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The easiest way depends on age. If they are really young, just start simple with how a plain board and introduce the pieces one by one (where they go on the board and how they move). Then put all the …
answered May 17 '12 by xaisoft
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I was watching a video by NM Dan Heisman and in the video he mentions what is called the Pointing Rule. He also makes mention that like many rules in chess, it should be taken lightly and not followe …
asked Feb 21 '13 by xaisoft
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Here are some sites that I have found to be of great value: chessopenings.com - NM Dereque Kelley explains openings very well. The Chess Website - Excellent videos. ChessVideos.tv - An abundant res …
answered Sep 10 '12 by xaisoft
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What are some ways one can keep the initiative? I find in many cases I have the upper hand if I am able to keep my opponent defending instead of creating his own attack. Are there openings or certai …
asked Mar 26 '13 by xaisoft
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I was reading this article by Dan Heisman on playing 3 different types of chess: "Flip-Coin", "Hope", and "Real". I think I am stuck in "Hope" chess where I make a move that I think is pretty could …
asked Jul 13 '12 by xaisoft
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[FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. a3 Bxc3 5. bxc3 (5. dxc3) I usually see bxc3 in this position and the main reason given is to capture toward the center, but doesn't bxc3 weaken the queen …
asked Jan 8 '13 by xaisoft
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When reading chess articles or watching videos online, my criteria for often determining if it is worth reading or watching is if it is made my someone with a FIDE title (IM, FM, GM, etc), but what ot …
asked Dec 6 '12 by xaisoft
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By solid attacks, I mean, attacks that have been tested over time. They don't necessarily have to be used at the top-level. I will give an example of what I am looking for: The Fried Liver Attack ca …
asked Feb 20 '13 by xaisoft
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What questions do you ask yourself before making a move? Do you have a mental check-list that you go through before deciding on which move is the best move in the current position? The move does not …
asked Dec 6 '12 by xaisoft
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I am often asked the question what type of chess player am I, but I am unsure how to answer this question because I do not exactly know what would define each type of player. Interestingly, I am only …
asked Dec 20 '12 by xaisoft
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A recommendation from IM Andrew Martin was to improve the position of your worst piece if you are not sure what move to make. Are there any other ways one could improve their position besides the abo …
asked Mar 13 '13 by xaisoft
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I have always struggled with this and I believe there is some rule that someone defined at some point, but I am not sure who (Maybe it was Steinitz). When and why should I move my pawns in front of m …
asked Nov 15 '12 by xaisoft
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I have seen a ton of questions on how to choose an opening repertoire, but I haven't really seen anything on once you choose an opening, are there specific variations that one should start off with th …
asked Jul 20 '12 by xaisoft
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Can someone explain the x-ray tactical motif? I have looked at this example, but I still don't understand it fully. If you can provide other examples, that would be great too.
asked Jan 7 '13 by xaisoft
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If I play blindfolded or don't look at the board and just visualize the board, pieces and position in my head, can this improve my regular style of play (physically looking at a board). Is there any …
asked Jun 1 '12 by xaisoft

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