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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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The move g5 in this position

I would like to know what is the reason why g5 is a necessary move for Black. I now see that what I played Bd7 is horrible as it hangs a pawn on d6 after Qb4. I cannot see why I should weaken the f5 ...
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Playing d5 in the Pirc defense

Two days ago, I played, a game as Black and after the analysis I was quite surprised to see that the computer suggested, in several moves throughtout the game, the move d5. In this position I think ...
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When should you trade to prevent castling?

The main question I have is about a game I played. What do I need to know about how to take a piece so that my opponent's king can no longer castle? In the following game, I played Bxd2+ to do so. ...
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Pawns pushes in the center

There are some situations in chess where a pawn push in the center is the most played move, and also the one suggested by engines. However this is not done for winning material, but just for trading ...
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Advance of d4 in the Ruy Lopez

I was White in this position, and Black had just played f6. [FEN "r1bqkb1r/ppppn1pp/2n2p2/1B2p3/4P3/5N2/PPPP1PPP/RNBQ1RK1 w kq - 0 1"] I played c3 to prepare a push of d4 and strike the center. ...
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Idea behind sacrifice pawn

I would like to know what compensation White gets after the pawn sacrifice 6. b4. To me, giving back the pawn just for a tempo, i.e. Bb5, does not seem to be enough.
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Choosing the best move in the given position

I was just guessing the best move in the position.(white to move). I thought Rc1 would be the best move forcing white to exchange the white's dark square bishop and preserving the white's light ...
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Opening Moves: Pawn Chains and Countering Attacks

What is it called when your opponent opens with their pawns in a zigzag formation, leaving the front line defended by the back? (Pawn Chain) Also what is the best way to counter this move?
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What are some advantages/disadvantages of accepting/declining gambits?

Most of the time I see gambits are declined, but what are the advantages or disadvantages of accepting or declining gambits? I know this depends on the type of gambit, but I am looking for a more ...
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Purpose behind the move

I was just guessing the best move in the given position(black to move) . I thought it would be 'Be6' , But the engine gave 'c5' , which weakens the 'd5' square . I want to know the plan behind the ...
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Which are the ideas in the Van't Kruijs Opening?

In a game with a friend, he made a really unexpected move, e3: [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/4P3/PPPP1PPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] Afterwards, when analysing the game I found its name is Van't Kruijs ...
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Novice - Capitalizing on players not knowing their openings?

I am a 1400-rated player currently working on my theory and understanding of openings. I am good at learning lines, much more so than others at my rating. But I'm less sure on where/how to learn the ...
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How do I learn to understand the middlegame?

I am trying to train tactics as well as my general understanding of the beginning/middlegame. I spent a good bit of time understanding endgames, per chessmaster recommendations and those I can ...
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As Black, against 1. d4, what opening would you recommend me which is solid, positional, slow, strategic, quiet, closed, and similar to the Caro-Kann?

I'm a 1750 Elo player. I have a very positional, quiet and strategic style of play. As White I play 1. d4, but I plan to also learn 1. Nf3 soon. As Black against 1. e4 I play the Caro-Kann. I would ...
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What is the theory behind center control?

Center control is an important aspect of playing chess, most openings are built around controlling the center, but why? Is center control really that important for winning a game?
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Why not 1.d4 Nf6 2.d5?

Why isn't 1.d4 Nf6 2.d5 a good move? It gains space in the center. As beginners we are told that after 1.d4, 1...d5 directly opposes White's ambitions in the center, stopping d4-d5 (similarly, in some ...

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