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How to deal with your opponent's queen if your opponent rejects any trades?

There is no need for an early queen trade. Just develop your pieces, if possible by attacking the queen. Here is an example from the Wayward Queen Attack also known as Patzer Opening. [fen ""] 1. e4 ...
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How to deal with your opponent's queen if your opponent rejects any trades?

Trying to encourage a queen trade in this sort of situation is usually the wrong strategy. The exaggerated version of the answer is this. Your opponent has just proved that they don't know how to ...
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What is this tactic called?

It's a discovered attack with check (the rook attacking the queen is the discovered attack, the check is the discovering move). As the discovering move is also an attack, this gives rise to a double ...
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What are considered the squares a piece attacks?

Chernev is using the word "attack" to mean the squares that piece could move to on the next move. That includes empty squares and squares occupied by enemy pieces. He clearly feels slightly ...
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What is this tactic called?

It's not uncommon that a tactical sequence makes use of more than one general pattern. Here, we have a double attack where one of these attacks is a discovered one (the rook on the queen) and the ...
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How could I defend/attack in this situation?

The way I see it, neither of you was aggressive in the opening -- you both tried to get rid of your pieces as quickly as possible! Being aggressive is getting many pieces in active positions quickly, ...
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Tricky continuation to the Fried Liver "refuted"

I mean, this is the main line and for a reason. But I would be very surprised if most people's repertoire ended here, this is where it begins. The line goes 6.Bb5+ c6 7.dxc6 bxc6 And now White has a ...
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Attacking play in chess

"In short, I'm usually good at tactics" - most of what you wrote up to that point kind of does contradict that: Your attacks are easily rebuffed, you cannot easily find attacking moves, and you fail ...
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Are aggressive attacking and tactical playeing the same?

They are related, but probably not the same. If you play an opening like the King's Indian you are probably an aggressive, attacking player, but you may rely more on the understanding of the position ...
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Does the King's Indian Attack need the e5 pawn push to attack on the kingside?

It's not the KIA at fault (in fact we saw here a color-reversed KID) but you both lacked when it comes to positional play. In the end position, Black is far better. He can act the standard queenside ...
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Pawn storm, should I start with h4 or g4?

Typically you use a pawn storm to exchange pawns around the castled enemy king and thereby to open lines and diagonals for an attack. Most of the time you want a closed (to some extent) center in ...
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What is this tactic called?

I think it is a discovered attack. Normally at a discovered attack, you do give a check to the king, eventually a double check. Here what is different is that you do a check to the king but you ...
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All-out attack or slow attack

To me, the game you described was an absolute beginner game. It wasn't important how the attack was conducted, all-out or slow, you opponent was just blundering pieces and even the queen! It didn't ...
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How to attack in Scandinavian Defense

To paraphrase Garry Kasparov "An attack truly begins when a pawn attacks a piece". It is often very difficult to conduct an attack with just the minor pieces (Knights & Bishops) and your ...
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How to attack in Scandinavian Defense

In a position such as this, where White's army is kind of sitting back and you haven't castled kingside, you might try a pawn storm. For a first step you may play h6 or castle queenside, both of which ...
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What are considered the squares a piece attacks?

It's just the number of available moves, regardless of their quality.
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Attacking play in chess

I assume that by "attacking play" you mean a direct attack (mating attack) against the enemy king. This question is too general to be answered unless all you want is a recommendation for study ...
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How do you solve chess tactics?

Training chess tactics should be done by theme. This means solve a set of tactics that are based on a similar theme, like Double Attack, Discovered Check, Absolute Pin, Relative Pin, Skewers, etc. ...
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Could this kind of inaccurate sacrifice be countered?

When asking questions about tactics and sacrifices, chess engines are usually the most efficient and accurate way of determining the answer. The following is based on analysis from Houdini 6.03 in ...
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Can White defend and possibly win?

Avoid queen mating on g2 is easy: f3, Qg3, Qh3+ are decent options Re4, Kf1 also prevent immediate mate but are not good Winning this position is objectively speaking impossible. Black is up a piece ...
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Engine not necessarily playing strong but "attractive"

Many engines have adjustable parameters, which allow to alter their playing style. If you mess around it a bit, you can create whole 'engine personalities'... Here, for example, someone though it ...
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How do you solve chess tactics?

Well this is the sort of thing that changes from one person to another: there's no unique/best way of going about it. Almost everything you say are in general good recommendations. At least from my ...
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Pawn storm, should I start with h4 or g4?

The main purpose of a pawn storm is to exchange pawns and open lines. Therefore, in the ideal case you should push the pawn that can easily be exchanged. With a Black pawn on g6, it makes sense to ...
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What should Black do?

I feel some doubt about this book. It is self-published by writers who are not well-known. I am sure they have in mind 1..Qh4 with some followup like 2 0-0 Nf6 3.h3 (to prevent Ng4) Bxh3 4.Qxa8 Qg3. A ...
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How to break through a stubborn Semi-Slav?

The position you are looking at is indeed very common in the semi-Slav defense and the solid control of the d5 square is exactly the underlying idea for Black, often after having played ...dxc4 at ...
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How could I have improved my attack in this game?

Nf5 would win the queen one way or another because of the threat Qg4+, Qg7++. For instance 16. Nf5 Qe6 17. Qg4+ Qg6 18. Ne7+ Other than that, when you are attacking and the opponent's pieces are ...
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Is the Smith-Morra gambit still worth playing at a ~1600 level?

The gambit is perfect for amateurs, the gambit is tricky and could be deadly if Black underestimate White's attacking potential. I've personally used it to beat players around FIDE 2000, so it's fine ...
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Is the Smith-Morra gambit still worth playing at a ~1600 level?

I've been playing the Smith Morra Gambit for about 5 years and am rated around 2000 FIDE currently. I regularly play the Morra(it is my only response against the Sicilian), and my performance with it ...
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How do you solve chess tactics?

In his award winning book, Pump up you Rating, Axel Smith advocates something he calls the "Woodpecker Method". This is named after Hans Tikkanen (Tikkanen is Finnish for woodpecker) who first used ...
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