Questions relating to strategical play and long term planning in chess

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Top chess books and online software that would help me increase my rating

My current rating is 1200 and I had stopped chess for some time due to school exam pressure. What steps should I take to increase my rating? I do tactics from chess.com everyday. Please suggest some ...
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Is there a misuse of the word flanking in My System by Nimzowitch?

Has anyone read the new translation of My System by Aaron Nimzowitch published by New in Chess? In it, the word flanking seems to be used to describe both the attack of a piece from the side and from ...
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How do players “see” several moves ahead

How can you predict what your opponent will play in the next 5 turns, 7 turns, ten turns. If the game is like a tree, then the more the turns the more it will branch out. How can a player accurately ...
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Is Chess a solved game

Chess is a Zero sum game, of limited decisions. The number of possible moves at any given point, and the number of possible states of the board, are all finite. Tic-Tac-Toe, is one of the easiest ...
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Which piece should I move and where should I move it when playing against black in chess when I have the first move of the game?

What is the first piece I should move as a novice chess player when beginning the game on the white side as a defensive strategy?
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Why is, according to Stockfish (depth = 28), a4 the best move here for White?

This is a position from a game between Fischer and Ibrahimglu, 1970. Black's last move was 11. ... Qc7 from d8. According to Stockfish (depth = 28), 12. a4 is the best move for White. The other ...
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Plan to proceed in this position

I have a position which the engine gives as favorable for black (black to move), but I am confused on what plan should black adopt, as white has a dangerous passed pawn and black doesn't; also ...
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Significance / Plan behind the move

White's last move was Ra2. I was to curious to know the plan behind or any strategical / tactical significance behind that move.
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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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Capturing one bishop

I was just looking for the best move in the position (White to move). And I thought that capturing the bishop in green square would be the best as it controls the open a8-h1 diagonal ,but the ...
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What plan should I have followed in this particular position?

I played a game today where I feel that I had a nice positional advantage (the computer supports my opinion) but I only managed to draw it in the end. This is the position that I consider to be ...
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All-out attack or slow attack

Today I was playing chess against somebody at my internship company. He went all-out attack in the begin and I was only defending. He actually made some mistakes and lost his queen, rook and bishop. I ...
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When is it right to start learning strategy after tactics

I have been furiously solving tactical puzzles for 6 weeks now and about three weeks ago I reactivated my account on chess.com. Long story short I have seen my "rating" go from 1280 to 1590 during ...
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Is there any website or software that are like “Guess the move” training program in chesstempo?

I find the "Guess the move" training program in chesstempo website very helpful. But this is not free and also the number of games is not much (compared to tactics training program which is in the ...
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Which chess openings trade the most pieces?

The goal here, albeit heterodox, is to bring the game into a position with few pieces on the board, where yourself as a player has forced the other to trade all your major pieces, leaving both in a ...
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How is this a winning position for white?

[FEN "r4r1k/pbq2p1p/1p1ppPp1/8/2P3P1/PP6/R2Q2P1/1B3R1K w KQkq - 0 1"] 1. Qh6 Rg8 2. Rf4 e5 3. Rf3 Bxf3 4. gxf3 This is what I got from "ChessCademy -> Attack and Defence -> Attacking Castled King ...
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Strategic challenge #1 - C.Hansen - J.Hellsten

This is the first of a series of strategic challenges. The answers are supposed to provide a move (or sequence of moves) and the right plan for the corresponding player. In this occasion we have the ...
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Why is Kh8 the best move in this position for black?

Why is, according to Stockfish (depth = 28), Kh8 the best move here for black? This is a position from a game between Emanuel Lasker and Wilhelm Steinitz, 1896. Nb6 seems to be the natural move in ...
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Is it always a good idea to trade a bishop for a knight if the enemy has castled and is forced to disrupt his castle's pawn structure?

I want to thank you beforehand for taking your time to read and (hopefully) answer this. My question is a bit ambiguous, so I'll give an example. Let's say I'm playing white, the enemy has castled ...
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Recommendation of a book for learning strategic concepts

I am looking for a book to help me with strategic concepts, how to exploit small advantages in the long term and long term plans in general. I would like it to have as much exercises as possible. What ...
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Colle System - Stonewall. Why not c4 and b4 after b5 and c6 for black in this game?

i'm wondering why black doesn't play c4 and b4 after b5 and c6 in this game. Wouldn't that be a tempo, i.e. the bishop on d3 had to move? Additionally it would gain black central and on the queens ...
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Plan from the position

I am not asking for analysis, just want to know what are the plans to continue for black .(white to move)
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Are you allowed to calculate on paper? e.g. corresponding squares? (FIDE/Club level etc)

I have been looking at corresponding squares recently. It can be pretty hard to visually calculate and imagine them in your mind. What I was wondering, would you ever be allowed to draw your plans ...
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What I thought was winning tactic, apparently was mistake

I was recently playing a game as black against the Ponziani when this position came up. (I recommend you flip all the boards to show from black's perspective) Here's the beginning of the game: [fen ...
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Choosing the best move in the given position

I was just guessing the best move in the position.(white to move). I thought Rc1 would be the best move forcing white to exchange the white's dark square bishop and preserving the white's light ...
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Which are the ideas in the Van't Kruijs Opening?

In a game with a friend, he made a really unexpected move, e3: [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/4P3/PPPP1PPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] Afterwards, when analysing the game I found its name is Van't ...
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What's the best strategy against the Hippo?

What's the best strategy against the so-called Hippopotamus opening or defense, in which White or Black pushes almost all of her pawns on the 3rd or 6th rank, except perhaps the a and h pawns, and ...
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Purpose behind the move

I was just guessing the best move in the given position(black to move) . I thought it would be 'Be6' , But the engine gave 'c5' , which weakens the 'd5' square . I want to know the plan behind the ...
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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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Beginners question: The double pawn

Question: Is there a rule(s) of thumb that every chess player should know about the double pawns?
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Choosing one move from the two moves

From the given position is it better to take with rook or the a-pawn and why ? Black to move. Engine gives a takes b4 , why? Their must be some strategic or tactical point.(Ignore the arrows in the ...
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How to distinct a strategical move from a tactical move?

I am new here, and I am doing research for academic purposes. I am looking for examples of positions where I can distinguish a strategic move from a tactical move. Can somebody give me examples of ...
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White's plans from this position

I am not asking for analysis, just want to know what are the plans that white should go for (long term / short term) given that black pawn structure is not so great. [Title "Black to move"] ...
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What is White's objective from this state?

[fen "r4rk1/pp1q1p1p/2p1b1p1/3pPp2/1P1Q1P2/P7/2PB1P1P/2KR2R1 w - - 3 14"] Hey all, I've used SE for other things and I just played a Chess game and I figured this might be a good place to turn for ...
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Which are better of these two pairs

Which give me more advantage two Knights or two Bishops ?. And what should I choose two Rooks or a Queen ?
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Which variation of the Grunfeld Defense for White will lead to the most strategic and least sharp position?

[fen ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 After 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5, which variation of the Grunfeld Defense leads to the most solid and strategic position? If possible, I prefer a variation ...
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Did Carlsen really defeat Kasparov?

I saw on youtube little Carlsen played against Kasparov, and I see that Kasparov really focused to the game, but finally Carlsen (draw) won the game. How a little kid like that can win against the ...
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recommend a book on mid-game plan and board evaluation

Could someone recommend a book on mid-game strategy please? Things I am especially interested in are Make plans (and foresee opponents plan and stop it) Evaluate current position Evaluate ...
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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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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 in 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?