Jimmy360
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Which of these two endgame books?
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Since you are a 1400, Silman's book is the way to go. His book will give you the solid endgame foundation that you need. Only once you read his book up to "Endgames for Class A" should you get the ...

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King's Indian Attack - Middle game ideas
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The best way to learn the KIA is to study master games. White attacks on the kingside, and black attack on he queenside. Study Fischer's KIA games as well as the KIA games of others.

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What are some of the most unsportsmanlike conducts witnessed in over-the-board play?
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"Blackburne made an insulting remark, Steinitz spat towards him – though not necessarily hitting him – and Blackburne smashed him in the face with his fist. It happened at the City of London Chess ...

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How do I get better with my strategy?
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It seems like you are fairly new to chess. Pick up a beginner's book like Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess or Chess for Dummies. It will be a long time before you beat your grandfather, however. Chess ...

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Psychological training
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The simple solution is to teach him to not look at his opponents' ratings until after the game. Seeing that he played well against a player who he did not know had a high rating will boost his ...

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Do users of chess-db get informed when you play against their computer simulation of themselves?
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No, they are not. Chess-db has no good way of contacting those people anyway.

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What's a really good tactic trainer rating on chess.com for a Candidate Master?
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While you cannot get to Candidate Master on tactics alone, most Candidate Masters have much higher tactics trainers ratings than you do. For example, Candidate Master Mago has a TT rating of 2602. ...

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Why is 7. f3 so ubiquitous in the Yugoslav Sicilian?
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F3 prepares g4 and h4, starting a pawn storm on the black king. It also prevents Ng4 by black, harassing white's dark squared bishop.

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How can I control my nerves during chess tournaments?
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Try playing your casual games in tournament-like setting. Use the same time control, etc.

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How do people 'see' the position in blindfolded games?
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When I play blindfolded, I don't see a sharp image of a board in my head, but I can see sections of the board at a time and I remember the placement of the pieces and their influence.

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Middlegame plans
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Look at and study hundreds and hundreds of Grandmaster games from the 1800s onwards. Also check out the book How To Reassess Your Chess and other related books

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