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Does opening preparation contribute a lot in winning games?

It is often said that Opening preparation is considered one of the most vital things a chess player needs to learn when they start getting better(above 2000 elo). Many chess players are known for ...
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Does chess intuition take over when you can't see all of the moves ahead? What does chess intuition look like?

This is a broad question about intuition and chess. I imagine that there is a limit to how far ahead even the best chess masters can see into the future, and how far they can stretch their memory. ...
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Computerized Chess games Analysis

I am looking for the ultimate chess game analysis tool I used lucas chess which is great but lack some details, I also tried creatica https://chessgame-analyzer.creatica.org/ which is good also but ...
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Does Story Time Chess work to teach young players the game?

Story Time Chess claims that it will teach young children to play the game, and - with some add on workbooks - to improve. I have a pre-school relative who I would like to help learn to play, but I ...
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Explanation of Hard Puzzle #34

Wikipedia defines a chess tactic as: In chess, a tactic refers to a sequence of moves that limits the opponent's options and may result in tangible gain. I'm having a hard time understanding a ...
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How to improve at calculation and visualisation?

My Lichess rapid rating is around 2100 and I'm quickly realising how poor my visualisation skills are, causing my calculation to be horrible even just two or three moves deep. I have worked on The ...
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Making my own chess engine for a college project

I'm starting my college project to build my own chess engine. The problem is that I have no clue where to start or what to read. I found videos on YouTube but I don't want to be a copycat. I want to ...
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Collection of short endgame rules

Are there any resources with a list of short endgame facts and rules ? For instance : "2 connected pawns on the 6th rank always win against a rook" , "rook's pawn results often in a ...
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Does learning chess make you smarter?

I noticed that a lot of chess experts state or imply that teaching kids to play chess is good for them. I wonder if there have been any reliable studies of this (As in, randomized controlled trials)? ...
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How do I overcome chess anxiety?

I love this game! It's beautiful! I love watching it on twitch, youtube, etc. I love reading about openings, learning tactics, and solving puzzles. However, I get so tense and anxious when I play. It ...
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What's the limit to how much someone can improve without hiring a chess coach? [closed]

I'm about 2000 on Lichess and I'm wondering how much farther I will be able to get without the help of a chess coach. I feel like you can only get so far with the help of a chess engine's analysis, ...
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Why hasn't the rating of full-time chess streamers improved?

Analyzing the five titled players from this question: Anna Cramling's rating appears not to have budged in the last year, presumably because of COVID. Andrew Tang's rating appears not to have changed ...
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What is a pawn hook?

On my question (Why is 11. .. h6 such a bad move?) someone commented that I should read about the concepts of hooks. One definition that I found was: A hook is an advanced pawn which can be exploited ...
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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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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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Is Whale Variation a successful opening?

I am an early, intermediate in chess. I played the Whale Variation and won some games as White. But there is an issue when Black moves their knight to d4. I have a problem with it. Is the Whale ...
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Identifying principles and thought processes to use in locating a +3.2 or similar move

[Title "indrekaavik-Swifty15, chess.com, 5/3/2021"] [FEN ""] [startply "29"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. h3 c5 6. c4 Nc6 7. cxd5 exd5 8. Bb5 Qa5+ 9. Nc3 ...
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Intuitive play vs learning strategies

When I first 'learned' chess, it was just the moves of each piece and then I started playing. I had no plan at all other than just moving pieces and trying to take from my opponent and protecting ...
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How to understand inaccuracy in chess? [closed]

Mistake and blunder are easy to understand but inaccuracy is so different, i don't have deep chess understanding to see why
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What is White's main plan in Sicilian Keres variation?

I want to learn a new opening in the Sicilian defense called the Keres variation. What is White's main plan here? [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Ne2
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Why reaching expert level is hard? [closed]

I was looking at the rating chart of Magnus Carlsen here's what I found: He learned chess at age of five(1995), On April 2001 his rating was 2064.Which means it took the best player in the world 6 ...
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Why does the engine tell me to sacrifice a queen for bishop after a failed Scholar's mate?

I am a beginner. Recently I have looked at the computer-generated analysis of one of my games and I found a surprising recommendation. Why is it best to sacrifice my Queen in this situation, as the ...
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Is there some online chess board where you can teach a kid how to play?

A family friend wants to teach her grandchild how to play chess. The problem is that, due to the pandemic, they live apart from each other, so she has to do this online. Is there some website where ...
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Why is ...d5 the best move for Black?

I am learning chess and came across this position. Stockfish 11+ HCE (Depth 32/99) and Stockfish 13 (Depth 31/47) both says ...d5 is the best move for Black. But the next move is exd6 e.p., leaving ...
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What does this algebraic notation expression mean?

What does this algebraic notation expression mean? exd5 There is no such notation as x. There is only a, b, c, d, e, f, g, and h. I don't know how this algebraic notation works.
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What does an equal odds game look like for a GM vs an engine?

This question began an interesting discussion on handicaps for engines that play against GMs: Engine-invented variations/hypotheticals This led me to wonder, are there differences in handicaps in ...
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Does anybody knows about how the Polgar sisters were trained?

I know they did a lot of hardwork and stuff like that but i just want to know what exactly process did they went through(books,how did they practice,etc),is there any biography on them?cause I just ...
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Engine-invented variations/hypotheticals

After watching a few alphaZero vs stockfish games, I was very intrigued. Clearly, engines can play at a different kind of level, but for the most part the openings seem pretty meta. Nothing extremely ...
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What is meant by openings with lot of theory versus those with little or none?

I just started playing chess one week ago. I've done a bit of reading but can't find anything that explains what is meant by openings with a lot of theory versus ones with a little or no theory. Can ...
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Overcoming severe time troubles

I started playing chess 2 years ago and ever since I started, I have experienced consistent time troubles. Recently, I gathered some data from my 40 most recent rapid 10+0 games, and concluded that I ...
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Should I study players or specific games?

I'm a relatively new player (1400 on chess.com, best game I won OTB was against a 1800) and I finished going through a tactics book. I still do tactics puzzles almost every day, but I realized I don't ...
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What is the next best move for white?

Is there a possibility that white can win this game as long as both players are playing the best of their game? What should be the next move for white to play if white wants to win the game? avoid ...
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Website or program that creates puzzles from blunders in your past games

I'm looking for a website or program that would look at your past games on Lichess or chess.com and find moves that you played that were blunders and create puzzles around those
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How do you analyze master games without annotations?

I am starting to analyze master games more often because I never really do. But I play openings most masters don't and most games with these openings don't have many annotated games. So, how do you ...
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What's the idea behind delaying capturing the rook (25...Rd2) in Hug–Spassky (1973)?

I've been studying a series of games featuring the King's Indian Attack and in Hug–Spassky (1973)[1], I don't understand why White delays capturing the rook after 25...Rd2. Why play 26. Nd3? Is White ...
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Why is exchanging these knights the best move for white?

Why is exchanging these knights the best move for white? I'm trying to understand how to get better with strategy and tactics.
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Does it change anything to play blindfold chess for a "good" chess player? [closed]

It's been a long time since I wanted to ask this question to a professional player but as I don't know any, I thought maybe this was the right place to ask: Does it change anything to play blindfold ...
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How could I have prevented this long drawn out game?

Consider the following game. I am black. [FEN ""] 1. e4 g6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 e6 4. Nf3 b6 5. Nc3 Bb7 6. Bg5 Be7 7. h4 Nc6 8. Bd3 Qd7 9. Qd2 O-O-O 10. Nb5 f6 11. exf6 Bxf6 12. a4 h6 13. Bxf6 ...
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Do grandmasters think on every move?

While watching Hikaru's Streams/YouTube (GM Chess Twitch Streamer), he's no doubt extremely impressive when it comes to recognizing patterns that win him material and forced mates in like 7+ moves. ...
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What chess openings should I play If I am an offensive and aggressive chess player? [duplicate]

What chess books should I read If I am an offensive player? I have read a few chess books and they usually are opening books and I'm quite not sure on which openings I should play. Currently, I play ...
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Why is 1.e4 e5 2.d4 Qh4 a blunder?

In Lichess, this sequence is rated as a blunder. However, black can take the pawn afterwards without white being able to prevent it (3.Nf3 Qxe4), so it seems like a good move to me. Furthermore, if ...
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Why is this a better move?

Playing on chess.com against the first advanced bot, "Antonio", I've lost a game and looked at the analysis. The following is the state of the game not far from the beginning, where I had ...
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Chess training to get to 2000 rating [closed]

I have been playing chess (sometimes a lot, sometimes none) for a very long time. I want to become an international master in 4 years, or have a rating of 2000. I am 15 right now and have a rating of ...
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Puzzle rush vs. Puzzles

I'm wondering what would be, in terms of efficient fast improvement, the best training module between puzzle rush (fast calculation and pattern recognition strengthening) and traditional timeless ...
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Sites to understand errors

There are several sites where one can analyse his/her game. I often use lichess at the end of a game to see where I made mistakes. What I miss, though, is some kind of explanation of why a certain ...
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Equalizing ratings across rapid, blitz and bullet?

I've been noticing that whenever I play rapid games at my current 2050 Lichess Elo my opponents are also between 1900-2100 blitz and sometimes their bullet rating is also sufficiently equal to their ...
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What are some of the best free puzzle rush apps?

I'm looking for a puzzle rush app that's free and does not require a subscription. I tried using the Chess.com app, but there's a limit on the number of times you can play in a day.
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Resources to study benchmark opening positions, or "ideal setups"

I noticed that strong players often discuss openings in the following terms: "this is an ideal setup in this opening", or "this play in opening X is bad because all you get is a worse ...
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How can I improve after 10+ years of chess?

I've played chess for almost 13 years now (I'm 23), and I don't know how to improve my game level. I'm rated ~1400 FIDE, and have never been higher. I'm also ~1300 on chess.com after 700 games, and ...
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What do we know about how to get better at chess? [closed]

When players here ask about getting better, there are frequent suggestions like "solve more puzzles", "study endgames", "read books", etc. But what do we know from a ...
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