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Is it more helpful to play with a titled player than to play with a chess engine?

Yes, as long as you go over the game with them afterwards. A titled player can explain why another move or idea is better, and not just point out what you did wrong. The engine can't explain in human ...
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Is it more helpful to play with a titled player than to play with a chess engine?

The common advice that you shouldn't play against a computer has a few facets. It is true that chess AIs play differently from humans, not because they cannot play like humans but because most of ...
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Checklist before you make a move

1) Did my opponent’s last move contain a threat? Is the threat real and something I need to respond to? Or am I able to ignore that move and continue with my plan? 2) Do my pieces have sufficient ...
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Are blitz or bullet games better for improvement?

What improves your chess is the time you spend thinking on chess and solving chess problems (either during a game or when doing exercices). As a consequence, if your concern is to make progress, a 5' ...
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Can playing too much chess make you see everything as chess moves?

Quite possible- this would be a special case of the Tetris Effect, as would what you described with your experience with Breath of the Wild. Anecdotally, someone I knew once played a lot of chess ...
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Is it beneficial to play themed practice games?

It really depends on what your end goal is. Themed games in a specific opening are good to get familiar with a specific opening, and get a "feel" for the positions arising in the resulting middlegames....
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What do the dollar, plus, brackets and hash symbol indicate in chess moves notations?

Q1: The + means the move gave check to the enemy king. Q2: The brackets indicate variations. So 17...hxg6 is a variation to the main move 17...Rf7. It starts at move 18 after the closing bracket since ...
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Is it beneficial to play themed practice games?

A great practice routine if you have a willing partner is to take a position from an opening you wish to study and play a series of blitz games from both sides. For example, when I was younger me and ...
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Can I become a GM by playing 100 games per day without studying books, strategy, etc?

By spending that much time on something per day, you will inevitably become very good at what you practice! Unfortunately, what you'll be practicing is moving pieces around on a chess board, based on ...
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Are blitz or bullet games better for improvement?

For the 1300-1400 level, none are useful if you want to improve. More often than not, blitz and bullet (especially the latter) just develop bad habits, such as moving too quickly or having little ...
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Practicing against an engine vs practicing over the board?

Engines do not make tactical or blunt mistakes. However, their calculation range is given by their predefined strength. People behave differently. In general, their game is rather stable. But they ...
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Can you objectively determine who was the best chess player of all time?

I'm posting a sample answer to my question to give others an idea about what I'm thinking about. First, you have to define what you mean by best. For example, does best mean you are the most ...
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How to exploit an opponent's time trouble? (no increment)

Don't try to blitz him by playing fast; now you both are playing without thinking much and you've lost the point of the time advantage. In general, you should still just try to play the best moves. ...
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What is the best way to research openings and endgames in a browser?

Three options I can think of immediately: https://chess-endgame-trainer.firebaseapp.com/home is a fantastic chess endgame trainer. Chessable also lets you create your own courses (for free) which you ...
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How to train tactics methodically

I'm wondering, what is the equivalent method of practicing tactics methodically in chess? Would it be to practice one motif repeatedly? Or is it to practice blitz+standard? Neither. In the chess ...
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How to exploit an opponent's time trouble? (no increment)

Do not play fast. This is a common pitfall. He/She is the one who has to play fast, not you. Take your time and find a good move. Your opponent can't compete with you as he/she doesn't have enough ...
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Checklist before you make a move

There are not so many books that talk about the thought process of selecting a move. There is a section about this in Michael de la Maza's book Rapic Chess Improvement: A Study Plan for Adult ...
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Is it more helpful to play with a titled player than to play with a chess engine?

Several factors are at play here: Humans tend to be more interesting to play against. Therefore, you will play more and learn faster! If you regularly play a bot, you will typically always win or ...
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Checklist before you make a move

1) Checks 2) Captures 3) Threats (I'm threatening to check, capture, tactic like fork, skewer etc. on my next move or the move after) 4) Stop my opponent's plan 5) Improve my position After ...
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How or what to practice when mentally exhausted?

Yoga. Failing that watch your favourite TV programme.
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How or what to practice when mentally exhausted?

When you are tired but want to study it is probably a good time to watch chess videos. You don't have to be sharp to absorb someone explaining some positional ideas, or get some exposure to theory. ...
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Are blitz or bullet games better for improvement?

Neither of your alternatives is much use for learning anything except bad habits and sloppy thinking. Bullet chess is completely useless for improvement. Magnus Carlsen might pay better chess than ...
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Blunder checklist for strong playrs

Disclaimer: Every person has their own way of approaching these situations, but I think my experience is similar to the experience of most other (stronger) players. In an implicit way everyone uses a ...
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Can playing too much chess make you see everything as chess moves?

You're describing the plot of Vladimir Nabokov's The Defense (1930), in which the protagonist Luzhin (rhymes with "illusion") descends into a chess-themed monomania. This is the source of ...
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What is the most effective way of reducing blunders?

Practice a different sort of tactics! According to chess teacher and author Dan Heisman, traditional tactics puzzles (e.g. "Mate in 3" puzzles) present you with a situation in which you are trying to ...
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What is the most effective way of reducing blunders?

"Blunders are nothing but tactics you didn't saw from your opponent's side" I will tell you my story and my improvement over this problem of blundering. I was blundering and blundering very badly ...
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How do I analyze my game after playing?

in principle you should look at the game yourself without a computer, then go over with coach, then with computer. For real life : A. enter the game into computer without engine straight after game, ...
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Endgame training for a 7 year old kid

When he is mating, is he just following a method blindly or does he understand it? For instance in the two examples you mention, zugzwang and opposition are important themes, which are also relevant ...
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I play better on the board than online. How can I play better online?

Have you tried setting up a chessboard by the computer and playing the online moves on the board before transmitting them? This may be more difficult with rapid than classical games, but if you find ...
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