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Questions relating to strategical play and long term planning in chess

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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, ...
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Why is closing the center by White generally considered a concession?

Why is closing the center by White generally considered a concession? I mean, pushing e4-e5 when there are Black Pawns on d5 (and e6), or pushing d4-d5 when there are Pawns on e5 (and d6), is often ...
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Best books on middlegame strategy?

What are the best works trying to systematically summarize all middlegame themes and strategies: e.g. space advantage, pawn structures, exposed king, minority attack, isolated pawn, hanging pawns, etc....
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Why is Qe2 stronger in this position?

I just finished reading Logical Chess Move by Move (should have read it before) and I just started with the Classic My System. I'm still on the beginners' part that talks about the center (can't wait ...
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Why can't knights lose tempo?

From Wikipedia: Kings, queens, bishops, and rooks can lose a tempo; a knight cannot (Müller & Pajeken 2008:40,175,189). Is there truth to this? Examples please. My context is towards developing ...
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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 The engine suggested ...
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Non-losing strategy for white

If you modify chess so that white gets to make one extra move within the first 10 moves, is it possible to show there is a non-losing strategy for white?
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Tournament strategy to gain maximum points

My question may seem a little odd. But, nevertheless: Planning to play in the tournament. 15 + 0 Swiss system. There will be players from beginner to CM. What do you consider best openings to ...
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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 did this guy resign, was there a strategic reason?

I have a hobby as an amateur chess player to watch top rated games on lichess.org, my personal favorite online chess platform. Usually after some analysis, I can figure out why players do particular ...
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Chess knowledge and understanding [duplicate]

I am not a beginner, but I am absolutely not a practicing chess player, although I would like for that to change. I am inquiring about which direction I should take in advancing my abilities and ...
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Chess Strategy Defined

I am trying to define chess strategy for myself, and I came up with the following explanation which I would like to get feedback on. Chess strategy can be defined as the creation of long term ...
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Applying Techniques in Tutorials

To preface, I've played chess a while but am just beginning to take it seriously in regards to the studying past games and different techniques. Bear with me as my question is a bit conceptual... The ...
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Top chess books and online software that would help me increase my rating

My current rating is 1200 and I had stopped chess for some time due to school exam pressure. What steps should I take to increase my rating? I do tactics from chess.com everyday. Please suggest some ...
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Is there a misuse of the word flanking in My System by Nimzowitch?

Has anyone read the new translation of My System by Aaron Nimzowitch published by New in Chess? In it, the word flanking seems to be used to describe both the attack of a piece from the side and from ...
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How do players “see” several moves ahead?

How can you predict what your opponent will play in the next 5 turns, 7 turns, 10 turns? If the game is like a tree, then the more the turns the more it will branch out. How can a player accurately ...
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Is chess a solved game?

Chess is a zero-sum game of limited decisions. The number of possible moves at any given point, and the number of possible states of the board, are all finite. Tic-Tac-Toe, is one of the easiest ...
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Which piece should I move and where should I move it when playing against black in chess when I have the first move of the game?

What is the first piece I should move as a novice chess player when beginning the game on the white side as a defensive strategy?
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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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Plan to proceed in this position

I have a position which the engine gives as favorable for black (black to move), but I am confused on what plan should black adopt, as white has a dangerous passed pawn and black doesn't; also ...
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Significance / Plan behind the move

White's last move was Ra2. I was to curious to know the plan behind or any strategical / tactical significance behind that move.
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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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Capturing one bishop

I was just looking for the best move in the position (White to move). And I thought that capturing the bishop in green square would be the best as it controls the open a8-h1 diagonal ,but the ...
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What plan should I have followed in this particular position?

I played a game today where I feel that I had a nice positional advantage (the computer supports my opinion) but I only managed to draw it in the end. This is the position that I consider to be ...