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Questions related to learning how to play chess and improving your chess skills. This can also be used for questions concerning "learning" chess engines.

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How should I continue?

I have reached 2000 rating in rapid at lichess. I am a student, so I have to keep up with my schoolwork. I get around 1/2 to 1 hour on chess on each weekdays and 2hrs on weekends. My question is, if I ...
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Can solving lots of mate in one (or two) problems be beneficial?

I am a ~1500 player on chess.com (so I'm in the online beginner-intermediate range). There is a book titled "Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games" by Lazlo Polgar, father of Judit, Susan and ...
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Can you check my games? [closed]

I play mostly blitz and stick to a particular style (as black- stonewall +variations and as white just an f-pawn attacking style). It's pretty wild but I manage to surprise higher ranking players on ...
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Studies on how people really improve at chess? [closed]

How do people really improve at chess? I often hear people say that any of the following will improve a player's ability: Doing tactics puzzles Playing more games Playing bullet games Playing longer ...
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From where to start learning new tactics?

I know the basics and some basic tactics in chess, but I want to learn new and advanced tactics. Can anybody tell me any source for that?
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1900 rating with no progress [duplicate]

I have been around 1700-1900 rating (glicko 2) for a while. I have been losing on tactics when there aren't many pieces left.(mid-end game) My positional thinking is alright, and my endgame skills are ...
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Calculation skills to 2000 and beyond

I'm rated about 1900 USCF and have been stuck between 1800-1900 for a few years not really knowing how to break through to 2000+. I have a good amount of positional understanding and solid foundation ...
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English/KID loss as white to a 2300+ player

[FEN ""] [Date "6/9/2018"] [Round "2"] [White "Me"] [Black "Opponent"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1874"] [BlackElo "2332"] 1. c4 Nf6 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. Nc3 O-O 5. e4 d6 6. Nge2 c5 7. O-O Nc6 8. d3 ...
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Is there a good or a proper age to play chess? [duplicate]

When I first played chess I was terrible at it. I was like 5 or 6 years old back then. Now I understand the rules and stuff, but is there a specific or good age to play chess? An age when it's easy to ...
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White first move, black second move and white third move

In this puzzle we have to white first move , black second move and white third move.
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Checkmate in two moves, white to move

White to move. Checkmate black in two moves.
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How to checkmate in two moves, white to move [closed]

How to checkmate in two moves, white to move.
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Forcing a draw with knight and king

Can white force a draw somehow from this position using only his knight and king?
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Is this a trap?

So I have a game board as follows where my opponent moved their bishop to be openly captured by my queen. Is there any reason for me to not take the bishop? I can’t foresee any immediate counter ...
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How to teach (intermediary) chess to small groups with little time

I'm a chess teacher/coach for a couple of children (age 14-18) at my local (not very big) chess club (we're all member of this club). Due to various constraints on my and their part, all the time I ...
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Can White win in this game (Q vs R+N+P)?

Is there any percent chance for the white to win? Seems like greed for the opposite queen on behalf of sacrificing his pieces has cost him this game. The view is from the white player's end.
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How does one look at hundreds of master games a day? [closed]

IM Jeremy Silman responds to the question, "What kind of study program did you use?": I mostly looked at endless master games (while simultaneously eating copious amounts of ice cream), sometimes ...
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Players that have trouble finishing [closed]

Some players have trouble converting a winning position, perhaps even blowing it. As the strength increases, these "winning" advantages become smaller and more subtle. How does one "finish" in chess? ...
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How is this scenario a draw?

Firstly, I'm very very bad at chess. I've known how to play for most of my life, but I've never been good, so I'm trying to get good by playing against easy computers. I commonly end in draws with ...
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ELO rating and experience

I was looking at many players' ELO over time graphs and noticed something interesting. Usually players stay in the same 200-300 bracket through very long periods of time (I'm talking decades here) ...
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Improving game 1500~ rating [duplicate]

I don't know how can I improve my games. I know there are many tips for beginners and I've tried them all (almost, except the ones below) I am 1520~ chess.com and 1730~ on lichess at blitz games (5-7 ...
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Opening as a Beginner: Mainlines or Offbeaten path?

I am approximately 1500 OTB (Lichess Classical 1750, chess.com 1540, internal rating in my club ~1500), and of course I would like to improve. Work and family are demanding, so naturally I would like ...
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Getting the most out of chess books

I have a bunch of chess books that have been given to me on my favorite openings. I usually try to do a few games from them after I play my daily games and go over how I could improve with a chess ...
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How to study chess?

I am a beginner, I have been playing from time to time with friends since I was a child, but I never studied seriously. A couple of months ago I decided I want to become better, to play more seriously,...
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Game analysis: What would motivate a human player to sacrifice White Knight at move 10 in this game?

I am a beginner player (rating on Lichess.org around 1550). While analyzing one of my own games (pasted below), Stockfish calculated that a Knight sacrifice at 10th move is a good idea. I tried ...
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How to play more chess without your brain tiring

It used to be a common problem for me to have very high calculating ability for the first few matches, and then I would make tons a blunders when I play the 10th or more. While for the most part ...
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Learning steps of a non-professional or play-for-fun player

Let's say I already know the rules of the games. What would be the next thing I should focus on? And then? Learning the most common openings? Unbalances? I learned to play chess as a kid, played once ...
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Are certain tactics always good or does it really depend on the game?

I've recently joined chess.com at the suggestion from chess club. Something I've always struggled to understand with chess is why certain moves are "good" and why others are "bad" I got thinking ...
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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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Software-based training on Linux

10 years ago I used to learn from an old version of Fritz on DVD. It was great. It had a teaching move while you played full games and it also had automated curriculum to teach you openings, endings, ...
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Slav Defense/Loss to 1800 player: how to improve?

This is a recent OTB tournament game I lost to a player of the same strength as me (1800). My feeling is that I played poor positional chess and continuously failed to capitalize on his suspect play. ...
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How did I go wrong?! Embarassing Loss

this is a recent online game I played. I'm usually about an 1800 USCF player, but I had this very disappointing loss to a 1400 level player. Stronger players might look at this sub-par game and wonder ...
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After analyzing games with a coach should we play them again on the board?

I analyze my tournament games with my chess coach on the computer and in the end I have a pgn file which contains all the variations, mistakes, and tactics i missed. The question is am i suppose to ...
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Is there any good app for learning openings

My great fail is that i cannot learn opening or initial play. Normally i only play when i can connect to my mobile app (Chess Free on iOS), and play at a very low level (adjusted as a single bar), ...
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How to bring tactics skills into the actual play?

According to few popular sites, my tactics rating is consistently about 400 points above my game rating (say, 2200 vs 1800). Of course, partially it could be a fault of the process: when a tactics ...
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Does rating increases in bulks or is it a steady increase?

I have been taking lessons from a coach since two months and I also played my first OTB tournament two months ago. Since then I have played around ten tournaments with an average of one or two ...
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Is there a method or tip to best memorize current enemy pieces' movements?

I have started to play Chess again after a few years. It is not difficult to reproduce an opening or sticking with a plan during the middlegame, but the most difficult to me is to keep track of enemy ...
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Learning chess over the board vs using software

I have some good quality chess books and of course use the chess board to follow all chess game examples and variations provided. However I noticed that it is quite a tiring activity as it takes time ...
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Fastest Way to Amass Experience

I want to amass as much Chess experience as I can, by playing several games against my phone/laptop AI.     I'm not a good player, and would estimate my ELO is <1500.     I am ...
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What is a more efficient thinking process?

I'm a bit of a perfectionist and strive to make the best move every game. As a result I think I expend too much brain power throughout the game and get burned out or overwhelmed by the possibilites, ...
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Online chess leavers

I have encountered a profound number of players that simply leave the game when they realize they are losing/in difficult situation, without pressing "I resign" button. This often leaves me waiting a ...
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Potential Rating Gain if Only 20 OTB Games Per Year

Context: I'm returning to the game after more than 25 years away! I only got back into it because my 8-year old son joined his elementary school chess club. They all got accounts to chesskid.com. ...
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How are the scores decided in Chess?

Consider the following pictures: I would like to understand the following: My understanding is that it depends on the opponent's move against our move. Am I right? What is the minimum and maximum ...
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Online chess lectures for kids

What are sites to learn for kids. Especially, video lectures. The lectures should be simpler to understand.
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Don't know what moves to make/Feeling lost all the time?

My tactics and calculation abilities are fairly decent since I practice chess puzzles a lot but I seem to be lacking in other areas? I always feel uncomfortable in a lot of chess games even though I'...
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Which elements of chess are best to focus on for extended “crash course” learning?

I want to spend between 1-2 hours/week practicing chess. I know that my skill will be severely limited by the time constraint. However, within this time constraint, where would my time be best spent? ...
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Consistently playing moves below my potential

Basically: I make blunders. The most disgusting, reprehensible, indefensible mistakes that I would've discarded had even one neuron in my brain noticed it before I moved. I know everyone experiences ...
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ECO D00 Game for Analysis

After long time, I had played ECO D00,- 1.d4 d5 2.e3 . As my precision lags, I was not yet well with Queens Gambit Accepted or Declined variation. For this position 1.d4 d5 2.e3 my Android Chess.com ...
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How to learn chess if you're still a 3-digit rating after a few years

I know how all the pieces move and I've learned about castling and en passant. But all I do is play online against other people and get wrecked because I don't know how to "play." I make moves like ...
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Method to study chess puzzles way above your level

I have a collection of middle-game chess puzzles classified in levels. I can solve most puzzles in the first level after a few minutes, and some of the puzzles in level 2. But for higher levels there ...