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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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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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How can one become a very good chess player without studying chess or openings?

I heard that Capablanca never liked to bother with openings, would never study chess or read books. Despite all this, he became world champion. Is this an exception to the rule? Have times changed ...
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How can I identify Zugzwang opportunities?

How can I identify Zugzwang opportunities, not only for myself, but for my opponent. Often times, I run into Zugzwang, whether it is for my benefit or not, by accident. Is this just a matter of ...
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What are techniques to improve the number of moves thought through in advance?

I read somewhere that on average a GM can think up to 10-15 moves ahead in tactical positions. Is there any specific technique to improve this depth? Please do not provide a generic answer on how ...
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Chess problem - don't understand the solution

Black to move: [fen "4rbk1/pp3pp1/1nq4p/8/1PP5/P3N1P1/Q2BrP1P/3R1RK1 b - - 0 1"] I've tried to solve this chess problem - black to move, find the best move. I couldn't work it out so I checked the ...
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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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Deep Rybka vs Deep Fritz vs Houdini vs (other), which one to buy?

I want to invest my hard-earned money to buy a chess engine which can help me to: analyze games easily experiment with different opening repertoire strategical analysis positional play I don't ...
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What's the best time control to play online in order to improve?

I am an amateur, 33 years old, never took chess lessons, never played in a tournament. Last year I rediscovered chess and I am trying to improve as much as possible by reading books, watching videos ...
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How can I generate legal random chess setups?

Is there a free online website that attempts to generate "legal" random chess setups X amount of moves into the game?
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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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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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Improving the endgame: Principles

I find I am weakest in the endgame, which is arguably the most important part of chess. Usually when I reach the endgame I have an advantage, often a pawn or a "winning" pawn formation, but I am not ...
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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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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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Practical study for a former player?

I played quite often in the mid 80's to mid 90's. My highest rating OTB was low 1300's (Edited, I had thought I reached 1415, but not according to USCF site-although that doesn't include my high ...
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If I accidentally knock over a rook with my elbow while reaching for another piece, do I have to move the rook?

According to the official FIDE rules for otb games, does the above description warrant the touch move rule?
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What is accepted and declined in chess moves?

I'm very beginner in chess. I was just going through some of the opening moves like King's gambit,Budapest gambit,Queen's gambit. I encountered things like Queen's gambit Accepted or Declined kind of ...
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Is it legal to use a chess database in correspondence chess?

Someone told me that you can use a chess database for correspondence chess, but this seems a little like cheating. Does anyone has some information on this subject.
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Can playing blindfold improve playing non-blindfold?

If I play blindfolded or don't look at the board and just visualize the board, pieces and position in my head, can this improve my regular style of play (physically looking at a board). Is there any ...
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How to get to 2000 ELO rating

I'm a 1800 chess player. I know pretty much all the basics in every fields of the game. I know the main lines of openings, I know tactics, I know end game. Average in all of it (=1800 player). I ...
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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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Can you improve in chess subconsciously, over time?

Years ago, I was a bullet-chess (1 min. games) addict. I played daily and often. Then I stopped for about 4 years (and played off-and-on). My rating was mediocre - around 1400 on Yahoo Chess. ...
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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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Why is 4…e5 not popular in the Smith-Morra Gambit?

When I encounter the Sicilian as White, I often will play the Smith-Morra Gambit. My opponent played 4...e5, but this does not appear to be a very popular move as there are only 2 games on www....
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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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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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Must a player play tactical openings to learn tactics?

As has been said, Chess in 99% tactics/calculation. So, if a player is aiming to increase his tactical abilities should he play tactical openings like the King's Gambit, or can he play something ...
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How much time should be spent on learning an opening?

I know this can be a subjective question depending on the opening, but in general, should on spend time on a few openings at once or should one concentrate on one opening for a while and play it every ...
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Worrying inconsistency in playing strength

I recently found time to make a study plan and improve my playing strength. Using this plan, I was able to achieve a 1900 average rating on online chess sites. Since a couple of days, I have in a ...
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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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Scotch Opening - How to play

Does anybody have some indication of a book, site, video, etc,, which explores this variation of Scotch Opening for Black? [fen ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Bc5 5.Be3 Qf6 6.c3 I have ...
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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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What to consider before making a move?

What questions do you ask yourself before making a move? Do you have a mental check-list that you go through before deciding on which move is the best move in the current position? The move does not ...
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Is there any website that generates and hosts board position with PGN as input?

Is there any website out there that takes PGN input and generates and hosts board positions (To show as image in the question or answer), till the time we get something like this done on this website ...
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Game analysis: What would motivate a human player to sacrifice White Knight at move 10 in this game?

I am a beginner player (rating on Lichess.org around 1550). While analyzing one of my own games (pasted below), Stockfish calculated that a Knight sacrifice at 10th move is a good idea. I tried ...
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Viewing the board from the other side

I have seen a few players going to the opponent's side of the board and then observing the position from that view. They usually do it when it is the opponent's move. Does it really help in ...
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Should I practice openings of a famous player if I want to play like them?

I have always liked the way Mikhail Tal played and I noticed on chessgames.com, that his most played openings are: As White: Sicilian (B46, B43, B82, B32, B40) Ruy Lopez (C92, C95, C93, C96, C84) ...
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How are the “Classes” - A, B, or C, players defined?

On this website, the following ratings are given: 1200-1399 = 'D' player - usually a beginner 1400-1599 = 'C' player - average club or tournament player, most people can achieve this level if ...
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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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How should White continue after Nxb4 in the Evans Gambit?

Recently I have been playing the Evans Gambit as many times as I can and for the most part, black plays 4...Bxb4, but someone played 4...Nxb4 and I wasn't sure how to continue. After the following ...
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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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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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When and why should I move the pawns in front of a castled/non-castled King?

I have always struggled with this and I believe there is some rule that someone defined at some point, but I am not sure who (Maybe it was Steinitz). When and why should I move my pawns in front of ...
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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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What is most important for improving chess skills? [closed]

There's a lot of advice out there about how to improve your chess skills, some say, study openings, others say practice is more important that theoretical knowledge. I'm aware that the advice depends ...
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How to write out analysis of a game?

I have read that one exercise to improve one's analysis/thinking skills is to set up a position, then write out and evaluate all the variations that could take place. Or write out analysis of one's ...
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Struggling to improve past intermediate level

I have been playing a lot of chess recently after not having played much in the last few years. My rating (sorry, I don't know which rating systems) on most chess websites and so on tends to sit ...
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Which free chess (learning) programme would you recommend?

I sadly do not have the time for a paid engagement regarding chess, yet I would like to use a good (learning) programme in my spare time. I used an old programme from my grandfather, but it doesn't ...
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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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