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Why was this a draw?

I’m a new player. Why was this a draw? What was the move instead? [FEN ""] [StartPly "90"] [Title "From White's Perspective"] 1. a4 e5 2. a5 Nc6 3. Na3 d5 4. a6 bxa6 5. ...
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King-and-pawn endgames: Is it usually best to move your king first?

Is it true that, at the start of a king-and-pawn endgame, players should generally advance their kings to the center prior to any pawn moves? I wouldn't expect this to be true in every case, but is it ...
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Strategies specific to bullet chess

I have reached 2200 bullet on Lichess, and want to start preparing chess specifically to get better at bullet. Just like chess as a whole has strategies and techniques to learn, I wanted to know what ...
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How to analyze new opening, in a tournament time-frame, as an intermediate?

This is a hypothetical question as I'm not actually taking part in tournaments but the question is I think worth posing. I was non-chalantly playing this as black against a chess.com bot: [StartPly &...
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What's the benefit to attacking f7 or f2 during the opening?

I remember a specific chess.com lesson on common openings, and it seems like one of the most common and safest openings is to take control of the center with the king and queen pawns and the attack ...
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Has chess been Proven to be deterministic?

I don't know why the "determinism" of chess is treated as if self-evident. It isn't self evident to me. I will guess: The determinism of chess is determined by the thought experiment that, ...
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How do I know what the rating of a game is?

I found this game on a random scrap of paper lying on the ground. I'm not sure how strong the players are. How should I go about determining that by using a chess engine (say, the ones hosted by ...
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1.d4 and the Bc8

Can White choose a variant/move order such that there is no good way for Black to solve the standard problem of the Bc8 in d4 openings and the dude has to stay put for a while? (Doesn't mean Black has ...
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LLMs for chess games

Many chess sites are very good in suggesting the best move, but none of them will explain why. With LLMs (Lange Language Models) becoming increasingly more powerful, are there any LLMs that can, not ...
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Why is Ncxe5 more accurate than Ndxe5?

In a rapid game I played on Chess.com, I played the KID and got this position: [Title "Black to Move"] [FEN "r3qrk1/pppn1pbp/2n3p1/4P1B1/2P1P1b1/2N2N2/PP2B1PP/R2Q1RK1 b - - 4 12"] ...
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In this position, why is Nb4 better than b4?

Here as white, I played b4: [FEN ""] [Startply "46"] 1. c4 g6 { A10 English Opening: Great Snake Variation } 2. Nc3 Bg7 3. g3 e6 4. Bg2 Ne7 5. Nf3 O-O 6. O-O c6 7. d3 d5 8. cxd5 ...
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Purpose of these (potential) pawn breaks in Gukesh - Ding Liren (Tata Steel 2024)

I'm watching an old stream of this year's Tata Steel round 3. In the game Gukesh - Ding Liren, at the following position r1b2rk1/1pp1qp2/1bnp3p/pN2p1pn/P1B1P3/1QPP1NB1/1P3PPP/2KR3R w - - 4 14 the ...
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How to play as black in the exchange Caro-Kann?

I used to be a Caro-Kann player and had great results in it against all lines except the exchange variation. I had a horrible score there and I wish to remedy that. What are some good middlegame plans ...
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How to use massive advantage in early opening - need help on where to learn

Context: I am around 15-1600 in terms of Chess.com blitz. My question was motivated by watching a Ben Finegold video where as a joke he played Ng8 Nf6 Ng8 Nf6 repeatedly at the start of the blitz game ...
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Need more clarity on the following chess concepts - planning, strategy, schematic thinking, backward thinking

I'm studying chess middlegame, specifically about planning. I'm trying to broaden my understanding of the terms - Planning, Strategy, Schematic thinking, and Backward thinking.
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Why hasn't any new endgame theory been developed from the endgame tablebases?

With all 7-man endgame tablebases completed years ago, and the 8-mean endgame tablebases in the works now, why have we not seen new strategies outlined for, say, how to win with rook and two knights ...
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The state of chess when it becomes solved (or nearly solved) [closed]

Let's take a hypothetical middlegame position, where there is one move that leads to checkmate for white and every other move is a draw. Let's say that grandmasters examining the position, but not ...
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Consequences of Missing a Single Game in a Rated Chess Tournament

I am participating in a rated chess tournament that spans multiple rounds, and I have a specific query regarding attendance. Suppose I have played the first 9 rounds of the tournament, but due to ...
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Why is it better to take with the knight than with the pawn in this position?

[fen "r3k1nr/p2b1ppp/4p3/3pP3/8/1p1B4/2PN1PPP/R3K2R w - - 0 1"] I recently had a chess game in which I played as white and the position was as shown in the picture. I chose the move cxb3, ...
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Need help on a specific situation (beginner friendly)

I am a beginner and got myself into this situation. (I'm white) Is there any way to get out of it or some tips somebody can give me or is this situation hopeless? I would appreciate it if you took a ...
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Game vs. Stockfish, not sure what I did wrong

[FEN ""] 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qd6 4. Be2 Nc6 5. Nf3 e5 6. d4 Nxd4 7. Nxd4 Qxd4 8. Qxd4 exd4 9. Nb5 Bd6 10. Nxd6+ cxd6 11. Bf4 Bf5 12. O-O-O Rc8 13. c3 dxc3 14. Bb5+ Kf8 15. Bxd6+ Ne7 ...
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Rook endgame book that goes through the strategy of such positions

Consider this position: [FEN "8/R4p2/P4kp1/7p/7P/4K1P1/r4P2/8 w - - 0 1"] 1. Kd4 Rxf2 2. Rc7 Ra2 3. a7 Kf5 4. Kc4 Kg4 ( 4... Ra1 5. Kb5 Rb1+ 6. Kc6 Ra1 7. Kb7 f6 8. a8=Q Rxa8 9. Kxa8 Kg4 ...
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Can't understand where is my fault in this game

I played with white. I suspect that not having control in the center might be the problem. Is that true or is there something else? The game GIF: https://lichess1.org/game/export/gif/qtKvS9zz.gif The ...
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Today's engines changing what was considered the best plan

So when I peruse the many strategy books I have, I have found many positions where there is a clear best plan, that seems clearly much better than all other plans. The variations given by the experts,...
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Nimzowitsch and the defensive theory of open lines

I have read from Nimzowitsch over and over again how one could use a file as the basis of a restraining operation. All those who know his work know what I speak of, but good players at all levels ...
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Trying to improve

I have a question hopefully someone can help me out. 3 days ago I won a tournament (25+5) semi-rapid section under 1450 OTB. I scored 5/5 beating some high rated players. My rating OTB semi-rapid ...
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Why is d5 better than dxe5 in this position?

I tried looking at a few lines with the engine but still couldn't quite understand how white managed to obtain a better position in some of the lines. Any help would be greatly appreciated. [Title &...
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Why is 11...Qg6 the best move in this line of the italian?

In the following position: 2kr3r/ppp1bppp/2nq4/1N2pb2/8/3PBN2/PPP2PPP/R2Q1RK1 b - - 4 11 The engine (Stockfish 14) suggests 11...Qg6 as the best move for black. It evaluates 11...Qg6 -3.4 compared to ...
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Which openings have a 0-0-0 long castle as white and as black?

Long castling is not very common. Are there any statistics as to how many games have long castle? And how many of them are won? Which openings can one typically play where there is a long castle, as ...
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Why is Nf6 a blunder here?

With Nf6, I'm trying to bring my Knight out. If the Bishop takes it, I can take the Bishop with by g7 pawn. Why is this a blunder?
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What is the easiest way to win this endgame in a blitz game?

Say you're in a blitz game and you and your opponent both have 45 seconds left. [Title "White to move"] [fen "6k1/3p2pp/p7/1pPq4/1P6/P5RP/6PK/8 w - - 0 45"] My question is how ...
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Why is Nh6 a mistake here? Why is Nf6 the best move?

I'm analyzing this game between me and Stockfish Level 1 on lichess.org: https://lichess.org/0SvUBEu0/black#4 With Nh6 I was trying to counter a possible Bxf7+. Without Nh6, the King would have to ...
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The difference between 2. Nc3 and 2. Bc4 after 1. e4 e5

After 1.e4 e5 what are the ideas behind 2.Nc3 versus 2.Bc4? [fen ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 (2. Bc4)
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Modern Benoni strategy question

Imagine that I have this position with White when playing against the Benoni defense [FEN ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e6 4. Nc3 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. e4 g6 7. Bd3 Bg7 8. h3 O-O 9. Nf3 a6 10. ...
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Can electronic music really have a positive effect on online chess? [closed]

I ask this question because of the public figures I have seen playing electronic music in the background, among them the runner-up Ian Nepomniachtchi. I cannot rely on my experiences, as they may be ...
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How to determine the right plan in a Carlsbad structure on the queenside for examples similar to this one

Let's say that I'm play from the Black side this position: [FEN ""] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. f4 Nf6 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. h3 Bxf3 7. Qxf3 e6 8. c3 Nc6 9. Bd3 Be7 10. Be3 a6 11. Nd2 b5 12. ...
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Why exchange bishop for knight in this endgame?

In this position, Stockfish gives black (me) -8.1 and recommends BxN. 8/5p2/4pkpp/p1n5/Pp6/1Bb1PP2/2PNK2P/8 b - - 7 28 Instead I played Kf5 and the evaluation plummets to -2.1. My understanding was ...
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London system plan against Qxb6 when white has time to go a3 and Rc1 getting out of pin

In the London system where white doesn't develop the b1 knight early the Qxb6 followed by a3 is considered a mistake due to the following sequence [FEN ""] 1. d4 d5 2. Bf4 Nf6 3. e3 c5 4. ...
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QGD is 3... Be7 better than 3...Nf6

3...Be7 a.k.a the Alatortsev Variation is a possible response as black for QGD players When I checked with the database 3...Nf6 is the most played move instead of 3...Be7. When black plays Nf6 they ...
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Is 2. c3 the best response against the Caro-Kann?

On chess.com, I was playing as White and my opponent played the Caro-Kann. I personally like the accelerated Panov Attack, 2. c4, but my mouse slipped and I played 2. c3. I was very mad when I did ...
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Walkover -- what is this?

I've never seen this before. I was playing a game on ChessArena.com, and I ended up getting something called a "Walkover". My rating on ChessArena for that game was 1090, and my opponent's ...
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How do you attack a king castled behind an open g file?

In a recent game, I got to this position as black: r2qk2r/4bppp/p1n1pn2/1p1p2B1/3P4/1BNQ1P2/PPP2P1P/R4RK1 b kq - 0 12 I wasn't really sure how to proceed. The black king looks vulnerable. Are there ...
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Strategic plans in the openings

I premise that I have an Elo score of 800. I'm reading a 7-book series by Garry Kasparov that seems quite comprehensive: it initially covers the general principles of an opening, then goes on to study ...
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What are the ideas and plans in the Boor Attack in the Exchange Slav?

In Friday morning's round (31st March 2023) in the Reyjkavik Open Simon Williams played the Boor Attack in the Exchange Slav, characterized by 5. f3 [Ben Finegold: "Never play f3"], as white ...
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Is better to lose a knight or a bishop when taking a queen/rook

I don't completely understand how knights and bishops (according to chess.com) have the same "piece value." If I were to be taking a queen (or rook), should I give up my knight or bishop? So ...
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I accidentally lost my queen and I resign is that a bad thing to do?

If it's bad what should I do? And I why resigning after I lost my queen is bad? I have no way to win, and I and I have to resign because I am going to lose anyway. So is it bad? [Event "...
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Please advise which books are about strategy with explanations [duplicate]

I have many books that show openings, endplays, tactics, different puzzle to find best moves, databases with games, articles... All this stuff shows specific moves, which I have to find by myself. I ...
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How to play as adult attacking Chess player against young chess prodigies

I'm an expert-level chess player, who enjoys playing dynamic chess, but I am struggling against young chess players (ages between 8-16), who have lower ratings. How can I improve my score against this ...
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Strange modern defense

I was playing with the white pieces yesterday and faced this opening frequently! [FEN ""] 1. d4 g6 2. c4 Bg7 3. Nc3 e6 4. e4 Ne7 5.Nf3 d5 This opening annoyed me because during the whole ...
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Chess calculation when there's more than 10 best moves

I have seen quite few positions where opponent has more than 10 good moves if I play a specific move. Even at that time, I have seen people calculate for so long. Is it that they are looking at all ...
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