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Questions tagged [training]

Questions relating to chess training

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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)?

Don't get me wrong, I don't want to play first moves like a4, h4, a5 or h5. However, in a recent scholastic tournament my middle school kid got thrown off their game by an opposing player opening with ...
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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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How can I find my performance rating?

I’ve noticed that in tournaments grandmasters are given a performance rating for how they played in that tournament. Can this be applied to individual games and how can I see mine when I play a game?
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Training in 10-15 minutes

I have a question that can probably also help others: how to train having 10 or 15 minutes? And I am not talking about ONLY 15 minutes per day. No. Imagine that you've done your tactics today, played ...
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Calculation and visualisation exercises - do they work?

I would like input from actual experience of improving calculation and visualization: can anyone testify to achieving actual and significant improvement in ability to calculate and visualize as a ...
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Tools specifically for training at finding loose pieces?

There are of course lots of tactical trainers out there, but I'm wonder if there are any that focus solely on the basic skill of spotting loose or hanging pieces. It is of course a trivial exercise ...
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How can a >2000 player stop making basic errors?

For the last 3 months or so I've been unable to concentrate and play chess to the level that I am used to. I'm rated 2050. I've been suffering from the following symptoms: Being completely unable to ...
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Rearrange chess diagrams (from an opening) in order. Useful as a puzzle?

Here is an example https://chess-tst.000webhostapp.com/chess.html The task is to rearrange the diagrams in order (use drag&drop). Do you think this activity could be useful for exploring and ...
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How or what to practice when mentally exhausted?

You had a long day and your batteries are drained. You would like to improve your chess though. How to do this in an appropriate or maybe even restorative way? Should you practice at all or do ...
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How to use masks in scid for opening training

I've been trying to understand how the "mask" feature works in scid and how to use it for training opening lines. So far I did the following: open a database of master games in scid open the tree ...
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Software-based training on Linux

10 years ago I used to learn from an old version of Fritz on DVD. It was great. It had a teaching move while you played full games and it also had automated curriculum to teach you openings, endings, ...
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Why do chess coaches encourage their students to play stronger players?

I am a 1400 rated player. We have 4 players in our club rated 2000+. If I sat down and played 100 games against one of them, I would lose 100 games. So, how does losing 100 games against one of these ...
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How to bring tactics skills into the actual play?

According to few popular sites, my tactics rating is consistently about 400 points above my game rating (say, 2200 vs 1800). Of course, partially it could be a fault of the process: when a tactics ...
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How do GMs and IMs prepare for tournaments?

I was wondering, how does a normal training day look like for the higher-rated players? How much time do they allocate daily/weekly for opening and endgame preparation, tactical training etc? I assume ...
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Fastest Way to Amass Experience

I want to amass as much Chess experience as I can, by playing several games against my phone/laptop AI.     I'm not a good player, and would estimate my ELO is <1500.     I am ...
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Potential Rating Gain if Only 20 OTB Games Per Year

Context: I'm returning to the game after more than 25 years away! I only got back into it because my 8-year old son joined his elementary school chess club. They all got accounts to chesskid.com. ...
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How does the scid opening trainer work

I'm trying to use the opening trainer in scid. I've set up a filtered database of master games in a particular opening, as described in the wiki. I was expecting some kind of interactive experience ...
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Exercises for positional evaluation

I would like to improve my position evaluation skills. And as we all know - there are tons of tactical exercises , endgames studies, etc. But when it comes to exercises for positional evaluation - ...
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Reviewing Chess Tactics Puzzles

Is there somewhere online I can play chess tactic puzzles and redo them whenever I want? I do tactics on lichess but it doesn't store my puzzles. Is there somewhere that stores all my tactic problems ...
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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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Online chess lectures for kids

What are sites to learn for kids. Especially, video lectures. The lectures should be simpler to understand.
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Endgame training for a 7 year old kid

My 7 year old son plays competitive chess. He can checkmate with king and rook nicely. He can make a queen from a single pawn & king. Now, how to proceed for further endgame training?
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How to learn chess if you're still a 3-digit rating after a few years

I know how all the pieces move and I've learned about castling and en passant. But all I do is play online against other people and get wrecked because I don't know how to "play." I make moves like ...
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I heard professional chessplayers must train physically as well as mentally. Why is that?

I heard that both Fischer and Karpov felt that physical training was extremely important to their success and that the Russian coaches also felt a certain amount of physical training was necessary. ...
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Is it beneficial to play themed practice games?

While practicing, is it advisable to play themed games? For example, playing practice games using the Sicilian Defence, or the French Defence. I play at an intermediate level. I have chess.com ...
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How can I concentrate during training

During an actual over the board game, I can be very concentrated, it's almost as if I feel things like the danger an uncastled king is in, it matters that I find the very best move. But when I try to ...
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Psychological training

I'm currently training a student (rating: ~1350 ELO, Age: 16) in my local chess club, who has been making quite some progress in his rating and playing style lately. Nevertheless, when he is playing ...
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Should a beginner try to learn 1 specific opening in depth or is not the best use of time?

Or will it be better to learn 5 different openings at a lower detail level? And what 1 or 5 openings would you then suggest?
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Tournament Preparation

How should someone prepare for a chess tournament? Openings? Tactics? Strategy? Endgames? What are some of the techniques strong players use in order to get ready for an upcoming tournament? (1800 ...
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What are some good resources one may use to get better at chess? (training etc)

What are some good resources one may use to get better at chess? (training etc) i don't mind paying for a software like Chessbase or a website or any magazine subscription. Thanks.
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Chess study methods / memorisation techniques from before the computer-based SRS era

Some of the other questions on SE discuss the use of spaced repetition systems such as Anki and Mnemosyne to learn tactics, openings and other aspects of chess (see especially Effectiveness of a ...
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What's a really good tactic trainer rating on chess.com for a Candidate Master?

I'm currently a Class B with a TT rating of 2100. I would like to aim to become a 2100 with norm of Candidate Master. What tactic rating does a CM usually have? How strong are Expert class chess ...
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Tool for solving puzzles with multiple defense lines, alternative solutions and playing wrong lines until user resigns

Looking for a tool for designing chess puzzles with an interface to test the user against all reasonable defenses (not just the single main line), to allow alternative solutions (without the usual ...
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How do I become less materialistic?

I've identified that the weaknesses in my game are: Materialism: Most of my wins are where I've won some material and converted the advantage in an endgame. However outside of this plan, e.g. ...
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What is the best structured resource for self training?

I have been playing and studying chess for quite some time. I have tons of books but it all seems very haphazard. I was looking for some resource or course where things are lined up as sequence of ...
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Engines like Arena

So i have implemented an intelligent chess agent using reinforcement learning. For the training part of the agent, i want to play as many games as possible. I am aware of three options: Self playing,...
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I sometimes miss very obvious moves. How can I improve my game?

I am a hobby player but I would like to improve my game. I like to watch annotated games. For instance, I have watched all games of Josh Waitzkin in Chessmaster GM Edition. Also, I watch games in ...
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Can watching grandmasters' games improve my chess 'thinking'?

Can my chess "thinking" (positional, tactical, strategic thinking, etc.) improve by watching grandmasters' games regularly? Of course, this is in addition to regular games/tactics solving etc. As an ...
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How to find training games?

My coach wants me to play 100 slow games per year (slow: G/60 or slower) against USCF 2000-2100 opposition (roughly 1930-2030 FIDE). I just played in the U2100 North American Open last week, which ...
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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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Is CT-Art better for tactic training than chesstempo tactics?

What are some major differences of doing tactics training using chesstempo or CT-Art?
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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 ...