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1900 rating with no progress
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Do tactics regularly (possibly every day). Below 2000 rating is probably the best thing you can do, especially if you have a weak point there. Ideally you want to practice for ~20-60 minutes (...

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Is the Scandinavian Defense a good opening for beginners?
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In my opinion you should try other openings as well. The Scandinavian itself is sound, but it actually doesn't teach you many "basic opening principles". It breaks some of them, instead (like "avoid ...

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what does this move achieve?
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I see at least 3 good points to 5. h3: first and foremost, it puts a question to the Bishop: if Black wants to maintain the pin, he will have to move it to h5, which is more vulnerable and ...

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Which chess opening to learn?
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They say that beginners should learn 1. e4 as White first, and the "natural" response 1... e5 as Black. But I think it's a matter of personal taste. Usually for beginners the easiest ...

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How do I increase my chances to win as black in the Ruy Lopez?
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The Ruy Lopez is probably one of the most analyzed openings in chess. You can find plenty of resources on the Internet. (Wikipedia's article on the Ruy Lopez is a good point to start). I would ...

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Berlin Defence or Petroff?
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There no certain answer to your question. It depends. An opening with a "drawish reputation" usually turns against the player who chooses it without having a deep knowledge of the opening itself. ...

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Allow piece removal
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I didn't ever heard of a similar variant before. It's interesting: pieces that move along "lines" (Queens, Rooks and Bishops) can become very powerful, since a player can remove his own Pawns to ...

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The thin line between winning and losing at the top level?
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Simply, at the top-level, a player has enough technique to exploit every little advantage. That's not always true at lower levels. Thus, losing a pawn without compensation may be a little blunder in ...

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What is a tabiya and what is their importance?
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"Tabiya" is a word that came from Sanskrit and passed into Old Persian, and then to our languages. It means "battle array". The ancestors of chess, shatranj e chaturanga, had pieces with very slow ...

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Are there good variations for White against the Sicilian that do not involve an early d4?
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It's quite common the Closed Sicilian, with, for example: [FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.d3 d6 The Grand Prix Attack is of course another possible way to face any Black player after ...

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The Pointing Rule and its relation on which side to attack?
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The so called Pointing Rule underlines a simple concept: you should attack where you have more space and where you can manouvre freely. When you "build" a "pawn chain", you can notice some elements: ...

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Simple (not deep in theory or moves) Openings for White and Black?
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Usually, an opening can be considered "difficult" to learn if it has many variations, if its branches are very deep, and if it hides many tactical complications that can lead to unseen "traps". Colle ...

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I blunder too much on wooden sets?
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The most annoying thing when you switch from online playing to OTB games is that you don't have a full vision of the board. Getting used to play 2D, you probably have developed your calculating ...

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How to play against little kids?
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I found myself in the same situation more than once. And not only against kids. :) So I started playing handicap chess. You can play seriously, and if the handicap is well balanced you will have to ...

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What influenced the development of the King's Indian Defense?
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In all the Indian Defenses, in general, Black allows White to occupy the centre with his pawns. Nonetheless, in Nimzo-Indian and Queen's Indian Defense Black has many moves to attack White's pawn ...

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The moves leading to the winning combination
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I shuffle my pieces without a clear plan Here lies the heart of your question, IMHO. I'm not a GM, but I can tell you how I find my combinations during play. "Study the battlefield". Each opening ...

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What sense does promotion to queen make?
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In the original form of the game from which chess probably derived, chaturanga, there was no piece named "Queen". The Queen of modern chess probably derived from a piece named "General": in the ...

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What are the differences between tactical and positional chess?
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Tactical playing style has no advantage on positional playing style, and vice-versa. Although, a single player may have a psychological edge on another player with opposite playing style, in specific ...

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How can I build my opening repertoire and memorization?
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This is a pretty broad question. But you can follow some simple steps. 1. "What kind of player am I?" This is the first question you should ask yourself. Do you like complicated tactical ...

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Enthusiastic about learning to play chess
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Find a good player who can teach you the rules and the basics, and then play with him. Playing is surely the easiest (and the most enjoyable) way to learn a game like chess: you'll improve quickly, ...

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