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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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What should I do when I have no ideas and no strategies?

I'm really a beginner in chess, and I just know the rules. So many times in the game I have no idea what should I do. None of my pieces are in danger and I don't have any strategies. What should I do ...
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Failing to understand how to start Popeye

I am trying to run the chess solving program Popeye, but I am currently failing on how to actually start the program. I am using Windows for this. There is an English guide, and, as I far as I can ...
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Advice for breaking Lichess's 2000 rating mark

Although I have known the rules of chess since I was little, I only actually started playing it in May or June 2019, so about 6 or 7 months ago. When I started I had a Lichess classical rating of ...
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I am 1400, how do I improve my positional play? [duplicate]

My lichess puzzle rating (tactics) is around 2100, while my game rating is only around 1400, so I'm pretty sure that means my positional play is utterly trash. There aren't any positional puzzles out ...
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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 level of player is Kasparov's MasterClass suited for?

I am about 1400. I was wondering if I should pay for Kasparov's MasterClass, but I am not sure if it is worth the money. Has anyone bought this?
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Is there some resource of non-tactical positions to practice analysing?

In point 3 of this answer RemcoGerlich implies that a good way to improve, for a class player, would be to develop the skill of “[taking] any position and [figuring] out what’s going on”. It seems to ...
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Myths and conventional WhizDumb of the internet [closed]

What is good advice and what were myths and whizdumb of the internet that kept you from improving as much/fast as you could have? Play more games? NO! Focused training helps more than playing random ...
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How important is playing chess games while you are working on to improve your chess?

I am trying to improve my chess and I spend about one hour in morning doing tactics and around one and half hour in evening studying endgames. I am following this schedule for about 2 months now and ...
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Losing to low rated players

I’ve been having this problem for a while and every answer on the Internet I see is "Oh just dont be too confident.” But that’s not the issue I have as I try my hardest in all my chess games. I’m ...
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Books for beginners who have hard time understanding positions of pieces?

I'm new here and I found a book called Logical Chess by Chernev. Is this a great book to start if you are a beginner and you only know how to move pieces but not how to develop them? I'm having a hard ...
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Is it inadvisable to analyze or play long chess games on a smartphone?

I play a lot of online chess, but I am a federated player whose objective is to play well over-the-board games with 3D pieces. During my hourly tactics exercises I turn on the computer and do it in ...
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What are some games I can watch to become better in playing chess?

I have just started learning to play chess and I find it really interesting to learn. I would like to learn as much as possible in order to become a good player. I looked on Youtube, trying to find ...
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Ideas for giving chess lessons at school for differing levels of playing strength?

I have been running the chess club at the local high school, which I graduated from 40 years ago. As part of it, I have been giving free lessons. I have had several problems, and I am looking for ...
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Pros and cons of playing correspondence chess

I play correspondence daily. My reason to do it is I am weak in openings and I can survive to the middlegame because I have access to databases; and I want to learn how to survive the opening and to ...
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Where to start with a child learning chess?

From here: What is the best age to learn chess? it seems that consensus is that that kids can start learning chess at almost any age. From around 5 years old they are big enough to learn the names ...
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What are good Android apps to learn chess from scratch?

Knowing nothing but the rules of chess, I'd like to start learning a bit more. Some kind of tutorial app for my Android smartphone would be perfect as I can use it anywhere. The app should give ...
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Is online chess learning as effective as using books?

I started playing chess long before the Internet or even computers were tools that could help you learn chess. Trainer GM Arthur Yusupov believes that you should set up every position on a board, and ...
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Chess PhD topic in machine learning?

I searched this online and couldn't find sufficient answers. Is there a topic in chess that includes machine learning and would be sufficient for a PhD thesis? I was thinking of utilizing a CNN that ...
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“Chess is 90% tactics” - should a player focus more on tactics in order to improve?

The following quote has been attributed to many chess masters; "Chess is 90% tactics" - from Teichmann to Capablanca. It has also been said that 90% of the games are decided on tactics and tactics are ...
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Where should I start?

So, I am returning to chess after not playing for about 10 years. I learned the basic rules when I was in elementary school and then didn't play for a while. I am starting to get back into chess and ...
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Improving the observation skill & making less blunders

I've noticed that the most common reason for me to lose a game is not lack of knowledge but failure to observe whats happening on the board. This is specially true for rapid games but it happens in ...
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Learning to visualize the board

I have read in several sources, it's a important to be able instantly say what colour a square has or for example, if two pieces are on the same diagonal/rank/file, if their squares are given. And ...
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How to tweak a chess engine like SF to return a variation which is only slightly better than your moves?

By default, engines return the strongest variation(s) they calculate. I was wondering if there is a way to tweak an open source chess engine to show a move from their MultiPV which is slightly better ...
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What are the different training strategies for different player strengths? [closed]

What are the key training areas (Openings, Middlegames, Tactics, Strategies, Endgame, Studies, etc) and tools (books, computer engines, databases, etc) in which players of different levels of playing ...
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Strategies for dealing with chess burnout?

I am wondering if anyone else has faced chess burnout. Do you have advice? I am a novice enthusiast (~1400) but, with a wife, child, and job, do not have the opportunity to dedicate as much time to it ...
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What is the right path to be followed on Chess.com for learning Chess?

I am a beginner in Chess. I know the basics but I have very very little practice as of now and I've shortlisted Chess.com to learn and improve my game. I am yet to buy a premium subscription there ...
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How would you make a queenside pawn storm opening idea work?

I played a Lichess bullet game as Black in which I disregarded any opening theory because I just wanted to mount up a pawn storm on the queenside. Has anybody come across this idea? It seems to me ...
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Which one is more important between endgame studies and tactics?

One strong player once told me that you can improve quickly if you focus more on endgame studies than on tactics training. His reasoning was that endgame studies use a few pieces to cover most of the ...
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Tips to improve my chess

I would like to get some advice on how I can get better at chess. I know that it's a lot to ask, but I would like an analysis of what I am doing wrong and in my games. I would also like to know what ...
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Why is Russia no longer dominating the world chess championships?

USSR (Russia) used to dominate world chess but that dominance seems to have faded away; with the Russians losing both the World Chess Championships and the Olympiad. What is it that the Russians are ...
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Chess development strategy for U16 players with the aim of producing future masters on a national scale

I have a vision of producing future chess stars in a country and I am looking for tips and advice on how to go about it. What would be the best approach or programme to adopt in achieving this dream ...
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Novice - Capitalizing on players not knowing their openings?

I am a 1400-rated player currently working on my theory and understanding of openings. I am good at learning lines, much more so than others at my rating. But I'm less sure on where/how to learn the ...
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Is this KBPP vs. KR position a draw or a win with perfect play?

I played a game on Lichess today as white, and me and my opponent reached this interesting endgame position. Note: It is black’s turn currently. The board is shown from White's point of view. [Title ...
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Could playing in chess tournaments make you really good at chess?

This is essentially the same as my question https://psychology.stackexchange.com/questions/23207/could-being-given-unlimited-tries-to-correctly-answer-an-open-ended-question-be except that it's ...
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Can one improve his chess without playing online?

I have been playing chess for almost an year and I'm addicted to playing chess on Lichess. My stats there are: 2100 classical 2000 rapid 1800 blitz I feel that playing chess online ruins my life and ...
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Suggestions to improve and learn better chess [duplicate]

I am an average player of chess with chess rating of 1750 max and average around 1600. in Blitz on chess.com. I haven't read/learned about any specific openings. I just do play-lose-learn strategy. I ...
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How do you keep chess fun when your opponent constantly beats you?

How do you keep chess fun when the only person that wants to play against you beats you all the time? I am struggling to want to keep playing, because I get smashed all the time, and it is not fun ...
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What's the most efficient way to get from 2000 to 2300? [closed]

I'm a hobby chess player with a rating of about 2050 FIDE. I would like to get to 2300 in the long run, but I don't have too much time on my hands, since I'm a busy university student and I also have ...
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Knight moves which way? [duplicate]

Does the knight move two steps forward and then to left or right or does it move one step forward and then diagonally to left or right? I was taught move one square then to right or left My partner ...
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Questions about the beginning of this game

[Event "Live Chess"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2018.12.29"] [White "Leon_Likes_Chess"] [Black "SmojLee"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B47"] [WhiteElo "1625"] [BlackElo "2310"] [TimeControl "600"] [EndTime "14:...
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Why do professional chess players point at the pieces with a middle finger?

I've recently heard and then actually started to notice more and more that professional chess players tend to use a middle finger when pointing at pieces on the board like in this Anand vs Caruana ...
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Which is better in the Rossolimo Sicilian, 3… e6 or 3… g6?

[FEN ""] [StartPly "5"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 In this opening is it better to do e6 to activate the dark square bishop which will protect c5 pawn. If the opponent plays Bxc6, it will have a ...
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Would studying the games of old players hurt my progress?

I was watching a video last night by Ben Finegold on Paul Morphy and some of his games. He mentioned that some current GMs would discount Morphy's ability since all of his opponents were "terrible". ...
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What's next after first 5 months and 700 points? [closed]

I started playing chess in July. I was at a 600 rating on Chess.com for a month. I started playing seriously in August and have played regularly (at least a few blitz and rapid games everyday). ...
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Explanation of my game. Can someone explain the “why” to me?

Ok, here's a game that I won. I was playing vs someone on chess.com, and playing as black. My PGN is as follows (with comments from the analysis engine): [fen ""] 1. d4 e5 2. Nf3 {MISTAKE (-0.26) The ...
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Kasparov's Immortal: Why didn't he play 10.Qg7?

Ok, I'm looking at his game to try to improve my own. I'm "mediocre" at best, but I enjoy a good game of chess. At the end of the 9th move by both players, Kasparov has his queen on Qh6. Now, I'm ...
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How to improve on the early endgame?

The late middlegame/early endgame is by far my weakest point. I often get some kind of advantage in the opening, but then struggle to convert. I do study endgames, for example I am currently reading ...
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Am I actually playing against a 1425 rated player?

I am using Deep Shredder 13 and somewhat struggled with the engine at 1400. I then managed to defeat 1425 with great ease. The game went as follows [FEN ""] 1. d4 e6 2. Bf4 Nf6 ...
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Stuck around 2000 rating. Concrete advice for improving? [closed]

I've been stuck around the 2000 rating mark on various different online chess websites for a few years now. I seem to have hit a wall. I'm quite busy so when I do find time for chess I tend to just ...