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Sudden drop in performance

I usually play against playmagnus age 10 and I always lose to it more than I win or draw. But recently (around few weeks ago) I've been trying to improve my games and I saw some results, I'm ...
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Is it possible to get free personal chess coaching?

I am a young 1300 fide rated chess player and in my surrounding it's difficult to find a good chess coach. I play 1-3 fide rated tournaments every year and I see improvements every time. But I thought ...
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Opeing trainer similar to Chesstempo?

Is there a similar web site that teaches Openings like Chesstempo.com in a sense that you can train and verify lines, etc. I find the Chesstempo user interface confusing and overal user experience isn'...
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Fastest from a complete beginner to FIDE 2200?

There are pictures of Reshevsky playing simuls at a very young age -- I think there is some controversy over his exact age since the younger he was supposed to be, the more interesting. He also, even ...
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Pros and cons of engine-assisted play for training

When I first learned chess, practice against a strong player, actively advising me, was the primary tool. They'd see how good my move was, suggest what to do, offer review it. Today, as I'm relearning,...
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Can electronic music really have a positive effect on online chess? [closed]

I ask this question because of the public figures I have seen playing electronic music in the background, among them the runner-up Ian Nepomniachtchi. I cannot rely on my experiences, as they may be ...
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Online platform for chess coaches to discuss syllabus and pedagogy

There are many online platforms for chess players to have discussions. Such platforms include websites that are predominantly made to play chess (such as chess.com, lichess.org, etc.) as well as ...
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Yusupov, Alburt and Silman

Yusupov's books (Build up Your Chess and Boost Your Chess) are really interesting, and I'm working with them However, I find the chess pocket Book (by Lev Alburt) and the How to Reassess your chess ...
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What Are Some Good Tools for Learning Chess Openings?

I have an online rating of 1900, and about 30% of my lost games have been lost because I clearly messed up in the opening, so I want to focus on my openings to improve my rating further. I am looking ...
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Material that doesn't actually hang (Training)

(One of) My chess kiddie (U8!) is an aspiring grandmaster (I would lean that much out of the window), but we are just a small club. Still, I'm a life long chess kiddie trainer and want to give him the ...
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Who is Jachislaz Osnos?

I was reading this article on Gata Kamsky, and I came across the name Jachislaz Osnos. The article states he was Korchnoi's trainer. Does anyone have any further information on him?
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Teaching chess to children

I am a father of a 5 years old who shows a keen interest to play. Probably as a result of the fact she sees me playing all the time, or because she noticed she can get any dad time she wants by asking ...
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Why do chess puzzles need a unique solution?

Why do chess puzzles need a unique solution? This is different from real games, where such situations do occur, but more frequently, there are multiple avenues to success. Contrary to what one might ...
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How to practice openings in Fritz 18

Is there any way in Fritz 18 to choose a specific opening from a list of openings and play against the computer? I can do this on chess.com and Lucas chess. I want something similar. How do I have a ...
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What goes through the mind of a chess player in the endgame?

What goes through the mind of a chess player in the endgame? After learning how to move the pieces, after understanding how the game is divided into stages, and after finding that openings can provide ...
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What goes through the mind of a chess player in the middlegame?

What goes through the mind of a chess player in the middlegame? After learning how to move the pieces, after understanding how the game is divided into stages, and after finding that openings can ...
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As regards the opponent's moves, what things do you usually pay more attention to in the openings?

As regards the opponent's moves, what things do you usually pay more attention to in the openings? After learning how to move the pieces, after understanding how the game is divided into stages, and ...
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What practices do you recommend for handling openings and variations?

What practices do you recommend for handling openings and variations? After learning how to move the pieces, after understanding how the game is divided into stages, and after finding that openings ...
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What helps you choose the right opening?

What goes through the mind of a chess player in the opening? In particular, what helps you choose the right opening? After learning how to move the pieces, after understanding how the game is divided ...
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Where can I find exercises where the best move isn't always a tactical one?

I know solving a lot of tactics problems has its benefits, but also its limitations. In a real game there is no way to know if a tactic is present — maybe the best move is defensive. I am seeking ...
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Non-Tactical Puzzles

Its surprisingly hard to find chess puzzles where the solution is not necessarily tactic resulting in checkmate or a heavy win of material. The problem with these tactical puzzles is that they do not ...
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Is this a suitable training scheme for my level?

I've been about 1700-1900 Lichess Blitz and 1900-2000 Lichess Rapid for several years, and I'm looking to start some formal chess training (something I've never done before at all.) Currently, I'm ...
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Looking for a webpage with chess puzzles in which you had to mentally play a couple moves before an interesting position arised

As per the title; instead of the typical chess puzzle in which a side has to play and find the best move, you were given a couple moves and then were asked about the resulting position. I guess I ...
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Is there such a thing as a criterion-based diploma or certification in chess skills?

The vast majority of chess titles today are fundamentally competitive. To be a "master" of any kind according to bodies like FIDE is defined in terms of being able to beat others rather than ...
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Where can one find a complete chess curriculum?

Has anyone ever produced a complete chess curriculum? E.g., with textbooks, learning objectives, comprehensive syllabus, test bank, quizzes, etc.
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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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