Questions relating to learning about chess or analyzing positions on chess board.

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Because of the distortion of the computer era, is it preferable to study mainly old opening lines?

I realize that you get rather a lot of questions from lower-rated players who ask, should I try this? should I play that? how can I improve? Many of you have been extraordinarily patient with these ...
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What's the best way for someone to use their time with a chess coach?

Let's say you have a 2 hour session. What questions would the serious player studying with a chess coach ask? Could you provide some examples?
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Highly inconsistent playing level

I have a very inconsistent playing level, which is very strange to me. Sometimes I'd make an almost-brilliant move (usually a tactical sacrifice, which once made an IM stare at me with awe) and other ...
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Is it possible to achieve this goal? Asking strong chess players [closed]

I am 14 years old. Several months ago, I was introduced to chess. I loved the game, and it quickly became all I think about. I only learned the rules of chess at 11/12 and only played it from 8 months ...
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Does the right of first turn of White provide any positive effect to the White's game? [duplicate]

Does this right provide any positive effect to the White's game? I am not talking about the first move of White but only the right which it was given conventionally. Does this right provide any ...
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Why Promotion doesn't provide the choice between Queen and knight only?

Queen, in a sense, is equivalent to Bishop and Rook. What is the logic behind "putting Rook and Bishop" in the promotion move's options. Why doesn't it (Promotion move) provide the choice between ...
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Endgame Databases

I am looking to practice endgames against a computer by having a decent number (lets say 500+) of positions loaded into a database. Currently I am taking positions from various endgame books as well ...
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How to make a self study plan to become a good chess player to play rated tournaments?

I am a programmer and a chess player, who knows the moves and the basic rules but never played professionally. I am completely novice. I tried in FCIS and failed to win a single match. I was playing ...
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How can I make my child interested in playing chess

I am just an OK player and I wish my 8 year old kid to learn chess and be interested in it. Can you please give tips / ideas as to how can I make my child interested in it. Thanks.
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Lowenthal-LabourdonnaisSicilian Kalashnikov Variation

I have been studying the Kalashnikov Sicilian: e4 c5 Nf3 Nc6 d4 cxd4 Nxd4 e5 (signaling the Lowenthal variation) Nb5 d6 (d6 signals the Kalashnikov variation) I have two books I have been studying ...
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Sicilian Lowenthal-Labourdonnais

I am very interested in the Lowenthal Sicilian, specifically the 5. Nb5 a6 line: e4 c5 Nf3 Nc6 d4 cxd4 Nxd4 e5 (signalling the Lowenthal) Nb5 a6 (5 ... d6 is the Kalashnikov variation or what Silman ...
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How to study a chess tactics book?

I've been playing chess for quite a while now, but I still consider myself a beginner. I play with friends most of the time. Now I want to get better so I bougth a tactics book (Yusupov: Build up your ...
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Training plan for going from High Class A/Low Expert to National Master… Help?

I'm currently hovering around 1970 USCF and am lucky enough that in the next 6 months, I have nearly nothing to do. I'm a returning student, 27 years old, who only needs 1 class to get my degree. I ...
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Has there ever been a game where multiple humans play against a single chess computer?

I'm wondering if the following scenario has ever been played out: Once side of a chess game is played by multiple humans at once, collaboratively determining what the next move will be. This ...
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Similar opening positions and structures

When I first started chess, my mentor asked me to learn one opening that I like and stick to it, study it and master it. But things will not always go the way you think, your opponent might not always ...
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Why do Chess GMs need coaches?

Today chess.com did an interview with Carlsen's coach. Someone like Carlen or Anand, why do they still need coaches? Their Elo is higher than their coaches, they can use engines to analyze the games, ...
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How long to get a 200 rating point increase from serious chess study alone according to this academic paper?

In the academic journal article "The Role of Deliberate Practice in Chess Expertise" from APPLIED COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY Appl. Cognit. Psychol. 19: 151– 165 (2005) At the top of page 162, the authors ...
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What's a good way to learn opening theory?

I'm a hobbyist chess player and usually play online. While I've seen thousands of great chess games and win a fair bit of games online, the one thing that I have been challenged with is studying ...
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Is learning opening theory necessary?

I have never studied opening theory. The closest I've gotten was briefly reading about several openings in books, but never memorizing or using any. While I haven't ever played in tournaments I have ...
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My bishop is attacked by a rook-pawn, now what?

I usually get into this position, where I just recently moved the bishop to g5 (or b5), and his response is moving h6 (or a6): Usually here, I only consider two possibilities: Take the knight ...
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How much time should be spent playing versus studying?

I have been learning fairly rapidly lately (will probably go about 400 points in about a year), although I am sure that pace will slow with time. However, my learning is actually slowed down because ...