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History of physical fitness in the world championships

Who can forget this picture from Kortchnoi's preparation for his 1981 match against Karpov? More on Kortchnoi's physical preparation for the match in Merano in this 1986 documentary made by English ...
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How do you encourage juniors to play slower?

Question to chess coaches: the common problem with beginning juniors (ages 5-8 years old) is very fast playing. What are your methods to convince/encourage your pupils to play slower chess?
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Strategies for focusing on longer time controls

What are some ways of improving focus during longer timer controls? I mostly play blitz (3+0) and I have been moving towards rapid. I find that I see tactics more easily in my blitz games than in my ...
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Opening specific tactic material source

My chess course kiddies requested KID specific tactics material. Now I never play KID. For Sicilian, I would say "specific" means, for example, Nxb5,Nxe6,Nd5,Nf5...had my fair share of these ...
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Is it possible to measure play strength by analysing games of a player?

I am thinking on a way, most ideally on a software tool, what could get one of more games of a player, analise them, and gives an estimate on his play strength (as Elo/Glicko rating). Is it possible? ...
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Pattern Recognition - Chess Tactics

I have a collection of ten thousand games of a player. Is there a way to look which kind of tactics does the player miss on most often? Which tactics does he need to focus on?
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What does the term LPDO (Loose Pieces Drop Off) mean?

I have been hearing the term LPDO (Loose Pieces Drop Off) a lot lately, which apparently is helping players in the beginning level. If so, does it prescribe some best practices and tips to help ...
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Alternative to ChessBase Replay training feature

I've used the ChessBase Replay training feature on my friends PC and now I am missing it. ChessBase is too costly for me. I've tried lichess.org: Practice with computer but instead of playing the ...
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Illustrative puzzles for chess themes [closed]

This is a big-list question regarding chess themes (mostly tactical). There are some puzzles that illustrate important aspects of a tactic (esp. useful in a chess coaching setting). For example, the ...
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Can a 2000 Elo rated player teach me middlegame play properly?

I have reached 2500 in the chess.com tactics trainer while I haven't study theory and my FIDE rating is 1637 (I reached 1930 in rapids a year in France). I want to study with a coach and there is one ...
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A FM needs training help too

tl;dr: How to visualize and assess if you can't? I'm pining, no, not for the fjords, but for returning to the board after Corona. I still read a good amount of chess books, but maybe some specific ...
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Intuitive play vs learning strategies

When I first 'learned' chess, it was just the moves of each piece and then I started playing. I had no plan at all other than just moving pieces and trying to take from my opponent and protecting ...
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Where can I play against specific openings?

Is there a website where you can play against real people with an opening already installed by default? For example, I want to play against the English opening, but my opponents rarely play it, so I ...
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Tools to analyse weaknesses based on Lichess history

Are there any tools that can find weaknesses in your games based on your Lichess history (eg, you often play a particularly bad line in a certain opening, or often fall for a certain trap), and then ...
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Why does my ability/rating against bots vary?

I've recently started playing chess again and am training against the chess.com bots. I've been able to blaze through the lower rated bots and started to get stuck around the 1100s with having to take ...
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How to train tactics methodically

In sports, there are often times methodical ways to practice. In tennis, for example, you don't just play matches or just practice forehands, you practice hitting forehands cross-court deep into the ...
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How do chess players keep records of their previous games?

How do chess players keep track of their past games for training? Special motifs, instructive mistakes, comments on positions and so on? Writing down moves on paper seems anachronistic to me, ...
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Tips for converting my advantage in the middlegame and the endgame

I'm fairly new to chess. I'm practicing against 1500~ rated opponents/engines on chess.com. My openings and middlegame seem to go well. After every game, the engine analysis says I'm always up +1 ~ +3 ...
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Are there exercises besides tactics that beginners should know about?

I'm an adult and I've been playing for a bit over 2 years on chess.com. My rating started at around 800. By playing thousands of blitz games and doing a little post-game analysis/opening review, I was ...
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What am I supposed to learn from this puzzle?

I'm still in the learning stage of playing chess, and was a bit frustrated by this puzzle. https://www.chess.com/puzzles/problem/683680 After my initial attempt failed I tried all the moves I could ...
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Comparison of tactics trainers

I've noticed that the nature of the tactics differ from one website to another. For instance, on lichess.org/training (the website which I train tactics the most on), I have noticed that tactics ...
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Can I download early versions of Leela chess zero?

I want to play weaker versions of Leela. It would be good to play some really early versions of the net. Is there a repository available where I can download them?
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How good can I get just by playing?

On blitz 3|2 I am rated around 1000. I love playing the game and usually I play with players around my level. I try to play against slightly better players. Assuming I am not reading chess books or ...
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Is tactics training just a waste of time when you cannot play long games?

I have been doing tactics training quite regularly since the beginning of the year. However, I haven't really been playing a lot (for obvious reasons). On average, I would say that I spent 10 hours ...
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Is my improvement decent, and if so how can I keep it up?

This question may seem vain, since I'll talk about my improvement on chess, but I really want to have a measure of my learning curve and a notion of whether it is bad, regular, good or excellent, how ...
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Train Leela Chess against myself

Is it possible to play against a "virgin" Leela Chess engine to see how many games it takes it to beat me? That is, can I train Leela Chess by playing against it myself?
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Fun variants in teaching chess to children

I'm teaching my 5 year old daughter basic chess. While she's kind of interested, I feel the material, such as how the pieces move, mate in 1 puzzles, basic KQ and KR checkmates, etc, is a bit boring ...
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Improving your chess without access to OTB tournaments

Due to the Coronavirus, all chess tournaments and activities have been canceled in my area. At the same time, I've got a lot of time on my hands right now and would like to work on my chess. I have ...
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Chess Position Trainer in Conjunction with Chessbase or Similar

I have a repertoire stored in Chessbase and currently export these as PGNs when updated, and train them in ChessTempo for its spaced repetition. I do not like the Chessbase repertoire training feature,...
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How to create a good practice routine?

I'm looking to create a structured chess practice routine. So far I have been solving some puzzles, played some games and watched some lessons every day. I emphasize some because it has not been very ...
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Are there any books pamphlets or articles on how to train to play at GM level?

CL&R had an article about how Fischer trained at a spa in the Adirondacks for an upcoming match. One thing he did was swim and also hold his breath for as long as he could. Not sure that ...
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Myths and conventional WhizDumb of the internet [closed]

What is good advice and what were myths and whizdumb of the internet that kept you from improving as much/fast as you could have? Play more games? NO! Focused training helps more than playing random ...
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Do some chess players actively train moving the pieces on the board quickly?

Having spent the last couple of days watching the Rapid and Blitz World Championships I became, once again curious about the following subject. In some circumstances, especially in blitz games, it ...
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What are the different training strategies for different player strengths? [closed]

What are the key training areas (Openings, Middlegames, Tactics, Strategies, Endgame, Studies, etc) and tools (books, computer engines, databases, etc) in which players of different levels of playing ...
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What is the right path to be followed on Chess.com for learning Chess?

I am a beginner in Chess. I know the basics but I have very very little practice as of now and I've shortlisted Chess.com to learn and improve my game. I am yet to buy a premium subscription there ...
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Which one is more important between endgame studies and tactics?

One strong player once told me that you can improve quickly if you focus more on endgame studies than on tactics training. His reasoning was that endgame studies use a few pieces to cover most of the ...
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Life imitates chess: is a player' style of play determined by personality and can style of play be altered? [closed]

There's a popular saying along the lines of "life imitates chess", my understanding is that cool, calm and collected players like Karpov will tend to opt for positional play while unsettled skittish ...
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Why is it important to study classical games?

Many masters have always recommended the study of classical games. Why is it important to study them and what is so special about classical games?
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Why is Russia no longer dominating the world chess championships?

USSR (Russia) used to dominate world chess but that dominance seems to have faded away; with the Russians losing both the World Chess Championships and the Olympiad. What is it that the Russians are ...
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Chess development strategy for U16 players with the aim of producing future masters on a national scale

I have a vision of producing future chess stars in a country and I am looking for tips and advice on how to go about it. What would be the best approach or programme to adopt in achieving this dream ...
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Eight pawns vs seven exercise: how to win?

I had been thinking about exercises to help players <1400 gain confidence. For instance, they should feel confident they can always win with queen and king vs king, or rook and king vs king, even ...
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(For training purposes) Are there any openings with rook pawns that are more effective than others (and if so, what are they)?

(Originally I hoped a lengthy prologue would not be needed here, but some of the answers and comments have led me to write one so that the purpose of the question is clear, thus this is now much ...
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Has anyone other than GM Axel Smith and GM Hans Tikkanen had success improving their chess through the "Woodpecker Method"?

The Woodpecker Method was introduced in the book Pump Up Your Rating (Google Books) by GM Axel Smith (FIDE), who was inspired by a training method used by GM Hans Tikkanen (FIDE), who used it to ...
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How would I train like Bobby Fischer did? [closed]

As the title suggests, I want to know how to train like Bobby Fischer did, along with what books he read during his chess training. Remember, keyword is TRAIN. I don’t want to be like him, as that is ...
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Chessbase training annotation

I am using the training annotation function of ChessBase quite extensively but have now encountered a problem. I am using ChessBase 11. When I save a game with training annotation as a pgn-file and ...
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Human-like engine for endgame training

I am doing endgame training with LucasChess (LC), but the problem is not really related to LC, but to chess engines in general. I have this problem: See picture. When I move Kh6 in this position, ...
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Why bother with human chess when AI is superior? [closed]

Before I get to my question couple things to get out of the way: This question is a sensitive subject. But I assure you that I'm not a troll, I have deep respect for your community. It is my first ...
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Daily chess self-training plan? [duplicate]

Here I am asking suggestions on plans to systematically improve one's chess skills. I am aware of questions such as this one, but I am seeking advice based on the following criteria: I am willing to ...
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What to study after someone stopped playing for years?

I stopped playing for 2 years and then I had some periods where I played and studied chess, but never for more than a few months in a row. I have an ELO of 1900. After these 2 years without playing, ...
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How can I improve my evaluation of exchange positions?

I am a casual chess player and I have recently identified a weakness in my play when it comes to positions where there is some "tension" on the board. By tension I mean that a series of capture and ...
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