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How do I become less materialistic?

I've identified that the weaknesses in my game are: Materialism: Most of my wins are where I've won some material and converted the advantage in an endgame. However outside of this plan, e.g. ...
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What is the best structured resource for self training?

I have been playing and studying chess for quite some time. I have tons of books but it all seems very haphazard. I was looking for some resource or course where things are lined up as sequence of ...
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Engines like Arena

So i have implemented an intelligent chess agent using reinforcement learning. For the training part of the agent, i want to play as many games as possible. I am aware of three options: Self ...
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I sometimes miss very obvious moves. How can I improve my game?

I am a hobby player but I would like to improve my game. I like to watch annotated games. For instance, I have watched all games of Josh Waitzkin in Chessmaster GM Edition. Also, I watch games in ...
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Can watching grandmasters' games improve my chess 'thinking'?

Can my chess "thinking" (positional, tactical, strategic thinking, etc.) improve by watching grandmasters' games regularly? Of course, this is in addition to regular games/tactics solving etc. As an ...
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How to find training games?

My coach wants me to play 100 slow games per year (slow: G/60 or slower) against USCF 2000-2100 opposition (roughly 1930-2030 FIDE). I just played in the U2100 North American Open last week, which ...
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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 CT-Art better for tactic training than chesstempo tactics?

What are some major differences of doing tactics training using chesstempo or CT-Art?
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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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What are some puzzle apps for android?

I'm a big fan of lichess's tactics training, because puzzles include both winning material and checkmate sequences, and the puzzles are taken from actual games. Unfortunately this feature isn't ...
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What's the best time control to play online in order to improve?

I am an amateur, 33 years old, never took chess lessons, never played in a tournament. Last year I rediscovered chess and I am trying to improve as much as possible by reading books, watching videos ...
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Can the book 'Grand master Preparation: Calulation' by Aagard be useful for a Class B chess players?

I heard in most chess forums this book is for 2400+. Can this book also be useful for Class B players? I'm looking for a book to improve my calculation and planning. If so, in what ways? What would be ...
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What's a good website to study recent grandmaster games?

I would like to study some opening theory on the Grand Prix Attack. What is a good website to study recent grandmaster games?
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'Build up Your chess' but a level lower

I've bought first tome of 'Build up Your chess' but it is too difficult for me. I am looking for the comprehensive self-study book exactly like 'Build up...' but for a little weaker player.
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Is this a kind of training software that actually exists?

This may seem like a silly thing to want to do, but I have been thinking lately that some kind of training software that does the following might be helpful to me: Show me a board position, and let ...
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Chess Tutorials for Beginners

I am a chess beginner but I have been playing the game for many years without being very serious about it. I would like to improve a bit now though but I am having difficulty with many of the ...
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How does a Class B chess player become Class A?

I'm currently a 1600 chess player. I have managed to increase my rating this year by 200 points. I have trouble winning against Class A chess players. I have really good and close games, yet I still ...
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Studying Chess for the Ambitious Intermediate

I'm about 1700 ELO, and I've recently started playing regularly in tournaments. I love playing, and I love the competition. My main goal is to be a 2000+ player. I got to 1700 by simply doing ...
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What is “spaced repetition” and how can I use it to improve my chess?

What is spaced repetition? How can I apply it to studying and improving my chess? Is it just for tactics or can I also use it for openings and endgames? What experience do people have with it and ...
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Positions for visualisations

where I can download positions for visualisation training? I am not looking for diagrams, I would like to have only position record saved in standard chess notation. Or are there such a book?
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What are the differences between the majors online chess sites that allow to play?

I'm thinking in dedicate some of my free time to learn and play chess in a systematic and serious way and try to participate in a non Internet tournament in few months. I will take this activity as a ...
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Chess books for master level players

Chess books written by Aagaard, Dvoretsky and Kasparov are suitable books for master level players. I have recently discovered the book Perfect Your Chess by Volokitin & Grabinsky which is similar ...
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Proven ways to improve calculation speed

I've been working on my tactics using on-line resources like Chess Tempo. I found my improvement (as measured by my CT rating) over the last few months to be encouraging, but I struggle to translate ...
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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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Where can I find databases of tactical problems, categorized and ranked by difficulty?

I'm toying with the idea of building a tactical training tool. For my idea to work, I need positions that are categorized by motif and difficulty. A lot of tools seem to have this, and I doubt ...
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Effectiveness of a Space Repetition System in memorizing tactical patterns for long term skill gain?

After reading this article by Micheal de Maza: 400 Points in 400 Days As well as this paper by Gobet and Jansen: Training in Chess: A Scientific Approach I have come to the conclusion that effective ...
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Suggestions for endgame training

I am an unrated player. I am looking for ways to improve my endgame. I am currently using: Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual Pandolfini's Endgame Course (I am personally finding the former to be tough. ...
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How to fix 1 turn tactical errors

I am a very good attacking and tactical player. There is just one problem. While I catch combinations that might even require 5 or 6 moves, I cannot find 1 turn ones. Let's see this game I played ...
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Chess software that shows current score

When playing computer chess software I find myself wondering "who's winning right now according to the computer?". For example: I make a bad move but I don't realize it yet - but the computer looking ...
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Can tactics be reduced to a finite number of simple patterns that can be learned?

I realise that there are a finite number of tactical techniques such as forks and skewers and pins but I find them hard to identify in everyday play. I have started using chess.com's tactics trainer ...
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chess training - can't find the proper white move

I'm really struggling to find the proper white move. Can someone help me? Also, is there some tool to assist training? [Title "White to move"] [fen "2k3rr/pbpp4/1pn1p4/8/2PPB1qp/2N1P2Q/PP4P1/2R2RK1 w ...
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how large can a rating difference become before either player realizes it's not worth engaging in a game?

I think the relationship changes as rankings increase (i.e., players with ratings lower than 1000 might be able to play all other players in that range and still enjoy themselves, but if a sub-1000 ...
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As a Beginner, is playing a lot of tactics chess (puzzles) a good way to improve?

I am pretty new to chess, and I play lot of chess puzzles: trying to find the best move for a given situation (which will not necessarily end-up with a checkmate). Is this a good way to learn chess ...
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Chess tactics training

I am looking for a tactic training software for Windows/Linux/Symbian. I think that I know all tactics by now, and I want to train myself in using them. I do not want tactical software that seperate ...
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What is the best way to prepare and optimize my skills for an Open section of a State tournament?

I am an intermediate chess player (1500-1600 skill level USCF) and will enter the Open section of a State tournament. I would like to prepare for this tournament in three months, what would be the ...
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What are the options for solving puzzles online and tracking progress?

I am looking for an advanced set of puzzles and the ability to track progress, similar to chessok (which looks good, but is not free, and the selection of puzzles is limited compared to their offline ...
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Training to avoid elementary mistakes long into tournament games?

I just got back from a chess tournament after around 5 years without playing tournament chess. I did mediocre in this tournament, and I attribute it to struggling to maintain concentration after 3+ ...
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Can you estimate a player's Elo rating using tests?

So I wonder if there are specific positional/tactical tests for every rating range, so that in the end the general rating of a player can be decided prior to competition.
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How can I automatically extract features from a position?

I am working on a project where I take a chess board position (FEN string converted to binary) & it's evaluation score and feed it to a neural network. My aim is to make the neural network ...
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What is the better way to stop blundering all my games?

I am on the road that starts from the "Beginner" stage, trying to leave this "town". I know and understand the rules, I also understand most of the "classic" tactics. I am able to reproduce some ...
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Online defensive tactics training problems?

I've been doing the tactics problems at jrobichess.com and shredderchess.com pretty regularly, and recently added chesstempo.com. I find I'm much better at attacking tactics than defensive tactics: ...
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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 can I train myself in pawn endgames?

I'm looking for a chess program which offers to play pawn endgames to improve myself. For example, can I force Fritz 13 to play pawns endgames? If so, how can I achieve this?
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Tool that suggests tactics exercises based on game analysis

Does anyone know of any common tool that can go throughout your game database (I have a couple of hundreds of my game's PGNs), and extract tactics that one should be training? I believe something as ...
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How to deal with time-control pressure?

I find myself frequently running into time trouble. Even though mentally it feels like I didn't use that much time, when I look at my clock it says otherwise. When this happens I start rushing to try ...
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The path of learning chess

I've decided to become a better chess player. I play every day online and sometimes with my friends offline as well. I've also started to study openings. It is very difficult to get the right ...
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How can I train myself to become more observant of all my pieces?

This is always what gets me. I want to find a way to train myself to become more observant, and able to look at every piece that's about to murder me.
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What thought process should one use to find candidate moves?

Do you have a thought process for finding candidate moves? Once you find all possible candidate moves, how do you narrow it down to your final choice? Regarding the process, do you have a ...
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Best ways for improving “tactics”

I have been playing chess for a long time, and I have been around 1850-1900 ELO for quite some time. I have always wondered which are the best ways to improve the tactics. Does playing more and ...