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Why do some players consider it rude not to accept a rematch in online blitz?

They may have made a fatal mistake and think that in another game they can win. It happens sometimes. You could make a mistake, or miss a mating pattern, and suddenly you've lost the game although ...
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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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How to improve blitz chess rating?(Time management)

Blitz is a bit of a different chess "animal". In order to play blitz well, you need a few things, and that is great tactical vision, good time management, and some positional skill so you can make ...
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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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In the endgame KQ vs K, can you premove your way to checkmate?

I think with the black king on f7 it's also possible. For example, in the following position: [FEN "8/5k2/3Q4/8/8/3K4/8/8 w - - 0 1"] this sequence of moves for white checkmates always: Ke4 Kf5 (go ...
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In the endgame KQ vs K, can you premove your way to checkmate?

If the enemy king is cut off at the edge of the board, it is possible to mate him using only premoves. For example: [StartPly "1"] [FEN "2k5/Q7/8/8/8/8/8/K7 w - - 0 1"] 1.Ka2 Kd8 2.Ka3 Kc8 3....
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In the endgame KQ vs K, can you premove your way to checkmate?

In some special cases you can "premove" to a forced mate even against a King in the center: 8/8/8/8/3k4/7Q/3K4/8 w - - 0 0 1. Qe6! Kc5 2. Kc3! Kb5 3. Qd6! Ka5 4. Qb4+ Ka6 5. Kc4 Ka7 6. Qb5 Ka8 7. ...
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Losing against lower rated opponents

Chess can honestly be a very tiring game since it takes a considerable amount of brain power to play. You simply play worse when you play a lot of games in a row compared to several over the course of ...
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Why do some players consider it rude not to accept a rematch in online blitz?

Concerning the last question, no, you will not run out of opponents. I've been playing on chess.com for about seven years, and when I play blitz I'm almost exclusively interested in having a bit of ...
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Are there any "underground" openings or gambits?

In bullet chess (1 min or less), you basically don't have time for thinking and will pre-move or make moves instantaneously often making assumptions about your opponent's moves. In such situation ...
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How to improve blitz chess rating?(Time management)

I am not an expert, but I would say blitz is 'art' part of chess. It requires a few skills to be good. Time management is obviously very important as there is not much time in a blitz game. I have ...
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Is there a name for this common online trap in the Modern Defence?

In online chess, this is commonly referred to as the 'Lefong' inspired by FM Lefong Hua of Canada. Here is a clip with Magnus referencing it.
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In the endgame KQ vs K, can you premove your way to checkmate?

Just to show it's possible, here is a position, without the opponent king trapped at the edge of the board, where you can premove the entire sequence. [FEN "8/6k1/4Q3/8/8/8/8/K7 w - - 0 1"] Move the ...
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Why is drag and drop more popular than click-click in online blitz?

Is there any research/poll that supports your claim for drag&drop being more common choice? Personally, I use click-click, and most people I know also prefer this option. It's just as fast as ...
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Is this a smart draw offer?

Was it smart of me to accept it since he was up by +1 and he only had 40 seconds left The final position was a dead draw, so there was nothing wrong taking the draw offer. However, you would probably ...
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Is this a smart draw offer?

My first thought was that black had won a piece by move 12, and should have been able to win without getting into such heavy complications. For instance, a move like 15...Qc7? is just a bad move from ...
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Why do some players consider it rude not to accept a rematch in online blitz?

To add something else to the other answers: I almost always offer a rematch and almost always accept a rematch but I sometimes need to run away to the toilet or to talk to someone at home or whatever ...
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How to improve blitz chess rating?(Time management)

There are multiple factors involved. To improve blitz you must first improve your regular chess. Clock management. You must make every move at the rate necessary to finish the game without ...
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Premove techniques

Almost always the 30 move option is better. There are 2 key reasons: - You only lose 0.1 seconds per premove (on most servers), compared to 0.5 - 1.0 seconds. - Your opponent loses more time ...
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Why is drag and drop more popular than click-click in online blitz?

One thing you mention is that you use a touchpad, which behaves significantly different from a mouse. And keep in mind that most people in online chess still use a mouse. I recently played a lot on ...
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Why is drag and drop more popular than click-click in online blitz?

I read this question the other day, and as a habitual drag-drop player (in spite of already knowing that click-click would at least be more precise) I couldn't really give a convincing answer why I do ...
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Losing against lower rated opponents

I think the tendency is to overplay positions vs lower rated opponents. They make a bad move and you want to show them how bad it was so you play aggressively and sac material Just play solid moves ...
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What are good openings for White during a blitz game?

There are plenty of openings you could use in blitz, but I think the slow solid and positional openings need more thinking, thus you could lose. I would suggest playing like Mikhail Tal. That is, make ...
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Is there a way to watch blitz championship currently on chess.com on youtube?

The stream from earlier today is available to be viewed here. There will be another broadcast tomorrow, but that will be a separate stream, with a different link to view (and the link won't be ...
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Are there any "underground" openings or gambits?

There are tons of first 4 moves that involve ridiculously unsound sacrifices, but most of these usually involve Bxf7+ and have no place in opening theory. These 'openings' are largely based on a ...
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Are there any "underground" openings or gambits?

Sometimes there's some practical value in taking a line others feel is unplayable and making it somewhat playable. At best, you should be aiming for a line that gives the opponent lots of chances to ...
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Another chess puzzle

I think Kb2 will be followed by Rd8 which will be dangerous for white. In this position, Black is slightly worse. The only leverage for white here is the pressure on the black king and active Rooks. ...
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Are there any "underground" openings or gambits?

A qualified yes. I played in Philadelphia in the mid 50s and ran into a weird opening that is probably sound if not the best and had trouble with it. Turns out it was very popular in the Philly area ...
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Are there any "underground" openings or gambits?

Yes, there are quite a few dubious lines one could try out when there is nothing much at stake. 1.d4 e5 2.dxe5 f6 comes to mind. There was a book on blitz openings, but those variations are "...
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What is the best chess site for strong players?

Playchess.com, hands down, the best by test. The best interface - essentially the same as ChessBase - whereas ICC is clunky, and Chess.com is increasingly for kids. At Playchess, 2000 players play ...
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