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Questions relating to strategical play and long term planning in chess

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Forcing a pawn move

To create a weak square it has been suggested to me to force my opponent to make a pawn move: Weak and strong squares. How do you do that? Is there a general situation to force a pawn move? Or are ...
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alpha-beta algorithm returns a value between alpha and beta inclusive?

I am coding up a chess engine and using the alpha-beta algorithm for tree scanning. I ended up doing what they posted here: int alphabeta(int depth, int alpha, int beta) { move bestmove; if (...
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In the Caro-Kann Panov-Botvinnik Attack 5… e6 6. Nf3, what are the differences between 6… Be7 and 6… Bb4 ? Which one is more solid and quiet?

In the Caro-Kann Panov-Botvinnik Attack 5... e6 6. Nf3, I am hesitating between 6... Be7 and 6... Bb4 [StartPly "11"] [FEN ""] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. Nf3 Be7 (6.....
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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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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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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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Is It Good Or Bad To Trade Too Much?

One aspect of my style in chess is that I like to trade a lot. Is trading too much bad?
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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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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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Are trap games a good plan versus rated chess players or not?

A lot of times I used to play trap games in chess; most of the times I won the game. But the my question is this: is it good strategy to play a trap game when facing a rated chess player?
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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Beginners question: The double pawn

Question: Is there a rule(s) of thumb that every chess player should know about the double pawns?
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What is the Elo rating of Stockfish version that played AlphaZero?

AlphaZero has defeated Stockfish with all novelties and brilliant strategic sacrifices. But some people were disputing its win, because Stockfish was running on weak hardware (1 GB RAM), not access to ...
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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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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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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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Loss as black in 4.e3 English / rook ending

[FEN ""] [Date "6/10/2018"] [Round "4"] [White "Opponent"] [Black "Me"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2383"] [BlackElo "1874"] 1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. e3 Be7 5. Qb3 O-O 6. Be2 d6 7. d3 Rb8 8. O-...
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Purpose behind the move

I was just guessing the best move in the given position(black to move) . I thought it would be 'Be6' , But the engine gave 'c5' , which weakens the 'd5' square . I want to know the plan behind the ...
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Undrawable Openings?

What are some openings that are extremely difficult to obtain a draw in? I have been recently playing openings like the Ruy Lopez and facing a lot of draws.
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A question about the time to evacuate a queen in a master game

I am studying a book about chess strategy, and in the chapter concerning the d4,e4 center I have this game: (PACHMAN, VESELY, Pragues, 1953) r1b2rk1/pp1nqppp/2pb1n2/4p3/2PP4/2N1PN2/P1Q1BPPP/R1B1R1K1 ...
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Describe White's performance in these two games

In these two games, can you describe the performance of White? Whether it was highly tactical, aggressive or positional...etc [fen ""] 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 3. d4 Bf5 4. c4 e6 5. dxe6 fxe6 6. Nc3 Bb4 ...
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Solving a problem from a Jan Prezewoznik book

The following position is White to move: [fen "1Q5r/1p2kppp/1q2b3/r1p3P1/p2pB3/P2P3P/1PP1P3/1KR2R2 w - - 0 1"] I'm a newbie in chess and I want to know, how to solve this problem in a quick way.
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In the Caro-Kann Panov-Botvinnik Attack which move tends to lead to the most solid, positional, slow, closed, and quiet positions: 5… e6, Nc6 or g6?

In the Caro-Kann Panov-Botvinnik Attack, after 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4 Nf6 5. Nc3, which move tends to lead (on average) to the most solid, positional, slow, closed, quiet and strategic ...
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Best Continuation for this Counter to Queen's Gambit Accepted

[Title "White to move"] [fen ""] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e3 e5 I've tried just taking the pawn at c4, but he takes my pawn at d4 and after exchanging some pieces I end with a broken pawn structure while ...
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Between 1.d4 and 1.Nf3, what is the White first move that generally leads to the most solid, positional, slow, closed, strategic and quiet positions?

I'm a ~1750 Elo player and I've been thinking of switching my opening repertoire for White. So my question is: between 1.d4 and 1.Nf3, what is the White first move that generally leads to the most ...
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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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Is there any website or software that are like “Guess the move” training program in chesstempo?

I find the "Guess the move" training program in chesstempo website very helpful. But this is not free and also the number of games is not much (compared to tactics training program which is in the ...
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Can't engineer queenside play for Black

INTRODUCTION: Recently, I have played online blitz game against very strong GM ( who is also a chess writer ). I didn't even know it until asking him if he has any ELO / title. We played 7 games ...
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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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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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What is Alpha Zero's Play Style? (Including its Openings and its Middlegame) [closed]

If you want to read about its opening strategy, it is down below the link. If you want to read about its middlegame strategy or basic play style, it is at the top I want to know how I can play more ...
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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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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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What is White's objective from this state?

[fen "r4rk1/pp1q1p1p/2p1b1p1/3pPp2/1P1Q1P2/P7/2PB1P1P/2KR2R1 w - - 3 14"] Hey all, I've used SE for other things and I just played a Chess game and I figured this might be a good place to turn for ...
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What are strategic elements for a correct piece sacrifice?

I want know which plus elements need to have in general positions for a correct piece sacrifice! Or how do you know that a sacrifice is correct in complicated position?
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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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Can Black perform a successful freeing break? If yes, what would be his long-term plan after?

I have tried to resurrect an old line and use it in my repertoire. Every single time I play it I reach positions similar to this: [Title "White to move"] [fen "r2q1rk1/pbpnbppp/1p2pn2/8/3PNB2/3B1N2/...
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Struggling with my moves

I play Scotch or Closed Sicilian (or 2. c3) as white and Scandinavian as black. Against d4 I sigh. I am still struggling to find a proper way to play the closed positional games. Any suggestions?
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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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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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Which are the ideas in the Van't Kruijs Opening?

In a game with a friend, he made a really unexpected move, e3: [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/4P3/PPPP1PPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] Afterwards, when analysing the game I found its name is Van't Kruijs ...
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Existence Flanking against Center Control

as I learnt at School of Chess, there are 7 different school with unique 'accentuation', Philidor, believed that maintaining the mobility of pawns was the most important strategic factor of chess ...
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Should one actively search for a checkmate ('hunt the King') in the middlegame? [closed]

My usual middlegame strategy is to gain an advantage, however small (say a pawn), and convert it to a win in the endgame. I position my pieces and plan attacks accordingly, so that I can grab the ...
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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....