A style of play emphasizing capture of strategic squares and prophylactic moves.

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White seems better. How could I have capitalized?

[FEN ""] [StartPly "25"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.Be2 d5 8.O-O Qc7 9.f4 Bc5+ 10.Kh1 d4 11.Na4 Ba7 12.b3 Ne7 13.Bd3 O-O 14.Qh5 f5 15.Ba3 Rf6 16.Bxe7 Qxe7 17.Nb2 Rh6 ...
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How did I still lose with 1 piece advantage?

Throughout the game, I thought I had a positional and piece advantage, but I STILL LOST! What did I do wrong? (using Ruy Lopez btw) [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. Nc3 a6 5. Bxc6 ...
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Pawns in the center: strength or weakness?

In most openings, pawns typically end up at some of the centre squares. There is really no other way to open up the long diagonals(c1-h6,a6-f1) for the bishops. However, how desirable is this? ...
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Positional opening for Black

I have recently (two months ago) become very interested in chess, after playing it for about 10 years at a club, spending time on it only one evening per week. Previously, I did not think about my ...
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Overprotection and prophylaxis

My understanding (and I may be wrong there) is that prophylaxis is a wider concept than overprotection, and so there are some prophylactic moves that don't have anything to do with overprotection ...
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Can you recommend a closed opening for black against 1.e4?

What is a good opening system for black that leads to closed play against 1.e4? E.G. - against 1.d4 I like to play the Slav & am looking into the Czech Benoni. I am looking for something similar ...
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Is there a good method to come out with a plan during a game

I started to play chess more serious those days, through playing some tournaments. During all the games on those tournaments I face serious problems coming out with plans during the middle game, is ...
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Queens Gambit Declined vs Slav: Exchange Variations

I am a keen player of d4 as white. One of the things that I often read is that the exchange variation of the Queens Gambit Declined is generally considered good for white: [fen ""] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 ...
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Did Richard Teichmann fail to take his “bishop pair” idea to its logical conclusion?

Playing Black in a game against J.R. Capablanca, Richard Teichmann accepted an isolated queen pawn as the price for getting a bishop pair On move 20, White played Nf5, attacking his black squared ...
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What are white's plans in this Scotch Gambit position?

I'll skip the long explanation, but it's not uncommon for me to reach the following position as White out of the opening: [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Bb4+ 5.c3 dxc3 6.O-O cxb2 Bxb2 ...
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Is it true that a good “flanker” (flanking position) is worth more than a pawn? If so, why?

Perhaps I've used the wrong term, but I'll describe what a "flanker" is. In the Queen's Gambit, there is often the possibility for White to sacrifice a bishop on h7. 1.Bxh7+ Kxh7 2.Ng5+ Kg8 3.Qh5 ...
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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 do chess engines “think”?

What I want to know is how engines are programmed to find moves. I'm sure they first calculate the most forcing lines such as captures and checks. But what about subtle, deep positional moves? They ...
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Switching from 1.e4 to 1.d4?

I've only played 1.e4 as white so far (in clubs, tournaments, online, everywhere!), in the past 5 years since I learned chess. And it has been very fun, but I want to explore the dark side as well, as ...
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How do I learn to understand the middlegame?

I am trying to train tactics as well as my general understanding of the beginning/middlegame. I spent a good bit of time understanding endgames, per chessmaster recommendations and those I can ...
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What color squares should pawns be on with one bishop left?

This slightly confuses me. If I have one bishop left - let's say it is the light-squared bishop - ss it better for my pawns to be on the light squares or dark squares? Let's assume also that my ...
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Does the Caro-Kann or the Tartakower System of the Queen's Gambit Declined help with positional skills?

In the following Wikipedia biography on Gary Kasparov, I read the following: From age 7, Kasparov attended the Young Pioneer Palace in Baku and, at 10 began training at Mikhail Botvinnik's chess ...
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What are some chess games that feature Zugzwang despite many pieces remaining on the board?

The game Saemisch - Nimzowitsch (Copenhagen 1923) has come to be known as the Immortal Zugzwang Game, as a play on Anderssen's swashbuckling Immortal Game. I am interested in finding other examples of ...
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What are the differences between tactical and positional chess?

Does one style of play have an advantage/disadvantage over the other? Are today's GMs mostly tactical players or positional players? What GMs should I follow if I want to be more of a tactical ...
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What is the bishop pair worth?

It depends on the position but with all things being equal how much material value would you say the bishop pair is valued at?
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What is the correct definition of a bad bishop?

Is a bad bishop a bishop that is trapped by your own pawns? (For example, all your pawns are on dark squares, so the dark squared bishop is bad.) Or is it when your opponent's pawns trap your ...
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Is game analysis based on “squares” instead of “pieces” of any value?

Most all analysis I've seen in chess focuses on pieces development, and not the development of unoccupied spaces. Is there any value in analyzing game play in this way, and if so, how is this done? ...
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What is the theory behind center control?

Center control is an important aspect of playing chess, most openings are built around controlling the center, but why? Is center control really that important for winning a game?
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What are the reasons why I should not try to take a Knight with my Bishop if it'll result in doubled pawns?

For instance, in the Ruy Lopez, after 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 why shouldn't I take the Knight? 4 Bxc6 dxc6 Now Black has a doubled pawn. It isn't a very popular line of play, which ...