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Can one improve his chess without playing online?
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I agree with itub's comment. You don't neccessarily have to give up on playing online altogether, but ask yourself whether you just play on at times, game after game, like you're possessed. Does chess ...

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Pawn Sacrifice Justification
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As was stated in the answer to this post made by D M, one idea of capturing in this manner is to open up the g-file for white's rooks to attack black's king. In the game this proved to be a very ...

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Is this a smart draw offer?
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My first thought was that black had won a piece by move 12, and should have been able to win without getting into such heavy complications. For instance, a move like 15...Qc7? is just a bad move from ...

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A rook up, can black end the checks and thereby win (LiChess.org puzzle 74754)?
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At first I thought that the black king could hide on h5, but then I realized that I had made a fatal mistake for white in my analysis. With this mistake corrected, it is clear that black's king cannot ...

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Stuck around 2000 rating. Concrete advice for improving?
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Don't over-emphasize studying over actually playing. Studying is good, but if you neglect actually playing chess in the meantime you will suffer a great deal; you need to play to keep yourself from ...

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Ambiguity in Text
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Normally a backward pawn is considered a potential weakness since it cannot be defended by other pawns where it stands, and if it's impossible to move the pawn somehow it can become a very serious ...

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Why is the Ruy Lopez a sensible opening for white?
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Note that while black gains space on the queenside, the advanced pawns offer white some opportunities later on to undermine black's pawns with a timely a4-push. Moreover, the queenside expansion doesn'...

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Concentration during games
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The problems you're describing are common with inexperienced players, and that is only natural; the number of possible moves in the average chess position is rather large, and keeping track of ...

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Grunfeld Defense
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You're missing the fact that every good opening leads to balanced positions when played perfectly. This is the case for the Grünfeld as well. But just because the position is balanced after optimal ...

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Are there any chances that the Fischer who reappeared in 1992 was not the real one?
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At the very least we know that in 1992 a man that looked and sounded like an aged version of Bobby Fischer played Boris Spassky in a match, and won it. Assuming that this old man was actually not ...

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Why doesn't castling reset the 50 moves rule?
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After some discussions in the comment section I think it's time for me to start answering this question to the best of my understanding. First off, let's discuss the use of the concept "the state of ...

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How can one easily learn chess board coordinates?
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This might disappoint you but the only thing you can do in the beginning when learning coordinates is to count, since you will lack the intuition necessary to identify coordinates immediately. As you ...

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Best method of remote tutoring?
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You could use FICS with the Babaschess interface for this purpose. Setting up an analysis board in the starting position is as simple as typing the command "examine" in the command window. This will ...

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What to study after someone stopped playing for years?
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Having had experience with this exact problem myself a while back, there is only one advice that I can give: play as much as possible! If the time management issues you're describing are a new ...

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Why is exchanging the queens bad in this position?
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The reason why a computer makes this type of suggestion i a completely winning position, where a human would choose another completely winning continuation, is because the computer is not human, and ...

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Why do masters open 1.d4 more often than 1.c4?
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This has nothing to do with 1.d4 being an objectively better move than 1.c4. The moves are just about as good as one another, and sometimes even transpose as you've noted. But 1.d4 was historically ...

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Why was the founder of chess killed?
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The exact origins of chess are not known, but there are several stories about it out there. At the top of my head I can think of at least four different ones that I've heard myself, and after reading ...

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French or Caro Kann?
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There is, as I see it, one main point to argue for the French defence over Caro-Kann, and that is the advance variation. In the French, the advance variation is a sound line, but not the most ...

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What to do in between chess matches?
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The most important advice in this situation is probably that you should avoid straining yourself mentally whatever you do. Try to rest inbetween rounds and clear your head, and if you want to spend ...

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How to avoid the French in the Alekhine, Scandinavian Variation?
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The 4...Nc5 line clearly differs from the mainline you've given, since the knight on c5 will not be traded on g5 with black's pawn structure getting somewhat compromised. However it seems like the ...

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Players that have trouble finishing
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Id' reckon converting an advantage into an actual win has a lot to do with keeping in mind that a position is worth nothing unless you are there to steer it accurately towards victory. Otherwise it's ...

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Endgame study - how much time per exercise
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If you're an expert player (>2000 Elo) there is nothing wrong with taking your time on each exercise; you will get most of them eventually if you put in some serious effort. However, if you're rated ...

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How can a >2000 player stop making basic errors?
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From the way the question is written it seems like these flaws in your chess are uncharacteristic, and that you recently noticed that they've suddenly become way more apparent than before. The first ...

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Should one actively search for a checkmate ('hunt the King') in the middlegame?
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There is no overarching middlegame strategy that trumps all other strategies. Both middlegame strategies listed are viable general strategies to play for, if the position allows it. What makes a ...

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White to play and checkmate in two moves
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Use the fact that the rook is pinned, and that the king has few squares left; I'm thinking that 1.Rd8 Kd3 (only possible move) 2.Nc5# should be the solution. [White "NN"] [Black "NN"] [FEN "7R/1B1N4/...

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In verbally describing a move, can you simply say: “B4f to Q5e?”
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Since the standard algebraic notation dictates that we write Bf4 and Qe5 instead of the other way around, you normally just say "Bishop (to) f4", "Queen (to) e5", and so on. If we have a pawn ...

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When is a bishop stronger than a rook?
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The standard value for a piece that we learn early on (Queen=9 pawns, Rook=5 pawns, Bishop,Knight=3 pawns) is often a very good guidepost for people to make proper trades and find good tactical ...

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Euwe-Aljechin Amsterdam 1935 problem
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After 1.Ra2, black's rook and bishop are both stuck; 1...Bb5, defending the rook on a6 while attacking the rook on a2 is no longer effective since 2.cxb5 defends the rook on a2. After this, black's ...

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Emotionally getting over silly, stupid, mistakes
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No serious chess player has managed to avoid losing in a way similar to that which you described. Failing to play at ones usual ability is certainly disturbing when it happens, but it is part of being ...

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How does black break into the position? What is a good plan for black?
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This is the french exchange variation, and as far as I see it, the game is still in its opening phase. And we know what that means: development, development, development! Neither player has finished ...

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