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Will writing a chess engine help my chess?

It is the other way around. Being a strong chess player allows you to write a good evaluation function. The evaluation functions of strong chess engines are known, and the principles they encapsulate ...
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Will writing a chess engine help my chess?

I wrote an engine a while back. I would call myself a "competent inactive chess player," defining that as in the uncomfortable divide where playing people who aren't active chess players is ...
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How to pass 1000 elo

I really like DM's answer, tactical awareness is the most important thing for you right now. What I'd like to add is not really a complete answer, but rather an addendum to that post, talking about ...
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How to pass 1000 elo

First I will steal suggestion from comment by: @user21820 I think it would be a mistake to try to improve at rapid chess without first improving ability to analyze when not hampered by lack of ...
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Will writing a chess engine help my chess?

If you are a beginner, then yeah it would help. As you wrote, "bishop pair gives a small bonus roughly half a pawn, knights do better than bishops when there are many pawns on the board, and that ...
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How to pass 1000 elo

These 3 simple pieces of advice that can really help beginners are Move your minor pieces (bishops and knights) Control the center of the board Protect your king (i.e. castle) Although these sound ...
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Will writing a chess engine help my chess?

No. Humans and engines play chess in completely different ways. Being able to conclude that the evaluation function bonus for the bishop pair should be 0.3 rather than 0.2 will have pretty much no ...
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How to pass 1000 elo

At that level the most common mistake is to focus exclusively on your own plans even to the extent of ignoring direct capture threats to your own pieces from the opponent. Players play a kind of hope ...
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How to pass 1000 elo

Probably the number one thing that can improve your chess at that level is better tactical awareness, both offensively and defensively. Here are some positions from just one of your games: [FEN "...
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Literature on Accelerated London system

The hanging pawns YouTube channel has lots of very instructional content on the London system. The videos cover many different responses to the London system and the proper ways to play against them ...
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How can I avoid stalemate in this position?

When you have two major pieces (the major pieces are rooks and queen, so two major pieces would be two rooks or a rook and a queen), the basic checkmate pattern is called "ladder mate". This ...
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How can I avoid stalemate in this position?

The best advice anyone can give a beginner is that when you are hunting the King like this, make sure that he is either in check, or that you're absolutely positive he has a square he can move too. A ...
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How can I avoid stalemate in this position?

i) How exactly is the match concluded to be a stalemate? The white king is not in check The squares a2, b2, c2, c3, b4 are covered by the queen. The king may not move there. The squares a3, a4 are ...
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How does centipawn scoring work?/Why is a higher (positive) score horrible while a lower score is better?

I can go deeper on this part: I wonder why a score of +4.82 is a blunder while a score of +0.62 is "decent" As others have mentioned, CP scores being positive or negative reflect the ...
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How does centipawn scoring work?/Why is a higher (positive) score horrible while a lower score is better?

Basic Interpretation: As mentioned in this answer, the evaluation +0.5 (+50 centipawns) means a half-pawn advantage for White while a –2 evaluation (-200 centipawns) implies a 2 pawn advantage for ...
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How does centipawn scoring work?/Why is a higher (positive) score horrible while a lower score is better?

The score is from white's perspective. So 4.82 is much better for white than 0.62. Also notice that on the next move, white does not play Qa4, and loses the advantage, and the score becomes negative ...
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