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Where can I start to learn?

I have been pretty interested in chess for about 8 months now. I know the rules and basic moves. I'm looking right now for a place where I can start learning chess strategies, tactics etc. When doing ...
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How can I improve my knowledge of pawn structure theory?

What resources (books, videos, websites) are there to help me improve my understanding of pawn structures?
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Trading queens in the opening

Which standard openings in chess usually pave the way for an early queen trade in the game? In other words, which opening has a high probability of exchanging the queens in the opening itself? Does ...
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Books that help improve your chess without a chessboard

I am looking for books that can help me improve without a physical/digital chessboard. I have a kindle, and I have many places in school where I can read, but not many where I can open a chessboard ...
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Best chess theory books for beginners [closed]

What are the best chess books regarding theory and such for beginners?
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What book should I refer to to begin learning chess?

I'm a highschool student and want to play chess seriously. A friend of mine taught me the basic rules of the game. What book should I refer to to begin learning chess? I tried Capablanca's Chess ...
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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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Is there a site that provides (legal) online access to free chess books?

As the title says, is there a site that provides (legal) online access to free chess books?
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Which endgame manual?

Which endgame manual do you recommend and why? • Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual • Fundamental Chess Endings (Muller & Lamprecht) • Silman's Complete Endgame Course • Some other book I am ...
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Repertoire book on the Ruy Lopez exchange variation?

[FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 Is there a good opening repertoire book for White advocating the Ruy Lopez exchange variation?
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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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How to improve my game

I am doing tactics 30 minutes a day, practicing end games for about 90 minutes and analyzing 1 GM annotated game a day. I can understand the logic behind why the move is played, but I can't apply it ...
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What's a good middlegame book like My System for Expert Class? [closed]

I just finished reading My System. What's a good book to study afterwards for Expert Class?
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Endgame books or web-sources

What books or web-sources have people worked with to improve their endgame? I have gone over Silman's Complete Endgame Course: From Beginner to Master and Understanding Chess Endgames. I feel good ...
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How are chess variations meant to be read

This is a sample position from a book (no further details are given to avoid copyright issues). I can read the first line and follow it in my mind, departing from the figure. But the continuation in ...
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What is the Dorfman method in chess?

On various occasions in commentaries or interviews, e.g. during the World Championship commentary with Peter Svidler and Anish Giri, I've heard the Dorfman method being mentioned. I then learned that ...
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How to improve from ~1200?

I am not new to the game of Chess. I have been (casually) playing it for over a decade, and I would like to get better at it. I know the basic rules of the game very well, I understand basic tactics ...
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What are some good books for chess openings?

I am not new to chess, I have been playing for around 6 years. But I don't know much about chess openings technically. What are some of the very good books to learn important opening moves?
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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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Which of these two endgame books?

I am a beginner (approximately 1400) seeking to improve my endgame technique. Which one of these books would you recommend as suitable for my strength and why? 100 Endgames you must know by Jesus de ...
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How respectable is the CM title?

I know a man who has the CM title and his wife is WGM. They wrote a book together and on the cover her name is given with the WGM title but his name is left without his CM title. I asked him about ...
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Description of rectangular opposition in Silman's Complete Endgame Course

In Silman's Complete Endgame Course, the author gives this rule in order to gain the Opposition when there isn't a direct connection in between the kings: In this type of situation, the rule is to ...
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Books on drawing

There are multiple instances of books that promise winning opening repertoire. What about drawish openings, drawish strategies, etc? So, are there books focused solely on drawing?
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How to test the quality of an opening book?

Over the years I manually maintained an opening repertoire in a PGN file (with several "games" per ECO index on average), and now realized I can generate different opening "books" from it - for SCID, ...
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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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Best books on middlegame strategy?

What are the best works trying to systematically summarize all middlegame themes and strategies: e.g. space advantage, pawn structures, exposed king, minority attack, isolated pawn, hanging pawns, etc....
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Books for IM Norm

I have recently hit the FM title, and this year I plan to try and make IM norms and potentially IM title. Last year I struggled around 2300 USCF because I was usually getting killed by lower rated ...
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How to use Polyglot opening book bin file

I previously asked how to use polyglot in c# with a chess engine. My question then was not accurate. What I want to know is, what property(ies) of the bin file object I need to do the following: I ...
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What are the mistakes committed by players who take many years to become an expert?

I am a beginner and am targeting to become an expert. I see many people who barely takes 4 years to become an expert and many people who take 10 years to become an expert. I don't want to repeat the ...
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Books for chess traps

I have seen (and studied) some books on opening theory. They basically deal with chess openings and various lines in which those openings can transform into. But I haven't found a book which ...
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Advice on how to draw with White

I read opening books a lot and they are always focused on finding a way to draw for Black and finding a way for White to play for a win. This makes me wonder why people are not writing opening books ...
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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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