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Questions relating to reasoning behind a move, plan, or idea

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Why, in this Capablanca game, was this move considered bad?

Regarding this position: [fen "r2qr1k/pbpn1pbp/1p1p1np1/4p3/1PP5/3P1NP1/PBQNPPBP/R2R2K1 w - - 1 1"] I have 2 questions: 1)If the game goes 1..c5 2.b5 the engine shows white slightly better but if 1....
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Overprotection Of A Piece

What exactly is the logic behind the concept of “overprotection of a piece”? Wikipedia says that it "...provides greater freedom of movement for the pieces protecting that square." If the protected ...
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Making the best use of a coach?

Currently I pay for lessons, and I surely see value. I've gotten from the low 600s to being able to give USCF 1200s a run for their money. It's not much, but it makes me pretty happy. But I feel ...
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How do I promote my pawn when the king blocks it?

I was playing ChessEndGames and ran into this position (white to move): [fen "5k2/8/4PK2/8/8/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"] I can't get my pawn to promote. As soon as I do e7, black follows with Ke8. If I do Ke5,...
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How to proceed with the book “Pawn Structure Chess” by Andrew Soltis?

Should I memorize everything in the book, or use it in some other way?
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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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Three Pieces in the Attack

As a kid, my coach, an International Master, was repeating "if you have three pieces or more in the attack you can sacrifice without thinking!" However, don't take this rule too literally! Chess is ...
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How can I prevent games from dragging on?

How can I prevent a game from dragging on, taking 60+ moves to get anywhere near finishing? I mainly encounter this when playing people at or below my level (~1400). This never happens when playing ...
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Is there any resource where you can look up a board position and read a number of suggested moves?

Is there any resource where you could just plug in the positions of all the pieces on the board and, for example, see an annotated page where different people or computer-generated bots have analyzed ...
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Human analysis for a KRBNNPP against KRRN ending?

This line of play leads to this position: [White "White"] [Black "Black to move"] [FEN "8/rp4p1/1N1nkb2/3n4/6R1/1R6/8/2K5 b - - 1 38"] StockFish 10+ assures me that Black has a big advantage, but I ...
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Opening preparation

I have observed that I can beat the Lichess computer at level 5 most of the time if I use the computer hint function for the first 13 moves (basically the opening). If I do not so, I end up losing 6 ...
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How to play around outposts?

[Title "The knight on f5"] [FEN "1r1qr1k1/2pb1pp1/2np1n1p/ppb1p3/4P2N/2PP2NP/PPB1QPP1/R1B1K2R b KQ - 5 13"] I recently played a Blitz game that perfectly underlines my biggest weakness: I don't know ...
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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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How to “bore your opponent to death”?

“The Caro-Kann has often been maligned for being dry and boring, played by those wishing to bore their opponents to death.” – IM (WGM) Jovanka Houska Are there other defenses in which black can bore ...
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Pawn Structure Change in the Pirc - dxe5 or Nxe5?

As black I reached this position in a recent game [White "Somebody"] [Black "Ian Bush"] [Result "*"] [ECO "B07"] [FEN ""] [StartPly "23"] 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Be3 c6 5.f3 b5 6.a3 Nbd7 7.Bd3 ...
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Game analysis - Understanding the potential of this queenside expansion

From the game Samuel Reshevsky vs Henrique Mecking in the Sousse Interzonal (1967). [fen "r2qnr2/1pnb1pbk/3p2pp/p1pPp3/2P1P2N/PPN1B1PP/3Q1P2/1R2RBK1 w - - 0 1"] 1.Na4 Na6 2. Rec1 Rb8 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Qb2 ...
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Help with the Sicilian Defence - I need to understand those early pawn moves

Why we often see many pawn moves in the Sicilian Defense? I would imagine that this harms the development of the black pieces. For instance, there is this line: [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 a6 ...
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Is It Good Or Bad To Trade Too Much?

One aspect of my style in chess is that I like to trade a lot. Is trading too much bad?
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What are strategic elements for a correct piece sacrifice?

I want know which plus elements need to have in general positions for a correct piece sacrifice! Or how do you know that a sacrifice is correct in complicated position?
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What strategic plan, for the White player, needed to implemented in the middlegame?

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 middlegame plan. Was my approach the wrong one? Why, and where, did I lose? ...
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Heavy piece endgame with 2 extra pawns-how to convert?

1r6/5pk1/2q1p1pp/3p4/r2P4/2P4P/PPQ2PP1/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1 It's White to move. White is 2 passed pawns up, but Black is very active. I'm sure objectively White is winning, but how? Black will attack ...
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Q+N in attacking K

I've always been told that Q and N are very strong in attacking K. Could someone show me some real GM games where Q+N attack decides the game? (where at the end of the aggression, the attacking side ...
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I was up a piece but could not win. What went wrong?

I lost this game and I am not looking for a computer analysis, but what approach should I have taken instead? The game continued 1. Rxd4 Rb7 2. Rxc4 dxc4 3. a4 b4 4. Bd4 Rd7 5. Bb6 c3 6. Rb1 Rd5 7. ...
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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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How do I respond to 8. g3?! in the 4. e3 Slav?

This is taken from a rapid game where my opponent threw me by playing 8. g3, coming out of book in the 4. e3 Slav: [FEN ""] [StartPly "17"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c6 ...
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Is there any website or software that are like “Guess the move” training program in chesstempo?

I find the "Guess the move" training program in chesstempo website very helpful. But this is not free and also the number of games is not much (compared to tactics training program which is in the ...
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Example highlighting overprotection

Nimzovich was a proponent of the idea of over-protection, 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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Need help with study plan

I am 1700-ish player and have too much time to play, and I didn't choose a study plan. I searched on the web about it, but no one has clearly defined study plan except chess.com and their study plan ...
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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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Is there any more purpose to various openings than to get a positional advantage?

I have a grasp on tactics at this point, but when it comes to openings, I am lost. I follow the principles of developing my pieces toward the center with an eye towards castling. Beyond this, I don't ...
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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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Should you always try your best (play as if your opponent is a grandmaster)?

Should you always play with your "best" skills no matter how (un)skilled your opponent is? Is there a situation where intentionally not playing to the best of your abilities is a good strategy? Like, ...
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Middle game and endgame principles

In the opening, it's helpful for me as a beginner to remember some basic principles: develop your pieces, castle, knights before bishops (generally), don't move the same piece twice, etc. Are there ...
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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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Why was 3…c5 for black was a bad move?

I played a player ranked about 450 points higher, and I was out-played. I managed to give a fight but was trailing all along. The player used the English opening and on third move I (black) played c5....
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Going from a winning position to losing one [closed]

I often go from winning positions to losing positions. What could I do to stop doing this? For an example, take a look at this games of in which I played as Black. [FEN ""] 1. e4 {0} 1... e5 {4} 2....
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Chess thought process

Can any of the higher rated players here (1500+) talk about their thought process during a game so I can improve my own? For example, my own process goes like this: Am I hanging a piece with this ...
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Why is Bxh6 not preferred here?

[FEN "rnb1k2r/ppppqppp/4p2n/4P3/2PP4/2PB1N2/P4PPP/R1BQK2R w KQkq - 3 9"] I was just post-analyzing a game of mine with an engine and to my surprise in the position displayed above, it didn't even ...
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Is there a better winning plan from move 37?

From move 37-43 my plan was to convince my opponent to open the position for me with f4. This worked. If they did not oblige then I was going to walk my king to c7 to free up my rook from defense of ...
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How do I increase my chances to win as black in the Ruy Lopez?

The Ruy Lopez is one of the most difficult lines for me to play against. I just can't hold my position when I play as black. If I move 3... Nd4, I always get a draw at best, and usually take a loss. ...
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French defense: Key ideas on the Winawer

I am beginning to study the Winawer variation (1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4), mainly because the only line I actually know against 3.Nc3 is the Rubinstein (3...dxe4), which is very dry and boring to my ...
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Forcing a pawn move

To create a weak square it has been suggested to me to force my opponent to make a pawn move: Weak and strong squares. How do you do that? Is there a general situation to force a pawn move? Or are ...
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Finding a plan in the Archangels Spanish when white plays Be3 to exchange the dark-squared bishop

Black to play and find a plan: [FEN ""] [StartFlipped "1"] [StartPly "25"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 Bc5 7. c3 d6 8. h3 O-O 9. Qe2 Bb7 10. d3 Ne7 11. Be3 Bxe3 12. ...
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What is 'space' on a chessboard?

I know, I know, this sounds like a ridiculous question, but bear with me. As an example of my lack of understanding, let's take the advanced variation of the French defense. [title "Advanced ...
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Counting attackers and defenders, which pieces count?

I've heard multiple times the idea of counting attackers and defenders in estimating whether an attack/sacrifice will succeed. However, I think authors are quite loose in counting who is the attacker ...

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