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Why is it a mistake to capture the forked rook?

In a recent game, I forked a queen and rook with a knight. After seeing no immediate threats from 8. Qf4 I immediately captured with 8. ...Nxb3. Apparently this was quite a mistake (a 213 centipawn ...
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What's the best strategy against the Hippo?

What's the best strategy against the so-called Hippopotamus opening or defense, in which White or Black pushes almost all of her pawns on the 3rd or 6th rank, except perhaps the a and h pawns, and ...
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When is a queen better than 3 minor pieces (or vice versa)?

Obviously a lot is going to depend on the exact position, but I'm asking if there are any general signposts - e.g. bishops usually get better than knights if the position is open, or in an endgame, ...
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Elements to take into account when evaluating 'board strength'

As part of a demo for a rules engine I'm dreaming up, I'd like to do an evaluation of a chess board that communicates each side's general strength at that point in time. Advanced things like ...
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For Black, against the Caro-Kann Advance Shirov variation 4. Nc3 which move tends to lead to the most positional, slow, solid and strategic positions?

I'm a 1800 Elo player that likes positional, quiet, drawish, slow, boring and strategic openings. As Black against 1. e4 I play the Caro-Kann. But there is one variation of the Caro-Kann that I ...
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How do GMs “play the man, not the board”?

How do GMs "play the man, not the board" as some books say? Would that work for club level players or could they use other methods? Prepared variations? Trash talk? What are the ways one can ...
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Does 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 f6 have to be a bad opening?

There seems to be a pretty nifty attack for White after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f6: [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f6 3.Nxe5 fxe5 4.Qh5+ g6 5.Qxe5+ Qe7 6.Qxh8 I've played as White with this opening several times, ...
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How do strong players think during a game?

What is the best chess technique? I mean, how do World Champions think in a game? What happens in their minds? Do they think of their moves in advance or they just know what to move because they have ...
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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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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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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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When is it right to start learning strategy after tactics

I have been furiously solving tactical puzzles for 6 weeks now and about three weeks ago I reactivated my account on chess.com. Long story short I have seen my "rating" go from 1280 to 1590 during ...
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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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Who has the advantage in this position?

I was in a three%day turn bame, I played almost played a line that would have led me to this position. Black’s central pawns seem to be an advantage, although White being up the exchange scared me. ...
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How to break through their “Great Wall of China”

It's my move as White. I have no idea what to do. I feel like I'm going to get squashed to death. What would be my best move or strategy in situations like these? [FEN "r2q1rk1/4b3/p1n1p1b1/...
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Black castling long in the Sicilian

When and why does Black castle long in the Sicilian? What kind of strategies should both sides adopt in such games? What kinds of games does it give rise to, i.e. positional or tactical? Which players ...
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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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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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Why is the f6 pawn break in Advanced French so important for black?

I am new to the French (so forgive me if the question seems elementary). I've just come across the pawn break ...f6 for black in the French advance variation, and I find the pawn break quite dubious ...
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What are some of the main ideas in the Grand Prix attack?

I was looking at ways to improve my game by making it more sharp and be able to attack the kingside as quickly as possible, and I found a move that looks interesting called the Grand Prix Attack in ...
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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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Not knowing what moves to make and 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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When to decide King or Queen side castling?

How do you decide to castle on king side or on queen side? i know king side is castling is the quicker than queen side with just 4 steps. Does queen side castling favours more on attack, than ...
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Can a single player's choice of opening dictate a more (or less) aggressive game?

Usually a player feels comfortable with few "positions" (unless he/she is a GM). That's why sometimes it's said that a player should choose and begin to study openings whose outcome results in a ...
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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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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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What are the techniques one can use to for chess board?

What are the techniques one can use to keep all pieces on a board ? It is like an n-queen problem Is it a combination of n-queen
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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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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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What plan should black have followed in this game?

I played as black in the following game, and with the help of StockFish I've discovered a few mistakes, one of which was a very serious tactical blunder. However, I'm having trouble figuring out where ...
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What counter-measures for cheating exist?

Given how huge an advantage real-time external feedback to a player during championship games would give the player, do any of the major chess championships deploy counter-measures to prevent the same ...
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What are some good books on the Caro-Kann which propose a Black repertoire based on positional, strategic, solid, boring and quiet variations?

I'm a 1750 Elo player, and 6 months ago I bought the book Grandmaster Repertoire: The Caro-Kann by Lars Schandorff, and I was disappointed. In my opinion, the repertoire proposed in the book is too ...
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What are the main strategic concepts in the Grunfeld?

I recently picked up on the Grunfeld and I am quite pleased with this opening. To improve my skill at playing this opening; What are the most important strategic/thematic concepts that I should ...
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What is a logical move?

I'm not sure as to what constitutes as a logical move. Sometimes I hear that chess is a discussion using statements, arguments, questions and answers. Can someone explain to me what a logical move ...
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Does it ever make sense to stall for time?

The game clock is used to prevent players from overly delaying the game (the keywords being "overly delaying the game"). Are there times in a timed game that stalling one's own development of the ...
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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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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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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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Beating the King's Indian Defense: strategic ideas?

I'm a Queen's Gambit player and quite often I find myself against the King's Indian Defense. Usually all the lines of the Queen's Gambit that lead to a closed center with white playing d5 (King's ...
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Which side should I castle if I have opportunity to castle on both sides?

It's a little bit confusing for me to make good decisions when I have opportunity to castle on both sides. Can somebody explain what are the factors should be considered if we have opportunity to ...
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Centre pawn vs. side pawn?

Chess theory suggests that pawns whose file is nearer to the central files are more powerful. This is somewhat obvious for the rook's pawn, which can attack only one square as opposed to the other ...
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Why would trading this bad bishop be a bad move?

When running a game I played through the analysis engines, I get that my 12th move, 12.Ba3, was an inaccuracy (-0.3 -> -1.3). Since my center pawns are on dark squares, I assumed my dark bishop was a ...
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Sacrifices, initial loss and a volte-face?

What is the most famous example where player was losing heavily (down on material) in the beginning with lots of sacrifices but came back strongly to beat or "pwn" their opponent? I am not asking for ...
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When to push centrals pawns?

Lets consider you have e4 d4 pawns with white or e5,d5 with black. When your opponent challenge your center with e5 or d5 with black, or with e4 or d4 with white of course his pawns are protected. How ...
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Trading off two rooks for queen and pawn

I have hardly if ever seen 2 rooks being traded off for queen and pawn (or for just queen) in common games. Under what conditions is this trade-off advisable? Why is it fairly uncommon?
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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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Isn't the Bogo-Indian just busted with this line?

I know openings often tend not to be busted, and I'm obviously not really suggesting that the Bogo is busted. But I recently played a Bogo-Indian where I just couldn't find any follow up quite early ...
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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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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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