxe4? 4. Qe2! Qe7 5. Qxe4 d6 White has the advantage no matter which pawn is moved next, 6. d4 or 6. f4 (there is no way to ...
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How can I STOP hanging pieces?

As hard as I try to not "give away" pieces in a game by checking the square that I am moving to first, paying special attention to the "long range" pieces of my opponent, and calculating exchanges, I ...
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Patt undecided?

I am very new to chess, and I fear that this question is very stupid. I played this game in "easy" mode, and I destroyed a lot of pieces of the counter party. Now, I wanted to destroy their king. ...
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How can I learn combinations without a chess book?

I would like to become better and stronger at spotting combinations. I can't buy any chess books at the moment. What's a good website for learning combinations?
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Study endgame first before studying opening? Is it true?

While looking for and comparing suggestions that will help me to improve in chess, I have noticed that some people and some chess book authors suggest that you should study the endgame first. Some ...
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How can someone become Greatest chess player like Magnus Carlsen?

How can someone become Greatest chess player like Magnus Carlsen? I have been playing chess since I was 12 years old, but still I am an average chess player. Does it take genetics to become a Super ...
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Defensive Skils [duplicate]

I want to improve my chess defensive abilities. If you have any recommendation, any suggestion, learning technique, study plans would be appreciated.
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Bishop vs Knight

I read in a book write by Fischer about piece values, and he said that a knight value 3 pawns, and a bishop values 3,25 pawns. I know that in the close positions knights are better, and I also read in ...
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How do I promote my pawn when the king blocks it?

I was playing ChessEndGames and ran into this position (white to move): [fen "5k2/8/4PK2/8/8/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"] I can't get my pawn to promote. As soon as I do e7, black follows with Ke8. If I do ...
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What's the best continuation for white here?

Here's what I do when someone tries to copy my moves: [Date "????.??.??"] [Result "*"] [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 Nxe4 4.Qe2 Qe7 5.Qxe4 ...
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What books and videos would you recommend to an absolute beginner of Chess?

The entirety of my current chess knowledge consists solely of the valid moves which the pieces can make. I've played a few matches, but my moves tend to be aimless, by this I mean they lack any ...
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Learn by heart the great masters games

I am novice with average 1000 -1500 elo. if I start literally learn by heart games that were played by great masters, not random grandmasters but masters with style that I like (attacking style for ...
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“Breaking” crowded positions

White moves. Is there a systematic approach to tackling such crowded formations? I don't see an efficient way to progress, aside from charging to trade figures in order to thin the population. ...
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How can I play?

Can someone please just tell me how all of the pieces move? I always get the castles and the priests mixed up, but I know one of them makes an "L" or a backwards "L". Thank you for your underatanding. ...
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When playing chess online, what does 1-1 mean?

When playing chess online, when your opponent says 1-1, what does 1-1 mean?
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Apart from practices in chess [closed]

My question is simple? Apart from practices, playing chess with other GM's, etc... What are things take us to GM place... Something like phycology of opponents in move or is there any ethics to ...
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What are the differences between the majors online chess sites that allow to play?

I'm thinking in dedicate some of my free time to learn and play chess in a systematic and serious way and try to participate in a non Internet tournament in few months. I will take this activity as a ...
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Advanced Middle Game Attacking Tactics

Before I get into the details of my questions, I already know the f, g and h pawn attack tactics, bishops sacrifices such as the greek gift and Lasker's double bishop sacrifice among a few others and ...
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Opening repertoire for different levels

everyone! I wander is there any book or article on what openings are good and appropriate for different levels, how it's done in 4th volume of John Watson's "Mastering the chess openings" and in that ...
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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.