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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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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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What was the first modern chess piece?

The short answer is that there are multiple pieces that were created at the beginning of the game that is now chess. The first game invented that was like modern chess is called chaturanga, and it has ...
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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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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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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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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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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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where can I find free chess books?

I find some resources: Project Gutenberg is a library with over 70,000 free e-books. infobooks has 20 free chess books. You can find four free chess books on this website : 1000exercices. You can ...
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Stuck at 1100 elo for some months now

All plateaus are different -- what holds you back is not the same as what holds another person with the same rating back. So you need to look at your games, and see what causes you to lose. Then stop ...
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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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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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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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How to Learn Chess Comprehensively

The "Chess Steps" method is the training method used by chess clubs for youth players in the Netherlands. It starts at beginner level, the last step (6) is for players of roughly 2000 ...
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Can electronic music really have a positive effect on online chess?

Surprisingly, the answer is yes. Listening to music can increase blood flow to the brain. Musicians are also known to have more gray matter in the frontal cortex which can form more complex neural ...
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Stuck at 1100 elo for some months now

Tips: The main tips for improving at this level are almost universally agreed upon by chess coaches, titled players, etc: Play (a lot). Analyze your games. Try to find 1 key takeaway / lesson per ...
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Is there an online chess evaluation engine with a REST API?

The project https://github.com/noobpwnftw/chessdb provides an API for getting engine evaluations including also the PV, with the FEN of a position as input. E.g., try an example from the readme: https:...
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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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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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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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Is there an online chess evaluation engine with a REST API?

I'm a bit late, but https://stockfish.online is a REST GET API for Stockfish. Make requests with a FEN string, depth, and mode. For example, making a GET request to https://stockfish.online/api/...
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