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Ah. THAT QUESTION!! Lol! Asked by many players!! I think there are lines for ones rating. So unless you have the time and want to devote time then sveshnikov, Botvinick semi slav maybe not best allocation but that’s not what you are asking. You have a family and a life, be thankful you have time for chess. The QGA can be “boring” when you play early ...


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Excellent advice here from Brian and Hauke. Another important lesson is that tactics are important at all levels of play, not only for beginners. You won't ever reach a stage where you've "fixed" the problem: even if you have a master-level understanding of strategy, you still need to be on the guard for basic tactics. The term was made popular ...


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[FEN "2k1r3/pp6/n5q1/1N3p2/8/3B4/5PPP/5RK1 w - - 0 1"] 1. Bxf5 Qxf5 2. Nd6 and a cute family fork wins the queen. White is up a pawn.


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Brian's answer gives you the "why". I will add a bit of "when not", as this, as usual, is a rule of thumb which happily may be ignored by a stronger player. Thus, the limitations of the rule... Does not help at all against attacks of pesky pawns (assuming "piece" meant "officer") or more generally, light force kicking ...


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LPDO (Loose Pieces Drop Off) is a reminder that unprotected pieces are vulnerable to tactics like forks. If two unprotected pieces (or pawns) are attacked at the same time then you can only move / protect one of them. One of your loose pieces is going to drop off. In general this is used to guide weaker players to try and build up their position ...


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Lichess puzzle theme includes hanging pieces, link below: https://lichess.org/training/hangingPiece One can access other motifs / themes using the following: https://lichess.org/training/themes


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books: Nunn is a very good author. Maybe try something by J. Silman too, see if you like it. There are many books for beginners, you might need to spend time to find the one you like the most (always a good idea to check that the author is at least an IM though). I'd say opening prep is not very critical for you, just yet; most games will probably start ...


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I don't know these books myself, but John Nunn is an excellent author and tactics are an important topic, you can't really go wrong with those. If you want some variation in your training, maybe now's the time to start with endgames. They may look boring (to most) at first glance, but if you dive deeper, you will notice more and more how rich and educative ...


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What elo is your father? Its probably easier to simply attempt to win rather than to try and stall losing. Slight advantages in chess can cascade till one side checkmates. A better way of approaching this might be to rephrase the question as "how do I become X elo at chess?" Where X is your fathers strength. Then go though the general advice on ...


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Father-son relationships can be competitive, especially in areas where the father needs to feel strong (hiding a weakness). Maybe your father used to be very good, and feels the need to revive that time, or he is now, and he can't stand defeat? We don't know your age, but, unfortunately, your father having an unfair advantage of seniority and chess ...


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There is a tried and tested strategy which works better than all others although it takes some time. That is quite simply to get your opponent to go over the game with you afterwards and point out to you what your mistakes were and, very important, why those moves were mistakes. You obviously also need to pay attention, learn and remember and not repeat ...


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Other answers have made many good points. But the main reason g3 is a bad move can be reduced to a very simple explanation: The knight on h5 is a very bad piece, it has almost no squares to go to and can easily be threatened to be trapped. The best move in the position is 1.Bd2, this is because compared to other squares for the bishop to move to, it blocks ...


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Pawn structure. Allowing the exchange ...Nxf4 gxf4 simply weakens your structure considerably. The pawns on f2, f4 and h2 are disjointed and cannot protect each other anymore. Black can immediately start attacking f4 with a following ...Bh6, for example, and your only way to defend that pawn is by moving your queen into a pin. Due to the tactical danger ...


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How do you learn anything? If it is not new then why did not not learn it when you saw it before? World Champ Lasker said he did not memorize anything he could deduce. So to more directly answer the question: You start with the very basics like set up the board and how things move. Then you add on that with new ideas and concepts. Then keep repeating until ...


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This move is just awful, period. At the stage you are, there is absolutely no point in exploring how terrible it really is. Work on the cause first, the lack of understanding of fundamental opening principles. Thus, I as your coach, would ask you to forget about 3.b 3 for now and first learn a few opening rules designed for novices. Then play a few games, ...


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One should be very careful with the win percentage parameter. Probably here b3 was mostly played by lower-rated players trying to avoid theoretical lines and confuse the higher-rated opponent. Another example of the same fallacy: I don't remember losing in the exchange french with black. Of course, it's not because 3. exd5 exd5 is so great for black, it was ...


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Stockfish evaluation is not the only criterion to determine whether a move is sound or not. The main issue with committing so early to 3.b3 (against this particular Black setup) is that there are no downsides to delaying that move. In other words, even if you want to play some setup with b3, there's no reason do it right now. Instead, other moves that ...


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There are 3 main reasons for this move to be inaccurate. It doesn't place any pressure on black's position. It weakens c3, allowing black to "force" your knight to the more passive square d2. It removes the Qb3 move, which punishes the early development of black's LSB. All of these allows black to develop more easily and equalize.


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