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Running down the opponent's clock on purpose

Running out of time is a loss. Two players are both very low on time and quite far from a checkmate. What if one player makes some 'pointless' defensive moves to keep his clock running so that the ...
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Chess programs that mimic some amateurs

Is there such a thing as a chess program that at random times can vary it's strength of play between say a beginner and an expert? Or maybe a program that a certain random times makes subtle or ...
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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 sites.......
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How can I play?

Can someone please just tell me how all of the pieces move? I always get the castles and the priests mixed up, but I know one of them makes an "L" or a backwards "L". Thank you for your underatanding.
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How to start learning chess? [duplicate]

I have always wanted to learn how to play chess, but I don't know how to start. I downloaded chess apps on my smartphone and PC but I didn't learn anything. I also contacted some local chess clubs to ...
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Play/learn Sveshnikov Sicilian as a beginner?

I've read countless times, that beginners should not play the Sicilian. On the other hand, one often reads that the opening does not matter for beginners. There are many courses claiming the included ...
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Why do most beginners play this line agains the Caro-Kann?

Why do most beginners play this line against the Caro-Kann? 1. e4 c6 2. Nf3 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. d4 and 5. Nc3? [FEN ""] 1. e4 c6 2. Nf3 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. d4 AnyMove 5. Nc3
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Best practical chances after g5 forking knight and bishop

I am a beginner playing white and it's my turn to move. What is the best possible move in response to this fork? [title "Game position after fork:"] [fen "r1bqr1k1/ppp2p2/2n1pn1p/3p2p1/1b1P1N1B/...
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Should a beginner try to learn 1 specific opening in depth or is not the best use of time?

Or will it be better to learn 5 different openings at a lower detail level? And what 1 or 5 openings would you then suggest?
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Programs to help beginners to practice Chess

I'm a beginner in chess and I want to get better at this game. I was wondering if there are some programs that help you to practice your game. For example: practicing the openings, that contains ...
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Why is pawn to d3 the best move here?

Total beginner at chess. I am analyzing a game I played. The computer says the blue line here is the best: r1bqr1k1/pp5p/2nb1p2/2p5/Q1Pp2pN/1P4B1/P3BPPP/4RRK1 b - - 0 1 1... d3 (1... Kg7 2. Bxd6 ...
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Evans Gambit b4 loss

I have already read the section here on the Evans Gambit but I still don't understand the value of sacrificing the b pawn unnecessarily, in the likely case that black's Bishop returns to the c5. White ...
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Opening with Nf3 - beginner

I came across the opening Nf3 wich I find very beatiful. I know that it could lead to the Réti opening. My question is: beside the Réti opening what are the most commun openings following the Nf3 and ...
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Why is 2…f6 a blunder in the Center Game?

[FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR"] 1. e4 e5 2. d4 f6 Stockfish says that 2…f6 was a blunder and recommends 2…exd4 instead. I understand why 2…exd4 is the best move for ...
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What should a beginner focus on to improve his level?

I've learnt chess only about 1 month ago. Of course, my first game was terrible. But with reading some tips I've proceeded a little. Learning basics of few openings (like Spanish, Vienna and Urusov) ...
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What's next after first 5 months and 700 points? [closed]

I started playing chess in July. I was at a 600 rating on Chess.com for a month. I started playing seriously in August and have played regularly (at least a few blitz and rapid games everyday). ...
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What is a good flexible opening for beginner with white?

After I learned the Sicilian, I started to love to play as black, while before it my win rate with white was bigger than black (as expected due to white first move advantage). When I learned Sicilian ...
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When you study chess what do you do to learn something new? [closed]

All my life i was never been able to progress past beginner level. When i read a book or study a game i can't long term memorize what i do or what i read. So in practice what do you do to progress ? ...
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Alternatives to the paid analysis on chess.com [duplicate]

On chess.com we get only one full depth analysis in a day, which is very little. Is there a way to analyze more chess games and get all the accuracy metrics as well? Are there any other website which ...
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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 should black not capture the knight here?

I played a game on lichess. (Link: http://en.lichess.org/n2hfBGYy#18) After the game I did a stockfish analysis of the game. This is the position: [fen ""] [Event "Rated game"] [Site "http://lichess....
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How Do Top Engines' Achieve Large Search Depth

Im new to programming chess engines. I have implemented a transposition table, search tree, and alpha-beta pruning, an can analyze ~80000 boards per second. However, even with alpha-beta search, when ...
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I am looking for a chess game on nintendo ds that is suitable for beginners

I am not a experienced player, just a beginner, I want a easier computer opponent that I can beat. Through search engin I found below two game titles that emphasize the suitability for beginner, ...
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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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Understanding Bb5 after Nc6 in the opening

In the opening, when the black knight goes to c6 white often responds with bishop to b5. What is the purpose of this move? For example the Ruy Lopez/Spanish opening: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. ...
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What programs (preferably open source) offer play against a computer with fine-grained difficulty-related adjustments?

My last serious attempt to get into chess ran into a basic difficulty with the program: with a bit of work, I got to a point where I could beat difficulty 1 or 2 on a scale of 10, but got consistently ...
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How should I analyse my game to get better?

I've been playing chess for a while, but very casually. I just joined a chess club and played my first tournament game. Not having used a chess clock before, or ever having had to record my moves ...
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How is this stalemate?

My friend played this game as white and wants to know how this is a stalemate. I do not know much about chess and both of us would like to know more about this rule. k7/2Q5/8/P2P4/1R6/8/2P3PP/6K1 w -...
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What are some "quick start" openings?

First of all, I'm sorry if it looks like I didn't really research before asking the question, but I really did put in some effort and couldn't find a satisfying answer. My problem is, I don't want to ...
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Why is this rook move a mistake?

Recently I was playing a game on chess.com (300 rating) and after the game the engine showed that this move was a mistake, losing two points of material. [FEN ""] 1. e4 a5 2. d4 h5 3. f3 f6 ...
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Sicilian defense - beginner

I have started to study the Sicilian defense (at a beginners level), and I came across a situation where I don't know how to proceed... e4 c5 Nf3 d6 d3 I know that it is probably not the best thing ...
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What are some beginner to advanced openings or variations I could use?

I’ve played chess for some time now, but I’ve really started to get into it these past few months. The thing I need help on is openings. I know about the different ones, and even attempted one or two ...
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Beginner book that has endgame scenarios

I’ve been looking for free online books on endgame scenarios, since I'm very bad at them. So far, I haven’t gotten any luck. By the way, I only know the pieces moves and some other basic stuff.
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Attacking moves

While playing chess against a computer I am able to analyse what the computer is going to move even at the highest difficulty level but I am not able to place good moves against the computer. Can ...
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End game King an Rook - Beginners [duplicate]

In different ocasions I find my self in a very dificult situation (for me). The only pieces on the board are: Mine - King an Rook ; Oponnent - King. It is very dificult for me to check mate... Can ...
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What's a good way to learn openings when coming back to chess as a former 1400-1600 player? [duplicate]

my question can be seen in the title. I used to play chess competitively in my teenager-years and would like to come back to it now. The important stuff is still in my head and I am not doing too bad ...
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Becoming a pretty good chess player [duplicate]

First of all I am sorry if my English is not very good. I started to play chess some time ago. I want to start to play pretty good to have fun in tournaments but I have no idea how to create a plan of ...
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How good is 1. e3 2. c4 as an opening for White?

How good is 1. e3 2. c4 as an opening for White? Afterward, developing the knight on b1 to c3, and developing the bishops too, it seems good. Castling is preferably done on opposite sides as well.
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What is the best opening for a beginner who wants few pieces on the board?

I am a beginner and someone who likes less pieces on board. I don't like complexity and have weak point for knights. My rating is 950 rn and has touched 1010 at best. So far I have used the Stone ...
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Dumb question, but what are some good chess resources to learn from?

I have looked in a lot of places, but I can't find good places to learn chess. I am at the stage where I know basic chess strategies, but my rating is still below average. I can't find a source longer ...
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Any suggested check list for beginners? [closed]

is there a simple / basic / quick checklist that beginners can use when in super easy games? I am not worried about questions like pawn structure, applying pressure, maintaining momentum, I am talking ...
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Simple Openings for Beginners? [duplicate]

I'm a beginner and I don't know any openings - what are the best openings for beginners?
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Help trying to invent a tactical chess opening

I need help! I am trying to invent something out of my own imagination. But something isn't right... I am playing as white and I can't figure out why is it that I have the feeling about losing a pawn ...
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Which chess courses should I start with? [closed]

I know the rules and played with my friends but without any knowledge of opening tactics etc. And all material I could find online was not in an ordered manner . So can you suggest some courses I can ...
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Why does the computer give me a high accuracy score?

My rating on chess.com is of about 1077 on rapid and today when I won a game against a player with slightly lower rating the analysis results said I played with 73 accuracy according to their best ...
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Why is bishop to h8 the best move in this position?

I don't understand how that move is a good move, much less the best move according to this chess.com analysis.
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It is possible to mate enemy king if this would put your king in check? [duplicate]

When thinking about if you can do some move, you look if your king will be attacked. This would lead to a recursion, but actually dont, since you it doenst matter if this enemy piece would be able to ...
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Looking to improve my tactics and possibly develop an opening repertoire at the beginner/intermediate level [closed]

I am new to the game and I so far like it. I have watched people on the internet play, tried to copy their moves and have been maintaining an 800 rating on Chess.com and around 1000 on Lichess. I have ...
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Recommended master games for teaching chess

I am teaching chess to beginners and am looking for recommended games to be discussed/analyzed together. So the games should be relatively simple, short and ideally focus on one main theme (e.g. ...
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Preparation of chess openings and all about chess? [closed]

I am an enthusiastic player of chess...and a full time working professional... I have following questions regarding chess to develop my game: How to prepare fundamental opening lines to play as ...