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Advice for breaking Lichess's 2000 rating mark

"PhishMaster's Complete Guide To Improvement": What to study, and how. Every player has times where they "plateau", and have trouble moving on, but they usually get past it eventually if they are ...
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Where Does Lichess Get Its Names for the Openings?

Lichess is open source. That source includes a table of openings compiled by the contributors to lichess. https://github.com/lichess-org/chess-openings And if you want to see who exactly made what ...
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How could one cheat on Lichess?

How could you cheat? This is what the Lichess terms of service say about it: Cheating. We define this as using any external assistance to strengthen your knowledge and, or, calculation ability to ...
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lichess vs chesscom players

Like I find it easier to beat a 1900 player on lichess than a 1800 on chesscom which is insane! Why is that insane? According to one site, an 1800 blitz rating on chess.com is about equivalent to a ...
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Why does Lichess only tell me my "inaccuracies", "mistakes", and "blunders", and not e.g. my "brilliancies"?

It's really hard to tell what a brilliancy is. For example, you might try to say that a brilliancy is a move that's much better than any other move on the board. Well, if you offer me a queen ...
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Why does Lichess only tell me my "inaccuracies", "mistakes", and "blunders", and not e.g. my "brilliancies"?

Here's why computer analysis (on any platform) can not find brilliant moves. They don't exist. Now, I recognize that this seems very counter-intuitive, but bear with me. This has to do with the ...
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lichess vs chesscom players

Elo does not signify how strong of a player someone is. Elo signifies how strong a player is in comparison to some community. Assigning a numeric score to rank how strong someone is in chess would be ...
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Disallow opponent from offering draw on lichess

You can't. You can disable takebacks though. If you don't play games long enough with enough time to read what is being asked, perhaps you should accept mouseslips as part of the game.
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Average centipawn loss

Average centipawn loss is the difference of your move to the best computer move averaged over all moves. Inaccuracies/Mistakes/blunders as defined per lichess are moves that are at least 0.5=50 ...
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Why was this game drawn on Lichess?

In a chess there's a 3-fold repetition rule, if the same position appears 3 times, a player can call a draw. Your opponent allowed a 3-fold repetition, hence, the game was drawn. 3k4/8/p1PK2p1/1p4P1/...
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Why does Lichess only tell me my "inaccuracies", "mistakes", and "blunders", and not e.g. my "brilliancies"?

You are being compared to perfection Your every move is being evaluated by a chess engine with super-human playing-strength. The default is to compare your performance to its own super-human ...
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Is hyperbullet or bullet more common in online gameplay?

According to Lichess, there were 16,664 UltraBullet players this week, and 361,848 Bullet players this week. As for games played, since January 2021 there were 7,111,572 UltraBullet games played, ...
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Downloading Games From Lichess

Lichess has an API which can also be used to download games. For example: https://lichess.org/api/games/user/{username}?max=3&color=white This will download 3 most recent games played by {...
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Why is this position considered to give white a significant advantage?

[FEN "r4rk1/2p1qppp/1p3n2/p7/2B4B/4P3/PPQN1Pbb/2KRR3 w - - 0 1"] 1. f3 {traps the bishop} Rad8 2. Re2 Bxf3 (2...Bd6 Rxg2 Kh8 Rh1 {the Black king is not safe at all}) 3. Bxf6 Qxf6 (3...gxf6 ...
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Why does Stockfish recommend this bishop exchange early on?

I wouldn't say it was a "sacrifice", it was more like an exchange of bishops. My lichess engine was actually giving me ...Bd6 as the first move. I don't understand why it wants me to move ...
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Does it makes sense to have a 1315 Blitz rating and a Rapid rating of 1729?

On chess.com my ratings are: Blitz: 1339 Rapid: 1721 Daily: 2153 My understanding of chess doesn't change based on time control. I am poor at quickly performing safety checks and so blunder more at ...
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Why does lichess ban players?

First of all, lichess rarely bans players. What they usually do is flag their profile (usually for using chess computer assistance), remove their rating, and prevent them from p laying in tournaments ...
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Which chess website with the most correct online rating?

How do you define realistic for chess ratings? Actually, they are all realistic. Ratings should be considered inside their own population because your rating in server X is your performance relative ...
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Can an Irwin Cheat Detector catch a user who is using a Leela chess bot for cheating?

Leela works by performing an exceptionally sophisticated positional evaluation at a relatively shallow search depth, whereas most chess engines work by performing a simple evaluation at as deep a ...
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Can one improve his chess without playing online?

I'd like to start with this comment of yours: "I fear that without this abusive online playing my abilities OTB will be damaged." I know where you are coming from, because I've been there, ...
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Oscillating Stockfish Evaluation on Laptop

If I understand correctly your x axis is the moves. Your script implied Anand and Prag were blundering every time they make a move, Clearly you have a bug in your script. Stockfish engine always give ...
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Is it valid according the FIDE chess rule?

The king does not cross b1 (only the rook does). It also does not end up standing on b1 following the castling. Hence, the quoted rule is not violated.
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Why is this the solution to this puzzle?

There is a lot more to this, and this is really not a great tactics problem as much as it is a continuing the attack problem. The difference is that with a tactic problem, you can see the result all ...
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Lichess endgame evaluation

Unless you explicitly hard-code these endgames, or provide the computer with endgame tablebases, they will apply what they've always done throughout the game: search lines and return the static eval (...
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Why does Stockfish recommend this bishop exchange early on?

Once white has put pawns on the central white squares of d3, c4 and e4 his white squared bishop becomes very bad, because its mobility is drastically reduced, and his dark squared bishop becomes ...
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What is 'Depth' in Lichess game analysis?

It means how many half moves ahead stockfish looked from the current position. It doesn't mean it looked at all the moves possible to that extent thought, it trims what it analises, otherwise it would ...
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Why is Lichess keyboard input opposed?

First some background: An 'input mechanism' is a tool to enact the moves you want to be played on a chessboard. The perfect input mechanism is probably "play whatever move I have in my mind ...
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Doubt about best move in lichess.org training puzzle

No. After ...Bc8??, Ra8+ checks win for white.
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Why is this the solution to this puzzle?

I'm going to assume you meant ...Qc7 instead of ...Qc6, since the latter move blunders the queen. After 1...gxf6 2.Qg4+, Black has three moves: 1) 2...Kf8 loses the queen to 3.Nd7+. 2) 2...Kh7 ...
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What is black's idea in this puzzle?

You are quite right Nxe4 makes no sense. However Nxd5 does because then Qxd8 ends up losing 4 pieces for a queen: [fen "1r1q1rk1/5pbp/3pbnp1/1p1Np1B1/1p1nP3/P1N2P2/2P1B1PP/R2Q1RK1 b - - 0 1"]...
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