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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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Potential Rating Gain if Only 20 OTB Games Per Year

Context: I'm returning to the game after more than 25 years away! I only got back into it because my 8-year old son joined his elementary school chess club. They all got accounts to chesskid.com. ...
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How are the scores decided in Chess?

Consider the following pictures: I would like to understand the following: My understanding is that it depends on the opponent's move against our move. Am I right? What is the minimum and maximum ...
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Online chess lectures for kids

What are sites to learn for kids. Especially, video lectures. The lectures should be simpler to understand.
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Not knowing what moves to make and feeling lost all the time

My tactics and calculation abilities are fairly decent since I practice chess puzzles a lot, but I seem to be lacking in other areas. I always feel uncomfortable in a lot of chess games even though I'...
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Which elements of chess are best to focus on for extended “crash course” learning?

I want to spend between 1-2 hours/week practicing chess. I know that my skill will be severely limited by the time constraint. However, within this time constraint, where would my time be best spent? ...
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Consistently playing moves below my potential

Basically: I make blunders. The most disgusting, reprehensible, indefensible mistakes that I would've discarded had even one neuron in my brain noticed it before I moved. I know everyone experiences ...
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ECO D00 Game for Analysis

After long time, I had played ECO D00,- 1.d4 d5 2.e3 . As my precision lags, I was not yet well with Queens Gambit Accepted or Declined variation. For this position 1.d4 d5 2.e3 my Android Chess.com ...
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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 ...
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Method to study chess puzzles way above your level

I have a collection of middle-game chess puzzles classified in levels. I can solve most puzzles in the first level after a few minutes, and some of the puzzles in level 2. But for higher levels there ...
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Why does black not move Queen here?

in this board, after Nf5 as indicated, why does stockfish suggest the best move is king-knight e7? Surely it would be better to save the Q to h7 towards the check-mate on h2 (white knight blocks the ...
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Horde Chess Guide? [closed]

I have recently discovered Horde Chess on lichess.org and was wondering if there is somewhere a online guide on some openings or on some general tactic? I'm really a beginner in general chess itself ...
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Please analyze my game

Here is a recent game I played and I know it is bad, but wanted some input on ways to improve. [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.f4 Nc6 3.Nf3 d6 4.d4 Bg4 5.h3 Bxf3 6.Qxf3 Nf6 7.Bc4 Qd7 8.f5 Nxd4 9.Qd3 b5 10.Bb3 h5 ...
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Has anyone used the Anki decks to learn tactics?

I'm trying to learn how to build a deck in Anki so that I can improve my play by creating positions that I need to learn and by improving tactics. I'm looking for a guide on that process.
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Advantages in chess game

I want to know how I can get advantages in a chess game and what the different types of advantages are, e.g. space and positional advantages?
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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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Chess endings progress story

There are lots of questions asked here about best books about endings or which types of endings are important at the beginning. I have another question - how do you benefit from learning endings? E.g....
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How should I prevent the quality of my game from declining?

So, I was a very good player 4 years ago and then due to academic commitments I had to discontinue playing chess. Now, I want to start again but I seem to have lost the old skills and it seems that ...
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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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Novice Kid Play and Declaring Winners when Recess is Over

Children at my school have become very interested in playing chess during morning break and in before/after care. However, they only have a limited amount of time to play and must clean up...so, they ...
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Is it too late to be a chess grandmaster at age 14?

I'm 14 and I started playing chess from 7 or 8 years ago, but now, I didn't think about being a grandmaster. So what should I do? Should I quit?
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How to learn an opening

I'm a ~2100 Elo rated player at the moment, and lately I've been wondering about the best general way of learning openings, and eventually mastering them in some sense. Note that this question is not ...
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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 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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How do I get better with my strategy?

I don't know how to beat my grandpa, he's really good and I don't know if he's beatable. He's hardcore when it comes to chess.
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Which of these two endgame books?

I am a beginner (approximately 1400) seeking to improve my endgame technique. Which one of these books would you recommend as suitable for my strength and why? 100 Endgames you must know by Jesus de ...
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Steely, grim perseverance in the face of certain destruction

@JoshuaBakker has made an interesting comment: Why would you want [weaker competition]? For learning it's better to play against decent players.... But is it? I believe that such advice used to ...
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How does analyzing help me improve?

This has been really frustrating for me since I don't get it. When I go through my games I spot errors and simply find better moves but then that's it. I just don't understand how this improves your ...
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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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What is this battleship-style chess variant called?

So I've recently built and published a chess app, targeted at club chess player (like myself). The goal of the app is to educate and make chess more accessible. I'm working on an update. One of the ...
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How to become a professional who plays chess? [duplicate]

Currently, I am a good player of chess, I am a member of sites like chess.com and ChessCube.com and in Chess Online (Android application). Since I am a working professional, I could not spend much ...
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Are there any Linux GUIs that can be controlled via command line?

I'm looking for a GUI that I can control via the terminal. Something where I can input a series of moves into the terminal, such as: > e4 > e5 > Nf3 ...and have the GUI update the board ...
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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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How to decide what openings to stick with?

I've come to the conclusion that I'm at the point where it would be better for me to stick with a handful of openings I can know well as oppose to how I would normally just play quite a large range of ...
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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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Chess knowledge and understanding [duplicate]

I am not a beginner, but I am absolutely not a practicing chess player, although I would like for that to change. I am inquiring about which direction I should take in advancing my abilities and ...
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What is the best way to document and archive my past games?

I am looking for more sophisticated solutions for documenting, archiving and analysing my past games. Right now I have a folder filled with PGN files. What systems have proved to work well?
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Chess engines as similar to A.I

Are there any chess engines that can adapt and 'learn' how to play better with an opponent? One with certain system parameters that can be adjusted while playing so the computer can 'respond' better ...
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Engines like Arena

So i have implemented an intelligent chess agent using reinforcement learning. For the training part of the agent, i want to play as many games as possible. I am aware of three options: Self playing,...
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Is it important to have chess as part of the education in schools? [duplicate]

Some countries like Russia have chess as school matter. I was wondering if it could be as important as the other topics of a normal curriculum, considering that the importance of disciplines is the ...
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What's the best way for someone to use their time with a chess coach?

Let's say you have a 2 hour session. What questions would the serious player studying with a chess coach ask? Could you provide some examples?
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How do I raise my tactic trainer rating to 2300?

I'm currently a 1600 USCF with a tactic rating on chesstempo.com of high 1600. My chess.com tactic rating is 1600 as well. Though my best tactic rating has been high 1700 on chesstempo.com. The ...
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Highly inconsistent playing level

I have a very inconsistent playing level, which is very strange to me. Sometimes I'd make an almost-brilliant move (usually a tactical sacrifice, which once made an IM stare at me with awe) and other ...
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Kasparov quote reference

Kasparov apparently said: By strictly observing Botvinnik's rule regarding the thorough analysis of one's own games, with the years I have come to realize that this provides the foundation for ...
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Getting better at chess

Can anyone recommend some type of training schedule that I can use to get better? I'm rated around 1445 and it just seems like I should be much better. If you have a schedule that worked for you maybe ...
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Can watching grandmasters' games improve my chess 'thinking'?

Can my chess "thinking" (positional, tactical, strategic thinking, etc.) improve by watching grandmasters' games regularly? Of course, this is in addition to regular games/tactics solving etc. As an ...
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How do people use chess software to improve their practical skills?

I'm currently using chesstempo to get better at tactics, reading books on strategy, analyzing grandmasters' games, etc. My current rating is around 1800 and I am planning to gain 200-300 points ...
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How do I make my opening reportorie stronger, specifically my Grand Prix Attack against high level competition?

I saw the DVD Killer Grand Prix Attack from GM Gawain Jones. This helped a lot. However, I have some trouble with some concepts against 2 ...e6 lines. According to the DVD the second plan of the Grand ...
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How would you evaluate this king and pawn endgame for white, and what's the best book to study King and pawn endgames?

I would like to learn more tricks and ideas behind these complicated endgames. For example, here is a game I played where I got into one (I was playing white). [fen ""] [Startply "83"] 1. e4 e6 2. ...
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How do I seriously analyze my tournament games and become stronger doing so?

I'm a Class B, but I would like to reach Master Class one day. I been playing a lot of OTB games recently, and I would like to spend time studying my weaknesses. My coach noted some major weaknesses ...
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What kind of training should a Class B do for a year, if he or she wants to defeat a 2100 player? [duplicate]

There's an Expert Class that I specifically want to have a good game with or defeat. Though I always get destroyed badly in blitz. What can a Class B do in year to become strong enough to have a ...

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