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When is it a good idea to capture the fianchettoed bishop?

According to Simon Williams, from 25:10 and forwards of this stream, his opponents attempt at capturing his fianchettoed bishop with a bishop and queen battery is not a good idea "in these types of ...
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Is this position a forced win for Black after move 14?

In this Lichess game, [FEN ""] 1.c4 e5 2.e4 d6 3.Nc3 Be6 4.Nf3 Nc6 5. d4 exd4 6.Nxd4 Nxd4 7.Qxd4 c5 8.Qd3 g6 9. Be2 Bg7 10.O-O Nh6 11.Re1 Ng4 12.Bxg4 Bxg4 13.e5 Bxe5 14.Nd5 Qh4 15. Nc7+ Kd7 16. ...
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How would you make a queenside pawn storm opening idea work?

I played a Lichess bullet game as Black in which I disregarded any opening theory because I just wanted to mount up a pawn storm on the queenside. Has anybody come across this idea? It seems to me ...
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Guarding my seventh rank and a king walk assualt

A few weeks ago. I won a game as Black on lichess.com.. [FEN ""] [startply "48"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d5 3. Bd3 c4 4. Be2 e6 5. d4 cxd3 6. Qxd3 Nc6 7. exd5 Qxd5 8. a3 Nf6 9. c4 Qxd3 10....
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Conceptually, what makes the Sicilian opening sensible for black?

We all know the Sicilian as shown below, is one of the most famous and commonly employed openings in chess. But compared to the other replies, which tend to be more about fixing the center (such as e5,...
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The Game of the Century - why didn't Byrne take the rook after he forked Fischer?

I'm guessing that there's a pretty simple explanation for this, but I can't seem to see it. [White "Donald Byrne"] [Black "Robert James Fischer"] [fen ""] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. d4 O-O 5....
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In a KP-K endgame, if the enemy king is in front of the pawn, is it always a draw?

In a KP-K endgame, if the enemy king is in front of the pawn, is it always a draw? I've tried it in various positions, yet my opponent always is able to get in front somehow and promote the pawn. I ...
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Hanging square and deflection tactic leading to a back rank checkmate

[FEN "2r1r1k1/5ppp/8/8/Q7/8/5PPP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1"] The important square of e8 square is hanging. It is hanging because if white can take that square it's checkmate. Is this a hanging square tactic? ...
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Would a professional level player put their queen in danger of capture from the opposing queen with protection?

Every now and then I will move my queen into a position that puts it in position to be captured by the opposing queen. Sometimes my opponents takes it and I capture their queen immediately. Also, ...
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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 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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Is it better to start without a queen or without any pawns?

I think that this question really can be answered rigorously with good analysis. It is opinion-based, but not completely since some results in this direction can be obtained, and strict and general ...
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The difference between Rad1 and Rfd1

I've always wondered, what are the main tactical and strategic differences between Rad1 and Rfd1 (or Rad8 and Rfd8 as black)? I know it's a subtlety, but my guess is there are some common principles ...
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Short and long term plans in a closed game in the Sicilian Defense

Today, I have played a game as Black. I reached this position, with Black to play: The position, as you can see, is closed. The truth is that I had difficulty finding a plan here, considering the ...
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Sicilian Defence, Dragon Variation

[FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 O-O 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. O-O-O d5 10. exd5 Nxd5 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. Bd4 What is White's plan & idea behind 12. Bd4 move?
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Why is c4 bad when playing the London against a King's Indian?

Recently I (rated ~1900 "classical" on Lichess) played the following opening: 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 g6 3.e3 Bg7 4.Nf3 O-O 5.Nbd2 d6 6.c4 [FEN "rnbq1rk1/ppp1ppbp/3p1np1/8/2PP1B2/4PN2/PP1N1PPP/R2QKB1R w KQ - ...
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Winning plan for black in this line of French Defense: Advance Variation Main Line

I play the French Defense as both white and black. I often play this line with black suggested by Korchnoi if I am not wrong. I have found a way to prevent the sudden b4, via Bd7 (if 8.Rb1 Bd7 9.b4 ...
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Could playing in chess tournaments make you really good at chess?

This is essentially the same as my question https://psychology.stackexchange.com/questions/23207/could-being-given-unlimited-tries-to-correctly-answer-an-open-ended-question-be except that it's ...
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At what point does this mental trick stop working?

Sometimes, I'll be in a position where my opponent is threathening to do something and I cannot stop it. So, in response, I play a move that looks pretty dangerous and clever, but which I in fact have ...
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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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What is the best strategy for white in this position?

1n3r2/q4pbk/3p2pp/r1pPp3/1pB1P3/1P2BP2/2PQ2PP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1 I was white in the diagram position in an OTB game I played recently. However, I couldn't find a satisfactory plan. Playing f4 is always ...
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What are some ideas for black in the Ruy Lopez when white plays an early d3?

If white plays an early d3 in the Ruy Lopez (presumably after c3 to give the light-squared bishop a retreat square) what are some ideas for black? I'm talking about those lines where white doesn't ...
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Studying why Gardner's Minichess Variant is solved?

I recently came across an interesting article that proves Gardner's Minichess is solved (2013) and the theoretical result is a draw. Might studying why Minichess is a theoretical draw help me better ...
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Comparing 9...a6 to 9...b6 in the Panov-Botvinnik Attack

This question is motivated by a recent LiChess game where I was black where I played the Caro-Kann and white played the Panov-Botvinnik Attack: [fen ""] [Site "https://lichess.org/J9cdDkL5"] [Date "...
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Predicting color and opponent

Is there any way to predict, with some certainty, my next opponent and color for next round in a swiss tournement on chess-result: http://chess-results.com/tnr406767.aspx?lan=1
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Is there a winning strategy for Losing chess?

Losing chess has been proven to be a win for white, with the opening move 1. e3 The proof consists of a number of huge game trees which show that each variation must end in a white win, but is there ...
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Chess strategy versus positional chess

If one master writes a book on chess strategy (example here) and another writes a book on positional chess (example here), are they writing more or less on the same subject? Do other major chess ...
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Bullet tips and tricks [closed]

Nowadays with speedy Internet and in order to play lots of opponents and to decrease the chance of cheating, people are opting for Bullet or blitz. Generally I prefer to play Larsen opening or ...
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Understanding Kramnik's play in game 1 of Candidates 2018

The position I'm studying is the middlegame part of the game 1 of Berlin Candidates 2018 between Kramnik and Grischuk, which Kramnik won with the white pieces. In particular, I'm interested in ...
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Caruana vs Carlsen game 10 (WCC) why not 18...Nxb6?

In game 10 of the Caruana-Carlsen WCC, why did Carlsen (black) not take the terribly annoying and strong dark squared bishop on b6 on move 18 when given the chance? Instead, Carlsen moved the queen ...
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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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In the middlegame, can one avoid compromising the balance one's opening has achieved? [closed]

A polite duplicate asked last week by @57Jimmy mentions an incidental matter I find interesting: But when all the pieces are out, well placed, and I have castled, I have no idea about what I should ...
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General advice for middlegame [duplicate]

This is a very basic and general question (and my first on this website), so feel free to tell me if this is inappropriate. Besides specific strategies and opening sequences, there are some fairly ...
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What plan should white play with?

It's black's turn. What plan should white use so as to confirm it's win? Thanks! [fen "r1b5/ppkn3R/3p2p1/8/N2b1B2/8/P1P2PPP/5RK1 w - - 0 50"]
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What opening is recommended if white is only playing for a draw?

If in a tournament game, white is only aiming for a draw, what openings and strategies will be recommended for him? I guess that the answer may depend on the following different mindset for black: ...
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What's next after first 5 months and 700 points? [closed]

I started playing chess in July. I was at a 600 rating on Chess.com for a month. I started playing seriously in August and have played regularly (at least a few blitz and rapid games everyday). ...
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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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Explanation of my game. Can someone explain the "why" to me?

Ok, here's a game that I won. I was playing vs someone on chess.com, and playing as black. My PGN is as follows (with comments from the analysis engine): [fen ""] 1. d4 e5 2. Nf3 {MISTAKE (-0.26) The ...
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Kasparov's Immortal: Why didn't he play 10.Qg7?

Ok, I'm looking at Kasparov's Immortal to try to improve my own. I'm "mediocre" at best, but I enjoy a good game of chess. At the end of the 9th move by both players, Kasparov has his queen ...
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Do the King's side and Queen's side pieces have different values because of which square color they start on?

I wonder if the Bishop and Knight that start out on the same color square as the opponent's King, is worth more than it's twin on the other flank. And if that is of significance when making choices ...
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Why is Carlsen being praised for his tie-break play, when Caruana made several game-losing moves?

I followed the three games live on chess24.es (for live commentary from GMs) and chess.com (for actual real time computer analysis). As per my understanding: Game 13 was mostly balanced until 19... ...
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Why did Carlsen play 7. dxc5 in Game 7 of the 2018 World Championship?

As a class A player, I have some understanding of opening principles. Relevant to the move played in the game, I know that it's advantageous to control the center, to have central pawns controlling ...
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Daily Strategy Traing

There are many websites (such as chess.com and 365chess.com) which allow even a free account holder to practise a certain number of chess puzzles on a daily basis. However, I feel that most puzzles ...
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How do I defend against players who keep pawn pushing in the Sicilian?

I recently played a Sicilian as black, defending against a pawn storm. Here is the game: [Event "Rated Classical game"] [Site "https://lichess.org/ZMFC6dP4"] [Date "2018.11.11"] [Round "-"] [White "...
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Why is it necessary for black to defend e5 pawn after 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3?

Why is it necessary for black to defend the e5 pawn after 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3? What do you think of 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 a6 3. Nxe5 d6? Now white should move his knight to c4, d3 or f3 and black can develop ...
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What is the thought process of a GM playing bullet? [closed]

I have read other posts (e.g. this) with descriptions of the thought process when playing long time controls, but I'm wondering what kind of information a GM processes during games with very short ...
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What are the strategies of Alphazero? [closed]

Alphazero is an amazing chess engine, one of the best in the world. It also has a more "human" playing style than other engines. Furthermore, understanding this engine might be vital to improving the ...

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