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Are chess engines detrimental for lower-rated players?
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Chess engines are, in my opinion, not suitable for novice players to use for the purpose of learning chess. And the reason for my opinion is very simple: chess engines are not designed to teach chess! ...

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How could I have extracted an opening advantage in this Owen's defence game?
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Getting a substantial advantage in the opening against this type of system is very difficult in general, since Black's position is designed to cope with various direct attacking attempts from White. ...

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Can you save white from checkmate?
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First off: I suspect White resigned due to the material disadvantage rather than some immediate mating threat. Having said that, I don't see any reason not to give check on c8 and try to setup some ...

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The a2-g8 diagonal in the Dutch Defense
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Playing ...e6 should be totally fine to counter these setups from White. I saw you claim in the comments that this would lose tempi for Black compared to the main lines of the Leningrad Dutch. This is ...

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Not knowing what moves to make and feeling lost all the time
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What you want to achieve requires a lot of practice by playing, but I think there are things that could help you get there faster than just playing game after game. From what I can gather, my guess is ...

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Is it beneficial to play themed practice games?
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It really depends on what your end goal is. Themed games in a specific opening are good to get familiar with a specific opening, and get a "feel" for the positions arising in the resulting middlegames....

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A chess problem (need help with analysis)
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If white does not take the knight on c5 after 1. Rac1, Nc5, the c4 pawn will be lost after 2.Q-somewhere, Nxd3 3.Qxd3, Bxc4. And that is just horrible for white.

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What is a fortress in chess?
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A fortress in chess is a position in where the weaker side defends by making waiting moves, and where the stronger side cannot make any progress as long as the defender does not make a crazy move. A ...

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What are some resources for someone past beginner but not yet intermediate?
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I will go ahead and assume that your playing strength is roughly at ~1100 Elo, since that is what I consider to be the approximate level of an "advanced beginner", so to speak. To a player of your ...

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Tournament strategy to gain maximum points
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I find dfan's answer the best posted, but I want to add a few things that I think should be considered: Against players signifigantly weaker than you - PLAY SOLID CHESS! These players will ...

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How can I teach the endgame to someone who feels it is "boring"?
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I think that RemcoGerlich and BlindKungFuMaster are on the right track: challenge him with suitable exercises, especially exercises which become much easier to solve once you know a certain endgame by ...

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Is it too late to be a chess grandmaster at age 14?
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If you're 14 and not a grandmaster yet, it only means that you probably will not become a contender for the world chess championship. But most lesser goals should be achievable, and "only" wishing to ...

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What plan should I have followed in this particular position?
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As stated, White is clearly better here, but it's hard to say if White can force a win in the long run against best play. I like the idea with Nc3 in Brian Towers response a lot, but I'm not sure the ...

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Can computer analysis really understand human behavior?
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This response will be very critical of OP's attitude to chess analysis, and I realize that it may even come across as somewhat harsh. However, it is assumed below that OP is interested in improving, ...

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Steely, grim perseverance in the face of certain destruction
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As this question highlights, it can become problematic if you don't even feel like you have a hope of winning a single game. Where's the fun in that? In my opinion, chess should be played first and ...

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h6 as a prophylactic move in the opening
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The thing with h6 is that, in the opening, the move has one purpose for Black: prevent White from placing a piece on g5. The drawbacks of the move are that: It's a tempo investment. Tempos are ...

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What is wrong with taking the e4 pawn in the Najdorf Sicilian after 6.Bc4?
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This is not a gaping hole in opening theory. Looking through my reference database, White has an excellent score after 10.Re1. Black needs to reply with 10...d5 not to be clearly worse, because of the ...

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What to do with no stronger players around?
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What type of online chess do you play? Blitz is not a good option, if you want to improve. If you want to play and improve using the internet, you should play standard time controls (at least more ...

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How does analyzing help me improve?
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I will give an example of some of the preliminary analysis in one of my most recent tournament games below, and give a concrete example of what I could take from that analysis. [Date "2016"] [White "...

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Why not 6.Ng3 against the French Rubinstein?
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Usually when a move in a relatively positional setup such as this is omitted, it doesn't mean that it's a clear mistake. It only means that the author doesn't view the move as a critical move that ...

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Why do you put a knight or pawn in front of a fianchetto bishop?
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Fianchettoing your bishop is most often done to influence the center and the long diagonals. It's usually not a one-move type of thing; it's long term. You're not supposed to win on the spot after ...

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How do I become less materialistic?
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A suggestion I have is to start playing gambits, and high-risk-high-reward openings. For example, playing the King's Gambit as White forces you to utilize any initiative you are given. Playing the KID ...

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Anaylsis of my game
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I will only consider the opening in this rather brief analysis, as after White won a piece, there aren't many noteworthy events left to discuss. 1.e4, c5 2.e5? This move is a mistake. It does not ...

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Please help me understand the f6 break in the French defense
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The f6 break is a key idea in the French defense, and the point is mainly to add more pressure to White's center. In the French, one basic line of thought is the following: Let White occupy the ...

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Learning chess theory
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When you state that you are quite a decent player, exactly what do you mean by that? Do you mean that you have been producing relatively good results in actual chess tournaments, or do you mean that ...

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Sicilian, Smith Morra gambit pawn structure
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2...cxd4 isn't vital for black in the sense that all other moves lose, but more in the sense that there is not really a good reason to avoid taking the d4 pawn. It's hard to think of another move that ...

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How do I raise my tactic trainer rating to 2300?
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As noted in the comments, 2300+ tactical ability is a ridiculous goal to aim for, if your current level is 1600-1700. This will only lead to disappointment on your part, as improving your tactical ...

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Is this a legitimate defence to Ruy Lopez openings?
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It is extremely uncommon for Black to play like this at the higher levels, and that is because, as you stated, it's pointless. Black achieves nothing in particular by this chase, and White ends up ...

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French defense plans
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I would suggest that you look up some theory in the French defense if you're planning on using it. What we seem to have here is a complete home brew. For example, playing ...h5 before playing ...Nh6 ...

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Books for IM Norm
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Just out of curiosity: Do you know more precisely why you lost against lower rated opponents? Did you lose in the opening, middlegame or endgame? Did you lose because of time management issues? Also, ...

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