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Questions relating to playing chess on the internet, as opposed to over-the-board chess.

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Chess.com ELO weirdness

I was rated 1140 in rapid, playing against an 1145. Chess.com said 8 points were at stake, so a win for should put me at 1148 and my opponent at 1137. I won and my ELO did become 1148, but my ...
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Are there people that have played at 2000 OTB to master level by focusing on playing exclusively blitz rated games online?

Are there chess players for example, that have gotten to say, Lichess 2700+ Blitz online without ever playing OTB and then as soon as they started OTB, they were playing at a 2000 to master level?
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The best first move in chess [closed]

I'm new to chess and I want to ask you what do you think is the best first move in chess.
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Why did the Botez sisters withdraw from Judit Polgár vs The World?

Judit Polgár vs The World was a unique simul that took place in March 2022. In the initial article on the FIDE website, the Botez sisters were listed as one of the participants in the simul. However, ...
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Is hyperbullet or bullet more common in online gameplay?

On Lichess, the shortest form of bullet is named hyperbullet. It is essentially 30-second chess. Standard bullet is 1 to 3 minutes. It is difficult to assess popularity without invoking opinion. ...
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Is there a way to extract the position from a live chess game while it's happening in chess.com?

I would like to make something that has the capability to convert a chess game in chess.com to a text-to-speech output (for example to play blindfolded.) I know this has been made before, but I'm not ...
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Is there a site that pairs up wanna be coaches with students

People who either love teaching for free or that want to build some cliental who will give free lessons for a period of time or to practice there art of dispensing knowledge. Is there such a thing on ...
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Is there any website or app that allows playing online with time odds? [duplicate]

This is a followup to this question: Play online live game against a friend with time odds? Since it's been almost 6 years now and I'm sure there could be some new answers. Me and my friend wanted to ...
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Iuri Shkuro is part of the top peak FIDE blitz rating list (2800+) apparently by 'farming'

There's a Sep2020 reddit post by user ChessAddiction entitled 'How the Elo rating system works, and why "farming" lower rated players is not cheating.' I also ask about farming here: When is ...
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Is it possible to put special pieces on a chess.com custom board?

I would really like to create custom positions with custom pieces (and maybe even variants) to play with my friends because we have always enjoyed playing custom variants. So for example a board with ...
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Why are seconds per move time controls unpopular in chess? [closed]

When playing the game of go online, a common time control setting is for players to have X (e.g., 10, 20, or 30) seconds per move, with the clock simply resetting after each move. (There are ...
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How are chess boards updated in real time in Blitz and Rapid tournaments?

In Rapid and Blitz tournaments, there are usually multiple over-the-board chess games going on simultaneously. It seems many websites and live streams have access to the chess boards of many players, ...
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Is there any correlation between average rating and the time of the day?

Crosspost to Stats.SE. I play online bullet, mostly lichess, sometimes chess.com. Once I noticed that my average performance varies depending on the time of the day: e.g. at the morning I can lose 50 ...
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Is it possible to achieve a title in online games?

I am a relatively weak player (~1600 chess.com) who mostly plays online blitz. Recently I've been thinking about shooting for a title (e.g. USCF expert) as a long-term goal. The area where I live has ...
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What is the human influence in modern correspondence chess? [duplicate]

On most websites, such as chess.com and lichess.org, computers aren't allowed, but when playing under ICCF rules engines are allowed. With the increase in strength of engines especially from the ...
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Which online chessboard orientation do professional players prefer?

Do professional online players always prefer to play on a chessboard oriented with the Black pieces on the top or with their own pieces on the bottom? Is there a consensus on this, and has there ever ...
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Chessgames.com board theme and pieces

What lichess and chess.com setups are the most similar to the board theme and pieces of chessgames.com? I love their setup and I'm feeling the most comfortable with it.
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Daily game -- Is my opponent playing honestly? [closed]

At chess.com, my daily rating is 1500+ (my puzzle rating: 2400+; my blitz rating: 1600+ and my rapid rating: 1700+) and I played two games with the same opponent whose daily rating is much lower than ...
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Multiple day online swiss tournament

I want to organize a 6 round swiss tournament for 100+ players with 3 rounds/day. I know there are websites which allow us to organize swiss tournaments ex :- chess.com,lichess.org. I want to know if ...
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Why does this game not end as a draw by insufficient material?

I played an online game at chess.com and here is the endgame: [fen "8/8/1p2p2k/pP2P1p1/P1K3P1/8/8/8 b - - 0 1"] After white's last move a4, I thought the game ends immediately as a draw by ...
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Are there any online chess tournaments for beginners( or new players)?

I have been playing online chess for a long time on sites like lichess and chess.com. But I have never played in any FIDE or AICF organized tournament. In this pandemic are there any online ...
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Does it makes sense to have a 1315 Blitz rating and a Rapid rating of 1729?

I am rated 1330 for Blitz on Lichess. I was trounced by a clearly better player who had a lower ranking of 1315 for Blitz. Their profile also shows a Rapid rating of 1729. Is it possible for these ...
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Why is Lichess keyboard input opposed?

Several high profile bullet chess players (Andrew Tang, Fritzi_2003) on Lichess state on their profile they will block anyone who plays with keyboard, presumably using an extension such as Lichess-...
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Why did the Magnus app resign in this game? [closed]

Recently on Play Magnus app, for age 29, I ended up in following position and the Magnus app resigned. [FEN "rn3bnr/1ppk1ppp/p2P4/3p4/1P2P1P1/8/P1PP2P1/RNBQKBNR w KQ - 0 1"] I just wanted ...
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How to get better at bullet chess

I am a bullet player. I play mostly on lichess and a little on chess.com. My peak rating in bullet is 1869. I have been trying to reach 1900 but I am unable to. I am also good at blitz chess, with a ...
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Can I watch two engines play each other on lichess?

Is there a way for me to watch two chess engine to play each other on lichess? I want to know who will win under time-limit.
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Is there a chess program that can detect if someone has left the game?

I was playing a game with someone and they left because they knew they were going to lose. This is a really annoying thing that has happened to me. I would like to know if there is a chess program ...
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Are there any computer vision chess programs which can be used for online games?

I want to play online chess with a real chess board. I learned that lichess can read the opponent's moves out loud, so I don't have to stare at the screen, which is a good start. Now I need a way to ...
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Why, in online chess, is it that the shorter the time control, the higher the world leading elo is?

I noticed on lichess.org that the shorter the time control, the higher the world-leading elo is. Is there a simple explanation for that? I also noticed that, in the meantime, the shorter the time ...
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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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Quick you have 5 seconds on your clock, what’s your move? [closed]

Here is the position: What would you do if you only had 5 seconds on the clock?
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How can pawns win a whole game without any strong pieces?

How can a pawn or two or three win a entire chess game on it's own? I am playing as white pawns on the chessboard against my opponent. I tried moving to the end of the other and trading it for a ...
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Is there a website that supports blind chess? [duplicate]

I am a blind chess player and desperately need a platform that I can play online. I've searched the web and the only thing that I could find is software that you have to download in order for this ...
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Lichess vs Chess.com ELO system and player strength

So I usually play on Lichess now a days while my friend plays on Chess.com. He keeps telling me that Chess.com is harder and has more players and more serious players, therefore the games are harder ...
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Are there videos of the highly-skilled fast online players (e.g. GM Andrew Tang) showing their mouse skills?

It's impressive watching players like GM Andrew Tang play ultra bullet and puzzle rush at super-fast speeds without it being a complete mess. I'm curious as to how they do it. When I try, I ...
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Are there any websites that I can gamble (with fiat/real money, or cryptocurrencies) in chess?

Where can I play chess online for fiat/real money?
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Which chess pro's are in esports organizations?

All I got so far: Alex & Andrea Botez - Envy Hikaru Nakamura - TSM (team solomid) Andrew Tang (Penguingm1) - C9 (cloud9) Nemo Zhou Qiyu (akanemsko) - CLG (Counter Logic Gaming) Is there some ...
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What site/s has/have different ratings for different time controls for Chess960?

Both lichess and chess.com and have ratings for live chess960, but this is regardless of time control. Please recommend a site that has separate ratings for different time controls for chess960. there'...
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Analysis of ng4 vs f4

Why is it that ng4 is the best move here? I played f4
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Mismatch between my puzzle rating and game rating on chess.com

On Chess.com, I recently passed 2000 in the puzzle section. However, in 10 minute games, I can't reach 1600. How do I bridge that gap and increase my game score? Is 10 minutes maybe too short of a ...
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How would you play this position as White?

[FEN "r1bq1rk1/2p1ppbp/p5p1/1p1n4/3PNB2/1P2PN2/n4PPP/2RQKB1R w K - 0 1"] I'm not sure what move makes the most sense in this scenario. I would love to learn from others.
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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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Does FIDE have rules governing online chess?

FIDE has its Laws of Chess which have governed over-the-board chess for almost 100 years. During the Covid pandemic OTB chess has almost stopped in many countries and more and more chess is being ...
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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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Is there a chess.com Python api?

I want to program a bot and implement it on chess.com, but are there any types of chess.com Python api which will make the bot use the chess.com interface?
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What are the most characteristic signatures if an opponent cheats in online game by using an engine? [duplicate]

Sometimes I feel that a human, particularly a human of about my elo rating, would not ever play so. I never used an engine in my life for cheating, but I think it is not so hard. I think, most of the ...
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What is the best way to research openings and endgames in a browser?

Basically, I just want to know if there’s any easy way to use websites to practice endgames and openings by just opening my browser. I keep finding downloads to Windows programs, which is a problem ...
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What prevents chess engines from being undetectable?

I see accounts of people getting banned from sites like chess.com for using engines like Stockfish and Komodo (I admit I have used these engines before, but never in an actual match). Now, I believe ...
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The chess.com vs computer games celebrity category

I came upon chess.com playing against computer mode. I found a resemblance of two professional chess players over there. Do they really resemble their gameplay, though? Does the AI mimic their past ...
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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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