Any time you learn how to play a new opening system that is very different to what you are used to playing you become a stronger player. To play the new opening successfully you will have to learn what are the typical pawn structures you get in that opening, which pieces you should develop where and what the plans are for your side and for the opponent.
No. In general, the answer is that less-common openings are less-common for a reason, and that reason is that they either lead only to game with no opportunity for an advantage, or the closely-related plain old equal game, or a worse game...sometimes, much worse.
The problem with them is that if you have any ambition, and get to a certain level, you end up ...
In general, less common openings tend to give weaker opponents issues, since they have yet to properly grasp many fundamental ideas of opening play and middlegame strategy, and if they don't know the concrete lines they may very well end up completely lost from a nonstandard opening position.
But a nonstandard opening doesn't make you into a stronger player ...
No. But it tends to negate the book memorization that other players use to do better in the opening. A really good player will gain a bigger advantage if you deviate from usual moves, but many players will do poorly as they do not understand openings and have to use their book moves to do well.
OTOH some book moves are plain wrong. And if you deviate ...
What is real chess?
In tournaments if you make an illegal move you have to take it back.
In casual club games it is often allowed so the game can continue while being more interesting.
In some online forums it is allowed if both people agree.
When ratings are involved I do not know of any place where take-backs are allowed.
How big is the tournament? How many people, how long?
What type of tournament will it be? How often will it be re-run?
Before PCs I ran moderately sized tournaments quite easily with just 5x8 cards.
Computers are great for really big tournaments and to stop complaints that the director was biased; but they are not needed for a smaller more friendly ...
You can play bughouse at chess.com but they chatban you for comments that they already filter (so your comment doesn't go through, and then they chatban you so you can't use communication buttons.) it's a bad service. Don't pay them. FICS won't ban you
There are two simple adjustments that need to be made for this to work properly with the computer playing the white pieces. I'm not totally familiar with the interfaces you're using so bear with me.
while not board.is_game_over():
if board.turn == True:
This if statement is used to determine at which point the computer starts evaluating moves and at ...
If you go on chess.com you will see that you can analyze games in a lot of detail. This analysis can compare to state of the art chess engines and determine whether your moves were "human-like" in their accuracy (for each piece) or if you simply made "engine-like" moves. For example, if each one of your moves was classified as the best possible move in that ...
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 gain an
unfair advantage over your opponent. Some examples would include
computer engine assistance, opening books (except for correspondence