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Here's some advice to be taken with a grain of salt. Many years ago, I was regularly playing chess with a 0 base time and 45 second increments in the Etobikoke Chess Club which had the type of clock that made it possible and a 1 second base time and 45 second increments in the Annex Chess Club with the other type of clock. I was trying too hard and getting ...


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This answer uses some ideas from Andrew Sainsbury's answer. I'll make a guess. According to https://www.wikihow.com/Speed-Run-a-Video-Game, sometimes when people start speedrunning a game, the speedrunning can transfer into other tasks. There was a guy with username EnNopp112 on www.twitch.tv who said his speedrunning transferred to other ares such as making ...


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The answer is it depends. You're actually asking a couple of different questions though. First of all, a narrow vs. a broad rep. Most players are probably better off steering their games into a narrow rep where they limit the opponent's responses and steer the game into positions they know. However, because of engines, I don't believe you can be a ...


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In chess, in general, you want to avoid the opponent's strengths, however, playing something you totally do not understand is not OK, either. I recently played something that I was not used to against a GM, and got soundly outplayed. In that game, 1.d4 d6, I decided that I would try the Kaprov line of the Pirc, and played 2.e4, even though I am not an e4-...


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I have seen plenty of people, who are addicted to chess, as it can become very time consuming if you take it seriously. So yes, it could easily help people swap an addiction that most would see as potentially more detrimental for one that is more healthy.


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One thing is that you may adjust your opening choice, knowing that any forced draws are wins for you. For instance as white against the Najdorf, 6.Bg5 has many lines that contain forced draws, and black may be used to playing lines where he would welcome them. Now he has to avoid them and that may force him to play inferior lines. That said -- if this makes ...


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Daniel Moskovich asked: Is there a mathematically/statistically proven way for me to take advantage of this state of affairs to maximize my own winning chances? I think not. Generally, one should always play the actual position one faces on the board: you do not know in advance what your opponent intends to open with. You suspect your opponent must play ...


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