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Questions tagged [strategy]

Questions relating to strategical play and long term planning in chess

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4 player chess tips

I recently looked into chess.com's four player chess. Its fun but had little success until now. I usually try and play moves to open my diagonal pieces but centre queen rushes always bring trouble. I ...
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Continue the Attack, Or Meet the Positional Threat?

In the league last night the following position came up: [Date "2017.10.26"] [White "Ian Bush"] [Black "Not Ian Bush"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [StartPly "28"] [FEN ""] 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5....
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Game with computers choosing the worst possible moves [duplicate]

Since chess engines in one way or an other rank alternative moves, it should be able to search for the worst move as well as the best. Have engines played each others trying to lose, and what has come ...
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Capture towards the center vs. undoubling

There is a spoken advice to capture with the pawns always towards the center. This situation let me think for a while. Is undoubling here not better?
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What is 'control?'

One of the important factors to take into account is 'control' of squares, ranks, files and diagonals. But what exactly, does it mean when we say that a player 'controls' space? The reason I ask is ...
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What was the lookahead capability for Carlsen's Queen sacrifice? [closed]

How many moves ahead did Carlsen see his Queen sacrifice in the final game, and how many moves ahead did the strongest chess program spot it?
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Would you exchange your queen for two rooks? [duplicate]

The question is general, not pinned to a particular position. But for example here is a self-fabricated position: [FEN "6k1/p4ppp/1r1r2n1/1N6/P7/3Q4/2P3PP/1K6 w - - 0 1"] 1. Qxd6 Rxd6 2. Nxd6
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When is a bishop and knight stronger than the rook?

Often times, players will trade their rook for the opponent's knight and bishop. This seems to have a slight advantage materialistically as a rook is worth 5 and a knight and bishop are worth 6 total....
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Engine with emphasis on strategic/positional analysis

Are there engines are especially recommended for strategic/positional analysis? I'm especially looking to use the engine in complex, opening position.
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Slav Defense/Loss to 1800 player: how to improve?

This is a recent OTB tournament game I lost to a player of the same strength as me (1800). My feeling is that I played poor positional chess and continuously failed to capitalize on his suspect play. ...
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Midgame zugzwang?

I'm aware that sometimes in the endgame, one player is able to create a fortress and is fine with just shuffling their pieces to a draw. However, in the midgame, with nearly all the pieces still on ...
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Why an analyser labels this move as a blunder?

On the picture, you see the move that was offered by the analyzer. My move was Na5. Forking the Queen and the bishop, so I can negate white's atack on f7 and defending the undefended pawn b7, so the ...
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How did I go wrong?! Embarassing Loss

this is a recent online game I played. I'm usually about an 1800 USCF player, but I had this very disappointing loss to a 1400 level player. Stronger players might look at this sub-par game and wonder ...
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How important is castling? How much is it worth?

Are there some statistical values for the worth of castling? Are there some numbers, for example in centipawn that can represent the value of castling?
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What next? I'm stuck!

Sorry if this question is waaay too long, but I just want professional chess players to know exactly what I think and help me. I'd appreciate it if anyone interested went through my question ...
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One of my games [duplicate]

I played black. The game was over in two hours. I would like anyone's opinion on my game. [Event "Let's Play!"] [Site " Chess.com"] [Date "Jun 19, 2017"] [White "PATELAKSHAY"] [Black "...
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Improving my game

I am more than a novice in chess ( I got 5 points out of 9 in a local tournament) but I want to play really well. My biggest problem is I don't know what moves to make in the middle game, and can't ...
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Attacking play in chess

How do I play in an attacking manner? I know it sounds silly, but whenever I play, I am usually on the defensive. My opponents attack, forcing me into a corner, and usually won. The few times I attack,...
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Doubling pawns on the c file in King's Indian

Usually King's Indian players don't seem to be afraid to double the pawns on the c file if that means trading a knight for the dark-squared bishop. I was just wondering what are the plans that Black ...
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Can't apply strategical knowledge in tournament games

I'm currently in a tournament and I'm losing terribly. The problem is that I never implement the strategic things I learned in books (reassess your chess, my system, etc...) I just calculate some ...
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Creating opportunities for tactics other than by enemy mistakes [closed]

Tactics, such as the pin, skewer, and fork, take advantage of uncompromised positions of pieces, and sometimes inadequately guarded pieces. Usually, tactics can also occur during an intermezzo. If ...
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What Strategic Plan White Player should have implemented in the Middle game?

I was playing yesterday this game in Chess.com and it is Pirc Defence . I am kind of weak in End game but I was concerned about the Middle game Plan . Was White's approach was the incorrect one ? Why ...
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Why was Nd2 played? instead of f4!

1kb4r/4r3/p1p3p1/Pp1p1p1p/1P1P3P/5PP1/2P2K2/1NR2R2 w - - 0 1 1. Nd2 Rhe8 (1... f4!) (1. f4!) Silman suggests 1. Nd2, with a black response of Rhe8. Wouldn't black just respond with 1...f4! instead? ...
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Significant and efficient advice for amateurs

I was once at a cafe on a Saturday; a novice joined our chess club meeting to have fun. After observing his opening moves, I concluded he randomly used pawns to attack the opponent (completely ...
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Pawn promotion strategy

Why is it so important to KEEP a pawn from promoting if you have a piece situated so that when the pawn promotes your next move can be to capture it? Is this a matter of tempo? Frankly, once the pawn ...
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What are the symptoms of a weak back rank?

In the search for answers beyond immediately threatening back rank mates. How early is it possible to spot that you'll have problems down the aisle, from a strategic perspective? What are the defining ...
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In Sicilian Defense with pawn structure as in Scheveningen, what should black do when playing d5 does not look so good?

As black, I always play the Sicilian against e4. I personally like the Scheveningen system but to avoid the Keres Attack, I play a6 before e6: [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. ...
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What are the mistakes committed by players who take many years to become an expert?

I am a beginner and am targeting to become an expert. I see many people who barely takes 4 years to become an expert and many people who take 10 years to become an expert. I don't want to repeat the ...
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How to play the opening?

I've been working on planning and my positional chess by reading How to reassess your chess by Jeremy Silman. In his book he talked about the opening that the true purpose of every opening was to ...
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Don't know what moves to make/Feeling lost all the time?

My tactics and calculation abilities are fairly decent since I practice chess puzzles a lot but I seem to be lacking in other areas? I always feel uncomfortable in a lot of chess games even though I'...
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Can white still win this?

Is it possible for white to turn the tables and win this game or is it "almost" over? [FEN "1r4k1/2p2pp1/5r1p/p1p1p1bq/P1PpP1b1/1P1P1NP1/2N1QPKP/1R1R4 w KQkq - 0 1"] 1. Nce1 What would you do if ...
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What kind of statistics should I run on a database? [closed]

I have written a python script to verify the strategical rule of "controlling the center". I have parsed the free 2.2 million games database (it takes about 5 minutes) and I have found that the ...
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Strategic implications in this puzzle by S. Polgar/P. Truong

Usually chess puzzles at my level (beginner) have just one or two forced variations and a clear achievement, like a substantial material gain or checkmate. Once in a while, though, a puzzle leaves me ...
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What is chess style?

People talk about chess stylet. Obviously, some players such as Tal or Shirazi sought out highly tactical positions but is there anything more to it than that? The only alternative to being a ...
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How to learn chess if you're still a 3-digit rating after a few years

I know how all the pieces move and I've learned about castling and en passant. But all I do is play online against other people and get wrecked because I don't know how to "play." I make moves like ...
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Why does black not move Queen here?

in this board, after Nf5 as indicated, why does stockfish suggest the best move is king-knight e7? Surely it would be better to save the Q to h7 towards the check-mate on h2 (white knight blocks the ...
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Was I right to capture the pawn in this position

I played a blitz game against a 1900 player which I won. I'm interested in this position, I'm black, black to move. The computer recommended to take the bishop, but I didn't want to take immediately, ...
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A first book for a chess beginner

I am thinking about getting my first chess book. After making a bit of research, people recommend to not worry about opening and endings and start with a primer on general strategy. That description ...
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Undermining pawn chains at the “wrong” end

Usually if there is a blocked pawn chain one is trying to attack it close to its base with a pawn from the side. For instance, in the classical king's Indian black is playing f5 (not c6) and later (...
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Monte Carlo Chess

I am trying to develop a Monte Carlo Chess game, to get rid of draw death in higher ranked matches, and give humans a chance against engines. I want it to still be a strategic game, just with ...
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Neither Attacking nor Defending?

I am a novice in chess. After about ten moves, I sometimes get into a situation where I am neither attacking nor defending and really can't figure out what my next move should be (that is I don't want ...
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Chess variation where the goal is to lose all pieces

A friend challenged me to a chess variation I have never heard of. All chess rules apply. If you have an opportunity to take a piece, you must take it, you cannot avoid or block exchanges. The only ...
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Why not fight off a bishop on row 5 with pawns?

Oftentimes a bishop will move to b5 or g5 early in the game. I personally never do this because I see a6 coming, and if I move the bishop back to a4, then b5, nearly trapping the bishop, and ...
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What's the goal of a minority attack?

I understand the definition of a minority pawn attack, is when one side has less pawns than other in a flank of the board (or any sector) and advances them to trade them with the oponent. The question ...
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Example highlighting overprotection

Nimzovich was a proponent of the idea of overprotection, a concept which I don't understand well enough to ever implement in my games. Are there any example games at the GM level that illustrate this ...
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How should I have decided which side to attack on?

I played black and was a pawn up. My plan was to castle on the opposite side from white's king, then use my majority on that side to pawn storm him. So on the turn shown below, I was about to castle ...
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Does three-player chess have any special tactics I should know about?

In chess, attacking the centre and using major pieces to support minor pieces to support pawns are common tactics. In three-player chess the game is more complex. Should I be taking the centre, ...
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Did it make sense for Lasker to play the Exchange variation of the Ruy Lopez in 1914?

In 1914, world champion Emanuel Lasker was trailing future world champion J.R. Capablanca in a tournament, meaning that he needed to win, not just draw, against Capablanca. He played the exchange ...
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Does knowing your opponent's personality have any influence on the game-plan

From Reputation and badges should be kept hidden until the question is answered, the below assertion is presented: It is often asked in chess, that does the personality of the opponent player has any ...
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Simultaneously managing attack and defense

I am an amateur chess player. I have the knowledge of pawn structure, development of the pieces and control of the center in the opening. After that my midgame rationale is attacking the weak pieces, ...