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I checked the position on Lichess' analysis and looked at the source code on Github. On Lichess' engine, the evaluation is +5.8 (Stockfish 10+ depth 22). If we give castling rights to the black king, the evaluation drops to +3.4. If we then take out the pawn on f3 (restore material balance), the evaluation drops to +3.1. If it's black's move (one tempo ...


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The advantage is positional. It is not material nor tactics that are about to happen. It is harder for many players to understand positional advantages. But the computer understands is quite well. Most average players see material advantages but only see positional when it is a looming mate or other drastic advantage. Looking at every line of play would ...


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It really is about king position, but also about how it affects the evaluation when it programmatically adds up the and compares the differences in mobility for each side's pieces. This is where you get the huge difference, and I think this is what you are looking for. In each of the following lines, deemed best by Stockfish 11, you can see how little the ...


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So, the simple way to reason out that white is winning is to look at the safety of black's king. White has a very simple plan of developing their bishop to g5, castling and then breaking open the center (either with d5 or with f4-f5, the latter seeming a bit stronger since it forces the a2-g8 diagonal open for white's queen to cause mayhem). After this, ...


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Disclaimer: I am mainly answering the 2nd question (Would that work for club level players or could they use other methods?). Yes, it is possible for a club level player to play the man. First, I would like to clarify that playing the man is not the exact opposite of objective play. There is even a certain intersection between them in human vs human games! ...


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While the other answers are great at addressing what playing the man means, this one will be more about your initial question about helping at the club level. I do not think playing the man is as viable of a strategy for a club level player. The reason it works at a higher level is that GMs already have the appropriate skill level to compete with each ...


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It's all Sun Tzu; If the player is a tactician, play positional. If the player is positional, play tactical. If the guy is booked up in a line -- don't play into it unless you have a surprise... It is not about off the board antics. Is the guy out of form or a little sick? Then make the game long and complicated... Then as SubhanKhan mentioned: at the ...


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As you mentioned, playing the man can mean several different things, but before I answer I want to say that no one can become a better player by only playing the man - objectivity is the number 1 priority. Many top-level GMs do play the man and the most notable example I can give is the Kasparov-Kramnik match in 2000. Kramnik knew that Kasparov disliked ...


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An opening repertoire for someone who has no time to study should not aim at getting an advantage, but aim instead to create situations in which you feel at home and in which your opponent will have difficulty taking you out of that "comfort zone" As White the combination of d4 and Bf4 has been called the businessman's opening for just that reason. As Black ...


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At that rating level, you’re better served by playing simple openings and concentrating on getting better at chess in general, so any opening, offbeat or mainline, that requires weeks or months of study is suboptimal. Spend your chess study time learning chess tactics and endgames, spend enough time on the opening to understand what you should have played ...


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More tactical training. After you have been mated that way once and mated the other king with it a couple of times you will always see it immediately. That mate is so obvious to me now that I see it at a glance. Other mates may take some time to calculate. Do all the smothered mate type tactics problems from some online site and you should be good to go.


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At 1500 openings are not your problem. Trying to play tactical slash and burn is a problem and a poor strategy for improving. You may like them but they are not the best approach. And when you play someone better they will skin your cat quickly. Go for solid openings off the main lines that everybody plays. Use principles to guide your moves not ...


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