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Best GPU based chess engine for my hardware? Specs: i5 14600KF, rx 7600, 16 gigs of DDR5 ram

I've been wanting to use a chess engine for analysis to push myself to the next level as I'm coming back from a long chess hiatus. I have tried using Stockfish, but I want a chess engine with nasty ...
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Is there a chess engine that always responds with the same move to a given position?

Playing against the computer I’d like to be able to go back and try different moves to see how they effect the game, however each time I go back again and repeat my previous positions the computer ...
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Why is this position winning for black?

[fen "r3kbnr/ppp2ppp/2n1p3/5q2/2B5/8/PPPP1P1P/R1BQK1NR w KQkq - 0 8"] White to move. I was analyzing one of my games and saw this variation. Why is this position winning for black ...
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Strategies specific to bullet chess

I have reached 2200 bullet on Lichess, and want to start preparing chess specifically to get better at bullet. Just like chess as a whole has strategies and techniques to learn, I wanted to know what ...
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Where can one find a complete chess curriculum?

Has anyone ever produced a complete chess curriculum? E.g., with textbooks, learning objectives, comprehensive syllabus, test bank, quizzes, etc.
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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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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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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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Why do some common openings move a pawn in front a bishop prior to moving the king's or queen's pawn?

I've seen several people do this and assumed it was a beginner's mistake (since I'm a beginner myself and I play on the chess.com app usually only against other players within 25 points of my rating), ...
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As a beginner, should I concern myself with pawn structure during opening, or just focus on developing my knights and bishops and winning time?

If a makes a difference, I usually open with the King's pawn (or, if I'm playing black and my opponent starts with the Queen's pawn, I'll usually counter with the Queen's pawn as well, since I don't ...
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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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Is Whale Variation a successful opening?

I am an early, intermediate in chess. I played the Whale Variation (1.e4 e5 2.c4) 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 ...
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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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How large can a rating difference become before either player realizes it's not worth engaging in a game?

I think the relationship changes as rankings increase. For example, players with ratings lower than 1000 might be able to play all other players in that range and still enjoy themselves, but if a sub-...
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Where can I find free training tools like detailed annotated chess openings, middle games and endgames in the PGN format?

I have decided to study chess after playing it leisurely for a while. I looked at some online chess courses like the ones offered by Igor Smirnov at the Remote Chess Academy, but these options seem to ...
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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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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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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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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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Is it too late for me to get into competitive chess?

I am 24 years old, and only recently got my interest in chess back. I used to play it on and off as a child, but never took it seriously. Is it too late for me to start playing competitively? I'm not ...
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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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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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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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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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Struggling to improve past beginner level

I am a beginner skill level chess player who has been playing primarily against computers.. well on my Samsung, and Google apps for about a year regularly, but have played now and again my whole life (...
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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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Is it possible to get a professional degree in chess?

I am a software engineer by profession, and a chess enthusiast (around 1600 rated). I would like to know is there any professional university certified course like Masters etc. in chess? Can someone ...
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What are the middle game principles?

What are the middle game principles? I have already seen numerous principles regarding the opening and ending, but not the middle.
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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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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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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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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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Learning chess theory

I have played a lot of chess in my childhood. And I'm quite a decent player as well. However I stopped playing for few years now. Only after I realized that there are lot of opening/middle/closing ...
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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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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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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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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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ChessKid or an adult chess site for a 15-year-old?

Coincidentally, a month, or two, before the COVID-19 started spreading across the United States, and schools closed anyway, I had already started homeschooling my 15-year-old daughter. She had never ...
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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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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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Bughouse chess strategies

Are there any nice strategies for Bughouse? I wish for advice on opening and how to win. I have not found anything good on the web.
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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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How do I learn to understand the middlegame?

I am trying to train tactics as well as my general understanding of the beginning/middlegame. I spent a good bit of time understanding endgames, per chessmaster recommendations and those I can ...
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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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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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Is this a good site for learning to play chess?

Is this a good website for a mature adult who picks up new topics quickly to self-teach chess?
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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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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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