The practice of putting something together before a chess game or tournament into a state where it is ready for action. Preparation is usually used in reference to openings, as one can "prepare an opening repertoire" specifically for an opponent.

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Why is it rare to see unusual “special” opening preparation by trailing player late in a match?

Taking the recent Anand-Carlsen match as an example, I know that grandmasters spend incredible amounts of time in opening preparation, and Anand's play to refute certain lines of the Berlin defense ...
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What is the best way to beat a French?

I have a tournament game tomorrow, and I'm white against a Pirc/French guy. What is the easiest way, learnable in 10 mins or so, to play against it. In addition to the Pirc question, I play the ...
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How do I prepare against someone if I have a database of his games

ChessTempo offers a service to see all the games of your opponent. The thing is, it also shows what the opponents played. So if I see 100 times e4 was played, 60 of the times might be because of the ...
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Best way to prepare files with openings for future use

I am looking for advice how to prepare opening, so i could easily skim over it after a while. Create databases for every opening with analyzed games? But some positions can occur after different ...
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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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Are computers destroying chess?

These days I have been watching the candidates tournament, and I couldn't avoid noticing that players are reeling/scared of computer home preparation "little bit too much". For example: in the ...
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Step-by-step guide to prepare yourself

Let's say that I have got three years to prepare myself before my first tournament. Here's my status. I need to come up with a plan. Can you help me prepare one? I am a chess enthusiast. I am ...
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What does a team captain in chess do?

I was made the "team captain" of the chess club I am a member of for a match with a chess club in a different city.I want to know all the requirements for being a team captain.All I did was choose the ...
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Does swapping the colors of the squares affect the gameplay?

If for example, the bottom-left square is light instead of dark AND we place the queens in their colors: By affect I mean psychologically, etc., because it is pretty obvious that everything you can ...
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How to prepare for an opponent

How does one prepare for an opponent (OTB or Online)? Do you go through recent games? How far do you normally go back? Would certain factors about an opponent dictate how you prepare for them?
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How can I build my opening repertoire and memorization?

I have been playing chess for last two years. I am trying techniques like controlling the center, not allowing weak pawn structure, etc. Now I am trying to build up an opening repertoire. My question ...