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The practice of putting something together before a chess game or tournament into a state where it is ready for action. Preparation is usually used in reference to openings, as one can "prepare an opening repertoire" specifically for an opponent.

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Does opening preparation contribute a lot in winning games?

It is often said that Opening preparation is considered one of the most vital things a chess player needs to learn when they start getting better(above 2000 elo). Many chess players are known for ...
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Can deep preparation for the early novelty be useful?

As far as I know, most novelties at top-level games happen near moves 10 to 15. Before that, players just follow the lines, deeply knowing several best moves that lead to reasonable variations. But ...
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Best apps for chess openings [duplicate]

Can you recommend best chess apps for preparing openings? It is weakest part of my game and soon I will be playing my first local chess turnament. It would meant a lot to me! Also, can you give me ...
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Why are avoidable openings played instead of systems?

It's been a while since I've played OTB chess, but I've gotten back into playing it online. Before my break (I was rated ~1400 USCF), I was a heavy advocate of the English Opening: rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/...
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Empirical question: Is a drawish opening line really a concern for an ambitious player?

While similar questions have been asked before and many comments were given, I couldn't find a thread dealing with my particular experiences. So: Whenever I discuss openings with professional and even ...
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How to prepare opening for correspondence thematic tournament

I like to play correspondence thematic tournaments as a way to practice/learn new openings/variations. Since they are unrated, I sometimes try wild/unusual moves to see what happens. However, I was ...
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How does one analyse openings judged dubious by engines?

I have recently picked up the Norwegian Defense (also known as Northsea Defense), 1. e4 g6 2. d4 Nf6. All modern engines claim it is not good. But I have great results (14W-1D-5L in 15+10 on 2000 ...
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Benoni Theory Help

I've got an important tournament game coming up, and I will be playing Black. I will play the Scandinavian if White plays 1.e4, but I won't be able to unbalance the game properly after 1.d4, except if ...
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How do you document your opening repertoire on a mac?

I have an opening repertoire which I play consistently. My problem, however, is that occasionally I will find holes in my repertoire: main line variations for which I have zero prep. I'd like to make ...
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Need advice from class A players? [closed]

How much opening preparation does a 1800-1900(UCSF) player need and how to achieve that? Also, do you need class A tactics rating to reach class A chess ranking?
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How to prepare for a handicap game (queen odds) / strategy?

I made a bet with a non-neglegible stake that I will win a game against a friend without queen. My Elo rating is about 2000-2100, my friend's should be around 1400. Today I played with the black ...
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Opening preparation

I have observed that I can beat the Lichess computer at level 5 most of the time if I use the computer hint function for the first 13 moves (basically the opening). If I do not so, I end up losing 6 ...
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Preparing for an OTB tournament: I must do well!

To give a picture of my level: I started playing chess fairly recently (8 months ago). I knew the rules before, but haven't played since childhood. I developed a huge passion for it and studied very, ...
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How to play against higher rated (much stronger) players

I am about to play a master. This is an important game, and I want to win it. What should I do and how to prepare? Is there something special I can do, such as special openings, sharp lines, etc.?
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How long does it take to use opening preparation at top level?

A ChessBase report for the ongoing Cairns Cup gives this paragraph: The first game to finish was Humpy Koneru versus Ju Wenjun. Out of an English Opening, Humpy quickly found herself out of book ...
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How to prepare for a rapid tournament

How can I prepare for a rapid chess tournament (not chess sites tournament!)? For example, in one and half months, I am going to play a 15+5 tournament. I tried to find some rapid strategy or some ...
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(For training purposes) Are there any openings with rook pawns that are more effective than others (and if so, what are they)?

(Originally I hoped a lengthy prologue would not be needed here, but some of the answers and comments have led me to write one so that the purpose of the question is clear, thus this is now much ...
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Can GMs use computers to beat their opponents?

For example, suppose it's game 12 of the Carlsen-Caruana match last year. Caruana has white, and he wants to win before the tiebreaks. Now if instead of Caruana playing white, Stockfish were playing, ...
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What was Fischer's preparation for tournaments?

Surely he didn't follow the old cookie-cutter formula of take a day off before game day, play blitz matches, or some other standard ritual? Any sources?
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Preparations for chess tournaments [duplicate]

So I'm participating in a chess tournament in a few days (FIDE rating) and I'm in a fix as to preparation methods. I'm doing as many puzzles as I can and preparing many openings. I'm also playing few ...
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How does opening preparation work at GM level?

From what I can gather, one studies what the opponent has been playing, and prepare responses for their favourite lines. The problem is, there's no guarantee the opponent will play a given opening. ...
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Good online database, or do I need ChessBase?

I just bought a premium account at chessbase.com, including full access to tools like the Live Database. I have to say, I'm a little bit disappointed by the features they provide. My question is, is ...
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How do GMs and IMs prepare for tournaments?

I was wondering, how does a normal training day look like for the higher-rated players? How much time do they allocate daily/weekly for opening and endgame preparation, tactical training etc? I assume ...
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How does one prepare for a big chess tournament?

The Chicago Open is in four days. Assuming a player continues his daily regimen of reading chess books for a few hours and playing two, perhaps three slow games (60/5, at least) a week, what else ...
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Using multiple chess engines for chess preparation

I've been told (but I don't understand) that it's a good idea to use a number of chess engine to analyze a chess opening. It this true? Why is this a good idea?)
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Is it beneficial to play themed practice games?

While practicing, is it advisable to play themed games? For example, playing practice games using the Sicilian Defence, or the French Defence. I play at an intermediate level. I have chess.com ...
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Seconds of Magnus Carlsen

Has it been revealed who helped Magnus Carlsen in preparing and during the World Chess Championship against Karjakin?
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Computers finding computer moves

There are positions in chess where the only good move (e.g. only move that preserves equality) is very unnatural for a human player. For instance if this move goes against common principles or if it ...
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Tournament Preparation

How should someone prepare for a chess tournament? Openings? Tactics? Strategy? Endgames? What are some of the techniques strong players use in order to get ready for an upcoming tournament? (1800 ...
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Meditation practice among the chess elite?

My question is simple. Do we know of any 2700+ caliber players that regularly cite meditation as part of their lifestyle / preparation? It's not hard to find meditating chess players, but I'm ...
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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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Chess coaching and coaches training different players

What does coaching actually mean in chess? In relation to that, how is it possible for a chess player to coach two different players? Do the trainees share their work, or does the coach work on ...
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Why is it rare to see unusual "special" opening preparation by trailing player late in a match?

Taking the recent Anand-Carlsen match as an example, I know that grandmasters spend incredible amounts of time in opening preparation, and Anand's play to refute certain lines of the Berlin defense ...
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What is the best way to beat a French? [closed]

I have a tournament game tomorrow, and I'm white against a Pirc/French guy. What is the easiest way, learnable in 10 mins or so, to play against it. In addition to the Pirc question, I play the ...
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How do I prepare against someone if I have a database of his games

ChessTempo offers a service to see all the games of your opponent. The thing is, it also shows what the opponents played. So if I see 100 times e4 was played, 60 of the times might be because of the ...
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Best way to prepare files with openings for future use

I am looking for advice how to prepare opening, so i could easily skim over it after a while. Create databases for every opening with analyzed games? But some positions can occur after different ...
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Does memorizing chess games improve chess ability?

It is common for strong chess players to have chess games in memory. Is this because it helps to memorize chess games?
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Are computers destroying chess?

These days I have been watching the candidates tournament, and I couldn't avoid noticing that players are reeling/scared of computer home preparation "a little bit too much". For example: 1) In the ...
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Step-by-step guide to prepare yourself

Let's say that I have got three years to prepare myself before my first tournament. Here's my status. I need to come up with a plan. Can you help me prepare one? I am a chess enthusiast. I am unaware ...
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What does a team captain in chess do?

I was made the "team captain" of the chess club I am a member of for a match with a chess club in a different city.I want to know all the requirements for being a team captain.All I did was choose the ...
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Does swapping the colors of the squares affect the gameplay?

If for example, the bottom-left square is light instead of dark AND we place the queens in their colors: By affect I mean psychologically, etc., because it is pretty obvious that everything you can ...
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How to prepare for an opponent

How does one prepare for an opponent (OTB or Online)? Do you go through recent games? How far do you normally go back? Would certain factors about an opponent dictate how you prepare for them?
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How can I build my opening repertoire and memorization?

I have been playing chess for the last two years. I am trying techniques like controlling the center, not allowing weak pawn structure, etc. Now I am trying to build up an opening repertoire. My ...
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