Umlin
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Can luck be used as a strategy in chess?
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I believe there are quite a few distinct points to make to properly answer the question. @QueensKnight already adressed the "playing in a lost position" part of your question, so I'll focus ...

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Pushing central pawns
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Why are central pawns important? To answer that, I'll make a quick digression and talk about an underlying fundamental idea : how can pieces be used to their fullest potential? For that, they need to ...

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Infinite sequence of consecutive checks allowing more pieces (say 9+ queens)
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No, it's impossible to have an infinite sequence of checks Let's remember that there are 3 ways to parry a check : Move the King to a safe square Capture the enemy piece giving the check Move a piece ...

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Book recommendations on Pawn Endgame for intermediate and advanced level players?
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Chess Endgame Training by Bernd Rosen features 16 sections on different types of endgame, with 5 of them focused on pawn endgames. Each section has around 16 puzzles to solve featuring different ...

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Can a GM title be given to someone after he dies?
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The Grandmaster (or GM) title is awarded to players who fit two criterias : Their ELO rating is above 2500. They have achieved 3 GM norms. A GM norm is achieved when a performance of 2600 is reached ...

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Reasonable engines to test against (Not StockFish)
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To complement the list given by @SmallChess, you can find at https://www.computerchess.org.uk/ccrl/4040/ an ELO ranking of many chess engines. In the 2300-2600 range ("similar or a bit below a human ...

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What's a good middlegame book like My System for Expert Class?
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How to Reassess Your Chess, 4th Edition by Jeremy Silman is the book that has helped me progress the most. The author explains at length how to break down a position based on its imbalances with ...

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Kings gambit for white
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I remember reading about it in an old Chessbase Magazine edition (circa 2010 I believe). They examined a game where White played Bb5 at the right time, pinning the Knight then later exchanging it for ...

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What are the differences between playing online and OTB?
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Before talking about my experience, I'll just say that I grew up playing OTB first at a young age, then started playing online. From your question, I also assume you haven't played OTB at a tournament ...

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What's the best approach to adopting 1.d4?
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I've personally been stuck on the same problem when I tried to learn d4 seriously. There are many solid systems for Black, with many reasonable looking moves on both sides, and move order or ...

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Bughouse defense patterns
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Castling has always worked well for me, but the pawns in front of the King should never be moved, even for a fianchetto. It gives the opponent targets for sacrifices and weakens the control of key ...

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