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How do GMs play the man not the board?

How do GMs "play the man, not the board" as some books say? Would that work for club level players or could they use other methods? Prepared variations? Trash talk? What are the ways one can play the ...
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What are some of the most instructive positional games covered in Agadmator's YouTube channel?

I am on a path to improve my chess and as of now I have phased it out to tactics endgames Tactics I can say with confidence I had good improvement in the last 8 months or so. About endgame, I kind ...
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What is the Dorfman method in chess?

On various occasions in commentaries or interviews, e.g. during the World Championship commentary with Peter Svidler and Anish Giri, I've heard the Dorfman method being mentioned. I then learned that ...
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Why is 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 b6 so unpopular?

Why is the Sicilian line with 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 b6 almost never played at any level, nor considered in books and similar? It seems logical to me, and after the usual 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Bb7, the Bishop is ...
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Analysis of a middlegame out of the Queen's Pawn Game: Zukertort Variation

What positional considerations must be made in order to come up with a plan for White in this position? What are the ideas behind the central squares and weaknesses that must be analyzed for both ...
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What should I do when I have no ideas and no strategies?

I'm really a beginner in chess, and I just know the rules. So many times in the game I have no idea what should I do. None of my pieces are in danger and I don't have any strategies. What should I do ...
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Doubt on how move as black after pawn in e5

I am still at the beginning in playing chess, and I often encounter the following situation. Consider this sequence of moves: [FEN ""] 1. e4 d5 2. e5 Presuming that I am the black player, how do ...
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Was this “caterpillar” strategy a good way to advance my pawns?

I recently played an endgame as Black in which I though up a silly, but effective, to advance my doubled pawns. Here’s the relevant part of the game. [FEN "8/6p1/2p2kp1/1p1p4/p2P2K1/P1P5/1P6/8 w - - ...
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Understanding Kh1 and Be3 in the King's Indian Defense Bayonet Attack

In this position (diagram), there have been two games where White played 14.Kh1 followed by 15.Be3, then Qe1 and Bf2. What is the idea behind 14.Kh1 and the other Kingside moves when Black is not ...
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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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Why did Fischer play 17.c4 here?

Why did Fischer play 17...c4 here? [fen "r4rk1/1q1n1pp1/4b2p/p1pp4/8/Q2NP3/PP2BPPP/R4RK1 b - - 0 1"] Doesn’t it make the bishop e6 a lot worse? I would have played rfb8 instead, but I am not Fischer....
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What sort of strategies unfold on this elongated board?

I recently found this incredibly elongated chess board on the /r/gaming subreddit, with this image: There was a comment thread discussing the potential strategies of playing on this board, with some ...
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What are pros and cons around banning castling?

Vladimir Kramnik has proposed on chess.com that castling be banned for the good of the game. What are the kinds of objective points that might be made for & against this idea? Based on these, do ...
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Examples of harmony?

Recently my chess tutor used a word which in hindsight is very interesting: harmony. He mentioned I should not just develop my pieces in the opening, but develop them harmoniously. Since then, I've ...
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D5 move closing my bishop activity

I would like to know why playing d5 in these two positions is useful for me (Black).
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About castling “fights”

Today I played as White in an interesting bullet game in which a strange “fight” occurred. [FEN ""] 1. d4 e6 2. Nf3 b6 3. e4 Bb7 4. Bd3 g6 5. Be3 Bg7 6. Nc3 Qe7 7. Qd2 Nc6 8. a3 a5 9. h3 h5 10. Qe2 ...
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What are some of the best chess opening moves, for white and black? [closed]

I am wondering the best opening moves are for both white and black, because I have won games with the pawn move 1. d2-d4.
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Why is, according to Stockfish (depth = 28), a4 the best move here for White?

This is a position from a game between Fischer and Ibrahimglu, 1970. Black's last move was 11. ... Qc7 from d8. According to Stockfish (depth = 28), 12. a4 is the best move for White. The other ...
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English/KID loss as white to a 2300+ player

[FEN ""] [Date "6/9/2018"] [Round "2"] [White "Me"] [Black "Opponent"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "1874"] [BlackElo "2332"] 1. c4 Nf6 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. Nc3 O-O 5. e4 d6 6. Nge2 c5 7. O-O Nc6 8. d3 ...
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Assessing an early c4 against white's Stonewall structure

I made a horrible decision as black in a game, and I do not understand why it's incorrect. [fen "rn2kb1r/pp2pppp/1q3n2/2pp4/3P1P2/2PQPN2/PP4PP/RNB1K2R b - - 0 1"] I played c4, Stockfish considers ...
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To what extent is the openness/closedness of positions determined by white? By black?

Say I am playing as white and I strongly prefer closed positions while my opponent strongly prefers open positions. To what extent do I have control over this? Will the game more likely end with a ...
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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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What are the benefits and the drawbacks of the Sicilian defense [duplicate]

I am learning to play chess, and I am focusing my attention on the Sicilian defense. Many people says is one of the best openings against e4 when playing with black, and I think also it is a good ...
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Is this endgame winnable for white? (Knight vs two connected passed queenside pawns)

I would like to know if this endgame is winnable for white. Black to play. Any help would be greatly appreciated :)
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In the Dutch Defense, why does white play b3 and Ba3?

In the Stonewall Dutch Defense, why does white play b3 and Ba3? Should I try to avoid it, or does it not matter? [fen ""] 1. Nf3 e6 2. d4 f5 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 d5 5. O-O Bd6 6. b3 O-O 7. c4 c6 8. Ba3
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Tips on how to beat a computer?

What strategy should I use to win a chess game against a chess computer? The engine is able to make decisions on an about 3 moves deep search graph. Please do not say check every move in the next 4 ...
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What is the best way to improve Crazyhouse or Bughouse skills?

I have been playing Chess variants for a while now, and I would like to know how to improve my skills in bughouse and crazyhouse. Does anyone have any tips or strategies that would apply to either? ...
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Does it make sense for White to play as “Black” when he's lost the initiative?

In this game, White appears to have lost the initiative against the Nimzo Indian defense as early as the fourth move, and certainly by the eighth move. If White's next four moves were 1) e3, 2) Nf3, ...
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Why was 20.Qe3 so good in Botvinnik-Sorokin?

Why was 20.Qe3 so good in Botvinnik-Sorokin? It doubles the pawns, and doesn’t do much else.
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I can't figure out how to find tactics

Why is it hard for me to find tactics? For example, I want to take their queen, but I don't know how can I get to specific back steps, unless I play normally (it would take time).
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Would you look for mate, if tactics to win materials are easier to spot?

I'm black, I defeated a 1830 very easily in a 11 + 10 game and I had plenty of time, but I played fast and didn't see mate, he was low on time. Analyzing with lichess engine [fen "2k2r2/ppp5/7p/...
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Loss to a master, where did I go wrong? Two knights 4.d3 (black)

[FEN ""] [Date "6/15/2018"] [Round "6"] [White "Opponent"] [Black "Me"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2248"] [BlackElo "1874"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d3 Be7 5. O-O O-O 6. Bb3 d6 7. c3 Bg4 8. ...
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What Strategic Plan White Player should have implemented in the Middle game?

I played a game yesterday on chess.com with the Pirc Defence. I am kind of weak in the endgame but I was concerned about the middle game plan. Was my approach the wrong one? Why and where did I lose? ...
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Is it a good habit for an amateur to always try to play the best move (according to his best calculation and knowledge)?

Is it a good habit for an amateur to always try to play the best move (according to his best calculation), instead of sometimes purporsely play an inferior move hoping that his opponent does not know ...
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Why do titled players always play online (blitz) speed chess?

If you have been to an online chess server, you will notice that almost all titled players always play quick games (3 0) at a max. On the other hand, if you go to tournaments, it needs cool thinking ...
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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, ...
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Carlsen beat a high ranking GM with 1 Nh3. Conclusions?

In 2018, Magnus Carlsen played a rapid game on chess.com agaisnt Grandmaster Aleksey Dreev in which his opening move was 1. Nh3. [Title "Magnus Carlsen-Alexey Dreev, Pro Chess League, chess.com INT, ...
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Analysis of a position of a low rated player in order to improve

I am a beginner in chess, and I am trying to learn how to play well. I am rated 800 in Chess.com, so I have a really low rating, and I am trying to improve it. I was playing a game and I have been in ...
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Analysis of a position in order to find the best move

I am trying to learn to play chess, but it is not an easy task. I am playing as much as possible and try to watch games an reading in order to learn. I am playng on Chess.com, and a lot of times I ...
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What should be my plan?

This is a game I played recently. After 12. Be2 ..., I really didn't know how to proceed. Eventually, after thinking for a very long time (>30 minutes, it's a correspondence game by the way), I moved ...
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Why would a player throw a game?

So I am kind of new to chess and I have been playing online. I have been playing for a year and I consider myself a mediocre player, not too good and not too bad. Recently I got this invitation from ...
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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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Why couldn't I win this Maroczy Bind (vs 2000)?

[FEN ""] [Date "6/10/2018"] [Round "5"] [White "Me"] [Black "Opponent"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [WhiteElo "1874"] [BlackElo "2000"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Bg7 5. c4 Nf6 6. Nc3 Nc6 7. Be3 O-...
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Improving the endgame: Principles

I find I am weakest in the endgame, which is arguably the most important part of chess. Usually when I reach the endgame I have an advantage, often a pawn or a "winning" pawn formation, but I am not ...
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Improving my skills is getting harder

I am new to chess and I am playng mostly online at sites like chess.com. Now I have a rate around 800, so it is still low, but my problem is that improving my skills is getting hard. The arrival to ...
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How to play vs the 1…e6 and 2…d6 Pawn structure?

I've noticed that sometimes beginners play 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d6 as Black. [FEN ""] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d6 As strange as it may seem, I find it difficult to play vs this neglected defense. Is it better to ...
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Is a wasted tempo with an early …a6 or …h6 by Black in the opening really compromising?

Is a wasted tempo in the opening for Black with an early ...a6 or ...h6 really dangerous? For example, in the following opening: [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 a6 (or 3...h6) Or in the following: ...
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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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Portisch-Radulov, Moscow 1977. Doesn't 16.c5 lose a pawn?

[title "Portisch-Radulov, Moscow 1977"] [fen "2r2rk1/pb1n1ppp/1ppqp3/8/2PPQ3/1P3NP1/P4PBP/R2R2K1 w KQkq - 0 1"] Doesn't 16.c5 just lose a pawn?
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It's true that a middle game plan is to push the rest of central pawns?

A master 2250 said to me that i should put my pieces so all my central pawns to be pushed. For example if I have e4 d5 with white, a valid plan is advancing c4 and f4. Or with black if I have for ...

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