Questions relating to strategical play and long term planning in chess

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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 ...
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How to handle the standard Bb4 (or Bg4 / Bg5 / Bb5) pin?

Here are two extremely common pins, given from white's perspective for clarity: A black bishop at g4 pinning a white knight at f3 to the white queen at d1. A black bishop at b4 pinning a white ...
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Why is the f6 pawn break in Advanced French so important for black?

I am new to french (so forgive me if the question seems elementary) I've just came across the pawn break f6 for black in the french advance variation, and I find the pawn break quite dubious for me ...
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For White, which variation of the King's Indian Defence tends to lead to the most solid, positional, slow, strategic, quiet and closed 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 King's Indian Defence: 1...Nf6 2...g6 ...
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As Black, against 1. d4, what opening would you recommend me which is solid, positional, slow, strategic, quiet, closed, and similar to the Caro-Kann?

I'm a 1750 Elo player. I have a very positional, quiet and strategic style of play. As White I play 1. d4, but I plan to also learn 1. Nf3 soon. As Black against 1. e4 I play the Caro-Kann. I would ...
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Best Continuation for this Counter to Queen's Gambit Accepted

[Title "White to move"] [fen ""] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e3 e5 I've tried just taking the pawn at c4, but he takes my pawn at d4 and after exchanging some pieces I end with a broken pawn structure ...
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Which side should i castle if i have opportunity to castle on both sides?

It's little bit confusion for me to make good decision when i have opportunity to castle on both sides. can somebody explain what are the factors should be considered if we have opportunity to castle ...
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Between 1.d4 and 1.Nf3, what is the White first move that generally leads to the most solid, positional, slow, closed, strategic and quiet positions?

I'm a ~1750 Elo player and I've been thinking of switching my opening repertoire for White. So my question is: between 1.d4 and 1.Nf3, what is the White first move that generally leads to the most ...
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Can chess.com diamond package improve my game?

There's a bug on chess.com, when playing online chess, and I'm about to lose on time, I wasn't receiving "you're about to lose on time" emails. I lost 2 games on time because of that. I contacted ...
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For best chess players… Help me [closed]

I have one question in my mind that while playing chess game with real person... . I also want to become winner.not only me but all starters. . 1. What do you feel. 2. How do you think. 3. How can you ...
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Learning different strategies? [closed]

Ok, So I learned how to play chess yrs ago, but suck at it-and wanna knw if there are any nice strategies to beat your opponents? If so can you guys tell me about it and explained the whole concept to ...
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Is there a concept of 'good' knight and 'bad' knight?

We've all heard about the concepts of 'good' bishop and 'bad' bishop. [FEN "r1bqk1nr/ppp2ppp/2np4/2b1p3/2B1P3/5N2/PPPP1PPP/RNBQ1RK1 w kq - 0 5"] In the position above, the white knight at f3 does ...
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How to deal with Stonewall Attack 'counter'?

I've been tryin out the Stonewall Attack opening and have had quite a lot of success with it, my main problem arises when my opposition doesn't castle on the king side and instead moves their king ...
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Is Elo normative? [closed]

For example, can we suggest that someone plays for 2xxx, even if we use only qualitative criteria, like his strategy in blitz games? In addition, are 2xxx classes standard when we consider strategic ...
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endgame with single Bishop or single Knight?

If given the choice should I opt for an endgame with a single Bishop or a single Knight? I understand Bishops increase in value in the endgame but is the disadvantage of covering only half the squares ...
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How to Break Through His “Great Wall of China”?

It's my move (white). I have no idea what to do. I feel like I'm going to get squashed to death. What would be my best move or strategy in situations like these? [fen ...
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What are the main strategic concepts in the Grunfeld?

I recently picked up on the Grunfeld and I am quite pleased with this opening. To improve my skill at playing this opening; What are the most important strategic/thematic concepts that I should ...
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Why is the centre of the board considered important in chess?

Yes, we have all heard phrases like 'control the centre'. I would like to know the concrete reason why the centre of the board - in particular the 4 squares - e4, e5, d4, d5, are considered important ...
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Midgame Ideas in the Caro-Kann

Most of the writing I've found on the Caro-Kann online simply makes vague assertions about how "Black's endgame is better" or how White should try [some dubious move or other] to get a good attack in ...
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What are some good middle game plans or strategies? [closed]

The objective of the opening is quite clear - develop your pieces quickly, castle and bring your king to safety, etc. Once this phase is over, and you are into the middle game, the question arises - ...
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Strategy in Isolated Queen Pawn Positions

What should Black's plan be in Isolated Queen Pawn Openings like this one arising from the Caro-Kann Panov attack? [fen ""] 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 e6 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.cxd5 Nxd5
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Strategy in “double-isolated” Queen-pawn positions?

What should the plan be for both sides in the Double Isolated Queen Pawn formation, such as the one arising from: [fen ""] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 e6 4.e4 Bb4 5.exd5 exd5 6.cxd5 cxd5 E.G. - ...
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Queenside vs Kingside pawn majority: Looking for comprehensive resources

I am looking for a resource that describes plans for both sides in the following pawn structure: [Title "Queenside vs Kingside pawn majority"] [fen "8/pp3ppp/4p3/8/2P5/8/PP3PPP/8 w - - 0 1"] This ...
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What plan should black have followed in this game?

I played as black in the following game, and with the help of StockFish I've discovered a few mistakes, one of which was a very serious tactical blunder. However, I'm having trouble figuring out where ...
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What advice would you give a novice in Chess?

I am a bit of a new blood when it comes to Chess. Oh I know how to play but before I started getting more serious it was more like flailing about and hoping for the best. Recently I came to the ...
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Is chess a game of skill or chance? To what extent?

I want to know whether chess is a game of skill or game of chance, and how much is the degree of skill or chance in terms of percentage. Edit (21 Feb 2014): Please make sure that your answer ...
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How should black play to save this endgame?

Recently I've played a game (with blacks) which ended with this position (White to move) : [fen "3rk3/p1R2ppp/2p5/8/P1K5/8/1P3PPP/8 w - - 0 1"] It's clear that White player can't protect his ...
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How to make a plan in an endgame?

I need help on how to improve my thinking about endgames and how to produce a plan, what should I focus on and what should I not?
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Is this endgame winnable for whites?

I would like to know if this endgame is winanble for white. Black to play. Any help greatly appreciated :)
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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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What is the strategic significance of the English Opening?

I enjoy playing the English opening, pushing my pawn to c4, and trying to out flank my opponent. But I have a hard time, outside of playing normal lines, understanding the advantage it gives, and why ...
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It is important to play e4 or d4 to 'control the center'. Myth or reality?

Well, there are two premises in the question itself: 1) That e4 or d4 'controls the center'. 2) That 'Controlling the center'is something important. It appears to me that 'controlling the center' is ...
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List of plans or strategic themes

I know of lists that cover tactical themes and endgame themes. I can't find a list of plans or strategic themes in the middlegame. Could someone help me out with this list? A link would be nice.
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Forcing a pawn move

To create a weak square it has been suggested to me to force my opponent to make a pawn move: Weak and strong squares. How do you do that? Is there a general situation to force a pawn move? Or are ...
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Weak and strong squares

I somewhat understand the concept of attacking the king and pieces, but "attacking" squares is a bit of a vague concept for me. What are weak and strong squares? When do you use them? How do you ...
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What is a logical move?

I'm not sure as to what constitutes as a logical move. Sometimes I hear that chess is a discussion using statements, arguments, questions and answers. Can someone explain to me what a logical move ...