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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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Chess Tutorials for Beginners

I am a chess beginner but I have been playing the game for many years without being very serious about it. I would like to improve a bit now though but I am having difficulty with many of the sites.......
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How can I play?

Can someone please just tell me how all of the pieces move? I always get the castles and the priests mixed up, but I know one of them makes an "L" or a backwards "L". Thank you for your underatanding.
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How to start learning chess? [duplicate]

I have always wanted to learn how to play chess, but I don't know how to start. I downloaded chess apps on my smartphone and PC but I didn't learn anything. I also contacted some local chess clubs to ...
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Why would black resign in this situation?

I was playing online with someone I do not know that is considerably better than me. I am still somewhat new and I can't figure out why they would resign after castling. What am I missing? [fen ""] 1....
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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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What is the probability that an exchange sacrifice leads to a win?

I seem to win a lot of games when I sac a rook for a bishop or a knight. Is this just me, or do exchange sacrifices often lead to a win? I realize that any fool or noob can go overboard and do it all ...
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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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Question about four digits appearing next to move

As new to this as you could get i think. Could you explain the four digit numbers that appear next to what i guess you call annotations. I would either think it should go for the highest or the lowest ...
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How can I use stockfish to find good moves, instead of just bad moves?

After playing on lichess.org I have been reviewing my games as follows: Ask for a computer evaluation (Stockfish) Look at the graph and investigate any wild swings in computer analysis Try to ...
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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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Why is Russia no longer dominating the world chess championships?

USSR (Russia) used to dominate world chess but that dominance seems to have faded away; with the Russians losing both the World Chess Championships and the Olympiad. What is it that the Russians are ...
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Is this a trap?

So I have a game board as follows where my opponent moved their bishop to be openly captured by my queen. Is there any reason for me to not take the bishop? I can’t foresee any immediate counter ...
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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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Failing to understand how to start Popeye

I am trying to run the chess solving program Popeye, but I am failing to understand how to start the program on Windows. There is an English guide, and this is all of what is tells you to do: ...
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What are the middle game principles?

What are the middle game principles? I have already seen numerous principles regarding the opening and ending, but not the middle.
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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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Chess Psychology

I have a friend who is an improving chess player. He wants to progress in his game. The problem with him is that he plays really good with much stronger opponents but, often lose many games ...
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Tips to improve my chess

I would like to get some advice on how I can get better at chess. I know that it's a lot to ask, but I would like an analysis of what I am doing wrong and in my games. I would also like to know what ...
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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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ELO rating and experience

I was looking at many players' ELO over time graphs and noticed something interesting. Usually players stay in the same 200-300 bracket through very long periods of time (I'm talking decades here) ...
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Fastest Way to Amass Experience

I want to amass as much Chess experience as I can, by playing several games against my phone/laptop AI.     I'm not a good player, and would estimate my ELO is <1500.     I am ...
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Learning steps of a non-professional or play-for-fun player

Let's say I already know the rules of the games. What would be the next thing I should focus on? And then? Learning the most common openings? Unbalances? I learned to play chess as a kid, played once ...
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How do I find people to play chess with me through correspondence?

I really would like to play chess, nevertheless, I do not have access to physical chess players. My question is, how do I find people to play chess with me by email? I have not been successful in ...
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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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Learning chess over the board vs using software

I have some good quality chess books and of course use the chess board to follow all chess game examples and variations provided. However I noticed that it is quite a tiring activity as it takes time ...
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Patt undecided?

I am very new to chess, and I fear that this question is very stupid. I played this game in "easy" mode, and I destroyed a lot of pieces of the counter party. Now, I wanted to destroy their king. ...
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What is White's main plan in Sicilian Keres variation?

I want to learn a new opening in the Sicilian defense called the Keres variation. What is White's main plan here? [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Ne2
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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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Is tactics training just a waste of time when you cannot play long games?

I have been doing tactics training quite regularly since the beginning of the year. However, I haven't really been playing a lot (for obvious reasons). On average, I would say that I spent 10 hours ...
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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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Does rating increases in bulks or is it a steady increase?

I have been taking lessons from a coach since two months and I also played my first OTB tournament two months ago. Since then I have played around ten tournaments with an average of one or two ...
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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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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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Help with discovered checks

I'm new to chess and I've found that while certain tactics come relatively easily to me(double fork), certain others are quite harder. I've been missing out on a lot of opportunities to take ...
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Books for beginners who have hard time understanding positions of pieces?

I'm new here and I found a book called Logical Chess by Chernev. Is this a great book to start if you are a beginner and you only know how to move pieces but not how to develop them? I'm having a hard ...
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What are the different training strategies for different player strengths? [closed]

What are the key training areas (Openings, Middlegames, Tactics, Strategies, Endgame, Studies, etc) and tools (books, computer engines, databases, etc) in which players of different levels of playing ...
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English/KID loss as white to a 2300+ player

[FEN ""] [Date "6/9/2018"] [Round "2"] [White "Me"] [Black "Opponent"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1874"] [BlackElo "2332"] 1. c4 Nf6 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. Nc3 O-O 5. e4 d6 6. Nge2 c5 7. O-O Nc6 8. d3 ...
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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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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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When playing chess online, what does 1-1 mean?

When playing chess online, when your opponent says 1-1, what does 1-1 mean?
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Improving your position?

A recommendation from IM Andrew Martin was to improve the position of your worst piece if you are not sure what move to make. Are there any other ways one could improve their position besides the ...
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How do I make the right move after an opening? [duplicate]

I'm slowly getting better at my chess skills. The one thing that bugs me the most right now is knowing which piece to move after many of my pieces have been developed and the king has been castled. ...
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Beginners question: Strategic ideas

When I am watching chess lessons, the mentor mostly uses the phrase: 'lets look at the board and find some ideas'. As a beginner, I can't get passed the: 'look at what pieces you can grab.' Question: ...
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Why should black not capture the knight here?

I played a game on lichess. (Link: http://en.lichess.org/n2hfBGYy#18) After the game I did a stockfish analysis of the game. This is the position: [fen ""] [Event "Rated game"] [Site "http://lichess....
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How to write a swiss pairing software

I'm thinking about to develop an online service to provide free software for helping chess tournaments organizers with pairing systems like swiss, round robin, team-swiss, team-round robin. Could you,...
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Chess puzzle that is hard to understand

Today I was solving a chess problem as following picture : [fen "r1bqr1k1/1p3nbp/2pp2p1/2n2P2/p1PN1P2/2N1B1PP/PPQ3B1/R3R1K1 b - - 0 1"] The solution given was 1...Rxe3, but I did not get the actual ...
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What would happen if multiple GMs played on both sides of a chess match?

Imagine a situation where a team of top Grandmasters would face another team of top Grandmasters over a single chess board and play a series of games. Would the games always end in a draw? Would ...
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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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How to tweak a chess engine like SF to return a variation which is only slightly better than your moves?

By default, engines return the strongest variation(s) they calculate. I was wondering if there is a way to tweak an open source chess engine to show a move from their MultiPV which is slightly better ...

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