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Chess Report for school?

I have a chess report to do for my school and I was wondering if anyone could describe chess in detail to help me out.
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Highly inconsistent playing level

I have a very inconsistent playing level, which is very strange to me. Sometimes I'd make an almost-brilliant move (usually a tactical sacrifice, which once made an IM stare at me with awe) and other ...
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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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Can watching grandmasters' games improve my chess 'thinking'?

Can my chess "thinking" (positional, tactical, strategic thinking, etc.) improve by watching grandmasters' games regularly? Of course, this is in addition to regular games/tactics solving etc. As an ...
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How people use chess software to improve their practical skills?

I'm currently using chesstempo to get better at tactics, reading books on strategy, analyzing grandmaster's games etc. My current rating is around 1800 and I am planning to gain 200-300 points ...
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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 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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What kind of training should a Class B do for a year, if he or she wants to defeat a 2100 player? [duplicate]

There's an Expert Class that I specifically want to have a good game with or defeat. Though I always get destroyed badly in blitz. What can a Class B do in year to become strong enough to have a ...
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What should be my plan?

This is a game I played recently. After 12. Be2 ..., I really didn't know how to proceed. Eventually, after thinking for a very long time (>30 minutes, it's a correspondence game by the way), I moved ...
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What chess books should a Class A player read to reach Expert Class?

What are some book recommendations, tips, and ideas for a Class A to reach Expert Class? What knowledge do most Class A lack compare to Experts?
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Will going to more chess tournaments and playing the Open section make me stronger and more experienced chess player?

I'm currently a Class B (1600). I rarely play at chess tournaments, but this year I have been playing at a lot of tourneys. Will going to more chess tournaments help me gain experience and make me a ...
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play against a computer, then analyze it software.

this is a simple question, thanks in advance for your answers! I am looking for a free software which allows me to 1) play chess against a computer 2) analyze the game I had (did i screw up at any ...
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How are the “Classes” - A, B, or C, players defined?

On this website, the following ratings are given: 1200-1399 = 'D' player - usually a beginner 1400-1599 = 'C' player - average club or tournament player, most people can achieve this level if ...
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As a Class B, how do I improve my chess against A level or higher?

I been playing bunch of tournaments where I have solely played against Class A. I keep losing or drawing against Class A players. I draw when I'm winning. Sometimes I don't understand A players moves ...
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What's the best time control to play online in order to improve?

I am an amateur, 33 years old, never took chess lessons, never played in a tournament. Last year I rediscovered chess and I am trying to improve as much as possible by reading books, watching videos ...
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How to make a self study plan to become a good chess player to play rated tournaments?

I am a programmer and a chess player, who knows the moves and the basic rules but never played professionally. I am completely novice. I tried in FCIS and failed to win a single match. I was playing ...
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Is chess.stackexchange.com a good site for someone learning how to play chess?

Would you say this is a good website for someone learning how to play chess? Hello again, I'm trying to teach myself how to play chess, Im a mature adult, I caught on quickly.
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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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What's a good website to study recent grandmaster games?

I would like to study some opening theory on the Grand Prix Attack. What is a good website to study recent grandmaster games?
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How to learn Xiangqi (Chinese Chess) or Shogi (Japanese Chess)?

I learnt international chess using the tutorials in Ubisoft's Chessmaster, alongside doing tactical and strategical exercises from books, studying master games, and from playing. I want to learn how ...
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What are quick and easy ways to learn, and what should i focus on

I've always loved chess, but never was really serieus about it. Lately i've picked up trying to get better and bringing up my game to a new level. I started playing online a lot and currently watching ...
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What are good YouTube channels for improving chess

What is the list of all possible good youtube channels that help to improve chess abilities, particularly for better than moderate players. Including channels which are analyzing their own games ...
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Chess Tutorials for Beginners

I am a chess beginner but I have been playing the game for many years without being very serious about it. I would like to improve a bit now though but I am having difficulty with many of the ...
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What's the difference between a USCF 1600 and 1700

What aspects are 1700 generally stronger than 1600 chess player?s I'm a 1600 chess player. I can defeat 1600 chess players, but I lose to 1700. I was wondering what makes a 1700 stronger than a 1600? ...
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Beginners question: Strategic ideas

When I am watching chess lessons, the mentor mostly uses the phrase: 'lets look at the board and find some ideas'. As a beginner, I can't get passed the: 'look at what pieces you can grab.' Question: ...
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How does a Class B chess player become Class A?

I'm currently a 1600 chess player. I have managed to increase my rating this year by 200 points. I have trouble winning against Class A chess players. I have really good and close games, yet I still ...
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King taking pieces when check

Why can the white king not take the queen here?
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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?