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For a beginner focused on reducing blunders, should I study positional theory or tactics more?

I've been playing chess for about a month, learning strategies and principles along the way. Initially, reviewing my games to identify frequent mistakes helped me progress from a complete novice to ...
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Where to find chess videos where an expert explains their moves real-time

I have very much benefitted from Simon Williams' "Longer Games" playlist, where he plays various opponents with 15 minutes per side, all the while sharing about what he is thinking. But are ...
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What kinds of analysis can I do to improve my openings? [closed]

I am working in a project where I can analyze pgn games, so if I apply it to my own games, I would get a full map of the positions I have won as white/black and compare that directly with the ...
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How do you systematically analyze an arbitrary chess position?

I've recently been learning the fundamentals of the game using the chess.com lessons and game reviews, but the thing I can't seem to figure out is how to even know what to look for or focus when ...
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How can you go from a rating of 1800 to 2000 in the Lichess?

For a very long time, my rating in Lichess has remained at 1800. How can my rating be altered? In order to overcome the 1800 rating barrier, how can I improve my chess training regimen?
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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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How did you get over 2000 FIDE?

A little bit of background: I started playing chess when I was almost 20 years of age, my first FIDE tournament was when I was 25 and my first FIDE rating was in the low 1900's. At first, I thought, I ...
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How to play with my child?

I have an online rating of around 1500 and my 8-year-old daughter's playing strength is approximately 900 and she LOVES playing with me, despite losing most of the time. Here I am seeking suggestions ...
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Resources To Learn How To Use Chessbase

Chessbase comes up practically everywhere as key software to use for chess improvement, accessing and playing through games, researching etc. As an adult improver (1900 Chess.com), beginner chess ...
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Tailored Chess Improvement guidance [closed]

I'm 14 years old and I've been playing chess for the past 16 months. I've a rating of 970 in rapid on chess.com, a blitz rating of 614 and a highest puzzle rating of 2414. Although I have a <1000 ...
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Which Chess Engine is Most Preferred by Grandmasters for Analysis and Considered the Fastest and Best Currently?

As an avid chess player looking to improve my game, I am curious about the tools that top-level players, especially grandmasters, use for analysis. Specifically, I am interested in knowing which chess ...
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What are the Rules of Baroque chess?

I want to do an AI project implementing a Chess agent, so can anyone please let me know the Rules of Baroque chess?
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Using latex for Killer Chess Training homework club?

Killer chess training gives out worksheets like https://p8e5c7t2.rocketcdn.me/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Friendly-Homework-23-%E2%80%93-2021-03-23.pdf every week. They ask students to do three things: ...
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I'm Complete Beginner, where to start?

I'm a complete beginner and would like to ask for advice in finding the best source of learning materials and path to follow. I heard about chess.com as a one stop shop in terms of lessons as well as ...
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Is it possible to get free personal chess coaching?

I am a young 1300 fide rated chess player and in my surrounding it's difficult to find a good chess coach. I play 1-3 fide rated tournaments every year and I see improvements every time. But I thought ...
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Lucas Chess Issues with Chess Openings

I am using Lucas Chess but its opening lines don't display appropriately. Here the engine doesn't show opening lines automatically. What opening book can I use with engine for preparation of absolute ...
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Chess Atomic Openings

I'm studying Atomic Chess. Where can I find openings at? I've found the site Vlasov's Atomic-Chess Homepage so far.
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Trying to improve

I have a question hopefully someone can help me out. 3 days ago I won a tournament (25+5) semi-rapid section under 1450 OTB. I scored 5/5 beating some high rated players. My rating OTB semi-rapid ...
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Why is Qe7 a blunder here?

I'm a chess beginner. I played this game against Stockfish and according to Lichess' analysis, Qe7 was a blunder here, and the best move actually was c6. I can't understand why? [Title "Why is ...
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Question on FIDE Rating List Submission

I am playing in a tournament on the 19th-20th of this month and I have a question regarding FIDE rating change for the end of the month when the new list is published. I have done very well in some ...
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Tools to study positions with partial information?

TL;DR Is there a chess engine or other tools to study a "position" where the exact location of certain pieces is not known? From the following chess position, a plan could be to win the a2 ...
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Different chess improvement strategies depending on age

Adult chess improvers are different from children in many ways and have different strength and weaknesses. Also, their life situation is very different (e.g. much time and little money vs. little time ...
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Fastest from a complete beginner to FIDE 2200?

There are pictures of Reshevsky playing simuls at a very young age -- I think there is some controversy over his exact age since the younger he was supposed to be, the more interesting. He also, even ...
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Best Repetoire Building Tools

I want to build an opening repertoire manually. what are the computer tools to do that?
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Pros and cons of engine-assisted play for training

When I first learned chess, practice against a strong player, actively advising me, was the primary tool. They'd see how good my move was, suggest what to do, offer review it. Today, as I'm relearning,...
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What are the strengths of different Chess Engines? [duplicate]

I personally use Komodo most of the time, but lots of people use stockfish. What are the differences between engines and what do they help you improve on better compared to other engines. Tl;DR Where ...
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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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Resources to learn the Open Sicilian

As per the title, I'm looking for resources to learn the Open Sicilian. In particular, I would like to understand general themes and pawn structures instead of memorizing precise moves. For the record,...
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How can I deal with low confidence and 'chess esteem' while I am learning to play, even when I repeat mistakes?

I posted a popular question a couple of days ago, and it brought up another topic that is worthy of a question. For reference, I've been playing 6–7 weeks, and my chess.com rating is a laughable ~300. ...
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As a novice, how can I improve at defending my pieces other than what I'm already doing?

I’m struggling with chess after about six weeks of proper learning, i.e. strategy other than how the pieces move. I get this is a short time. I’m working hard to try and learn, and joined a chess club ...
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Pawn exchanges in e4&d4 openings

I'm just learning. I'm at a loss to deal with the opening razzamatazz where white's pawns are at the centre and under attack by Black's pawns & knights-does one defend the pawns by bringing in ...
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Looking for a basic assessment

I'm looking for an app that after I play a game of chess (or 3) will tell me if I'm a beginner or intermediate. Not looking for an app to teach me or to assess the game move by move. Does anyone know ...
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What does FIDE rating 1800 entail?

I have a classical rating of around 2000 on Lichess. I’m aware that FIDE Classical time control is much longer than Lichess classical, so I just made it as some kind of reference point. I’m mainly ...
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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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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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Does the Russian Chess Federation switching to the ACF actually make it harder for Chinese/Indian players to qualify for the World Championships?

Source "Thirdly, it is quite surprising that Indian and the Chinese federations agreed to this switch by the CFR, if they have (I have not seen the results of the vote), because it will lead to ...
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How to Learn Chess Comprehensively

I'm a pretty new to playing chess - I understand the fundamentals and can implement some of the basic ideas like forks and pins, but have never properly learned how to play. I'm looking for a ...
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Please advise which books are about strategy with explanations [duplicate]

I have many books that show openings, endplays, tactics, different puzzle to find best moves, databases with games, articles... All this stuff shows specific moves, which I have to find by myself. I ...
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How effective are theory tables?

I'm currently 1700 ELO-rated on Chess.com and I'm interested in looking to learning some advanced opening theory to make my games more interesting. I've been looking at theory tables, specifically, ...
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Does a reinforcement learning style model actually need to be combined with a search algo to produce the best moves?

I have recently been studying up on Machine Learning based chess engines and have begun to develop one of my own. I was wondering, realistically, doesn't the board technically contain all of the data ...
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Basic "mate in one move" puzzle - what am I missing?

I am extremely new to chess and have been working through some "mate in one" problems on chesspuzzles.com for practice. This one has me very confused though: The stated answer is: But why? ...
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Playing chess with a mentally demanding job?

For those with mentally demanding jobs, how do you manage to play/study chess after work? I am a software engineer and I'm deep thinking pretty much all day long at work. I feel mentally exhausted ...
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How to improve at chess by analyzing one's own games?

Analyzing one's own games can be a useful tool for improving at chess, as it allows players to identify their mistakes and learn from them. However, it can be challenging to accurately assess one's ...
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Should I switch to a different opening?

I have been using the queen's pawn game, Chigorin variation ever since I started chess. I am in my school's chess club now and my teacher tells me to use the queen's gambit instead. I know that the ...
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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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As an amateur, how to learn WHY this or that next move would be good?

I am a typical amateur in Chess, played as kid a bit with my Dad and some friends, never got really good or invested much time, but always "a bit" interested in the game, so I play from time ...
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What is the point of a5 in Sveshnikov Nd5 variation?

I am currently learning Sicilian Svenshnikov. Today, I came across a new line with Nd5 variation. First, we move a4 to kick the white knight and then play a5. I couldn't quite understand the point of ...
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References: description of what it is to learn an opening

My question is not exactly about what advice you have for me so that I can learn openings better, although that is indeed a goal of mine. My question is more about wanting to have either an abstract ...
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Is 10 minute time control too fast for me as a beginner?

Every day I usually play one or two 10+5 games for fun and to try to train my decision making. 10 minutes seems to be the recommended time control for a beginner. However, for a long time I've felt ...
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