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Basic "mate in one move" puzzle - what am I missing?

You are absolutely right! The black king can move to d8 and e7 and then there's no follow up mate. Most probably there's a white queen/bishop on h4 to prevent the black king from escaping (which is ...
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Should I switch to a different opening?

I am in my school's chess club now and my teacher tells me to use the queen's gambit instead The fact that you are in your school's chess club changes the answer somewhat. It means you are young and ...
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Books that explain fundamental chess concepts

I've focused this answer on resources that have clear, strong writing with good explanations. Some also have puzzles that support the author's presentation of ideas. When I first started playing chess ...
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As a novice, how can I improve at defending my pieces other than what I'm already doing?

It seems like you're having problems with underdeveloped board vision. This is typical for beginners and it takes some time to improve, especially if you're beginning as an adult. But it can ...
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As a novice, how can I improve at defending my pieces other than what I'm already doing?

Is chess club right: Can you teach this, and if not, does it mean I won’t be able to become a good chess player? Everyone can improve. Any aspect of chess can be taught. Also, what else can I do to ...
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Is it possible to get free personal chess coaching?

This site isn't a brokerage for free personal chess coaching. This is a QA site, where you can ask chess-related questions. That means, that if you have a position that you don't understand, are ...
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Books that explain fundamental chess concepts

I think that you are looking for a kind of first book on chess strategy, that explains things in words (and not just with puzzles or analysis). A good example would be Chess Strategy for Club Players ...
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How effective are theory tables?

Don't learn openings using theory tables. It's painful and ineffective. Also, it is very helpful to read the analysis and explanations of strong chess players. This will help to understand the ...
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How to improve at chess by analyzing one's own games?

How can players avoid the pitfalls of self-analysis, such as being too harsh or lenient on oneself, or overlooking important mistakes? Those are not the major pitfalls of self-analysis. That is using ...
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How to Learn Chess Comprehensively

The "Chess Steps" method is the training method used by chess clubs for youth players in the Netherlands. It starts at beginner level, the last step (6) is for players of roughly 2000 ...
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where can I find free chess books?

I find some resources: Project Gutenberg is a library with over 70,000 free e-books. infobooks has 20 free chess books. You can find four free chess books on this website : 1000exercices. You can ...
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Playing chess with a mentally demanding job?

This is probably a personal take that won't apply to everyone but to me the effort required to write code feels like a totally different one from the effort I put into chess. So if anything, for me it'...
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As a novice, how can I improve at defending my pieces other than what I'm already doing?

You say you can't spot when you hang a piece. I guess the first obvious question is can you spot when your opponent hangs a piece? If not, then you probably should take up a different game. However if ...
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As an amateur, how to learn WHY this or that next move would be good?

Kudos to @Billy Istiak for being the first person to mention a book. And anti-kudos for the implication that you can't ask questions of a book. Intelligent reading of a good book will answer many ...
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Playing chess with a mentally demanding job?

I assume you have a busy day at work and come home late from the office. If that's the case, then you need to manage your time well in order to coordinate things. How to take out time to play chess? ...
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Playing chess with a mentally demanding job?

I was in that situation. The only solution is to look for a better job. For example, you can work for the government. Maybe you will make less money, but you will have an increase in your quality of ...
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As a novice, how can I improve at defending my pieces other than what I'm already doing?

Chess courses can only teach you things but they can not learn things for you. There is no magical solution but the old boring "practice practice practice". If you don't "want to be a ...
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Fastest from a complete beginner to FIDE 2200?

The first thing to note is that there is no reliable record of when players first learn the moves. The closest we have to this is when they get their first FIDE rating and even with that there are ...
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Does the Russian Chess Federation switching to the ACF actually make it harder for Chinese/Indian players to qualify for the World Championships?

The Russian Chess Federation's move from Europe (ECU) to Asia (ACF) takes effect on 1st May. In the meantime players with RUS membership may not play FIDE rated chess. Those Russian players who have ...
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How effective are theory tables?

Opening theory tables are an outdated, more cumbersome way to find the information you can get on an opening explorer. Don't use them except maybe for historical purposes. Learning a new opening ...
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Is it possible to get a professional degree in chess?

Updates Recently, Webster's university launched a Minor degree in Chess "Chess in Education" (see this link). There are a few educational institutions that offer courses on chess: TTU (under ...
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Pros and cons of engine-assisted play for training

Engine-assisted training is interesting. The advantages of using an engine for analysis is well known, whilest for study it's limited. One of the reasons I can think of, is that for training openings ...
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Is it possible to get free personal chess coaching?

This is not the place for free personal chess coaching. If you are serious about improving your chess but not serious enough to pay a coach then your best bet is to join a local chess club and play ...
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Books that explain fundamental chess concepts

Some solid recommendations: Logical Chess Move By Move by Irving Chernev. Excellent for those with ratings <1400. Art of Attack in Chess by Vladimir Vukovic 60 memorable games by Bobby Fischer How ...
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How to improve at chess by analyzing one's own games?

When playing in a tournament, it is generally not possible to analyse one's games immediately afterward. There simply isn't time. Still, it should be done just after the tournament, when you might ...
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Playing chess with a mentally demanding job?

I switched to playing "postal" chess for multiple reasons. One was that my work was mentally demanding and unpredictable and often required weekend work so I had trouble setting aside time ...
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How to Learn Chess Comprehensively

My suggestion would be to get a book on basic chess strategy. [Since I don't know of any for beginners in the English language, I'll let someone else edit this answer with a specific recommendation]. ...
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where can I find free chess books?

ChessUtilities Reader has some 1000+ eBooks for free and Project Gutenberg is also not bad for chess books.
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How effective are theory tables?

Against the advice given up to now, Opening Theory Tables, are a good reference work. But you have to use your criteria. A database tree of moves, does not substitute a Theory Table. A theory table ...
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