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I think there's also an important misunderstanding of engines. When they're ahead, they like anything that maintains the lead. It is one methodical way to win. But Rxd1 is NOT a critical move. It is simply a fair trade that magnifies the material imbalance without creating any new threats for either side. It is not lazy if you check carefully that your ...


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The Whale variation [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2. c4 is quite an offbeat opening. It shares obvious similarities with the English opening, and it sometimes transposes, but it has some serious drawbacks. The obvious one is the gaping hole it leaves on d4. Another one is that it leads to very closed positions, which intermediate players usually do not fin ...


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This position is more complicated than it first looks! You need to see more than one move deep to understand the difference between 15...Rxd1 and other moves. As Scounged has pointed out, you already have an advantage of about +3 because you're a piece up. The problem is that white is attacking your pawn on b7. So some time soon, you want to play a move ...


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Let us list white's trumps in this position: White is ahead in development White's king is safer than black's If we list black's trumps, we find the following: BLACK IS AN ENTIRE BISHOP UP FOR A MERE PAWN! If we simply count the number of trumps for each side, we see that white has seemingly more trumps than black. But here black's trump carries more ...


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If you compare games of past masters with modern master games you will find that the modern masters are playing at a significantly higher level. This is because modern chess masters are able to draw inspiration from and refine the ideas of the older masters. If they weren't doing this, chess theory would become stagnant and new ideas would be few and far ...


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Mistakes and blunders are normally a loss of material and easy to understand. An inaccuracy is therefore a loss in the evaluation due to a positional mistake. These mistakes are mostly based on the pawn position and sometimes on piece position, although a successful side attack often involves moving the pieces to that side. Pawns structure provides for ...


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Play a lot of 5 minute games, just over and over, one right after the other, not fearing the ranking loss, just for practice. And, as you do this, plot your average wins per game. This will slowly increase! The mind will develop quick chess assessment skills only by lots of practice. The other answer above jgadory is something that will follow naturally from ...


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Check out this website for more information: https://thechessworld.com/articles/openings/the-keres-variation-against-the-sicilian-defense/


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Disclaimer: there might be other ideas too. I used to play this some time ago against sicilian. My idea was that I liked closed sicilian positions (2. Nc3) if black did not play the "main" setup against it (that is, 2. ... Nc6, 3. ... g6 etc). So with Ne2, I still could play the closed variation against, for example, 2. ... e6 and 3... d5, and ...


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