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Questions tagged [learning]

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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Offline move trainer software

I am looking for an offline move trainer software like the one chessable has. I am currently looking at PGN's with same opening and I would like to practice these games. For instance, I am looking at ...
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How to improve my chess skill and how to study chess (considering my level) [duplicate]

This is my first question here, I hope my question is suitable for here. I play chess regularly with my friends and online on (lichess.) I haven't studied any chess books and do not use any chess ...
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Software for opening repertoire practice

I am developing an opening repertoire for white based on d4 and c4. I think this is going all right, but what I am looking for is a chess program that can exercise my repertoire knowledge. ...
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“The Art of Planning in Chess: Move by Move” by Neil McDonald review?

I am reading the "Move by Move" books and was curious if anyone had read "The Art of Planning in Chess: Move by Move" by Neil McDonald? If so, can you write a simple review on it? I currently have "...
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Dr. John Nunn vs Irving Chernev's “Logical Chess Move by Move”

I have the book "Logical Chess Move by Move" by Irving Chernev and personally I find it to be a great book especially for beginners, but I heard that GM John Nunn has really criticized the book. This ...
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Can playing blindfold chess be learned or is it a natural skill?

Any blindfold players here? Just wondering if blindfold chess is a skill that can be learned by amateurs like me or a natural skill by chess GM's, IM's, etc.
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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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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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How to improve my game

I am doing tactics 30 minutes a day, practicing end games for about 90 minutes and analyzing 1 GM annotated game a day. I can understand the logic behind why the move is played, but I can't apply it ...
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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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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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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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Is it too late for me to start professional chess?

I am 25 years old. I play online chess regularly and I am rated about 1900 on chess.com. And I recently won a local tournament. Now I want to start playing professional chess. Here are some of my ...
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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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Teaching endgame ideas to children

I am looking for some advice and pointers on teaching young kids about endgame ideas. (Say for children ~8 years old). I am asking specifically regarding my nephew, but I have seen this happen to ...
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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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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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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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Embedding chess games from PGN in markdown

How do I embed chess games from PGN files in markdown format?
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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 study a chess tactics book?

I've been playing chess for quite a while now, but I still consider myself a beginner. I play with friends most of the time. Now I want to get better so I bougth a tactics book (Yusupov: Build up your ...
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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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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 ...
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Chess software for writing books

I am currently converting some of my chess books into electronic format by manually copying the pgn and making notes. I have found lichess study and chessable courses to be useful in doing this. ...
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Website that decode chess moves?

I am a complete beginner and have started learning chess one month ago. I play online on lichess.com. I lose a lot of games which is understandable too. Many people advised me that I should analyze ...
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Who has the advantage at this point in the game?

I was playing the following game and at this point I thought black had the advantage but upon thinking about it for a little while was not sure. At this point in the game who has the advantage and by ...
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Exercises on dynamic play

I feel I learn best from solving exercises and I'm looking for a resource that focuses on "dynamic play" such as going for dynamic advantages at the expense of static/material aspects and how to treat ...
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How should a beginner improve gameplay speed?

I am a fairly low skill player and am wanting to improve my game, but I feel as though I need to gain at least a bit more speed in my decision making to make better progress. I am a fairly analytical ...
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How do I stop blundering my queen?

I have a particular bad habit when I play chess. I play reasonably well (at least by the standards of people I play with), and am quite careful with my pieces. But in about 80% of games I play, once I ...
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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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What are some good resources one may use to get better at chess? (training etc)

What are some good resources one may use to get better at chess? (training etc) i don't mind paying for a software like Chessbase or a website or any magazine subscription. Thanks.
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How to learn chess board coordinates?

I am relatively new to chess, and wonder, what is a fast (and hopefully easy) way to learn chess board coordinates, so when I am watching a video where the commentator says 'Knight F 6' ,i know to ...
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Is it possible to improve by playing mostly blitz?

Can you improve significantly in chess by playing mostly blitz (say, 3 0) games? Or will you eventually reach a wall where the only way to advance is by sitting down for lengthy periods analyzing ...
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I know my mistakes but how would I learn from them?

Learning from your mistakes is the whole point of analyzing your own games is it not? By learning from your mistakes you are able to improve but my question is once I know I played a inaccurate or bad ...
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Should aspiring chess players analyze all of their games?

Or is time better spent analyzing particular games (like a match between two masters)? In general, is it better to play more, and analyze a few of those games, or to play less, and analyze most of ...
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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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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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Best reply against the Italian Game after 3…h6 4. d4?

After 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 h6 4. d4: [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 h6 4. d4 What is the best answer to avoid pile up of opponent ...
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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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What are some good podcasts to listen to?

I'm an intermediate player, and I practice chess tactics and play regularly. I'm looking for a good podcast or two to listen too during my day. I don't care if its a podcast that discusses chess news, ...
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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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Thoughts on the Robatsch (Modern) Defense?

I heard from IM Andrew Martin that if you are unsure what to play as Black, you should play the following moves no matter what White plays (not sure I agree with him saying no matter what White plays ...
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What are the best scoring openings in chess 960

I don't play chess 960, or Fischer's chess. I've seen a lecture or two about it, but i was never interested. Last week i was a bit bored so i decided to participate in a chess tournament on chess.com,...
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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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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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Why does Stockfish website offer many apps to download?

I want to get a strong engine to practice while I'm not home. Look at: http://stockfishchess.org/download, we see a list of apps to download for the Stockfish engine. Why are there three apps to ...