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It is not a question of ethics, but more about being courteous. Chess is a game where it is impossible to separate the joy of the game from the competitiveness/ego aspect so by declaring a forced win in N moves, you are effectively asking your opponent to resign immediately even though he hasn't seen the forced win yet owing to his lesser faculties/skill ...


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The majority of the users find that insulting. Is it really insulting to [...] I can answer the question based on this excerpt alone. The answer is yes.


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Some things that have helped me get better are: Counter-intuitively, continue to work hard on your slow game. The best speed game players in the world just happen to be the best slow game players. When playing slow games, you are giving your brain more "soak time" to absorb patterns and really grind into positions, giving your analysis ("I takes, he takes, ...


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Answering my own question for documenting what I use. I will keep this answer updated as I discover more ways. lichess This is the simplest and cleanest way I found. Just copy pgn text and paste. It generates a nice little shareable link. Very nice interface to playback the moves. As a bonus, it also provides automatic (stockfish) engine analysis ...


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lichess.org has played game analysis and allows you to edit a board before AI game. Its analysis shows wrong and right moves and percentage statistics of mistakes for both sides.


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I would say this is not only insulting but unethical. Chess is a game that is intended to be a test of thought and concentration. It is unfair for a player to disrupt his opponents thought processes by drawing attention to any particular line of play as it may distract him from pursuing his intended strategy. Now you may think that the play is forced from ...


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A typical way to do it is to treat puzzles the same as players and rate them based on whether they "win/lose" and the rating of the "opponent" ChessTempo has a nice explanation here copied below: The rating system is inspired by an idea implemented at the Chess Tactics Server. CTS treats both problem solvers and the problems as opponents with their ...


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My advice would be to use the adult site. I've had several students but never recommended a kid-friendly site to anyone older than 8 years old. It would be good to know why exactly you want that membership for further advice: If what you are looking for is a site where your daughter can play and get experience, then make an analysis of those games (no ...


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Blitz is good for working out the kinks in an opening repertoire and reinforcing themes that you already know, but it won't help if you want to learn new tactics or ideas. Blitz is too fast to be conducive to figuring out new plans, especially 3 0. There are some upsides to blitz, though. First and foremost, blitz is fun! If you have 20 minutes, a few ...


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I see a couple of reasons not to do this: It's a lot harder to distinguish the pieces. For example, bishops and pawns look really similar, and the black queen and king look similar too. When you watch a game as an on-site spectator, you don't view it top-down either. Even better: the players themselves don't view the board top-down, but from an angle. ...


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The best completely free website I know of is Lichess. Personally, I use Chess.com. It's free to play on, and many of the features it has can be used by anyone. However, to gain full access to the website (e.g. the video library), you do need to pay for a membership. It is relatively inexpensive though—$100 per year, which is equivalent to $8.33 per month. (...


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I guess I've never seen this behavior myself, but while I was reading the question I remembered that, many years ago, when I still read chess books (you know, the ones printed on paper), I read more than once something like "and (put the name of a famous ancient player here) announced mate in 5". Actually, if you google for "announce mate chess", it seems it ...


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I don't think that this is very polite nor common. If they are playing so poorly that they don't see the checkmate coming, telling this isn't very helpful for them. They still don't know how to counteract against moves that you are planning to do, so they only become more stressed and probably angry with you, too. Because it's looking like sneering at them - ...


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If there are no stronger players convenient to you, and you don't want to use the technology available to play with stronger players further away, then you must go to where the stronger players are. Organizations exist to do just this. For instance the US Chess Federation has tournaments around the US throughout the year that allow players to meet and ...


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Mostly I agree with what everyone else has said. Blitz is great for practicing something you have already, or to just "try it out quickly," but it's not a good way to learn. In fact, I find that if you play enough blitz you will eventually start getting worse at chess. Your ability to really think through moves diminishes. So, I would say, treat it like ...


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Chess24 has a lot of live transmissions of tournaments. Often even with live commentary and always with computer evaluations (though those can be turned off).


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Have you tried lichess studies ? They can be used exactly like that. Let me give you an overview of how it works. First you need to create a study, which you can do by heading to https://lichess.org/study/ and clicking in the green plus button. Multiple Members As the What are Studies page explains, you can invite people to your study: Let me quote the ...


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It's not like they're going to resign just because someone tells them there's a forced mate. They will try to either: A) Prove you wrong. or B) Know there's a forced mate, but play on just to irritate you.


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If you use Scid, then you can turn on the option "Hide next move". That also hides the result of the game. The option is intended for training purposes (solitaire chess, also known as "guess the next move"). You can download a PGN file of the games, and open it with Scid. Don't open the game list window (because it shows results), but first turn on the hide ...


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You can import your game on http://lichess.org/paste, then analyse it.


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Open Chess Books is a site that aims to “republish classic chess books, with all diagrams transformed in animated boards, and release them for free.” They only have two books at the moment (Modern Ideas in Chess and Chess Fundamentals), but it's a great resource so far. Predator at the Chessboard by Ward Farnsworth is a great primer on chess tactics that's ...


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Well, the main problem with these tests is that they aren't reliable. They can only give you a rough indication of your playing strength, nothing more. Maybe something accurate to 100 rating points, and it's very hard to gain 100 points in a month, even for a beginner. So it will be hard to measure your progress on that scale. Also, taking the same test ...


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Magnus Carlsen had the major saying in the selection. There was no "objective" qualification of any kind, besides the hope to create an interesting line-up. Firouzja was included because he beat Carlsen in the Banter Blitz Cup, so a "rematch" would attract many viewers. Disclosure: I work for chess24. I wasn't involved in the decision process, and I can't ...


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Most likely, "you eventually reach a wall where the only way to advance is by sitting down for lengthy periods analyzing board positions." This would result from what the economists call the "law of diminishing returns." But playing blitz should enable you to improve your game for a long time BEFORE you reach that point. That's because it will teach you to ...


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Since playing chess is not a job for most of us, it may not make much sense to ask how many games should you play. Some people relish the adrenaline rush of 1 minute chess, some can play for hours, some like to play three games at once... and then some others like to play once a week. The answer depends on who you are, but since it seems that online tourneys ...


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Know your openings! You didn't mention time control, but it doesn't matter, you just may not allow yourself to waste precious time on opening. Avoid sharp, theoretical lines if you can not memorize them fully. I usually avoid such openings because if you face a novelty/variation you haven't seen so far, there goes precious time on thinking for a move that ...


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Mobialia Chess Free includes an FICS interface; it supports premove and interfacing directly with the console.


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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 to other players in the same server. As it depends the population you shouldn't compare one rating to another rating in another server. But if you really want to ...


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Have you considered correspondence chess? You might have to use the internet for it but its fairly different from online chess if you ask me.


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Elometer is just a test. A true rating system score is only relative, i.e. it means something only among the members of a group (that should be big, but is finite). After choosing Elo, ree, TrueSkill, Glicko - here's a comparison - or what you like better, it makes no sense at all to compare your score within a group with your or someone else's scores in ...


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