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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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What's the most efficient way to get from 2000 to 2300? [closed]

I'm a hobby chess player with a rating of about 2050 FIDE. I would like to get to 2300 in the long run, but I don't have too much time on my hands, since I'm a busy university student and I also have ...
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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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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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Resources for annotated or commented games by level of audience

Similar questions have been asked before here or here. Still I think it would be more useful to have these resources listed by level. There is not much point for a beginner to listen to a GM ...
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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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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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Why is my tactics spidey-sense not working?

I have done over 5000 puzzles on chesstempo but still can't sense any tactics. So for the past few days I've been making a mental note each time a signal appears (loose pieces, exposed king, potential ...
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How to keep improving when missing advanced knowledge prevents finding the answer to tactical puzzles

I consider myself to be an intermediate player. I understand the tactical motifs well and can solve quite a few tactical puzzles with relative ease. I have also dedicated time at working on end games ...
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About how to win a pawn by applying pressure-Looking for examples

Is there any easy way to know you can win a pawn just by applying pressure on the opening? So, if you guys can help me with examples of winning pawns just by applying pressure on each phase, opening, ...
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Help! I cannot understand this game’s notations!

I was surfing across Tim Krabbe’s website, as I usually do on occasion, and I found his article DE KOEWEITSE ONSTERFELIJKE," a very interesting tidbit. A game of 34 moves is mentioned in the last ...
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How can someone become the greatest chess player like Magnus Carlsen? [duplicate]

How can someone become the greatest chess player like Magnus Carlsen? I have been playing chess since I was 12 years old, but still I am an average chess player. Does it take genetics to become a ...
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Studying beyond the opening?

I was watching the following video on the Ruy Lopez (Spanish Game) - Variations with 3...a6. The video is almost 1.5 hours and it pretty much goes through all variations with 3...a6. As I was going ...
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Novice - Capitalizing on players not knowing their openings?

I am a 1400-rated player currently working on my theory and understanding of openings. I am good at learning lines, much more so than others at my rating. But I'm less sure on where/how to learn the ...
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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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Where can I see the recorded chess matches?

I want to know if there is any web site that maintains the recording of the famous chess tournaments. I am not looking for the video recordings, but the recording of the moves. For eg. I am currently ...
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How do we identify opening lines?

How many opening moves are needed before we can identify that such moves fall into a particular well-known opening such as Ruy Lopez, London, kings gambit, an so on? And after such identifying moves, ...
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Opening repertoire for different levels

I wonder, is there any book or article on what openings are good and appropriate for different levels, as it's done in the 4th volume of John Watson's Mastering the Chess Openings and in this link ...
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What are some of the most instructive positional games covered in Agadmator's YouTube channel?

I am on a path to improve my chess and as of now I have phased it out to tactics endgames Tactics I can say with confidence I had good improvement in the last 8 months or so. About endgame, I kind ...
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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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What are quick and easy ways to learn, and what should i focus on

I've always loved chess, but never was really serieus about it. Lately I've picked up trying to get better and bringing up my game to a new level. I started playing online a lot and currently watching ...
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What's the difference between a USCF 1600 and 1700

What aspects are 1700 generally stronger than 1600 chess player?s I'm a 1600 chess player. I can defeat 1600 chess players, but I lose to 1700. I was wondering what makes a 1700 stronger than a 1600? ...
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How can I learn combinations without a chess book?

I would like to become better and stronger at spotting combinations. I can't buy any chess books at the moment. What's a good website for learning combinations?
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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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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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Does everybody has a different natural ability to improve in chess?

I have seen some players quickly increase their ELO within months, and some within years. Is there some genetic intelligence in those players (like someone in their family also played chess)? I ask ...
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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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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 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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How old was Judit Polgar when she learned to play chess?

I found a few publicly accessible biographies of Judit Polgar, including details of her early life. According to the biography on Judit’s website, she was 9 when she first won an international chess ...
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Play against a computer, but only with a few pieces and without the kings

I would like to practise playing chess against an chess engine/program, but only with a few pieces, without the kings. For example, 3 pawns against one knight. Does exist any chess engine/program ...
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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 there a method or tip to best memorize current enemy pieces' movements?

I have started to play Chess again after a few years. It is not difficult to reproduce an opening or sticking with a plan during the middlegame, but the most difficult to me is to keep track of enemy ...
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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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What is the right path to be followed on Chess.com for learning Chess?

I am a beginner in Chess. I know the basics but I have very very little practice as of now and I've shortlisted Chess.com to learn and improve my game. I am yet to buy a premium subscription there ...
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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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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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Which steps were blunders and inconsistencies?

This is the pgn of the game. The engine said that white made a blunder and some inconsistencies. But I can't spot them. Can you help me to find them? [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bc4 f5 4. Nc3 f4 5....
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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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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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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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Is there any method to determine if the weaker side in KQPKQ has a perpetual check?

Is there any possibility to check, without the use of the tablebases, if a position in the endgame queen+pawn vs queen (KQPKQ) allows a perpetual check for the weaker side?
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Chess As It Relates To Elaborate Endgame Strategies [closed]

Not sure if this is relevant to chess, so please redirect if necessary. But I figured I would get the best chess-based response here. How would one apply the principles of chess to everyday life? ...
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A Really Good Site

Do you guys know some site that is really good, well organised, with video lectures for learning general concepts of chess like openings, middle-game, end-games, tactics, and, furthermore, for free? ...
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What openings were former and current masters experts in? [closed]

In referencing the following article, it is stated that one way to efficiently learn new openings is to study masters that were experts at the particular opening you want to study. Part of the ...
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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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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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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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understanding evaluation function

I am developing a chess program. And have made use of an alpha beta algorithm and a static evaluation function. I have successfully implemented both but I want to improve the evaluation function by ...
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What are some solid attacks in chess?

By solid attacks, I mean, attacks that have been tested over time. They don't necessarily have to be used at the top-level. I will give an example of what I am looking for: The Fried Liver Attack ...
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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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