Questions relating to strategical play and long term planning in chess

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What is positional play in chess?

I have played chess so many times, understood tactics (pins, discovered check, overloading, deflection, skewer), but i never understood clearly the positional play. I have noticed not many tutorials ...
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Which type of openings generally lead their users not to waste much time on the clock: sharp/aggressive/tactical or positional/solid/quiet openings?

I’m only asking this question out of curiosity. The answers I’ll get won’t make me change my opening repertoire. OTB which type of openings generally lead their users not to waste too much time on ...
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When to decide King or Queen side castling?

How do you decide to castle on king side or on queen side? i know king side is castling is the quicker than queen side with just 4 steps. Does queen side castling favours more on attack, than ...
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It's true that a middle game plan is to push the rest of central pawns?

A master 2250 said to me that i should put my pieces so all my central pawns to be pushed. For example if I have e4 d5 with white, a valid plan is advancing c4 and f4. Or with black if I have for ...
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When to push centrals pawns?

Lets consider you have e4 d4 pawns with white or e5,d5 with black. When your opponent challenge your center with e5 or d5 with black, or with e4 or d4 with white of course his pawns are protected. How ...
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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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Strategy of Bishop and Knight Checkmate [duplicate]

I am a beginner when it comes to handling King, Bishop and Knight vs Kingfor a checkmate. Can I know what is the strategy to follow in the steps that ultimately leads to the checkmate? This is ...
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When is castling needed?

I am a rookie, just learning chess. I can't understand why castling is needed. In what scenarios is castling useful?
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Equalize - What does it really mean?

We often read or hear in books or video tutorials the following: "With this move, Black can equalize!". Some authors give 15-move or 20-move variations of some openings (e.g. Caro-Kann, Slav, ...
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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 are strategic elements for a correct piece sacrifice?

I want know which plus elements need to have in general positions for a correct piece sacrifice! Or how do you know that a sacrifice is correct in complicated position?
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For Black, against the Caro-Kann Advance Shirov variation 4. Nc3 which move tends to lead to the most positional, slow, solid and strategic positions?

I'm a 1800 Elo player that likes positional, quiet, drawish, slow, boring and strategic openings. As Black against 1. e4 I play the Caro-Kann. But there is one variation of the Caro-Kann that I ...
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How do strong players think during a game?

What is the best chess technique? I mean, how do World Champions think in a game? What happens in their minds? Do they think of their moves in advance or they just know what to move because they have ...
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King's Indian Attack plans for White after Black plays ..dxe4 and ..e5

I always play the King's Indian Attack against the French Defense. Most of the time, I get the position below and I couldn't think of good plans. What are the best ways for White to continue? I don't ...
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Undrawable Openings

What are some openings that are extremely difficult to obtain a draw in? I have been recently playing openings like the Ruy Lopez and facing a lot of draws.
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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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What openings provide “mini-objectives” in the early game?

As a beginner I've found that it is psychologically really nice playing QGA as white simply because I have a clear task at hand in the early game - namely recapture that pawn. Similarly, hedgehog for ...
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In the Caro-Kann Panov-Botvinnik Attack 5… e6 6. Nf3, what are the differences between 6… Be7 and 6… Bb4 ? Which one is more solid and quiet?

In the Caro-Kann Panov-Botvinnik Attack 5... e6 6. Nf3, I am hesitating between 6... Be7 and 6... Bb4 [StartPly "11"] [FEN ""] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. Nf3 Be7 ...
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Can someone describe a good/easy mental procedure to choose the best move here?

This is kind of like magic to me. Once they show you it becomes obvious :) :( Can someone point out a good/easy strategy that a player can mentally train/use to decide what is the best move here for ...
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Overprotection of a Piece

What exactly is the logic behind the concept of 'Overprotection of a Piece ' ? Wikipedia says "...provides greater freedom of movement for the pieces protecting that square." If the piece moves then ...
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A question about the time to evacuate a queen in a master game

I am studying a book about chess strategy, and in the chapter concerning the d4,e4 center I have this game: (PACHMAN, VESELY, Pragues, 1953) r1b2rk1/pp1nqppp/2pb1n2/4p3/2PP4/2N1PN2/P1Q1BPPP/R1B1R1K1 ...
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What are some popular anti sicilians and what are their respective strengths and weaknesses?

I dislike the positions in the sicilian in which both sides kamikaze each other. What are some popular anti sicilians which will bring the black players out of their comfort zone?
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Is It Good Or Bad To Trade Too Much?

One aspect of my style in chess that I like to trade a lot. Is trading too much bad?
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Describe White's performance in these two games

In these two games, can you describe the performance of White? Whether it was highly tactical, aggressive or positional...etc [fen ""] 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 3. d4 Bf5 4. c4 e6 5. dxe6 fxe6 6. Nc3 Bb4 ...
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The Ponziani - What are the plans?

We live in a strange country. Instead of having championships for all group ages(U10, U12, etc) they just place everyone in a tournament and ship the top people of each group-age. I am third best in ...
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Is 8…c5 good in this position, or does it restrict Black's mobility too much?

[fen "rn1qk2r/pbp2ppp/1p1bpn2/8/2P5/5NP1/PB1PPPBP/RN1Q1RK1 b kq - 0 8"] [White "Villain (2075)"] [Black "Hero (1950)"] 8... c5 I was Black in this position. To me, it immediately looks like the ...
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why should I try to put knights on weak squares when they can be taken easily

hello, here you can see 2 weak squares at b6 & d6. That's what my chess book says, and in order to use these 2 weak squares, one must consider the moves Nf3-d2-c4. Actually, the story is more ...
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Solving a problem from a Jan Prezewoznik book

The following position is White to move: [fen "1Q5r/1p2kppp/1q2b3/r1p3P1/p2pB3/P2P3P/1PP1P3/1KR2R2 w - - 0 1"] I'm a newbie in chess and I want to know, how to solve this problem in a quick way.
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What are some good books on the Caro-Kann which propose a Black repertoire based on positional, strategic, solid, boring and quiet variations?

I'm a 1750 Elo player, and 6 months ago I bought the book Grandmaster Repertoire: The Caro-Kann by Lars Schandorff, and I was disappointed. In my opinion, the repertoire proposed in the book is too ...
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What is counter play?

I hear this term in online commentaries. I have a vague sense of what it means: you earn yourself some good moves by ignoring a portion of the board and focusing on more promising parts of your ...
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In the Classical Variation of the Caro-Kann, what is the most positional, strategic, quiet, slow, closed, boring, dry and solid variation for Black?

I am not sure what to play as Black in the Classical Variation of the Caro-Kann, after 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 Nd7 8. h5 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 ...
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Can Black perform successfull freeing break? If yes, what would be his long-term plan after?

I have tried to resurrect an old line and use it as an repertoire. Every single time I play it I reach positions similar to this: [Title "White to move"] [fen ...
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What's the best play when you're losing?

When you're down a few pieces or even in a bad position, which is better, playing offensive or defensive?
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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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In the Delayed Open Catalan, what is the best move after 7. Ne5 c5 8. dxc5 Qc7 9. Nxc4 Rd8?

I'm building my White repertoire. After 1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. g3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Ne5 c5 8. dxc5 Qc7 9. Nxc4 Rd8 we reach the following position: [FEN ...
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Deviating from standard Danish gambit

I like to play the Danish gambit opening. Frequently, black won't take the last pawn to complete the standard opening, but instead plays the knight as shown below. I'll generally play Queen to b3 or ...
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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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Putting pressure on pawns

Why is it important to develop your pieces to put "pressure" on opponent's pawn(s)? I hear this a lot from YouTube videos in which experienced chess players commenting as the game develops. It's ...
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Can't engineer queenside play for Black

INTRODUCTION: Recently, I have played online blitz game against very strong GM ( who is also a chess writer ). I didn't even know it until asking him if he has any ELO / title. We played 7 games ...
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Why is d5 the best move in this position?

What is the thought process behind playing d5 in this position?
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For an aggressive player, what are good defense against 1. d4? [duplicate]

Right know I am leaning toward the dutch defense or kings indian defense. Any thoughts?
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How do I play against this kind of position with double c pawn?

Continuing my question on double c-pawn.I am studying on this topic and I came to this position. [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bb5 ...
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Is it true that women's style of play tend on average to be slightly more aggressive than men's style of play?

As we know, women chess is much more unpredictable than men’s. Women chess is also uncompromised and very entertaining. Men chess is more solid, pragmatic and conservative, and women game, on the ...
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Who has the advantage at this point in the game?

I was playing the following game and at this point I thought black had the advantage but upon thinking about it for a little while was not sure. At this point in the game who has the advantage and by ...
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Novice question about openings

although I think I've played a lot of games, my ability is still very low. I've never read any books on chess, perhaps this is explains my poor games. As I'm starting to research some chess online, ...
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Is there any better play than the 3-move one?

I know how to cause a checkmate in three moves.. is there any better ones? I've been told there is a two ove one but never found someone who can do it.. just a myth or a legend thats happened once or ...
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Struggling with my moves

I play Scotch or Closed Sicilian (or 2. c3) as white and Scandinavian as black. Against d4 I sigh. I am still struggling to find a proper way to play the closed positional games. Any suggestions?
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If the king is in check, and the piece that is holding it in check is directly adjacent from the king can the king take it?

If the king is in check, and the piece that is holding it in check is directly adjacent from the king, can the king take it?
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For White, which variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined tends to lead to the most solid, positional, slow, closed, quiet and strategic positions?

I am a 1750 Elo player with a very positional, quiet and strategic style of play. I would like to know which variation I should play when, as White, I face the Queen's Gambit Declined. The variation ...
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In the Caro-Kann Panov-Botvinnik Attack which move tends to lead to the most solid, positional, slow, closed, and quiet positions: 5… e6, Nc6 or g6?

In the Caro-Kann Panov-Botvinnik Attack, after 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4 Nf6 5. Nc3, which move tends to lead (on average) to the most solid, positional, slow, closed, quiet and strategic ...