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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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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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How can I make a chess exhibition exciting for 'laypeople'?

I've been asked recently to try to put on a few chess exhibitions for some local kids and their parents in a mostly urban setting, and one thing that I'm keenly aware of is the basic 'uncoolness' that ...
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En passant for beginners

When I started playing chess, I learned many of the rules of chess on my own. I was playing chess online, and then I realised that pawns can capture in such a fashion. At first, it was weird to me. ...
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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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Which chess opening to learn?

I decided to start learning some opening theory, so far I have only played online and studied a couple of end games. Seems that a correct approach might be to chose one opening for white and two for ...
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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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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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Getting better at OTB chess

I live in a small town where there had been a total of 2 tournaments during last 5 years and 0 chess clubs, hence I have almost nil experience playing OTB chess. But sometimes I set up a board and ...
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Improving your chess without access to OTB tournaments

Due to the Coronavirus, all chess tournaments and activities have been canceled in my area. At the same time, I've got a lot of time on my hands right now and would like to work on my chess. I have ...
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I blunder too much on wooden sets?

I have played 99% of my games online, I have seen and learn almost everything related to chess with the fonts Alpha or Mérida, either through diagrams or games, etc . However, when I play with actual ...
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Tools for helping to learn openings by heart

Is there any tool that can help us learn openings by heart? I tried to use Fritz but without success.
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How to learn to play blind

Is there a standard way to learn to play blind? How should one go about becoming better at blind chess? Should it come "natural" to a player at some point? I am interested in knowing if it ...
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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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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 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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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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Is opposite side castling an advantage?

I usually work things out as I go along. I don't know any openings and tend to improvise the opening and the middlegame. For a player like me, is opposite castling a good or a bad choice? I took a ...
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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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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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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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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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What is the earliest possible age to start teaching children how to play chess?

My daughter is 4 years old, and she plays checkers very well for her age. She asked me if she can learn how to play chess too. So I am interested in what is the best age to start teaching her. Is it ...
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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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How can I make chess interesting and fun for beginners and doubters?

I love playing chess, but I find that it is difficult to find people who are willing to commit time to play games with me. I'm not a great player (I've never memorized moves or openings) but I have ...
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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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How to recover from a blunder?

I have been in a situation where I have not been paying attention and suddenly I move my queen to an unprotected square and it is taken. My initial thought is: Oh $*%! :) But if the blunder is ...
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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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What are the official rules if your opponent makes an illegal move?

I heard that they lose some time or that they lose the game. I'm not sure what happens.
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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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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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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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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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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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What is the best automatic chess playing app for a beginning level player?

I play chess very infrequently. Whenever I restart, I take a bit of time to get up to speed. Which chess playing apps are best for a beginner? I would prefer apps that scale up in diifficulty ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why do titled players always play online (blitz) speed chess?

If you have been to an online chess server, you will notice that almost all titled players always play quick games (3 0) at a max. On the other hand, if you go to tournaments, it needs cool thinking ...
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Why didn't the Black rook capture the White bishop?

I am a total newbie in chess. I was playing with an ~intermidiate computer~ as White and made a pretty stupid mistake by playing Bf4. I waved the bishop goodbye, yet Black's rook did not capture it. ...

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