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Timed Games and improving play?

I'm more of a chess hobbyist, but I'm trying to learn more about the game. I've been working on playing some basic openings. I usually play on chess.com. What's a better timed game to learn from? I ...
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Challenges of becoming a good chess player

Chess is a deterministic game. Hence in principle we can have a perfect strategy for chess, a strategy that prevents a player losing a single game (given that no mistake has been made). All chess ...
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Why exchange the knight for the bad light-squared bishop?

Here is a recent game in the King's Indian I had as Black: [Event "Rated Rapid game"] [Site "https://lichess.org/za0zcaTi"] [Date "2021.08.23"] [White "tomx2"] [...
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How do I play against the Queen's Gambit Declined Tartakower structure?

I play the Exchange Variation against the QGD, but I'm really struggling against the Tartakower style setup in the QGD, when black plays b6 and c5. As White, I just don't really know what I'm supposed ...
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Understanding when it's OK / not OK to trade off the fianchettoed bishop

In this position: [FEN ""] 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c6 4.Bc4 d6 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.O-O b5 7.Bb3 b4 8.e5 bxc3 9.exf6 Bxf6 10.bxc3 O-O 11.Bh6 According to the lichess database, the most common move ...
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Ideas to keep in mind before a tournament

Tomorrow I'm playing in my third OTB tournament. I have tried coming up with really long chess "acronyms" to try and remember all the different things I need to consider before my move but ...
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Best theory-knowledge rewarding openings?

I wonder which are the openings (for both White and Black) where an advantage (or at least equality against great players) is granted. Also, if you could refer to some good books / resources linked to ...
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What is a pawn hook?

On my question (Why is 11. .. h6 such a bad move?) someone commented that I should read about the concepts of hooks. One definition that I found was: A hook is an advanced pawn which can be exploited ...
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Trouble with Opening ideas for 3. g3 in the Vienna game, Falkbeer Variation

I have been trying to practice my ability to strategize in positions and form long-term ideas, and this position has stumped me for a little bit. [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 ...
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What do the c5 and e5 breaks do in the Caro-Kann / Scandi pawn structures?

Here's what I understand about the point of c5 in the French / Advance Caro-Kann pawn structures: if White takes you are very happy, because his e-pawn becomes weak and you get to develop your bishop ...
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Strategic plans for Black in Fianchetto Variation of KID

As an intermediate-level KID player, I'm starting to face Catalan-style setups with d4 / c4 / g3 more often: [FEN ""] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 O-O 5.Nf3 d6 6.O-O Nbd7 7.Nc3 e5 I ...
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What is a good strategy for blocking your opponent from checkmating you even though they always win? [closed]

I like to play chess against my Dad. He is almost a professional player. He always finds ways to checkmate my king. Every game I try new blocking strategies, but none of them work.
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Lasker (?) on strategy and tactics

Many years ago I read (in a Russian book) a saying Strategy is creating true values; tactics is refuting the false ones. which the book attributed to Emmanuel Lasker. Does anybody know where Lasker (...
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How to attack in Scandinavian Defense

After 10 moves as Black, I often end up in a position very close to this, where I still have left my options open about castling. [FEN "r3k2r/ppqn1ppp/2pbpn2/5bB1/2B5/P1NP1N1P/1PP2PP1/R2Q1RK1 w ...
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Why is g3 a bad move here?

Why is the last move by white, g3 on the board below, considered a bad move? It was in a game that I played recently and my idea was to protect the bishop in f4 and give the other bishop more space to ...
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When should you trade off a piece that's defended by two pawns?

In some openings, i.e. the Stonewall Attack / Maroczy Bind, the opponent gets an iron grip over a particular square (e5 / d5) by controlling it with two pawns, and they can stick a knight there. ...
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When to play h5 (or h4 with white) in fianchettoed position for black

Imagine that we have this game [FEN " "] 1.e4 c5 2. b4 cxb4 3. a3 bxa3 4. Bxa3 Nc6 5. Nf3 g6 6. d4 Bg7 7. h4 Do you play with Black in this case h5 or not? In my opinion, I rarely like to ...
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Intuitive play vs learning strategies

When I first 'learned' chess, it was just the moves of each piece and then I started playing. I had no plan at all other than just moving pieces and trying to take from my opponent and protecting ...
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Up to which rating is my strategy in the opening is applicable?

I don't want to waste time on opening preparation. By this, I mean that I don't want to have to understand/memorize the moves or the typical plans in the middlegame. I just want to develop my pieces, ...
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How to avoid falling into unfamiliar traps in the opening stage?

I will be playing with a player in a few days and his level (1400ish) is slightly lower than mine (1500ish). However, he is very familiar with dubious gambits and opening traps and I can easily lose ...
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Does the King's Indian Attack need the e5 pawn push to attack on the kingside?

So from what I understand, a kingside attack can be started as long as the centre is closed. I very recently started looking into the King's Indian Attack as an opening for white against the French ...
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White's 'aggressive' attack after Sic. defense opening [closed]

Searching for the Mackenzie(?) or Mcallister (?) attack: White King’s pawn opening led to good center control with Bishop and both Rooks at d1 and e1. Can’t the replay on Chess.com because I wasn’t ...
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Playing with Ranks Advantage

[FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"] I was planning to play white against the computer, starting with the positional advantage as shown above. I don't know how to ...
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What is the next best move for white?

Is there a possibility that white can win this game as long as both players are playing the best of their game? What should be the next move for white to play if white wants to win the game? avoid ...
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I developed all the pieces I could. Now what?

I was playing chess against an AI, and found myself in this position (Black/me to move): r1b2rk1/4n3/p1p1p1p1/1p1pPp1p/1PnN1P2/2NB4/2PP2PP/1RB2RK1 b - - 0 1 The only moves I could think of were ...
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What was the best move for white? Could white have won?

Could white have won this game? What was the best move in this position for white? Or could Black have won?
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Why does the engine dislike white in this position despite the material advantage of a pawn and other positional factors?

After a trade that sacrified a bishop and a knight for two pawns and a rook, the game reached the following position: (White to move.) [FEN "2r2qk1/1b1n1pb1/p4n1p/1p4p1/4P3/1BN2P2/PPP3PP/R2Q1RK1 ...
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Why is the engine suggesting this move?

[FEN "r1bqk1nr/p1ppbppp/1p6/n2P4/8/2N5/PPP1QPPP/R1B1KBNR w KQkq - 3 7"] 1. g4 With White to move, the Lichess engine suggests g4 in this position. Can someone explain why it's a good move?
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Josh Waitzkin chessmaster mastery quiz - spatial advantage, trading bishops

Based on: Josh Waitzkin Chessmaster Strategy Section 7 - the mastery quiz. Position: [Event "From Josh Waitzkin Chessmaster Strategy Section 7 - the mastery quiz"] [Site "?"] [Date ...
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Josh Waitzkin chessmaster mastery quiz - order of check vs trade

Note: See this meta post. In re the answer of Brian Towers♦, not sure if the following is relevant, but: I'm not a n00b. I'm just a bad player. Haven't played in awhile, so I'm just reviewing/revising ...
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Josh Waitzkin on trading pieces ('the art of the trade')

Based on: Josh Waitzkin Chessmaster Strategy Section 6 "The Art of the Trade." A video can be found here. [Event "From Josh Waitzkin Chessmaster Strategy Section 6 'The Art of the Trade'...
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What to do with space?

I sometimes find that after an opening, I have created "space" for myself, and control most of the board. But then I'm not sure what to do next. For instance (0 6 time control on Lichess, me ...
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Is there a good strategy to achieve a draw?

Background Sometimes I face players who are much stronger than me and my first thought is, 'I just need a draw in this match' so I play "carefully" My Current Strategies Offer a draw It ...
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How could I have prevented this long drawn out game?

Consider the following game. I am black. [FEN ""] 1. e4 g6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 e6 4. Nf3 b6 5. Nc3 Bb7 6. Bg5 Be7 7. h4 Nc6 8. Bd3 Qd7 9. Qd2 O-O-O 10. Nb5 f6 11. exf6 Bxf6 12. a4 h6 13. Bxf6 ...
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Do grandmasters think on every move?

While watching Hikaru's Streams/YouTube (GM Chess Twitch Streamer), he's no doubt extremely impressive when it comes to recognizing patterns that win him material and forced mates in like 7+ moves. ...
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What chess openings should I play If I am an offensive and aggressive chess player? [duplicate]

What chess books should I read If I am an offensive player? I have read a few chess books and they usually are opening books and I'm quite not sure on which openings I should play. Currently, I play ...
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Why is this a better move?

Playing on chess.com against the first advanced bot, "Antonio", I've lost a game and looked at the analysis. The following is the state of the game not far from the beginning, where I had ...
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Can luck be used as a strategy in chess?

Consider below games where white looses a clean rook quite early in the opening but fights on hoping that they will be lucky and escape. Lucky enough, they escape and win the clearly lost game. [Event ...
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Engines tuned to masters’s styles

I saw a stream by IM Eric Rosen where he showed a stronger version of stockfish than the one on lichess.org. He said that it is a version that is given to masters with the evaluation function ...
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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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Comments and advice on a game that I played against 1.h4

I was playing a game with the Black pieces the other day against 1. h4. The reason why I wanna discuss this game with you is that during the game I always felt that my position is not stable, and at ...
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Why would you want to trade pieces?

To preface this, I am very new to chess. I knew the rules for years but I started actually taking the game more seriously and learning strategies just over 2 weeks ago. One thing I consistently see in ...
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Being an Anti-Sicilian vs. Sicilian player

So I have been developing my opening repertoire on ChessBase recently and established that, as a 1.e4 player, I have to properly memorize Open Sicilian main line, Dragon, Hyper Dragon, Taimanov, ...
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How does his 3 step plan by Petrosian works?

[FEN "r6k/3q2bp/1p6/2pPp1p1/2P1QpP1/5P2/1P2R2P/2B3K1 w - - 0 1"] Here Petrosian gives the following 3 step winning plan: Stage 1: Tie down the black pieces to defense of the e pawn: 13.Bd2 ...
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Is there any obvious disadvantage of not castling in a game?

The opponent has the option of castling but can I still play a solid game without castling either side? I won some games in bullet time controls but only because position was too complex and opponent ...
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How do I create sharp, tactical positions?

It is said that you shouldn't simply look for combinations every move; rather, you should create positions that tend to create tactical opportunities. But what does this actually mean? I think my ...
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Why should black trade knights in this position?

After playing the following game, Stockfish advised me to play ...Nxd2 after white played Nd2 (which I did not play during the game). However, I am not sure why. Certainly, in the worst case, this is ...
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Why is it a mistake to capture the forked rook?

In a recent game, I forked a queen and rook with a knight. After seeing no immediate threats from 8. Qf4 I immediately captured with 8. ...Nxb3. Apparently this was quite a mistake (a 213 centipawn ...
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How can I minimise my opponent's chances to make use of a weak square in my position?

For example, the Nimzo Indian where I don't want black to use the c4 square or the Benoni where I don't want white to use the d6 square. Is the only way to prevent this to have pieces tied down to ...
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What are the benefits of having a space advantage in a closed position?

I notice that in my closed games when I find myself with an advantage in space, I have more mobility for my pieces and thats all good but once I reach this position I'm never really able to find a ...

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