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Questions relating to strategical play and long term planning in chess

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Why are these weak squares important in this situation?

I'm watching a video on weak/strong squares. I think that I understand the concept, but not exactly why they are important in this game (Carlsen-Karjakin): The video explains how Carlsen maneuvered ...
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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 to make long-range plans?

I am intermediate Chess player, I can make common plans, but when it comes to create long plans, I can't plan. Can I please get some help? Thanks
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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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Why develop knights before bishops?

So, I've found the general advice that you should develop your knights before your bishops. Reasons I think are: 1) The knights almost always go to the main squares (c3,c6,f3,f6) (or sometimes to d7 ...
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What are some ways to get better at Antichess?

I have recently found out about a new chess variant called antichess. I was wondering how to get better at it. Are there any opening moves or strategies in antichess that might help beginners in this ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...