Questions tagged [recommendations]

For questions about recommendations for chess books, software, etc. **NOT** for move recommendations, use the [analysis] tag instead. Note that recommendation questions can easily be closed for being too broad or opinion-based.

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What are good books on the Panov-Botvinnik Attack and playing with an IQP?

Respectively, what are good books for the Panov-Botvinnik Attack and playing with an isolated queen pawn?
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What are some good tactics books?

I am looking for books with exercises to improve at tactics. It seems that there are lots of options. My definition of what constitutes a “good” tactics books is variety. Even if the book focuses on a ...
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Could you recommend me game collection books of attacking players?

I have found a lack of aggression in my style and I want to study aggressive players' games to develop my style. Please recommend books that fulfill this purpose. I am an advanced player.
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What is the best resource to learn chess notation?

I want to learn Chess systematically from the beginning. Although, I have 700+ Elo on chess.com but I think, it is just a random play: sometimes luck and sometimes 4 moves checkmate (Bishop and Queen) ...
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Tiniest readable board and pieces design

Has anyone developed a graphic design format for representing boards within a very tiny amount of space? I'm thinking along the lines of how sparklines were developed to allow a line chart to be ...
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(practical) Endgame resources: What's next after josh waitzkin's series in chessmaster? [closed]

Note: Don't upvote all the answers at once because your votes may be reversed! Tactically, of course there's lichess endgame puzzles. But Josh Waitzkin says in the endgame you think more ...
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Reference request: Books/Video series on prophylaxis

I would like to imitate the prophylactic playing style of Aron Nimzowitsch, Tigran Petrosian and/or Anatoly Karpov. May I know if there are any books/video series that you would recommend?
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What are some good chess resources to learn from?

I have looked in a lot of places, but I can't find good places to learn chess. I am at the stage where I know basic chess strategies, but my rating is still below average. I can't find a source longer ...
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Looking for a PGN reader and writer for Windows 10

I'm looking for a PGN reader and writer for Windows 10. I want to be able to modify and write if I want to enter new lines, all while keeping the format in PGN. I've downloaded ChessX, and it would ...
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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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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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How can I convert a pgn file into a text, word, or pdf file?

I want to convert a pgn file into a text, word, or pdf file so I can export games in a pgn file format. I either need software or a link to an online tool. Does anyone know of such a tool?
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Advanced video chess lectures

Could you recommend any video lessons online? I know STL Chess Club on YouTube and I am looking for something similar for 2000+ FIDE players.
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A question about chess literature

I am looking for a chess book written in a very engaging style and thoroughly professional manner. The book should be more along philosophical and psychological lines rather than notations and ...
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Retrograde problem websites

I am looking for a good chess website about retrograde analysis problems, but after a few searches, I haven't found anything. Are there any websites that you can recommend?
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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 to during my day. I don't care if it's a podcast that discusses chess news, ...
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High-quality (not bitmap) diagram software

I'm looking for software that can take FEN and generate a high-quality diagram, in PDF, Postscript, Windows metafile, or something else that will look good at 1200x1200 dpi or better. I thought the ...
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What are the best chess blogs?

I enjoy reading about chess and there is a number of blogs that I follow. And I do toy with the idea of starting a chess blog myself in a distant and uncertain future. So I want to tap your combined ...
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What is the best chess magazine in the world? And what makes a great chess magazine today?

When I was growing up in the 60's and 70's it was the Russian magazine Shakhmatny Bulletin according to Bobby Fischer. In our chess club we generally believed that the reason the club's best player ...
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What chessboard companies are the most reputable? [closed]

As a follow up to my original question What are the characteristics of a good chess board? I was wondering what companies are the most reputable for chessboard construction. Since I am just a beginner ...
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What are some good books for chess openings?

I am not new to chess, I have been playing for around 6 years. But I don't know much about chess openings technically. What are some of the very good books to learn important opening moves?
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Chess games similar to Morphy versus the Duke of Brunswick and Count Isouard

In college I memorized a few chess games, and the only one that has stayed in my memory is Morphy vs. the Duke. [fen ""] [Event "Paris"] [Site "Paris"] [Date "1858"] [Result "1-0"] [White "Paul ...
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What openings are recommendable for beginners to study?

I am a beginner. With reference to opening theory, which opening should I start learning? My friends are suggesting the Ruy Lopez.
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What are some helpful chess tactics training websites? [closed]

I like Chesstempo and chess.emrald.net[1]. Are there any others? Edit (25.12.2020): Since at least 2018, chess.emrald.net has often not been responsive.
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