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Is it ethical to tell your opponent how you are going to checkmate them?
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It is not a question of ethics, but more about being courteous. Chess is a game where it is impossible to separate the joy of the game from the competitiveness/ego aspect so by declaring a forced win ...

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Is it technically a checkmate if the king is not in check, but all moves will result in check?
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Putting your king in check is not a legal move as you've realized. Of course, if Black has any OTHER legal moves he can and should play one of them! If a side TO MOVE does not have ANY legal moves, ...

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How to improve my blitz skills?
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Some things that have helped me get better are: Counter-intuitively, continue to work hard on your slow game. The best speed game players in the world just happen to be the best slow game players. ...

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How to automatically evaluate a player's performance in a game?
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The Site ratings at slow time controls can be quite reliable for servers where strong players congregate (ICC, FICS to name a few) as the ratings VERY closely reflect your true playing strength if you'...

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Why do children move so quickly?
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Incentives and/or tactical ability tend to explain this. Sloppy chess against similar fast-moving and reckless competition (U600 - U1200 tourneys or sections within larger tournaments) produces flip-...

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Opening tree graph
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Perhaps you were looking for something like this: http://www.chessfornovices.com/chessopeningsconclusion.html

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What does columns 1-24 mean?
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This table can be thought of as a tabular representation of an opening tree of in-theory moves where the rows (y-axis) represent the flow of the game and the columns (x-axis) refer to variations/...

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Shorter game for play with kids
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A few ideas: Michael Goeller's Pawn Battle which introduces a checkers-like game (that still follows the rules of chess) that wonderfully folds in key pawn concepts like break moves, sacrificing to ...

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How to convert PGN moves to long algebraic notation (in python)?
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Would this be what you are looking for? PGN-extract (A command line utility) http://www.cs.kent.ac.uk/people/staff/djb/pgn-extract/ I can see a flag in the feature doc that might help: -W[cm|epd|...

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Chess book for kids (9-11 y.o.)
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Winning Chess Strategy for Kids by Coakley is EXACTLY what you want. Barely a few pages explaining basics. Then tons of practical content that even adults will find useful. Wastes no time in ...

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Interactive chess coaching software
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This is sort of the holy grail of chess training sofware ... something that substitutes for a human Master/GM level coach instructing and critiquing you whenever you needed it. Till date, I believe ...

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A chess player's weakness assessed
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Made two self-assessment book recommendations to a related question (How to automatically evaluate a player's performance in a game?). Igor Khmelnitsky's Chess Rating Exam is pretty thorough at ...

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How to improve time control/management?
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I'd nominate all of NM Dan Heisman's famous Novice Nook articles on Time Management (go to the link and search by subject). The *Two Move triggers* article is pretty insightful and most applicable to ...

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What makes a contemporary chess problem decent?
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One might simply look at the judging metrics at the World Chess Composition Tournament (WCCT) to derive such an answer. This is from their Rules Annex and details how points are allocated to a ...

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How do you analyze master games?
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It really depends on where your skill level is at. If you play rated Federation chess or happen to be buzzing around your favorite online server, you'd probably fall into a rating class or have a ...

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Fastest Way to Amass Experience
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Playing against machines will definitely help you get better at playing against machines. If that's the goal, go for it. If you want to get better at Chess, you need to play several slow serious ...

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Pawn theory / exercises
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Two other great books include Pawn Power in Chess (the first of these classics) by Kmoch Winning Pawn Structures by Baburin While these books are fantastic places to read about pawn play, they are ...

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Is the king actually in check if the attacking piece cannot be moved?
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Still considered in check. FIDE handbook from the WCF website. 3.9 The king is said to be 'in check' if it is attacked by one or more of the opponent's pieces, even if such pieces are constrained ...

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Well-annotated books for average players
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I'd direct you to NM Dan Heisman's recommended reading list, specifically his Recommended Instructive Game Anthologies section.

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How do I learn a new opening?
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I'd like to add that an "incremental learning" approach is key to not burning out on opening study. It's astonishing so many players choose to drink from a fire hydrant rather than sip ... and then ...

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How do I identify strong pieces?
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How do I identify strong pieces? Read books on pawn structures (Kmoch, Soltis, Baburin etc.) Pieces are strong/weak entirely based on the landscape that gets carved out on the board through hostile ...

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How to write out analysis of a game?
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Computer Database programs (like the popular + free SCID) do the job pretty well provided you do not turn the engine on, nor have any other indicators (opening tree, endgame table bases etc.) enabled ...

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Multi-threat situation
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You appear to be referring ("series of hits") to an instructional concept in chess tactics called Counting. NM Dan Heisman's famous Novice Nook articles includes a multi-part series dedicated to ...

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Knights on b4 and g4
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This (Guide to P-R3) NM Dan Heisman Novice Nook is all that you EVER need to read to answer your question.

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Brilliancy prizes
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I think that has sadly gone out of fashion over many decades. I've personally not been to any big city tournament that ever offered one but a bit of googling revealed the following venues in a few ...

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What alternatives are there to Chess Position Trainer?
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The very commercial Bookup (also goes by the name Chess Openings Wizard) is probably the big contender for the PC. I believe there are a few phone apps that help with this as well like the Chess ...

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Smartphone app with Wordfeud-like time constraints
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Also worth considering Chesspresso and Chess Time which are quite popular among casual "don't care about my rating" players who might be intimidated by the higher average playing strength on chess.com

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Is there any chess software that tutors beginners?
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One simple answer: www.Chess.com. There really isn't anything in the field that comes remotely close to this website for beginners who want to dig deeper into chess. Sign up for one of the paid ...

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Are tactics or endgames more important?
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It's really a bit of both but labeling it "tactics" or "endgames" is what can get confusing as they are a means to an end. Both of these teach you patterns that you can re-use in ...

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ChessDB databases import
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He (author) explains how to go about getting this here. The sourceforge game databases are available here Update: To go about downloading the database from the second sourceforge link provided above,...

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