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Can I improve my chess? Or am I too old?

There is never too late to learn anything (chess, phd, new job, skateboarding). Also you have really small chances of being new superGM :-). Analyse, not just play. Each game you lost you should ...
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Can I improve my chess? Or am I too old?

You can still improve, 25 years is not old. At 40, I'm rated about 300 points higher than at 25, and I hope to improve further (although that isn't realistic as I'm not spending any time on the game......
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How to learn chess if you're still a 3-digit rating after a few years

Very simple. Join a chess club and play people face-to-face. You'll improve rapidly after that.
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How to learn chess if you're still a 3-digit rating after a few years

The first thing to learn once you know how the pieces move is basic tactics and general strategy. Tactics: In certain positions it is possible to gain an advantage doing a certain move or sequence of ...
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Why do chess coaches encourage their students to play stronger players?

It's partially who the opponent is, and partially how much better the opponent is. I've gone from ~1750 to almost 1900 in the last year (approximate as ECF grades - 142-158 to those who understand ...
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How to learn chess if you're still a 3-digit rating after a few years

I recognize that attitude. Remember, first, that chess is HARD. That's why it took so long to get computers to be able to play it well. The rules are simple enough but understanding how those rules ...
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Where can one find a complete chess curriculum?

The closest thing to this is a series of books by Russian-born German GM Artur Yusupov. This is what Yusupov wrote in the introduction: In 2004 I began a 3 year training programme in my chess academy....
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Can I improve my chess? Or am I too old?

It's never too late for you to start or improve in chess. I used to play in several FIDE and USCF chess tournaments. I played against a wide age range, from 5 year olds to 70+ year olds. There are ...
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Proven ways to improve calculation speed

You say: "Do the same puzzles over and over? I'm worried that once I've memorised a puzzle, then I'm not doing so much calculation as memory retrieval." Memory retrieval is exactly what you should be ...
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Do some chess players actively train moving the pieces on the board quickly?

I'm a FIDE master and in my experience I've never come across any material on how to physically move pieces faster. There's not a lot you have to do: pick up the piece, move your arm to where you want ...
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Where can one find a complete chess curriculum?

In addition to the Yusupov series, another complete curriculum is the Chess Steps series. It is the official method of the Royal Dutch Chess Federation (source) and comes recommended by The Perpetual ...
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As a Beginner, is playing a lot of tactics chess (puzzles) a good way to improve?

Solving alot of tactic puzzles is a fantastic way to improve for a beginner. One of the reasons for my improvement was the constant solving of tactics on chess.com's tactics trainer feature, which ...
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How to fix 1 turn tactical errors

It is a common problem to calculate all the variations and then suddenly realize that the first move was simply terrible. Actually, there is a rule that should be applied after finishing a complicated ...
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How to create a good practice routine?

For now, I am going to assume that you are a somewhat weaker player. If that is the case, virtually 90% of your time should be spent on tactics for now, but you want to find them grouped by category, ...
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How good can I get just by playing?

And an interesting question you pose as to how good you could become playing 3|2. The 3 min plus 2 second increment you play means roughly say a move rate overall of about say 6 seconds per move for ...
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Can I improve my chess? Or am I too old?

I have played chess in my school days and didn't play afterwards for a long time. Then I started playing games on chess.com and the experience isn't the same as playing with a real person. Like you ...
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Studying Chess for the Ambitious Intermediate

First of all, there is no method that will just make you half an Elo point stronger each and every day. Chess improvement usually happens in leaps and bounds with long phases of seeming stagnation in ...
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When is it right to start learning strategy after tactics

Improving positional understanding is a longterm project. You do it by playing, by analysing, by going through well annotated master games and by working through books on the subject. But contrary to ...
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Why is Russia no longer dominating the world chess championships?

The Soviet Union used to dominate chess because it had state-sponsored schools that provided high-quality trainers. After the Soviet Union broke up, funding dried up, and many of these trainers ...
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History of physical fitness in the world championships

Alekhine is the first, which is not surprising because he's in many regards the prototypical grandmaster. Capablanca entered the match with no technical or physical preparation, while Alekhine got ...
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Can I improve my chess? Or am I too old?

There are already great answers to your question - I just want to add a few notes. If you were to begin playing the guitar at age 25, would you expect to play like Eric Clapton within 6 months? 1 year?...
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Can I improve my chess? Or am I too old?

Great questions. 1) Is it too old for me to start chess. Because I have been playing for almost 1 year but i didn't find much difference in my chess rating. how many days will it take to me to ...
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Why do chess coaches encourage their students to play stronger players?

I don't think any coach would say that you should only play opponents rated 600+ higher than you. Here's for example what Dan Heisman says, which I think makes a lot of sense: Play mostly opponents ...
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Why is it important to study classical games?

There are a variety of reasons: Regardless of when they were played, there is always a lot to learn in analyzing better players's games. Players from a century ago often used simpler strategical ...
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Do some chess players actively train moving the pieces on the board quickly?

I don't know the answer to your question on over the board games but in online games, it is good to have a mouse with a fast response time for blitz and bullet. In online chess, the dragging and ...
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Where can I play against specific openings?

Lichess also has several thematic tournaments throughout the week. As an example take a look at this thematic Italian game arena tournament: When you open the tournament, the opening is mentioned in ...
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As a Beginner, is playing a lot of tactics chess (puzzles) a good way to improve?

Is [solving chess puzzles] a good way to learn chess or should I play more normal games? This gets the classic answer for an either/or choice that needn't be exclusive: yes. In other words, do both, ...
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What's the best time control to play online in order to improve?

This question will receive more opinionated answers regarding the time control, I will answer in perspective of an advanced beginner Chess player. Since you have said you are a beginner and never ...
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Can a 2000 Elo rated player teach me middlegame play properly?

Is his rating a limitation to teach me? No. As I say in this answer, "you are too fixated on rating". High rating does not guarantee coaching ability. Low rating does not preclude coaching ...
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Can I improve my chess? Or am I too old?

I'll answer by relating my own experience. I started playing chess at 34. It was pretty frustrating at first but once you start making progress it gets really exciting. My recipe for progress is to ...
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