ktm5124
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Why is Carlsen being praised for his tie-break play, when Caruana made several game-losing moves?
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You should read GM Sam Shankland's annotations to all three games, which are freely available on Chess.com. In them he points out many good moves that Carlsen played. Some that come to mind are d4 ...

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How good of a tactical player is Magnus?
3 votes

You can't be a strong positional player without being a strong tactical player... and you can't be a strong tactical player without being a strong positional player. The two go hand in hand, and when ...

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How big is the "opening book" of a typical tournament player
2 votes

It's really less about the lines, and more about the ideas. To become strong, you have to know the typical middle game plans that arise from an opening. Knowing exact sequences of moves is less ...

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Is my low blitz game drawing rate at www.chess.com an indicator that I am weak in chess?
1 votes

What can I do to naturally improve my blitz game drawing rate (so it looks more like top or professional players)? Check out the profile of the number one blitz player on Chess.com, Hikaru. His ...

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Is 6...Bf5 inferior to 6...Bd6 in the Caro-Kann Tartakower after 6. Bc4? And if so, why?
1 votes

I would play Bd6 first, because it's more flexible. First, it allows you to castle more quickly. Second, you know that you want your bishop on d6, but you don't know exactly where you want your ...

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Reason why a kingside attack is not justified
1 votes

I think your position is better, because you have many possibilities here. The move b3 does a lot of things. It immediately asks black a question — he can't really afford to allow bxc4 dxc4 Bxc4 and ...

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Understanding Kramnik's play in game 1 of Candidates 2018
1 votes

The doubled rooks on the d-file prevent black's pawn activity in the center (e6, e5 and d5). This reduces black's counterplay. It also allows white to post a knight on d5 or d4 without having to worry ...

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Tarrasch defense with 6. dxc5
1 votes

First, I think your statistics are misleading. 130 games is not a very large sample set, and you didn't give the minimum rating for the players. Are these master games, grandmaster games, or games by ...

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Stuck around 2000 rating. Concrete advice for improving?
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I'm 2100 in online blitz so we have a similar rating. I'll give you the same advice that Judit Polgar gave to me. Study middlegames and basic endgames. And tactics. I think that Dvoretsky's Endgame ...

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