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How are online tactic exercises ratings calculated?

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: ...
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ChessKid or an adult chess site for a 15-year-old?

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 ...
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Why don't chess tournament organisers use top-down camera angles?

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 ...
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The best chess websites or apps to play on

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 ...
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What to do with no stronger players around?

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. ...
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Best method of remote tutoring?

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/...
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Where can I watch live commentary and live matches between Grandmasters?

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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On what basis were players chosen to compete in the Magnus Carlsen Invitational 2020?

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 ...
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Is there a site that provides (legal) online access to free chess books?

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 ...
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Does it make sense to use an online ELO-rating-test for a beginner as a monthly test tool in order to see my progress?

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, ...
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What to do with no stronger players around?

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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Does it make sense to use an online ELO-rating-test for a beginner as a monthly test tool in order to see my progress?

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,...
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How accurate is Chess Maniac's online rating estimator?

Absolutely inaccurate. ELO rating is determined by playing a whole game of chess, not by solving a few positions without any pressure. Please play some online games for better estimate of your ...
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Is online chess learning as effective as using books?

I have found that reading books makes one concentrate more, and the material is usually covered more in-depth. I think that the "in-depth" part of this is what is important. The explanations are ...
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What to do with no stronger players around?

What type of online chess do you play? Blitz is not a good option, if you want to improve. If you want to play and improve using the internet, you should play standard time controls (at least more ...
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What to do with no stronger players around?

If you want to play with stronger players, you need to be where those players are. I see two major ways to do this: Travel to where they are. You might only be able to do this every so often, but if ...
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Does it make sense to use an online ELO-rating-test for a beginner as a monthly test tool in order to see my progress?

If you are playing online you should already have an online rating which should be enough to track your progress. As far as I can see, the website you list tries to give an estimate based on how well ...
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Websites for creating tournaments with different starting positions

You can do this For free at https://lichess.org. Go to the "Play" tab, and select "Tournaments." Assuming that you have a lichess account, (all they need for that is your e-mail, and they do not ...
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Online resource for estimating my elo rating using my games?

For example, if I can upload the recent 100 games that I played under some standard time control, will there be a way to estimate my elo based on how I play? If, as part of that upload, you also ...
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Share a board in realtime to teach chess

Is there any online service which allow to share a board in real time (I suppose to show it in a frame)? Have you tried sharing your desktop in a Skype conference call? Another alternative might ...
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Free online analysis engine?

http://analyse.deep-chess.de/ allows you to analyze your game online with different chess engines.
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Why increment isn't popular online blitz?

The main reason, I think, for online blitz sessions not including increment/delay is the possibility of premoving. You can't premove in OTB chess, so you will use the increment for the 'motion' time. ...
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Which is the most popular and crowded chess server?

Lichess has everything you need. Free and open source. It's the second or third popular website after chess.com (possibly chess24 not sure). Many strong players. No installation as it’s a web app.
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Live viewers for top chess events

http://web.archive.org/web/20100605121529/http://www.dnevnik.bg/sport/2010/05/31/909514_organizatorite_na_macha_topalov_-_anand_ochakvat_pone/ It says (in Bulgarian): "The match Topalov - Anand (2010)...
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Share a board in realtime to teach chess

Lichess has a feature called "study" which allows collaboration and best of all it is free: https://en.lichess.org/blog/V0KrLSkAAMo3hsi4/study-chess-the-lichess-way
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Ways to share game(s) online

The puzzle here offers a light-weight alternative, Apronus. It's quite simple: paste the PGN, click the 'Absorb' button and then 'Link to share'.
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Sites which provide annotated openings (preferably interactive)

Wikibook Chess Opening Theory has similar aims but I don't think it quite meets all of your requirements. Still, it's the website closest to meeting them that I can think of, so I hope it helps. Being ...
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Where can I find a good chess database?

The TWIC (This Week In Chess) database is your best bet. It's free, has millions of games (many of which are recent and up to date), and is of a high quality. Here's the link: http://theweekinchess....
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Best method of remote tutoring?

You could use FICS with the Babaschess interface for this purpose. Setting up an analysis board in the starting position is as simple as typing the command "examine" in the command window. This will ...
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