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Alternative text for chess images

When posting a picture of a chess board, in a blog post or a website, what should the alt text be? The text that will be shown in case the image was not shown. example, html img tag <img src"...
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What are some of the books that cover the theme of chess preparation using Artificial Intelligence & chess engines

Came across the book Game Changer by Matthew Sadler and Natasha Regan on AlphaZero’s discoveries and opportunities using AI in chess. What are the other books on the same theme?
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Are there sites that specialize in engine checking old chess books?

I bought some old chess books from the 80's, 90's, early 2000's, and some even older ones. Certainly they are not engine proofed or checked. Are there sites that are dedicated to checking these books ...
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For a chess learner, isn't spatial phase after time phase?

In their Steps Method, Brunia and Wijgerden identify the chess development of a child as several stages, namely Material phase, Spatial phase and Time phase in that order (see the image at the end). ...
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Requesting Information On Books

I believe books are the best substitute for having a coach, and it's the path I've chosen. Recently, I've completed Ilya Maizelis' The Soviet Chess Primer, which has left me with a solid foundation, ...
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Is there a chess learning roadmap from beginner to the advanced level?

Is there a roadmap for step-by-step learning from beginner to advanced level? I want to evade aimless study.
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Need more clarity on the following chess concepts - planning, strategy, schematic thinking, backward thinking

I'm studying chess middlegame, specifically about planning. I'm trying to broaden my understanding of the terms - Planning, Strategy, Schematic thinking, and Backward thinking.
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Resources on the closed Italian

What are some good books, courses, etc to learn the slow Italian with d3? I want to start playing the slow Italian with d3 as it keeps lots of pieces on the board and leads to rich middle games and am ...
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Searching games by chess positions

I have a somewhat weird question that is only indirectly related to chess. I am trying to solve a chess-related puzzle in which I have to find games played by Soviet chess players based on positions. ...
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What is the best way to sell old chess books?

I listed some books on eBay but had little interest (few pageviews/few bids etc.) meaning that I would make an untenable loss on them (I'm not selling them for profit, but I want a reasonable price ...
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Resources for an e4 repertoire

What are some good resources(courses,books etc) to craft a comprehensive and sound repertoire for white centered around E4, for a player of intermediate strength (2000 chess.com rapid)
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search for the debut chess book

I have been playing chess for a long time, I think every chess player who was more or less eager to comprehend the vastness of this game and reach new heights has a challenge - there is no single main ...
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How do I improve my endgame technique?

I have decent endgame technique and recently bought Jesus De La Villa's 100 endgames you must know. How do I shift it closer to top level endgame technique?
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where can I find free chess books? [duplicate]

I need a website where I can find free chess ebooks? I would like to see a list of free books to download or read online.
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What are some good endgame books?

I know some people have asked about general good books or middle game books. But I read someone said that the best way to start learning chess is by studying endgames, so I ask: What are some good ...
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Boden–Kieseritzky Gambit vs. Morphy Gambit

I just got an ad for the book Taming Wild Chess Openings by Watson & Schiller. I'm not planning to buy the book, but I was intrigued by the table of contents, especially the two lines quoted below ...
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Books on old tournaments

I'm interested in books covering the major chess tournaments between 1880 and 1930, roughly speaking. I would prefer the official tournament books, like this one, but translated in English. Can I buy ...
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Why are opening books so popular?

As title above, why are opening books so popular? I am sure that most players know that middlegame and endgame books are ultimately much more important for improving one's chess strength. That is not ...
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Books that explain fundamental chess concepts

I am a recreational chess player, hoping to understand the game a little more by reading chess books. I am looking for books that explain each and every move like Understanding Chess Move By Move by ...
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Book series to improve

I have an Elo score of about 800 and I am looking for book series to improve (projecting even up to very high scores). Do you have any recommendations? Possibly even more than one series, so as to ...
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What is the earliest known appearance "Fool's Mate"?

A quaint question I had lately: what is the earliest known appearance of the “Fool’s Mate”? I refer to both the name and the move sequence. A quick search with Google Books revealed a reference dated ...
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Why is Alex Dunne's book 'How to Be a Class A Player' so valuable?

I have been looking for this book for quite some time. I have his book, "How to Become a Candidate Master", but have had trouble finding this one at a reasonable price. Currently on Amazon, used ...
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Yusupov, Alburt and Silman

Yusupov's books (Build up Your Chess and Boost Your Chess) are really interesting, and I'm working with them However, I find the chess pocket Book (by Lev Alburt) and the How to Reassess your chess ...
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Recommended books that explain each move

Usually, chess books show moves like this: several-many moves, and then, explanation. Sometimes, however, I don't understand the meaning of some moves. It would be great if there was a book in which ...
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What are some good books for explaining the strategic ideas of the Semi-Tarrasch Defence?

I am looking for some books that explain the strategic ideas of the Semi-Tarrasch Defence from the black perspective. I looked online, but I could only find books on the Tarrasch defence.
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What are good books on the Panov-Botvinnik Attack and playing with an IQP?

Respectively, what are good books for the Panov-Botvinnik Attack and playing with an isolated queen pawn?
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Which books cover the concept of Imagination and Creativity in Chess?

I came across two books on Creativity & Imagination in Chess. Are there other books that cover the topics? Imagination in Chess by Paata Gaprindashvili Creative Chess by Amatzia Avni
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I need English books about chess which are in the public domain and still have value to the current chess improver to translate to arabic legally [duplicate]

I need English books about chess which are in the public domain and still have value to the current chess improver to translate to Arabic legally. they must be of a value for the current chess ...
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Can you suggest book references on chess theory?

as stated in the title I am looking for structured textbooks on chess. I have followed chess.com lessons and I have a rough idea of tactics (forks, pins, skewers, sacrifices, etc) but I feel like I am ...
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Who was Wright, purportedly the best player in the Australian prison system?

I read a true crime book by Mark "Chopper". It states the best player in the Australian prison system was named Wright. Does anyone have any more information on this person, such as their ...
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What would be some great books that clarify the positional concepts of the Queen's Indian Defence from the Black side?

I've been looking for some books that explain how to play the Queen's Indian Defence. These books don't have to be recent or anything.
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What are some good books that explain the strategic ideas behind the Nimzo-Indian Defence, from Black's perspective?

I'm looking for a book, which does not have to be modern at all, that comprehensively explains the strategic ideas of the Nimzo-Indian Defence from Black's perspective.
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Chess book reviews

What are some of the useful chess book review websites or YouTube channels out there? Or even people with chess blogs or Youtube channels which occasionally post book reviews.
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What are some middle game chess books that are good for beginners? [closed]

What are some great middlegame chess books that are for beginners that will help me to improve my middle game in chess? There aren't a lot of books on the middle game.
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Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess - Visual Teaching of Chess

I have severe dyslexia which means that for the majority of chess books I find it very difficult to accurately read games (although having a board does help). My favorite chess book when I was younger ...
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Stockfish destroys Daniel Naroditsky's endgame variation (from his book (Mastering Positional Chess))

[FEN "7r/p3k3/2p5/1pPp4/3P4/PP4P1/3P1PB1/2K5 w - - 0 1"] 1. Kd1 Rh2 2. Ke1 Rxg2 3. Kf1 Rh2 4. Kg1 Rh6 5. f3 Re6 6. Kf2 Kf6 7. Kf1 Kf5 8. Kf2 b4 9. a4 Re4 $4 * The position and variation ...
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Can the games in Chernev's Logical Chess Move by Move be played in any order?

In Chernev's Logical Chess Move by Move, can the chapters and games be absorbed in any order, or are they intended to be played through in order?
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7. ... e6 in Classical Caro-Kann

Where can I find information on the 7. ... e6 variation of classical Caro-Kann, preferrably a book? It was played in the Anand-Carlsen world championship match 2013. [FEN ""] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 ...
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Is it safe to read a chess book whose author's rating is 1319?

I was interested in starting to read David Rudel's book Zuke 'Em-The Colle Zukertort Revolutionized but I found that the author's rating is 1319. Should I avoid reading the book since his rating is ...
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Editing (end)-game: how to move few pieces in accordance with a book to follow the solution to a problem

What is the most easy way to follow a dozen of moves from a book ? I would like to edit a particular position and then see what the solution in a book (in my case "100 endgames you must know"...
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Is Silman's book 'How to Reassess Your Chess: Chess Mastery Through Imbalances' any good?

I don't know if book review is allowed in the site or not, but I am just starting with a position I found pretty confusing in his book. [Event "?"] [Site "?"] [Date "????.??.??...
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What is new in the fifth edition of Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual?

It seems the only change between the fourth and fifth edition (after the author's passing) was a change in color. This surely can't be enough for a new edition, so I wonder what changes to the content ...
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What are some good tactics books?

I am looking for books with exercises to improve at tactics. It seems that there are lots of options. My definition of what constitutes a “good” tactics books is variety. Even if the book focuses on a ...
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Is Sadler's 2000 book Queen's Gambit Declined focused on white or black?

I'm looking for QGD repertoire book as Black. Would Sadler's Queen's Gambit Declined fulfill this, or is it focused on White?
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Max Lange Attack - Materials to Study

I am looking for quality materials such as books, magazines and video series to help me to study Max Lange Attack. I'll be grateful if you recommend one and share the link.
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Book recommendation for chess engine building

This might be too broad a question, but can anyone recommend specific books that deal with chess engines, including hard-coded ones such as Stockfish, Komodo, and other ones also based on neural ...
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Is this a suitable training scheme for my level?

I've been about 1700-1900 Lichess Blitz and 1900-2000 Lichess Rapid for several years, and I'm looking to start some formal chess training (something I've never done before at all.) Currently, I'm ...
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Books on opening theory organized around tactical/strategic motives, not opening lines

"Understand your openings, not just memorize lines" is a common advice given to a club level player. However, most opening books are still organized around lines, amended with some explanations that ...
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Is Agasthya Smriti containing the Original Chess Strategy available in public Domain?

Saint Agasthya was the most knowledgeable person of the 8000 yrs ago period. He is credited for: The Martial Arts (Kalari Paytu), Chemical based Medicines specially for Venom treatment, Game of Chess ...
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Can you recommend a variation in the English opening for a technical player?

I'm looking to study the English opening. To cut down my homework, I would like to focus on one or two variations. Why am I interested in the English opening, I hear you cry? Mostly because I want to ...

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