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What does “knights have no long-lasting support points” mean in this game?

In this article on pawn structure, the author uses this game as example: [Event "Prague 2008"] [Site "?"] [Date "????.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "David Navara"] [Black "Vladimir Kramnik"] [Result "0-...
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What openings provide “mini-objectives” in the early game?

As a beginner I've found that it is psychologically really nice playing QGA as white simply because I have a clear task at hand in the early game - namely recapture that pawn. Similarly, hedgehog for ...
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Novice question about openings

Although I think I've played a lot of games, my ability is still very low. I've never read any books on chess. Perhaps this explains my poor games. As I'm starting to research some chess online, I'm ...
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White have an advantage with the first move [duplicate]

I am beginner in chess but in my mind one question overcome, Does white have an advantage with the first move?
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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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Sicilian Scheveningen versus Najdorf: What are some of the characteristics that differentiate the two openings?

I would like to compare the Sicilian Scheveningen [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 with the Sicilian Najdorf [FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 ...
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Wedge pawn formation with slight differences

In the Nimzo-Indian Rubenstein, there's a solid line for Black that begins thus: [FEN ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 b6 5. Bd3 Bb7 6. Nf3 Ne4 7. O-O f5 Since I am Class A rated, I normally ...
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How does White justify giving up the bishop in ECO C36 - King's gambit declined

What are the strategic benefits to compensate for the fact that White's giving up the bishop voluntarily and so early in the game in the below variation? What does White hope to get back out of the ...
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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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How to play against the Allgaier, Horny Defense?

The Allgaier, Horny Defense in the King's Gambit is given by the sequence: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3 g5 4. h4 g4 5. Ng5 h6 6. Nxf7 Kxf7 7. Qxg4 Nf6 8. Qxf4 Bd6 I'm a King's Gambit player, ...
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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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How do strong players react to being paired with a (much) weaker player in a tournament? [closed]

I am very curious as to how stronger players react to encountering weaker players in a tournament (say, more than 200 rating points below themselves). Specific questions that come to mind: Is it ...
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Pushing the e-pawn

I am having trouble understanding why the move e5 which I played in the position below is not correct according to Stockfish (6th move for White) I am not doing this move by winning a tempo, but I ...
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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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Difference between tactic and combination?

What is the difference between a Tactic and a Combination? For reference, here is a game I played as white and I think I had a nice combination from move 16, but I am not sure if it is classified as ...
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Can Black punish a provocative h-pawn push against fianchetto setups?

This question might sound ridiculous, but I think it needs to be discussed. [fen ""] 1. c4 g6 2. h4!? (2...h5 3. d4 Bg7 4. e4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Bg5 Nh7 (6...O-O) 7. Be3 O-O) (2...e5 3. d4 ...
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Could a top ranked GM draw against Stockfish using drawish opening lines in classical chess?

We know that are many lines which White can choose which are very drawish at 2700+ level. Drawing is easy to a very good chess player such as Carlsen, who knows dozens of forced draw lines. When I say ...
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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 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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Doubt on how move as black after pawn in e5

I am still at the beginning in playing chess, and I often encounter the following situation. Consider this sequence of moves: [FEN ""] 1. e4 d5 2. e5 Presuming that I am the black player, how do ...
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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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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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Is there any obvious disadvantage of not castling in a game?

The opponent has the option of castling but can I still play a solid game without castling either side? I won some games in bullet time controls but only because position was too complex and opponent ...
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How does Black escape perpetual check here?

In this position, what is a clear line in which Black escapes from perpetual check? [FEN "2k5/7p/p1Q3p1/3pP3/1r2qP2/1P4PK/P7/8 b - - 0 1"]
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Choosing one move from the two moves

From the given position, is it better to take with rook or the a-pawn and why ? Black to move: The engine suggested the move axb4, why? There must be some strategical or tactical point (ignore the ...
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In the Classical Variation of the Caro-Kann, what is the most positional, strategic, quiet, slow, closed, boring, dry and solid variation for Black?

I am not sure what to play as Black in the Classical Variation of the Caro-Kann, after 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 Nd7 8. h5 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 [...
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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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How to win a rook endgame with two extra pawns-4 vs 2 general plan

In this diagram it's White to move. Black should be winning in this endgame. I want a simple plan on how to move the Black pawns in a way that I will avoid the horizontal and vertical checks from the ...
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Black Lion opening plans for White's 5. Bc4 line

The Black Lion is a line that can be transposed from a Philidor or Pirc defense. I play with White this line. [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Nbd7 5.Bc4 Be7 6.O-O c6 7.a4 Qc7 8.Re1 ...
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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 know how good an opening/defense scores?

I play Philidor defense, Lolli attack, Fried Liver attack... Other people choose to play well known openings/defenses, so i decided to ask the following questions. Everyone learns the Najdorf defense ...
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At a strategic impasse

Is there a general guideline for how to parlay a lead in development and a slight positional advantage into a definitive win? I'm playing a game now online, and I'm stuck for a way to keep and exploit ...
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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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Which variation of the Grunfeld Defense for White will lead to the most strategic and least sharp position?

[fen ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 After 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5, which variation of the Grunfeld Defense leads to the most solid and strategic position? If possible, I prefer a variation ...
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Overprotection Of A Piece

What exactly is the logic behind the concept of “overprotection of a piece”? Wikipedia says that it "...provides greater freedom of movement for the pieces protecting that square." If the protected ...
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Is it true that women's style of play tend on average to be slightly more aggressive than men's style of play?

As we know, women chess is much more unpredictable than men’s. Women chess is also uncompromised and very entertaining. Men chess is more solid, pragmatic and conservative, and women game, on the ...
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Midgame Ideas in the Caro-Kann

Most of the writing I've found on the Caro-Kann online simply makes vague assertions about how "Black's endgame is better" or how White should try [some dubious move or other] to get a good attack in ...
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Putting pressure on pawns

Why is it important to develop your pieces to put "pressure" on opponent's pawn(s)? I hear this a lot from YouTube videos in which experienced chess players commenting as the game develops. It's "just"...
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What's the best plan for white in this position?

I have come this far and am not sure what to do further in the game. I have been doing some maneuvering here but it seemed quite disoriented. What is a good plan that will help white win? [FEN "...
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How to play around outposts?

[Title "The knight on f5"] [FEN "1r1qr1k1/2pb1pp1/2np1n1p/ppb1p3/4P2N/2PP2NP/PPB1QPP1/R1B1K2R b KQ - 5 13"] I recently played a Blitz game that perfectly underlines my biggest weakness: I don't know ...
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What are the general principles for playing hypermodern against hypermodern?

I've recently discovered that I really enjoy playing 1... g6 and that it tends to give me better results as black than opening with my d or e pawns. However, a few times now the computer opponent I ...
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What's the best continuation for white here?

Here's what I do when someone tries to copy my moves: [Date "????.??.??"] [Result "*"] [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 Nxe4 4.Qe2 Qe7 5.Qxe4 ...
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Which chess openings trade the most pieces?

The goal here, albeit heterodox, is to bring the game into a position with few pieces on the board, where yourself as a player has forced the other to trade all your major pieces, leaving both in a ...
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Queen vs rook & knight with all pawns

I'm going through a chess tutorial (Shredder). One of the exercises begins where all pawns are in their starting positions. I have a queen and my opponent has a rook and a knight, again all in ...
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Is there a better winning plan from move 37?

From move 37-43 my plan was to convince my opponent to open the position for me with f4. This worked. If they did not oblige then I was going to walk my king to c7 to free up my rook from defense of ...
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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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What are some popular anti sicilians and what are their respective strengths and weaknesses?

I dislike the positions in the sicilian in which both sides kamikaze each other. What are some popular anti sicilians which will bring the black players out of their comfort zone?
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For White, which variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined tends to lead to the most solid, positional, slow, closed, quiet and strategic positions?

I am a 1750 Elo player with a very positional, quiet and strategic style of play. I would like to know which variation I should play when, as White, I face the Queen's Gambit Declined. The variation ...

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