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March 7, 2021 15:11:09
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Kids love chess ! My daughter after her team won a scholastic tourney . She finished 4th out of 50 kids . 4 out of 6 points top scorer for her team .
March 7, 2021 11:18:48
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On chessdotcom, is there a way to search for games between two specific players?
March 7, 2021 10:09:49
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What happened to Gothamchess?The likes on his recent two videos are disabled and there are more dislikes on his videos before that. What happened, did I miss something?
March 6, 2021 22:17:18
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Improve as an adult 2200Hello, I have played chess for a long time. When I was a kid, I was playing a lot of online blitz, I had some mediocre chess coaches and I was reading a lot of books. I reached a level of 2100-2200 when I was 18 and since then I haven't improved anymore. I continue to play some online chess and some OTB but I don't make any progress. I work full time so I can dedicate to chess maybe 5-10 hours per week. I would like to know from people who were in a similar situation of mine how did they improve. I am happy to invest in coaching but I am not sure on how to find a good chess coach that work with adults. I am horrible in openings and strategy and positional play, decent in the rest. I am focusing more on the process rather than the result but I would like to become IM or maybe even GM. Any suggest on how to study and/or what service to buy or coach to use?
March 6, 2021 12:46:07
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Granfather-grandson rivalry, 81 years old and still going strong!
March 5, 2021 23:17:36
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RustyHello all. It has been a few years since I played regularly (like nearly 20), but I still remember the game well. I joined on [Chess.com](https://Chess.com) in the last week, and have won 5 out of the 6 games with the 6th being a draw. I may only be a 917 at the moment (due to few games), but back in the day I used to play near a 2000 level. What would be some practice you guys might recommend to help shake off some of this rust? I say rust as I realize I am making mistakes, and luckily getting away with it so far. lol. Thanks in advance!
March 5, 2021 22:04:22
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Found my first brilliancy.. beginner at 750 level.. felt good. White to play.
March 5, 2021 20:24:17
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Had a blast making my own set...I run a machine shop and have always wanted to make a chess set. I’ve been a fan my entire life. While my online rating isn’t anything to brag about, I love playing and learning. My son got into chess heavy when he was about 8-9. But after a few years, he fell out of it. He’s 15 now, decided to get back into it, and joined the high school club. Once he got back into chess again, it was time to use my tools to finally make our own set. So I took a much-needed “staycation” this week and focused on using my tools to make a set totally from scratch. I designed and manufactured everything. The pieces were turned on my lathe and made from solid brass that is lacquer finished. I attached cork to the bases. The black pieces are also solid brass but given a chemical oxidizing/antiquing treatment prior to being lacquered. ![img](ksm30m1mmal61) ![img](jq6xsq1mmal61) The board was engraved and cut with a laser. The foam inserts for the box were also cut on the same laser. Then the box itself was also cut and engraved on the laser with a really neat “no fastener” technique. Basically, the box doesn’t have a single fastener or any kind of adhesive. It simply presses together with mortises and tenons but has a few flexible tabs that lock after being inserted into their mating piece. Very cool concept that I saw some others use and adapted to my needs for this box. And surprisingly, it's very, very solid. ![img](9gck7kuzmal61) ![img](m05ulkuzmal61) ![img](9i9l8ouzmal61) ![img](2bfoihuzmal61) I fully realize that my knights aren’t exactly traditional knights. I didn't have time to properly make a true Staunton-style knight or something that truly resembles a typical chess knight. In order to properly make a true knight, it would involve a 4 axis mill or a lathe with a live y-axis and lots more time than I had this week. I certainly could have made a proper knight on my 4 axis mill, but the time to program just the knight would have far exceeded all of the other pieces combined. Given my time, I essentially did my best by making a knight on a normal 2 axis lathe. The knight is taller than the rook, shorter than the bishop, and has a very distinct appearance apart from all other pieces. My son and I played a game last night for the first time with this set, and there's no confusing them. Maybe on my next "staycation", I'll design a proper knight. But this will work for now. Had a blast this week! Thanks for looking!
March 5, 2021 10:46:13
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Siegbert Tarrasch Born 5th March 1862.
March 5, 2021 10:43:36
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Siegbert Tarrasch Born 5th March 1862.
March 5, 2021 05:32:04
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Images taken moments before disaster (black to move)
March 4, 2021 22:33:38
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Will lichess ban you if you had an analysis board open in another window and didn't realize (in an unrelated position)?I just did this accidentally and am worried, does it also consider the position?
March 4, 2021 15:32:19
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The top two upvoted posts rn are celebrating cheating**Reddit Hivemind, hard at work?** There's been enough said about the now-locked post with 4.2k upvotes, featuring a misleading headline, and being massively populated by people jumping to the defence of an obvious cheat, because they do not understand how anti-cheat functions - and rather dig out the pitchforks, than spending the effort of making 5 clicks into the account in question. The retired professional player (who doesn't appear to be listed by FIDE nor his own federation) learned how to play chess by beating the ancient engine Shredder a lot, and that's why he's playing like an engine (except for the time management, which he learned by observing a very slow metronome). Probably. ​ **.. So let me instead write a few words about the second, slightly** (truthfully: only very slightly) **less obvious thread about blatant cheating.** What is cheating? You can read so here: [https://handbook.fide.com/chapter/AntiCheatingRegulations](https://handbook.fide.com/chapter/AntiCheatingRegulations) Shorter form: [https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/375393578391961600/817052815552675850/unknown.png](https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/375393578391961600/817052815552675850/unknown.png) **"Result manipulation, sandbagging, match fixing, rating fraud, \[..\] and deliberate participation in fictitious \[..\] games"**. Dang. Who would ever do such a thing? ​ Currently sitting at 4.1k upvotes (and 36!! awards), **"I just became FM"** ( [https://www.reddit.com/r/chess/comments/lwu5iw/i\_just\_became\_a\_fm/](https://www.reddit.com/r/chess/comments/lwu5iw/i_just_became_a_fm/) ) is a real cinderella story: A local player earns an invitation to a tournament full of titled players, and, as the by far lowest rated player in the field, lands an insane performance of 5.5/9: Third place, almost +100 Elo, storming to the third most prestigious award in chess in a show of force. 350 Comments, of which easily 300 are "Congratulations, this is really sick, nice to see your hard work pay off!" **Now, if you know anything about the world, cinderella stories are rare. Cheating, however, is rampant.** ​ \- The first thing you should ask yourself when you see a tournament like this, is what the high rated players gain from taking part. The lower rated players get the chance to play high rated opposition + the chance to earn titles/norms, but why are IMs/GMs singing up? They have nothing to gain.. other than money. Where is that money coming from, and why? Norm tournaments exist, but in those the lower rated players pay hefty entry fees to be allowed to play (which then are directly changing hands to pay for the appeareance fees of the GMs). Here, the untitled player in question states it was free for him to participate. **Who stands to gain from this event, and what?** \- The second thing you might do, is look at the final table of the tournament. Two of the FMs that took part got their IM norms; the two local heroes (by far the lowest rated players in the field) landed on #3 and #4 respectively; one of which gained +100 Elo & the FM title out of nowhere (OP of the thread). The two IMs that entered the tournament, one of which was seeded on #2, ended in last and second-to-last. **That's a bit weird.** [https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/charlotte-summer-invitational-2020-gm](https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/charlotte-summer-invitational-2020-gm) Here's a random recent norm tournament for comparison: The final standings mostly reflect the ratings prior to the event. There's a few outliers (there always are) but the two weakest players landed on the last two spots. **Rating rarely lies.** \- The third thing you might do is look at the games: Our hero, the freshly baked FM, played 9 games. One win against his own clubmate, one game where he was completely winning in 20 moves, and SEVEN draws. All of those in under 30 moves, several in under 15. Against an avg rating \~150 higher than his own. How often do you, dear reader, offer (or accept) draw, on move 25, against someone you outrate by 150 Elo? **Why are his opponents doing this?** ​ **So, this tournament looks a bit strange.** I took a bit of a closer look at the games, and scanned the reddit thread as well for any explanations. He said that openings had been a bit of weak spot of his, and that he had reached 2100 without any work on them; then decided that it's finally time to work on them, hard. And that he is really happy that the work finally paid off. [https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/konjic-international-2021/4/1/1](https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/konjic-international-2021/4/1/1) **Paid off like this. With a repetition on move 13. As White.** I knew this one when I was 1300. Could've saved himself some work. ​ How about we turn to asking the hard-working chesslover where all those draws are coming from? Maybe he knows more! .. Well. [https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/375393578391961600/817009833177645057/unknown.png](https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/375393578391961600/817009833177645057/unknown.png) [https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/375393578391961600/817020353041530931/unknown.png](https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/375393578391961600/817020353041530931/unknown.png) **A third of the games was prearranged.** Our heroes' great accomplishment, which he poured so much hard work into, and is basking in envy & fame from, is a bunch of games that a 1200 could've played just the same way (given that they were capable of remembering the prearranged line, lel). .. That's not all, though. \- In Round 5 ( [https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/konjic-international-2021/5/1/1](https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/konjic-international-2021/5/1/1) ), his GM opponent **broke the rules of the tournament** (no draw offers before move 25) to offer draw on turn 15. Our hero accepted, and they proceeded to play 10 random moves to make it to where they're "officially" allowed to draw, then shook hands ( [https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/418226813010051074/817039950968520716/unknown.png](https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/418226813010051074/817039950968520716/unknown.png) ). \- About Round 3, where he won against his own clubmate, he had to say "He wanted to play the game \[..\]" ( [https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/418226813010051074/817018685906616340/unknown.png](https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/418226813010051074/817018685906616340/unknown.png) ), as if that was something special. Ie here, **he had offered to prearrange yet another draw**, it just didn't come to pass because his opponent didn't accept it. **That now makes for more than half of his games with a rather hefty blemish.** And he doesn't really care about any of this, but openly reveals some other funny parts of his chess career, where **team captains just agreed to team draws**, potentially disrupting the entire league standings ( [https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/418226813010051074/817021748599193600/unknown.png](https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/418226813010051074/817021748599193600/unknown.png) ). Not his fault, though. And not cheating, obviously. If draws are a "neutral" result that "doesn't favour anybody" (obviously horseshit, as eg a rest day in the middle of the tournament can be worth its weight in gold, and naturally the weaker player gains a lot by unfought draws -in this case, 100(!!) Elo), **why is he so proud of this.. "accomplishment"?** It was just a bunch of neutral results! Would he also be happy about the tournament if he had drawn seven 1500s instead? **Fixing a draw is no different from fixing a loss, and nobody would argue that throwing games on purpose is legal. Somehow, some people think that prearranging draws is fine anyhow. Why?** I'll leave you with a last quote: [https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/418226813010051074/817052597956771870/unknown.png](https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/418226813010051074/817052597956771870/unknown.png) **He would rather lose all his games than lose his integrity.** What a nice statement. For some reason, he DIDN'T lose all his games, but drew them instead. Maybe he plans to draw his integrity, as well? ​ Maybe our hero isn't so much of a hero after all. Bummer. Let's look at some other players? **What about these two IMs, that scored so poorly?** They both lost in Round 5 of this tournament, that must've been a bad day. Let's check out their games. \- IM #1 [https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/konjic-international-2021/5/1/4](https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/konjic-international-2021/5/1/4) gets a relatively easy to draw Rook ending (the easiest way is to give a bunch of checks, luring the Black King backwards, then following up with Re1-h1 & bringing the own King over). Instead of playing one of several drawing moves, he blunders (ok, happens..), and **proceeds to just resign during the opponent's turn**, without waiting to check whether Black (lower rated player, in timetrouble) is gonna find the sole winning move (58..Rd7, cutting off the White King) \- IM #2 [https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/konjic-international-2021/5/1/2](https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/konjic-international-2021/5/1/2) is in an obviously equal position, 30 minutes ahead on the clock, makes their move, then **just randomly resigns during the opponent's turn**. Too lazy to even blunder it away first? Or maybe his telephone rang.. unfortunate. **The opponents of these two IMs?** Not Albert Einstein this time, but **the second of the two local players** (clubmate of the OP)**, and one of the two FMs that snatched a norm in this event.** ​ **What to make of all these weird occurences?** I don't know. Oh, by the way, there's this recent, entirely unrelated, article that I enjoyed reading. [https://en.chessbase.com/post/dark-times-for-ukrainian-chess](https://en.chessbase.com/post/dark-times-for-ukrainian-chess) Maybe you will like it too. Just posting it here. For fun. Ladida.. ​ \--- You can read all of this in this thread [https://www.reddit.com/r/chess/comments/lwu5iw/i\_just\_became\_a\_fm/gpn4p2z/?utm\_source=reddit&utm\_medium=web2x&context=3](https://www.reddit.com/r/chess/comments/lwu5iw/i_just_became_a_fm/gpn4p2z/?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=web2x&context=3) & with a bit of digging around in the other comments.
March 4, 2021 14:48:26
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I just became a FMI am aware that this sub isn't for posting achievements and other similar stuff, but I can't resist sharing it and if mods decide to remove the post I completely understand. This week a closed OTB standard tournament was organized in my town. There were 10 players invited including me (1 GM, 2 IMs, 5 FMs and 2 untitled players). I started the tournament with 2208 ELO and finished with 2304, thus completing the requirement for the title. I am extremely happy that my work has paid off, and that my town got it's first chess master. Here are the links of the tournament and games: https://chess-results.com/tnr548592.aspx?lan=1 https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2021-it-konjic-open Edit: I have decided to not answer to this thread anymore due to recieving blatant insults and threats. If you felt acomplishment in wishing death to a minor, well done to you. I am saddened by the situation and have decided to leave this sub. Hope you have a nice day, and if you feel any regret I won't hold it against any of you. Just need a break
March 4, 2021 13:18:05
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I just became a FMI am aware that this sub isn't for posting achievements and other similar stuff, but I can't resist sharing it and if mods decide to remove the post I completely understand. This week a closed OTB standard tournament was organized in my town. There were 10 players invited including me (1 GM, 2 IMs, 5 FMs and 2 untitled players). I started the tournament with 2208 ELO and finished with 2304, thus completing the requirement for the title. I am extremely happy that my work has paid off, and that my town got it's first chess master. Here are the links of the tournament and games: https://chess-results.com/tnr548592.aspx?lan=1 https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2021-it-konjic-open Edit: I have decided to not answer to this thread anymore due to recieving blatant insults and threats. If you felt acomplishment in wishing death to a minor, well done to you. I am saddened by the situation and have decided to leave this sub. Hope you have a nice day, and if you feel any regret I won't hold it against any of you. Just need a break
March 4, 2021 13:02:09
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I just became a FMI am aware that this sub isn't for posting achievements and other similar stuff, but I can't resist sharing it and if mods decide to remove the post I completely understand. This week a closed OTB standard tournament was organized in my town. There were 10 players invited including me (1 GM, 2 IMs, 5 FMs and 2 untitled players). I started the tournament with 2208 ELO and finished with 2304, thus completing the requirement for the title. I am extremely happy that my work has paid off, and that my town got it's first chess master. Here are the links of the tournament and games: https://chess-results.com/tnr548592.aspx?lan=1 https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2021-it-konjic-open Edit: I have decided to not answer to this thread anymore due to recieving blatant insults and threats. If you felt acomplishment in wishing death to a minor, well done to you. I am saddened by the situation and have decided to leave this sub. Hope you have a nice day, and if you feel any regret I won't hold it against any of you. Just need a break
March 4, 2021 12:44:12
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GothamChess fans went out mass reporting Chess.com account of a retired professional chess player after he beat GothamChess live on Twitch
March 4, 2021 12:44:07
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I just became a FMI am aware that this sub isn't for posting achievements and other similar stuff, but I can't resist sharing it and if mods decide to remove the post I completely understand. This week a closed OTB standard tournament was organized in my town. There were 10 players invited including me (1 GM, 2 IMs, 5 FMs and 2 untitled players). I started the tournament with 2208 ELO and finished with 2304, thus completing the requirement for the title. I am extremely happy that my work has paid off, and that my town got it's first chess master. Here are the links of the tournament and games: https://chess-results.com/tnr548592.aspx?lan=1 https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2021-it-konjic-open Edit: I have decided to not answer to this thread anymore due to recieving blatant insults and threats. If you felt acomplishment in wishing death to a minor, well done to you. I am saddened by the situation and have decided to leave this sub. Hope you have a nice day, and if you feel any regret I won't hold it against any of you. Just need a break
March 4, 2021 12:05:15
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The top two upvoted posts rn are celebrating cheating**Reddit Hivemind, hard at work?** There's been enough said about the now-locked post with 4.2k upvotes, featuring a misleading headline, and being massively populated by people jumping to the defence of an obvious cheat, because they do not understand how anti-cheat functions - and rather dig out the pitchforks, than spending the effort of making 5 clicks into the account in question. The retired professional player (who doesn't appear to be listed by FIDE nor his own federation) learned how to play chess by beating the ancient engine Shredder a lot, and that's why he's playing like an engine (except for the time management, which he learned by observing a very slow metronome). Probably. ​ **.. So let me instead write a few words about the second, slightly** (truthfully: only very slightly) **less obvious thread about blatant cheating.** What is cheating? You can read so here: [https://handbook.fide.com/chapter/AntiCheatingRegulations](https://handbook.fide.com/chapter/AntiCheatingRegulations) Shorter form: [https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/375393578391961600/817052815552675850/unknown.png](https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/375393578391961600/817052815552675850/unknown.png) **"Result manipulation, sandbagging, match fixing, rating fraud, \[..\] and deliberate participation in fictitious \[..\] games"**. Dang. Who would ever do such a thing? ​ Currently sitting at 4.1k upvotes (and 36!! awards), **"I just became FM"** ( [https://www.reddit.com/r/chess/comments/lwu5iw/i\_just\_became\_a\_fm/](https://www.reddit.com/r/chess/comments/lwu5iw/i_just_became_a_fm/) ) is a real cinderella story: A local player earns an invitation to a tournament full of titled players, and, as the by far lowest rated player in the field, lands an insane performance of 5.5/9: Third place, almost +100 Elo, storming to the third most prestigious award in chess in a show of force. 350 Comments, of which easily 300 are "Congratulations, this is really sick, nice to see your hard work pay off!" **Now, if you know anything about the world, cinderella stories are rare. Cheating, however, is rampant.** ​ \- The first thing you should ask yourself when you see a tournament like this, is what the high rated players gain from taking part. The lower rated players get the chance to play high rated opposition + the chance to earn titles/norms, but why are IMs/GMs singing up? They have nothing to gain.. other than money. Where is that money coming from, and why? Norm tournaments exist, but in those the lower rated players pay hefty entry fees to be allowed to play (which then are directly changing hands to pay for the appeareance fees of the GMs). Here, the untitled player in question states it was free for him to participate. **Who stands to gain from this event, and what?** \- The second thing you might do, is look at the final table of the tournament. Two of the FMs that took part got their IM norms; the two local heroes (by far the lowest rated players in the field) landed on #3 and #4 respectively; one of which gained +100 Elo & the FM title out of nowhere (OP of the thread). The two IMs that entered the tournament, one of which was seeded on #2, ended in last and second-to-last. **That's a bit weird.** [https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/charlotte-summer-invitational-2020-gm](https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/charlotte-summer-invitational-2020-gm) Here's a random recent norm tournament for comparison: The final standings mostly reflect the ratings prior to the event. There's a few outliers (there always are) but the two weakest players landed on the last two spots. **Rating rarely lies.** \- The third thing you might do is look at the games: Our hero, the freshly baked FM, played 9 games. One win against his own clubmate, one game where he was completely winning in 20 moves, and SEVEN draws. All of those in under 30 moves, several in under 15. Against an avg rating \~150 higher than his own. How often do you, dear reader, offer (or accept) draw, on move 25, against someone you outrate by 150 Elo? **Why are his opponents doing this?** ​ **So, this tournament looks a bit strange.** I took a bit of a closer look at the games, and scanned the reddit thread as well for any explanations. He said that openings had been a bit of weak spot of his, and that he had reached 2100 without any work on them; then decided that it's finally time to work on them, hard. And that he is really happy that the work finally paid off. [https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/konjic-international-2021/4/1/1](https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/konjic-international-2021/4/1/1) **Paid off like this. With a repetition on move 13. As White.** I knew this one when I was 1300. Could've saved himself some work. ​ How about we turn to asking the hard-working chesslover where all those draws are coming from? Maybe he knows more! .. Well. [https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/375393578391961600/817009833177645057/unknown.png](https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/375393578391961600/817009833177645057/unknown.png) [https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/375393578391961600/817020353041530931/unknown.png](https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/375393578391961600/817020353041530931/unknown.png) **A third of the games was prearranged.** Our heroes' great accomplishment, which he poured so much hard work into, and is basking in envy & fame from, is a bunch of games that a 1200 could've played just the same way (given that they were capable of remembering the prearranged line, lel). .. That's not all, though. \- In Round 5 ( [https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/konjic-international-2021/5/1/1](https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/konjic-international-2021/5/1/1) ), his GM opponent **broke the rules of the tournament** (no draw offers before move 25) to offer draw on turn 15. Our hero accepted, and they proceeded to play 10 random moves to make it to where they're "officially" allowed to draw, then shook hands ( [https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/418226813010051074/817039950968520716/unknown.png](https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/418226813010051074/817039950968520716/unknown.png) ). \- About Round 3, where he won against his own clubmate, he had to say "He wanted to play the game \[..\]" ( [https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/418226813010051074/817018685906616340/unknown.png](https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/418226813010051074/817018685906616340/unknown.png) ), as if that was something special. Ie here, **he had offered to prearrange yet another draw**, it just didn't come to pass because his opponent didn't accept it. **That now makes for more than half of his games with a rather hefty blemish.** And he doesn't really care about any of this, but openly reveals some other funny parts of his chess career, where **team captains just agreed to team draws**, potentially disrupting the entire league standings ( [https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/418226813010051074/817021748599193600/unknown.png](https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/418226813010051074/817021748599193600/unknown.png) ). Not his fault, though. And not cheating, obviously. If draws are a "neutral" result that "doesn't favour anybody" (obviously horseshit, as eg a rest day in the middle of the tournament can be worth its weight in gold, and naturally the weaker player gains a lot by unfought draws -in this case, 100(!!) Elo), **why is he so proud of this.. "accomplishment"?** It was just a bunch of neutral results! Would he also be happy about the tournament if he had drawn seven 1500s instead? **Fixing a draw is no different from fixing a loss, and nobody would argue that throwing games on purpose is legal. Somehow, some people think that prearranging draws is fine anyhow. Why?** I'll leave you with a last quote: [https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/418226813010051074/817052597956771870/unknown.png](https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/418226813010051074/817052597956771870/unknown.png) **He would rather lose all his games than lose his integrity.** What a nice statement. For some reason, he DIDN'T lose all his games, but drew them instead. Maybe he plans to draw his integrity, as well? ​ Maybe our hero isn't so much of a hero after all. Bummer. Let's look at some other players? **What about these two IMs, that scored so poorly?** They both lost in Round 5 of this tournament, that must've been a bad day. Let's check out their games. \- IM #1 [https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/konjic-international-2021/5/1/4](https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/konjic-international-2021/5/1/4) gets a relatively easy to draw Rook ending (the easiest way is to give a bunch of checks, luring the Black King backwards, then following up with Re1-h1 & bringing the own King over). Instead of playing one of several drawing moves, he blunders (ok, happens..), and **proceeds to just resign during the opponent's turn**, without waiting to check whether Black (lower rated player, in timetrouble) is gonna find the sole winning move (58..Rd7, cutting off the White King) \- IM #2 [https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/konjic-international-2021/5/1/2](https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/konjic-international-2021/5/1/2) is in an obviously equal position, 30 minutes ahead on the clock, makes their move, then **just randomly resigns during the opponent's turn**. Too lazy to even blunder it away first? Or maybe his telephone rang.. unfortunate. **The opponents of these two IMs?** Not Albert Einstein this time, but **the second of the two local players** (clubmate of the OP)**, and one of the two FMs that snatched a norm in this event.** ​ **What to make of all these weird occurences?** I don't know. Oh, by the way, there's this recent, entirely unrelated, article that I enjoyed reading. [https://en.chessbase.com/post/dark-times-for-ukrainian-chess](https://en.chessbase.com/post/dark-times-for-ukrainian-chess) Maybe you will like it too. Just posting it here. For fun. Ladida.. ​ \--- You can read all of this in this thread [https://www.reddit.com/r/chess/comments/lwu5iw/i\_just\_became\_a\_fm/gpn4p2z/?utm\_source=reddit&utm\_medium=web2x&context=3](https://www.reddit.com/r/chess/comments/lwu5iw/i_just_became_a_fm/gpn4p2z/?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=web2x&context=3) & with a bit of digging around in the other comments.
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The top two upvoted posts rn are celebrating cheating**Reddit Hivemind, hard at work?** There's been enough said about the now-locked post with 4.2k upvotes, featuring a misleading headline, and being massively populated by people jumping to the defence of an obvious cheat, because they do not understand how anti-cheat functions - and rather dig out the pitchforks, than spending the effort of making 5 clicks into the account in question. The retired professional player (who doesn't appear to be listed by FIDE nor his own federation) learned how to play chess by beating the ancient engine Shredder a lot, and that's why he's playing like an engine (except for the time management, which he learned by observing a very slow metronome). Probably. ​ **.. So let me instead write a few words about the second, slightly** (truthfully: only very slightly) **less obvious thread about blatant cheating.** What is cheating? You can read so here: [https://handbook.fide.com/chapter/AntiCheatingRegulations](https://handbook.fide.com/chapter/AntiCheatingRegulations) Shorter form: [https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/375393578391961600/817052815552675850/unknown.png](https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/375393578391961600/817052815552675850/unknown.png) **"Result manipulation, sandbagging, match fixing, rating fraud, \[..\] and deliberate participation in fictitious \[..\] games"**. Dang. Who would ever do such a thing? ​ Currently sitting at 4.1k upvotes (and 36!! awards), **"I just became FM"** ( [https://www.reddit.com/r/chess/comments/lwu5iw/i\_just\_became\_a\_fm/](https://www.reddit.com/r/chess/comments/lwu5iw/i_just_became_a_fm/) ) is a real cinderella story: A local player earns an invitation to a tournament full of titled players, and, as the by far lowest rated player in the field, lands an insane performance of 5.5/9: Third place, almost +100 Elo, storming to the third most prestigious award in chess in a show of force. 350 Comments, of which easily 300 are "Congratulations, this is really sick, nice to see your hard work pay off!" **Now, if you know anything about the world, cinderella stories are rare. Cheating, however, is rampant.** ​ \- The first thing you should ask yourself when you see a tournament like this, is what the high rated players gain from taking part. The lower rated players get the chance to play high rated opposition + the chance to earn titles/norms, but why are IMs/GMs singing up? They have nothing to gain.. other than money. Where is that money coming from, and why? Norm tournaments exist, but in those the lower rated players pay hefty entry fees to be allowed to play (which then are directly changing hands to pay for the appeareance fees of the GMs). Here, the untitled player in question states it was free for him to participate. **Who stands to gain from this event, and what?** \- The second thing you might do, is look at the final table of the tournament. Two of the FMs that took part got their IM norms; the two local heroes (by far the lowest rated players in the field) landed on #3 and #4 respectively; one of which gained +100 Elo & the FM title out of nowhere (OP of the thread). The two IMs that entered the tournament, one of which was seeded on #2, ended in last and second-to-last. **That's a bit weird.** [https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/charlotte-summer-invitational-2020-gm](https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/charlotte-summer-invitational-2020-gm) Here's a random recent norm tournament for comparison: The final standings mostly reflect the ratings prior to the event. There's a few outliers (there always are) but the two weakest players landed on the last two spots. **Rating rarely lies.** \- The third thing you might do is look at the games: Our hero, the freshly baked FM, played 9 games. One win against his own clubmate, one game where he was completely winning in 20 moves, and SEVEN draws. All of those in under 30 moves, several in under 15. Against an avg rating \~150 higher than his own. How often do you, dear reader, offer (or accept) draw, on move 25, against someone you outrate by 150 Elo? **Why are his opponents doing this?** ​ **So, this tournament looks a bit strange.** I took a bit of a closer look at the games, and scanned the reddit thread as well for any explanations. He said that openings had been a bit of weak spot of his, and that he had reached 2100 without any work on them; then decided that it's finally time to work on them, hard. And that he is really happy that the work finally paid off. [https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/konjic-international-2021/4/1/1](https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/konjic-international-2021/4/1/1) **Paid off like this. With a repetition on move 13. As White.** I knew this one when I was 1300. Could've saved himself some work. ​ How about we turn to asking the hard-working chesslover where all those draws are coming from? Maybe he knows more! .. Well. [https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/375393578391961600/817009833177645057/unknown.png](https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/375393578391961600/817009833177645057/unknown.png) [https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/375393578391961600/817020353041530931/unknown.png](https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/375393578391961600/817020353041530931/unknown.png) **A third of the games was prearranged.** Our heroes' great accomplishment, which he poured so much hard work into, and is basking in envy & fame from, is a bunch of games that a 1200 could've played just the same way (given that they were capable of remembering the prearranged line, lel). .. That's not all, though. \- In Round 5 ( [https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/konjic-international-2021/5/1/1](https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/konjic-international-2021/5/1/1) ), his GM opponent **broke the rules of the tournament** (no draw offers before move 25) to offer draw on turn 15. Our hero accepted, and they proceeded to play 10 random moves to make it to where they're "officially" allowed to draw, then shook hands ( [https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/418226813010051074/817039950968520716/unknown.png](https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/418226813010051074/817039950968520716/unknown.png) ). \- About Round 3, where he won against his own clubmate, he had to say "He wanted to play the game \[..\]" ( [https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/418226813010051074/817018685906616340/unknown.png](https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/418226813010051074/817018685906616340/unknown.png) ), as if that was something special. Ie here, **he had offered to prearrange yet another draw**, it just didn't come to pass because his opponent didn't accept it. **That now makes for more than half of his games with a rather hefty blemish.** And he doesn't really care about any of this, but openly reveals some other funny parts of his chess career, where **team captains just agreed to team draws**, potentially disrupting the entire league standings ( [https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/418226813010051074/817021748599193600/unknown.png](https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/418226813010051074/817021748599193600/unknown.png) ). Not his fault, though. And not cheating, obviously. If draws are a "neutral" result that "doesn't favour anybody" (obviously horseshit, as eg a rest day in the middle of the tournament can be worth its weight in gold, and naturally the weaker player gains a lot by unfought draws -in this case, 100(!!) Elo), **why is he so proud of this.. "accomplishment"?** It was just a bunch of neutral results! Would he also be happy about the tournament if he had drawn seven 1500s instead? **Fixing a draw is no different from fixing a loss, and nobody would argue that throwing games on purpose is legal. Somehow, some people think that prearranging draws is fine anyhow. Why?** I'll leave you with a last quote: [https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/418226813010051074/817052597956771870/unknown.png](https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/418226813010051074/817052597956771870/unknown.png) **He would rather lose all his games than lose his integrity.** What a nice statement. For some reason, he DIDN'T lose all his games, but drew them instead. Maybe he plans to draw his integrity, as well? ​ Maybe our hero isn't so much of a hero after all. Bummer. Let's look at some other players? **What about these two IMs, that scored so poorly?** They both lost in Round 5 of this tournament, that must've been a bad day. Let's check out their games. \- IM #1 [https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/konjic-international-2021/5/1/4](https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/konjic-international-2021/5/1/4) gets a relatively easy to draw Rook ending (the easiest way is to give a bunch of checks, luring the Black King backwards, then following up with Re1-h1 & bringing the own King over). Instead of playing one of several drawing moves, he blunders (ok, happens..), and **proceeds to just resign during the opponent's turn**, without waiting to check whether Black (lower rated player, in timetrouble) is gonna find the sole winning move (58..Rd7, cutting off the White King) \- IM #2 [https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/konjic-international-2021/5/1/2](https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/konjic-international-2021/5/1/2) is in an obviously equal position, 30 minutes ahead on the clock, makes their move, then **just randomly resigns during the opponent's turn**. Too lazy to even blunder it away first? Or maybe his telephone rang.. unfortunate. **The opponents of these two IMs?** Not Albert Einstein this time, but **the second of the two local players** (clubmate of the OP)**, and one of the two FMs that snatched a norm in this event.** ​ **What to make of all these weird occurences?** I don't know. Oh, by the way, there's this recent, entirely unrelated, article that I enjoyed reading. [https://en.chessbase.com/post/dark-times-for-ukrainian-chess](https://en.chessbase.com/post/dark-times-for-ukrainian-chess) Maybe you will like it too. Just posting it here. For fun. Ladida.. ​ \--- You can read all of this in this thread [https://www.reddit.com/r/chess/comments/lwu5iw/i\_just\_became\_a\_fm/gpn4p2z/?utm\_source=reddit&utm\_medium=web2x&context=3](https://www.reddit.com/r/chess/comments/lwu5iw/i_just_became_a_fm/gpn4p2z/?utm_source=reddit&utm_medium=web2x&context=3) & with a bit of digging around in the other comments.
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I just became a FMI am aware that this sub isn't for posting achievements and other similar stuff, but I can't resist sharing it and if mods decide to remove the post I completely understand. This week a closed OTB standard tournament was organized in my town. There were 10 players invited including me (1 GM, 2 IMs, 5 FMs and 2 untitled players). I started the tournament with 2208 ELO and finished with 2304, thus completing the requirement for the title. I am extremely happy that my work has paid off, and that my town got it's first chess master. Here are the links of the tournament and games: https://chess-results.com/tnr548592.aspx?lan=1 https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2021-it-konjic-open Edit: I have decided to not answer to this thread anymore due to recieving blatant insults and threats. If you felt acomplishment in wishing death to a minor, well done to you. I am saddened by the situation and have decided to leave this sub. Hope you have a nice day, and if you feel any regret I won't hold it against any of you. Just need a break
March 4, 2021 11:21:58
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Follow-up to the post about Ali Akbar's father who got his Chess.com account banned after beating GothamChess: His past credentials and his notebook writing about chess moves
March 4, 2021 11:19:48
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A common fork, which would you save?
March 4, 2021 05:14:36
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Streamers talking about cheatersA massive drawback of streamers posting about cheaters they find is the amount of people who have watched these videos and will accuse anyone they are losing against of cheating. I’m a 1200 on chess.com and was just beating some guy who started getting abusive in the comments and talking about my stockfish accuracy being 98 at depth 18 I have just a vague understanding of these terms, and no idea of how someone would know these stats mid game. I got so annoyed a blundered into a stalemate with him. The kicker is, when I was going through the post game analysis his accuracy was higher than mine. Sorry just needed to vent I guess
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Chess.com clarifies that they don’t ban accounts just because of mass reporting
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GothamChess" response on the Dewa_Kipas incident
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New GothamChess response regarding Dewa_Kipas
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Can't believe I got a brilliant move with this! Black to Play. Find Black's best move
March 3, 2021 23:50:25
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GothamChess fans went out mass reporting Chess.com account of a retired professional chess player after he beat GothamChess live on Twitch
March 3, 2021 21:16:39
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Mate in 3, take your pick
March 3, 2021 18:25:22
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Mate in 3 for white with "Arabian Mate" (classic chess patterns, day 29)
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I just became a FMI am aware that this sub isn't for posting achievements and other similar stuff, but I can't resist sharing it and if mods decide to remove the post I completely understand. This week a closed OTB standard tournament was organized in my town. There were 10 players invited including me (1 GM, 2 IMs, 5 FMs and 2 untitled players). I started the tournament with 2208 ELO and finished with 2304, thus completing the requirement for the title. I am extremely happy that my work has paid off, and that my town got it's first chess master. Here are the links of the tournament and games: https://chess-results.com/tnr548592.aspx?lan=1 https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2021-it-konjic-open Edit: I have decided to not answer to this thread anymore due to recieving blatant insults and threats. If you felt acomplishment in wishing death to a minor, well done to you. I am saddened by the situation and have decided to leave this sub. Hope you have a nice day, and if you feel any regret I won't hold it against any of you. Just need a break
March 3, 2021 17:36:18
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Black to play and Mate in 2 (sorry if its a shitty mate, im quite new)
March 3, 2021 17:35:43
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Black to play and win material (a not too complicated combination from a game I played earlier)
March 3, 2021 14:54:52
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Translate For Non-Indonesian Regarding GothamChess Some mention how his older stat's bad but then became pro. That's because his father is old & dont know english so his son give him an account.His father gonna create new account but the point is how chess ban because of mass report from popular fan
March 3, 2021 14:09:15
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GothamChess" response on the Dewa_Kipas incident
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I just became a FMI am aware that this sub isn't for posting achievements and other similar stuff, but I can't resist sharing it and if mods decide to remove the post I completely understand. This week a closed OTB standard tournament was organized in my town. There were 10 players invited including me (1 GM, 2 IMs, 5 FMs and 2 untitled players). I started the tournament with 2208 ELO and finished with 2304, thus completing the requirement for the title. I am extremely happy that my work has paid off, and that my town got it's first chess master. Here are the links of the tournament and games: https://chess-results.com/tnr548592.aspx?lan=1 https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2021-it-konjic-open Edit: I have decided to not answer to this thread anymore due to recieving blatant insults and threats. If you felt acomplishment in wishing death to a minor, well done to you. I am saddened by the situation and have decided to leave this sub. Hope you have a nice day, and if you feel any regret I won't hold it against any of you. Just need a break
March 3, 2021 11:34:00
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Try Out the New Chess24 Play Zone
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Try Out the New Chess24 Play Zone
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Reminder that Garry Kasparov is the chairman of the HRF
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GothamChess fans went out mass reporting Chess.com account of a retired professional chess player after he beat GothamChess live on Twitch
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GothamChess fans went out mass reporting Chess.com account of a retired professional chess player after he beat GothamChess live on Twitch
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GothamChess fans went out mass reporting Chess.com account of a retired professional chess player after he beat GothamChess live on Twitch
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GothamChess fans went out mass reporting Chess.com account of a retired professional chess player after he beat GothamChess live on Twitch
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Beautiful mate from a recent blitz game - White to play
March 2, 2021 14:38:59
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Mate in 3 puzzle (black to win)
March 2, 2021 11:20:37
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Someone is playing chess with OSRS accounts at the GE.
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How to improveHi guys, I'm 600 ELO since three month and I don't know how to improve and getter better. Could yuo give me sime tips? Thanks
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The chess community is brutal
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Got my first Brilliant move from Chess.com, can you spot the move?
March 2, 2021 01:03:13
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Screenshot from my most recent game! Black to play, mate in 3.
March 1, 2021 23:52:16
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Why is Hikaru so salty?I was watching his stream and he was talking about Chessbrah having more subs than him. Instead of congratulating them, he goes on to brag how he makes more money from sponsorships. For such a popular streamer he seems so insecure.
March 1, 2021 20:45:13
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This just happened in one of my games and it felt like a great puzzle. White to move to gain advantage.
March 1, 2021 15:35:04
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Why is Hikaru so salty?I was watching his stream and he was talking about Chessbrah having more subs than him. Instead of congratulating them, he goes on to brag how he makes more money from sponsorships. For such a popular streamer he seems so insecure.
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From a game I played last night, white to move, mate in 4!
March 1, 2021 12:22:35
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Ridiculous puzzle I've stumbled upon today on chess.com (#492098). White to move.
March 1, 2021 11:55:22
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White to play and mate in 3
March 1, 2021 11:18:30
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Why is Hikaru so salty?I was watching his stream and he was talking about Chessbrah having more subs than him. Instead of congratulating them, he goes on to brag how he makes more money from sponsorships. For such a popular streamer he seems so insecure.
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It’s interesting what you can do in this game... these.. both games
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Event: Pogchamps 3 - Finals[Official Website](https://www.pogchampschess.com) [Champions' Bracket](https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EvRKX9WXcAI88Bx?format=jpg&name=large) [Consolation Bracket](https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EvRKX9UXIAMWO4b?format=jpg&name=large) *** ####**Final Matches** **Date** | **Start** | **End** | **Group** | **Player 1** | **Player 2** :---:|:---:|:---:|:---:|:---|:--- Feb 28 | 1:20 | 2:35 | Consolation Final | Michelle Khare | Neeko Feb 28 | 2:40 | 3:50 | Championship Final | Rainn Wilson | Sardoche ^^All ^^times ^^in ^^PST *** ####**Format** **Knockout Stage** Each bracket will consist of eight players, with predetermined seeding to ensure competitive equity. Both brackets will follow a single-elimination format, with the winner of each match progressing to the next round. Matches will consist of two 10+5 games, where the higher seed will get White to play first. In the case of a draw, a sudden death 3+1 game will be used to determine a winner, with the higher seed playing with the white pieces. In case of a draw in the tiebreaks, the colors will alternate until there is a winner. *** ####**Viewing options** All Chess.com PogChamps matches will be broadcast live with commentary by famous chess celebrities GM Hikaru Nakamura, WFM Alexandra Botez, IM Levy Rozman, IM Anna Rudolf, and more on [Chess.com/TV](https://www.chess.com/tv). Players may choose to stream as well on their own channels on a delay and will not be permitted to use chat for outside assistance. Players who choose not to stream will be required to join a Zoom call for fair play and broadcast purposes.
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I made my first brilliant move in this position as white. Can you find it?
March 1, 2021 04:40:47
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Congrats to the winner of PogChamps 3!Sardoche takes it 2-1 against Rainn Wilson, winning in sudden death!
March 1, 2021 04:27:26
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Found this useful introductory post to Shogi (aka: Japanese Chess) for anybody who would like to learn.
March 1, 2021 00:13:28
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It’s interesting what you can do in this game... these.. both games
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Mr. PIPI in your pampers finishes last in the Armenian ChampionshipJust thought I'd share. In his return to OTB chess, Petrosian finished 2/11 and lost 38.7 rating points. ![img](767fy6hst9k61) [http://chess-results.com/tnr548895.aspx?lan=1&art=4&fbclid=IwAR387FM\_dDYbR\_m3v5yQXlW3S\_as9uEbo44c9xpdfQ5YZOsdIf-dVYSPuv8](http://chess-results.com/tnr548895.aspx?lan=1&art=4&fbclid=IwAR387FM_dDYbR_m3v5yQXlW3S_as9uEbo44c9xpdfQ5YZOsdIf-dVYSPuv8)
February 28, 2021 19:35:25
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Can we get some love/appreciation for Emanuel Lasker?https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emanuel_Lasker Emanuel Lasker was the second official World Chess Champion, reigning for a record 27 years after he defeated the first World Champion, Wilhelm Steinitz, in 1894. This is my favorite game of his: https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1258181 What do you like about Emanuel Lasker? How has he influenced your love of chess? What trivia about his life do you find fascinating?
February 28, 2021 15:49:35
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What's this opening known as?
February 28, 2021 13:20:32
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Just had to share with people who may careI finally beat the Jade bot (1300) today. For me this is huge. I’ve been sucking a lot in my recent matches with human (many of I found out were cheating as they’ve been banned and chess.com gave me a notification about it) but I just haven’t felt like i was progressing at all. I had been playing Wilson and winning 50% of the games for a while and just resigning myself to the idea that this is as good as it gets for me. Then kind of out of nowhere I stopped blundering against him and starting winning 100%. So I decided today to take on Jade...my nemesis. I’ve lost 100% of the dozens of games against her...until today. I took my time, played smart and whooped that ass. It feels really good, guys and gals. Never give up.
February 28, 2021 11:38:52
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Chess Grandmaster Ottomar Ladva Turns $530 Into $525,089 Win In Poker Tournament
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Can I still be a GM even if I don't have a brilliant move? I was wondering if I could still be a GM even though I don't have a brilliant move. I noticed a lot of GMs and upcoming GMs all have made brilliant moves before. Is having a brilliant move a requirement to becoming a GM? Could I still be a GM even if I don't have a brilliant move?
February 27, 2021 17:13:26
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Reason Why Pawns Can Move 2 Squares On First Move. Interesting TriviaI was listening to Danny Rensch comment on some chess games, and in between the games he made an interesting comment about the history of why pawns can move 2 squares on their first move. The reason is pretty simple. Apparently, hundreds of years ago, many early chess games started 1. e3 e6 2. e4 e5. It was so common that somewhere the rules got changed to just allow the pawns to move 2 squares immediately. And that's why you can move a pawn 2 squares on the first move.
February 27, 2021 13:55:40
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Last time I got crushed by her. This time my son revenge his old man (they switched sides when it was mate in 1 🤣)!
February 27, 2021 11:31:50
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Chess Grandmaster Ottomar Ladva Turns $530 Into $525,089 Win In Poker Tournament
February 27, 2021 08:36:10
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I guess I am almost a GM myself.😚😚😚
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Are there any chess youtubers out there willing to share their youtube audience demographic information? (% of male viewers % of female viewers)Here is how to access your youtube channel's demographic information: https://www.quora.com/How-can-I-see-viewer-demographics-of-channels-on-YouTube It should look like this: https://i.imgur.com/oLDbcHG.png
February 26, 2021 19:29:14
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TIL Elite chess players lose 10 to 12 pounds, on average, over the course of a 10-day tournament.
February 26, 2021 16:46:24
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My heart dropped to the floor. I thought I blundered my queen (I was black)
February 26, 2021 11:47:16
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Levon Aronian accepts Rex Sinquefield's offer to represent the USA!
February 26, 2021 11:44:56
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game vs friend. black to move and make a brilliant move my friend found and gain an advantage
February 26, 2021 11:41:22
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Levon Aronian announces he is changing federations from Armenia to the USA
February 26, 2021 11:40:41
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Struggling at <600. What do I do?I love to play Chess, but, my chess rating is (on [chess.com](https://chess.com) at least) below 600, and struggle to win even there. I usually think I am making good moves and I can probably win within the next 2 or 3 turns, but then, my enemy just traps me and I lose all of my material and manage to lose a game I should have won. It is so demoralizing I quit after my loss streaks. I have tried to seek help in chess but generally, the tips are "Make a plan" or "Answer all threats" or whatever, which doesn't help when you have no idea what to do AT all.
February 26, 2021 11:30:37
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Levon Aronian accepts Rex Sinquefield's offer to represent the USA!
February 26, 2021 11:13:27
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Are there any studies which show that one gender has an advantage over the other in chess? (namely, an explanation as to why men are stronger than women in ELO)Here is an article affirming the opposite: https://en.chessbase.com/post/what-gender-gap-in-chess It states that men and women are equal in chess skill. Are there any articles or papers that show men are superior at chess than women? In case you think I have an agenda, [here is the comment](https://www.reddit.com/r/baduk/comments/lsrtmo/are_women_as_good_as_men_at_go/goszar5/) which led me to creating this thread. At the bottom of the OP I created an hour ago in the reddit link I just provided, I included a screenshot which says men are 50x more likely than women to enjoy watching chess/go. I plan to contact via youtube/twitter both Eric Rosen and Hanging Pawns and politely ask if they will share the gender-breakdown of their youtube audience. Lastly, I want to ask two female chess youtubers also for a gender breakdown but the only female youtuber I know is Alexandra Botez. Can anyone tell me the name of a female chess youtuber because I don't know any other female chess youtubers. Thank you for reading and please tell me if anything in this post is inappropriate or appears sexist -- I will edit the post ASAP to keep things nice and pleasant! 😊
February 26, 2021 01:15:36
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White has mate in 2. But naturally i decided to win the Queen (with the Bishop). I missed about 4 forced mates this game. I feel deserving of an ~1100 elo haha!
February 26, 2021 01:08:40
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I make famous chess players portraits on my insta!
February 26, 2021 01:07:52
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I am totally stuck on this puzzle. White to move and win.
February 26, 2021 01:07:47
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Mate in 5
February 25, 2021 22:28:40
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If you're wondering why chessbrah was the first to hit 15k subs, their most recent video is the proof. High stakes. Insane time odds. Drinking. Music. Celebration. Nasty checkmates. Their motto of "pushing the limits of chess entertainment" is on full display here.
February 25, 2021 22:05:08
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Mate in 3 for white thanks to "Discovered Check" (classic chess pattern #41, day 25)
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Mate in 3 for white thanks to "Discovered Check" (classic chess pattern #41, day 25)
February 25, 2021 21:25:53
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I make famous chess players portraits on my insta!
February 25, 2021 10:47:02
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A nice little puzzle I stumbled across
February 25, 2021 00:52:24
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I bet Rainn Wilson is a mastermind.Either he's a god, and through his matches learns his opponents weaknesses, then teaches them a valuable lesson about their playing. Or he's just a decent chess player that's at least comfortable with a bunch of openings and everyone is unnecessarily afraid of him
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New (Casual) Chess and Country Music DiscordHi all, A new very niche Discord server has been started for casual chess players and country music fans. We have song bots and a very active community of music fans. New music nights and other events are being considered. Shogi and hearts are also played. https://discord.gg/5gF9tfcJk4 Hope to see y'all there!
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Philadelphia 76ers GM (General Manager) hinting at a possible PogChamps 4 appearance 👀
February 24, 2021 15:40:23
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How is pawn d7 a blunder? What is bxc5
February 24, 2021 14:16:28
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Instructive Video: Same Color Bishop Endgame
February 24, 2021 12:07:16
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First chess book for a chess.com 1200 who wants to improve?I don't know if this type of question is permitted here and I know it's probably been discussed ad nauseam but I'm having trouble finding a good answer for me. Most chess books that get frequently recommended are either for complete beginners or very advanced players. I don't have any chess books but I'd like to improve and learn more about the game and I find that books fit my learning style pretty well. I was looking for some sort of chess course/manual that covered various aspects of the game (openings, middlegames, endgames, tactics, etc.) because I've never had any sort of coaching or formal teaching, I've mostly just picked up random pieces of knowledge from the internet or from experience. Does anyone have a recommendation for a book that might be suited to my needs? Thanks for any advice And yes, I have looked through this subreddits book recommendations, I just can't really identify if any of those suit my needs.
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Gotham chess is becoming toxic and he is creating a cult Not because of his content but because of the way that he treats his viewers on youtube. He is creating a cult, a cult of 12 year olds that are running like minions to "humiliate" (as they say) whoever Levy doesn't agree with for whatever reason. Levy aka GothamChess pins peoples comments in what his minions call "pin of shame". That doesn't apply to hate comments only, (something that one could find understandable...) But it also applies to anything that Gotham simply doesn't like this particular day in that particular video, including any constructive criticism by people that actually like him and his videos and was there with him from the very beginning. More than that, Levy insults these people in their face, he calls them clowns insulting not just their comment - but their personality as human beings.
February 23, 2021 19:24:01
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Is there actually a situation where a mate in 34 could happen?
February 23, 2021 15:15:18
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The chessbrahs just became the first chess channel to reach 15,000 subscribers on twitchDespite having a follower count 5 times lower than channels like Hikaru. What do you think?
February 23, 2021 14:39:48
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Thank you, stockfish
February 23, 2021 13:40:28
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Alireza wins a 13th Titled Arena.
February 23, 2021 10:49:19
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CHESS Study group Hey everyone, I'm part of Chess Study group, a discord server focused entirely on helping players IMPROVE by getting feedback and advice from stronger players! We are active and have over 100members! So if you're looking for a place to learn more about chess and also engage in fun discussions, join up using the invite link below! Can't wait to see you all there happy.png Invite link: [discord.gg/nbVtJfuVhg](https://discord.gg/nbVtJfuVhg)
February 23, 2021 00:38:40
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Someone find the mate for me I’m too dumb to see it
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Botez on Ian's comment about pogchamps>I understand where Yan is coming from, especially as someone whose worked hard his entire life to get into the world top 10. It would be absurd if say, NBA players had less viewership and less sponsorship than streamers playing casual pickup basketball. Part 2, which I missed: (thanks u/Kashmir33) >That being said, Pogchamps isn’t to blame for a money/general appeal problem chess has always had. On the contrary, the event helps grow the pool of viewers potentially interested in elite events like Tata Steel. [https://twitter.com/alexandravbotez/status/1363679728700321795](https://twitter.com/alexandravbotez/status/1363679728700321795)
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Men playing Chess in Algeria, 1899
February 22, 2021 16:42:26
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White to move and get an advantage!!
February 22, 2021 16:31:59
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Chess Discord TournamentHey guys so I have this kinda tiny chess discord server with like 20 people and I wanna schedule a tournament for it. The only issue is, we need more members to have a tournament that is only with members of the discord. So I was just wondering if any of you folks on reddit would be willing to join for a while so we could have a nice tourney and if you like the server you are more than welcome to stay! The link is here [https://discord.gg/US5Kzwx5sa](https://discord.gg/US5Kzwx5sa)
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I created "Hikaru and GothamChess Tell You to MOVE", a Chrome Extension for time managementHi everyone! A while back, GothamChess released a video on [Time Management](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_K8Xe3obMM), where he recommended players to not spend more than a certain amount of time per move. I thought this was an excellent suggestion, but how are we supposed to keep track of this? Are we supposed to have a timer next to us that we have to press every time it's our move? Or should we be counting the seconds in our heads? While pondering these questions, one thought was stuck in my head: Hikaru's iconic encouraging words "MOVE, JUST MOVE" when his subscribers start running low on time in sub battles. So I decided to combine all of this together. I created a Google Chrome Extension, "Hikaru and GothamChess Tell You to MOVE", for precisely this kind of time management! When you have spent too much time thinking on a singular move, Hikaru and GothamChess (or a generic sound effect if you're a boring person) will shout at you to MOVE! You can adjust how long it takes before it reminds you to move, either a flat amount of time or a percentage of your remaining time. Currently this extension only works on [chess.com](https://chess.com). Video (with demo): [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2zFAPYrMZo](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2zFAPYrMZo) Please test it out and give any feedback you may have! Link to install: [https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hikaru-and-gothamchess-te/dbooaamklijfogllbgookpiliaphkahb](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hikaru-and-gothamchess-te/dbooaamklijfogllbgookpiliaphkahb) Hope this helps your time management in your future chess games! *Edit: I have fixed most of the bugs and added support for Firefox, the updated extension is currently in review on both the Firefox store and Chrome store* *Edit2: Firefox version is out!* [*https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/hikaru-gothamchess-move/*](https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/hikaru-gothamchess-move/) *Edit3: Lichess version is out!*
February 22, 2021 14:56:24
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February 22, 2021 10:23:54
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Finally broke 1500 Blitz!
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I created "Hikaru and GothamChess Tell You to MOVE", a Chrome Extension for time managementHi everyone! A while back, GothamChess released a video on [Time Management](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_K8Xe3obMM), where he recommended players to not spend more than a certain amount of time per move. I thought this was an excellent suggestion, but how are we supposed to keep track of this? Are we supposed to have a timer next to us that we have to press every time it's our move? Or should we be counting the seconds in our heads? While pondering these questions, one thought was stuck in my head: Hikaru's iconic encouraging words "MOVE, JUST MOVE" when his subscribers start running low on time in sub battles. So I decided to combine all of this together. I created a Google Chrome Extension, "Hikaru and GothamChess Tell You to MOVE", for precisely this kind of time management! When you have spent too much time thinking on a singular move, Hikaru and GothamChess (or a generic sound effect if you're a boring person) will shout at you to MOVE! You can adjust how long it takes before it reminds you to move, either a flat amount of time or a percentage of your remaining time. Currently this extension only works on [chess.com](https://chess.com). Video (with demo): [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2zFAPYrMZo](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2zFAPYrMZo) Please test it out and give any feedback you may have! Link to install: [https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hikaru-and-gothamchess-te/dbooaamklijfogllbgookpiliaphkahb](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hikaru-and-gothamchess-te/dbooaamklijfogllbgookpiliaphkahb) Hope this helps your time management in your future chess games! *Edit: I have fixed most of the bugs and added support for Firefox, the updated extension is currently in review on both the Firefox store and Chrome store* *Edit2: Firefox version is out!* [*https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/hikaru-gothamchess-move/*](https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/hikaru-gothamchess-move/) *Edit3: Lichess version is out!*
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Are brilliant moves on chess.com really that brilliant?Hi, I've spoken out about loving to see brilliant move posts before, but I think I'm changing my mind a little bit. I've gone through some of my games over the last week and a half or so, and I've found 8 "brilliant" moves by me, but I can't for the life of me understand why they're "brilliant", for many of them they're the most obvious move that anyone would play instantly and intuitively, and for some of them they're still clearly the "best move", on the grounds of their simply being no other good moves. My issue is they aren't *hard to find*. Here's links to the games from the last little while, if anyone's interested: [https://www.chess.com/a/39sR7jLWi2ovv](https://www.chess.com/a/39sR7jLWi2ovv) \- I moved a Rook out of danger to keep up the attack, I knew I was losing the game severely but IMO the "real" brilliant move was 32. ...h5 - this is when I felt I was going to actually win the game. I could see a path forwards and the rest of the game went as I figured it would, h5 was the killer blow but the engine notes it as an inaccuracy, and instead gives the absurdly obvious 37... Rgd2 a "brilliant" move. [https://www.chess.com/a/2ZcdZYBdp2ovv](https://www.chess.com/a/2ZcdZYBdp2ovv) \- there is simply no other move to make. If I don't play 38...Kf4, then I'd be an idiot because it was obvious what I was planning from 36... Rg8 which the engine notes actually notes as a blunder from me. To be fair, I did this "brilliant" move live on stream and my opponent/viewer said this move caught them off-guard. I still don't understand how it's "brilliant". It's the only decent move. It fits with my plan which began with Rg8??. It's not hard to find. [https://www.chess.com/a/2hPkBqKbU2ovv](https://www.chess.com/a/2hPkBqKbU2ovv) \- I blundered immediately after this "brilliant" move, all I was looking to do was check the King and continue with my attack. There's just nothing special about 14. ...Qe4+ here at all. [https://www.chess.com/a/3ZHxoXux2ovv](https://www.chess.com/a/3ZHxoXux2ovv) \- 23. Kd2 - what else am I supposed to play in this position? There's no other good moves. [https://www.chess.com/a/2XTcSv1ot2ovv](https://www.chess.com/a/2XTcSv1ot2ovv) \- 18. Bd6 - I moved my Bishop away from the Knights attack and targeted the opponents Rook. Blundered shortly after but let's be real I'm never going to see Na3 as a potential move to play, yet alone the best follow up. I was just looking to develop a piece. But Bd6 was not "brilliant". [https://www.chess.com/a/2grqJdrLv2ovv](https://www.chess.com/a/2grqJdrLv2ovv) \- 20. Rxb7 - why would I not trade rooks? This isn't brilliant. I blunder soon after but go on to win the game anyway in the most hilarious fashion ever - my opponent pre-moved a back-rank mate, not realising it wasn't checkmate. Then he just left. I'm assuming he thought it was GG and that was the end of the game, moved on with life. It wasn't the end of the game though and I just waited the 6:19 he had left on the clock and won. >\_> [https://www.chess.com/a/37KkuVEzS2ovv](https://www.chess.com/a/37KkuVEzS2ovv) \- 10. ...f4 - I attacked his bishop that was pinned to the King with a pawn. "Brilliant". Blundered immediately after. [https://www.chess.com/a/QSpVvC1c2ovv](https://www.chess.com/a/QSpVvC1c2ovv) \- 33. G4+ - delivered a check to keep my attack going because I could sense a win and my opponent resigned once he realised it too. I don't see how maintaining my attack is "brilliant", there's not really any other decent moves to play. [https://www.chess.com/a/SYSSdXt22ovv](https://www.chess.com/a/SYSSdXt22ovv) \- 21...c5 - I attacked his bishop. Genius. This move didn't even gain an advantage, it literally just keeps things exactly where they are which was -1.09. I don't see how it's "brilliant". My pawn was supported by another pawn. &#x200B; Often times, the move from me that follows the brilliant move, is a blunder/mistake etc - which means I'm not actually identifying how good the move is - instead it's more like I'm just spotting the \*only\* move that looks okay, sometimes without any real plan as to where to go from there. I'm also sceptical of this one thing I observed - my opponent's haven't played brilliant moves against me. All of the above "brilliant" moves, were from me, over the last week and a half or so, and there was not one single instance of a brilliant move from an opponent. What does this mean? Are the "brilliant moves" rigged? Is it possible for [chess.com](https://chess.com) to display an opponents "brilliant" move against me? If it is, then why haven't I seen one? Why have I got like 8 in the last little while and no one I've played against has got any? Doesn't make sense to me. I'd also love to know exactly how the brilliant moves work, because they're the only good move - I understand this is part of the requirement to be a "brilliant" move anyway - it's GOT to be the only good move, and it also has to be "hard to find" - I'd argue that none of the "brilliant" moves above were *hard to find* either. Sorry for the rant. I just wanted to share some thoughts on chess.coms "brilliant moves" because from my experience I'm thinking they're handed out way too frequently and for little to no reason. Another question I have - is it possible for a chess engine to produce a "brilliant" move? Are "brilliant moves" supposed to be some sort of indicator of great human moves?
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February 21, 2021 09:20:06
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Chess.com road to 800 LIVE
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Another case of salty HikaruI was watching Eric Hansen's perspective of his game against Hikaru today. He got a better position out of the opening and eventually Hikaru cracked, blundering his queen and the game. I tuned in to Hikaru's stream to see what he had to say, and wasn't surprised. First he banned someone in his chat who implied that Hikaru was salty about his loss, which was understandable. But then, instead of congratulating Eric for his win, he went on about how Eric was receiving help from his chat in the most recent Titled Tuesday (which was NOT TRUE!) and how Eric might have been receiving help from his chat in this game as well (also not true). Kinda pathetic that he has to resort to an ad hominem to keep his ego up high. Thoughts?
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How do you guys organize your study?I'm about 1450 on [chess.com](https://chess.com), +/- 100 points. I hit the 1400 milestone almost 3 years ago, so yeah, I haven't improved much for a while now. My 'study' so far has been very unorganized - I have the chesstempo app on my phone and whenever there's a quiet moment I open it up and work through some tactics. I've also learned some basic endgames, and I've studied about 5 moves deep into a few variations on the openings I like to use. I try to analyze my games, but I'm not really sure what I'm looking for. Basically I've reached the point where I want to start taking chess a lot more seriously, and I'm looking for advice on how to structure my study. There's a lot of information out there on topics to study - openings, tactics, positional play, endgames, going over grandmaster games etc - but I guess I'm a little overwhelmed on where to begin. I'm thinking of continuing with the tactics phone app thing, but then setting aside an hour or so per day for active learning. But yeah, not sure what to use that time for. What do you guys do?
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Rant: Taking a break from online Blitz makes you realize how addictive it isI have been playing almost none to no Blitz chess online for about a week, after playing at least 25 games/day before. Now, i can barely bring myself to play anything less than 15 mins. It genuinely doesn't feel fun anymore - whether it's the clowns playing 1. g4, the guys who refuse to resign after losing a queen, the impossibility of actually calculating in complicated positions, or playing endgames with <10s on the clock. It just feels like absolute BS, and yet it's almost impossible to stop once you start, it's worse than actual drugs XD I'm gonna limit Blitz to OTB from now on, where you play with a buddy in the club over a pint and can properly trashtalk. /rant TL:DR, Online Blitz is addictive and rots your brain.
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Have a 2000+ tactics rating yet still lose to people with far lower tactics ratings (300-1000) on chess.comI don't know what is going on. I want this game to give me a good ego, but I can't even fucking win a game. I just lost to someone who can't pass 900 rated puzzles in a daily game. This doesn't make sense. He had a 95 accuracy rating while I had a 94. How is this possible?
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A brilliant strategy by Lê Quang Liêm against Peter Svidler in Skilling Open\[The strategy is SuperGM level and looked like magic to me. But still, some of you might enjoy the magic for the beauty of it's idea\] I was following Champions Chess Tour course on Chessable \[It's fully free and amazing if you want to see/practice SuperGM games. Also since Champions Chess Tour is ongoing the course is expanding all the time and everything is free as of now!!!\]. It was 10th round game and it reached this position. Find the win for white \[The spoilers are move by move. Open them in order if you want to try to solve on your own\] ![img](mzn0crbb7di61) Move - 1 >!\[Since Queen is trapped along a-file play Bd4 with threat to play Ra1 in case Rook moves\] !< >!1) Bd4 - Qxa5 !< Move - 2 >!\[Black gives up the rook but it's better to not to take it yet and threaten to win rook by playing Qe1\]!< >!2) Qe1 - Nb5 !< Move - 3 >!\[Black seems to have solved the problems but now we get a brilliant move Qxe4 . White leaves the plan of winning the Rook and goes for the King!!!\]!< >!3) Qxe4 - Bf8!< Move - 4 >!\[Now continue the attack against the king with Be6!!!\]!< >!4) Be6 - Nd6!< Move - 5 >!\[Now that black seems to have enough resources to defend against the king, go back to attack the Rook!!!!!!!!!!!!!< >!5) Qe1! 1-0!< >!I was floored by Qxe4. Until that point I could figure out/understand the moves. But Qxe4 going for the king when previous 2-3 moves were trying to win the Rook was just brilliant IMO. Even more fascinating was when white, after trying to mate king for just 2 moves, came back to attack the rook (which he had stopped attacking just 2 moves back!). All of this when a free exchange was available and a Bishop was sacrificed in e6! Only recently did I start to look at games of GMs and this one is one of the best I've seen until now. It wasn't just 1 plan executed flawlessly but rather having 2 completely different plans so as to scatter blacks forces and win a free Rook! !< >!I haven't explained all the moves and what would happen if Black took a free bishop or how white would win if black ignored the attack against the king etc. This is because I don't yet understand everything! But I checked with engines and white played the best moves almost always. Also it was reviewed by Chessable people - so I'm sure it's sound. !<
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I have never been in the top 10 of any OTB tournament with more than 10 players, so I am kinda proud of this one 😅
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It's white's turn, what's their best move?
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My first 0/0/0 game! My opponent lost his rook and a pawn to a double-threat with check and resigned. Kinda proud. Sorry for the Russian text.
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It's white's turn, what's their best move?
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[Meta] I know this has been discussed for tournaments, but with Pogchamps being 50-100x bigger than anything else in chess, we desperately need a daily sticky thread.It's quite frankly uninviting to anyone who checks out this subreddit and wants some of that good old reddit dissection on the current matches. Chess was the number 1 game on Twitch two days ago, with over a half a million live viewers. We need daily threads. Stat. Please mods, reconsider.
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Dear Sicilian PlayersI hate your stupid little c5 pawn and I hate the way your dumb knight on c6 looks right behind it. I hate how you dragon players put your troll of a bishop on g7 so that my c3 knight can never sit there in peace. I was gonna play a fun gambity opening but now I'm stuck trying to "put my bishop on good squares" while you play 18 moves from theory. Well here's a novelty for you: &#x200B; You suck.
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What are these two things called?What is it called when you move a piece, causing the other player to be in check by the piece behind the one you moved, but you also attack another piece with the one you moved? So you have a knight in front of a Bishop. You move that knight to attack the other person's queen. Once you move that knight, other person is in check by the bishop and as to use their move to get out of check. Allowing you to take their queen with you knight. What is that called? What opening is it when you use your bishop to immediately prevent the other person from castling, then you castle? I like to move my bishop out and sacrifice it to make them lose their castle. Then use my knight to check them or castle immediately myself. What opening is this?
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Black to move, why is this a draw?
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🔥 How To Improve Your Chess For Beginners 🎯I got this question a lot in the past years, and I decided to make a post about it. This is a small guide on how I, a 1500 ELO player and coach, would recommend to train and improve as a beginner chess player. First of all, for beginners, I would recommend spending only 20% of the training on the opening. I would devote the other 80% to "the rest", as for beginners, I do not want to make a distinction between the middle and endgame, but prefer to see it as a whole. ⬇️ You can find a link to the YouTube video down below 🎥  \*\*\* # 🎬 Opening As a beginner, you should be aware of three rules that structure how and in what order you make moves. ✅ **Control the centre** (the squares e4, e5, d4, d5). It is important to control the centre because your pieces from that area have more spaces, are more active and therefore better.  Specifically, this means that you play 1.e4 or 1.d4 as your first move. But it also means that you make moves that control fields in the centre: 2.Nf3 (controls e5 and d4), 2.Nc3 (controls e4 and d5). To give another example: a bishop on c4 controls the d5 square. You can also control the centre indirectly. Let us look at the Ruy Lopez or Spanish opening. 1.e4 e5 2.Pf3 Pc6 and 3.Bb5. With this last move we don't control the centre directly, but we do control it indirectly: the bishop attacks a piece (the knight on c6) which does control fields in the centre (e5 en d4) and therefore, this is a good move. ✅ **Bring out your minor pieces** (bishops and knights) first. Also, the rule “knights before bishops”, is a saying that is often mentioned. You can accept this as a general rule. ✅ **Put your king in safety**. You do this by castling either short, in which case the king moves to g1 and the rook to f1, or long, (if the queen is already out of the way), in which case the king moves to c1 and the rook to d1.  This has the advantage not only of bringing the king to safety but also of allowing other pieces to work better together: the queen has more space and the rooks are connected and can therefore work better together. ➡️ If you feel ready to study more, I would recommend to watch some basic opening videos on YouTube: “Gothamchess” has some great 10 minute opening videos, in which he explains the basics of various openings. “Hangingpawns” has a nice library in which you can find almost any opening. He has an introductory video to each opening, so you have a basic idea of the opening you will be studying. I would recommend starting out with setup-based openings: the London Sytem, the Kings Indian Defence (KID), the King Indian Attack (KIA). although this is a bit controversial. Some people argue you should be learning the main lines right from the start. I think it’s more important as a beginner to focus on the middle game and just have a playable position right out of the opening without a lot of thinking. \*\*\* # 🛠 The Rest  I can divide this into four parts: learning, playing, analyzing and solving. In my opinion all four are equally important and you should spend about the same amount of time on each of them. ## 📕 Learning Let me start with the following: there are so many ways to improve, and each tool is often very personal: some people learn faster via video, others like to hold a solid chess book in their hands. Either way, I think the backbone of learning is universal. As a beginner, you don't want to invest too much money. Books, subscriptions to chess.com, chess.24, and so on are not cheap. Often one starts on the wikipedia page, an old chess book, or some "chess for beginners" chess book that you still had lying around in the closet, or one searches for it all on YouTube. These are not bad ways of learning, but the problem is that they are not personalised which is in my opinion the best, easiest and quickest way to improve your game. I am a big believer in **coaching** and if you really want to make progress, you need a coach. I mean someone who is at least 200 ELO higher than you. Someone who not only keeps you on the right track, but also teaches on a personalised level and knows your strengths and weaknesses. This is something that no engine, not the app Dr. Wolf, not a paid program nor a book, can tell you. The problem is that finding a coach in itself is often not easy and costs a lot of money. Solutions are searching for a local chess club, searching the internet for another beginner who is looking for a chess buddy, ... Anyway, you should not underestimate the value of a well-written chess book or an online opening course. You can achieve a lot on your own with online tools. But at a certain level you will stagnate. And at such moments, a coach will be able to look straight through your game, pick out all the mistakes and weaknesses, tell you exactly what to do, and above all: not be alone in your journey: something that should not be underestimated. Therefore i’m a fan of a chess buddy: someone around the same level to whom you can compare yourself, play games with, and motivate each other. \*\*\* ## ⚔️ Playing I recommend playing a few games online every day on lichess.org or chess.com. Personally, I find lichess.org a more pleasant platform to play on, especially because I like the design better, which in itself should not be a reason to choose one or the other. What I would like to emphasize above all is the pace of play. Usually, beginners are told that rapid (10+0, 10+5 and 20+10 on lichess.org) and classical (30+0 and 30+20 on lichess.org) are the best tempi to improve. However, I have a different view on this. I think it is especially important to diversify in tempo: a healthy ratio of bullet and blitz with longer games. I myself like to play very long games (30+20), but I would not recommend this for two reasons. Firstly, it can take a while until you have a match, as this is not a popular tempo (however, chess.com has more members than lichess.org and if you want to play a long game, you will be matched faster on chess.com). Second, in the time you play a classical match, you can play about two rapid games. If you weigh up the quality-quantity ratio, in my opinion it tilts towards the quantity: the rapid games.  I see a healthy ratio of bullet-blitz-rapid as the following.  20%: bullet 30%: blitz 50%: rapid Bullet is more for fun in my opinion but you can also see this as 'maintaining' your chess and practicing mouse speed. I find blitz much more interesting, especially because you are forced to think more and the analysis after the game becomes much more interesting. Also, you practise speed. Rapid is arguably the fastest way to improve. The analysis after the game becomes very interesting because you have actually thought deeply about different positions, which you can check later. It is a chance to practise deep calculation: each position in the game can be seen as a difficult tactical or positional puzzle to work out. If you are very serious about improving, you can change the ratio toward longer games. That should look something like this: 10%: bullet 20%: blitz 70%: rapid \*\*\* ## 🔍 Analyzing After playing a game, I (as a lichess.org user) proceed as follows. I create a study and set it to closed, and add my coach so that only I and my coach can see it. I add the games I want to analyse. This is also how I proceed with my students. ✅I go through the whole game and write notes after each move where I have problems, as well as concrete calculations, question marks about the blunders, exclamation marks after the good moves (from the sides). The feeling I had during the game and different parts of the game: overconfident, or just the opposite. The tempo of your moves can be found at the bottom and can also be used as a tool to reflect on the use of time. When I have written down all my thoughts, I look for three things I did well in the game. These can be either moves, time use, mentality, technique, opening preparation, bishop pair well used. And three things you didn't do well: beating yourself up to early, not using the initiative well, being too greedy, ...What you have done now is write down your reasoning process in full. Your thoughts are clearly written down  ✅After this I go through the whole game with my coach. He sees through all the mistakes and can tell me exactly whether my thoughts were right or wrong and select things I need to work on. If you don't have a coach, an engine (Stockfish 12 on lichess.org) will be able to pick out most of your mistakes. ❓Why not analyse directly with the engine? Because you have to decide for yourself what was wrong before the engine can contradict you. You must first make a mistake yourself before it can be corrected. If you don't, you can always use, 'I would have seen that', 'I was distracted' or ‘obviously this was wrong’ excuses and it this way, it is not always clear where your real mistakes are. \*\*\* ## 🧩Solving I am a fan of lesson + drill. You learn something and then you practice it. This is the best way to process learning material. By drill, I mean positional and tactical puzzles. ✅Positional puzzles can be found in books, in your own games and can best be taught by a coach. Positional play is something that often cannot be depicted objectively, it is more a form of feeling, technique, pattern recognition, whatever you want to call it. It is not easy to understand positional concepts without someone explaining it clearly first.  ✅Tactical puzzles are much easier to drill down to yourself because the solution is objectively fixed and you can almost always put your questions to the engine. I would recommend the free puzzles on lichess.org for beginners. Any other tactical trainer is not necessarily inferior and there are many good apps you can use.  🛠If you are very serious about chess, I would recommend a subscription to chess.com so that you have unlimited puzzles and puzzle rush available. These puzzles are better because they are actually composed, those from lichess.org are computer-generated. They are the result of what the computer extracts from the games played on lichess.org. Sometimes there are slight 'mistakes' in the puzzles. For example, sometimes there is a choice between a minus 5 and a minus 10 position: it is very difficult for a human to see the difference between those, and for a human it is enough to just see a winning position (which does not mean that the difference between mate in 2 and 1 does not matter).  Puzzles are good for improving your calculation, while Puzzle Rush tends to enhance your pattern recognition and speed of solving. 💰I myself use chess.com for tactics and I have a Platinum subscription, which means I pay €40.40 per year, (that’s $49.02 for all you Americans reading this). This gives me access to unlimited puzzles and puzzle rush. \*\*\* I hope this post was helpful. You can find a link to the YouTube video as well as my channel down below. ⬇️ FREE RESOURCE - Link to YouTube video 🎥 [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keZByLQMkYg](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keZByLQMkYg) ⬇️ Link to My YouTube Channel 🛠💡 [https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTMe-Vt4CVkxrMKU8bLclnA](https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTMe-Vt4CVkxrMKU8bLclnA)
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Why king never take on f2(noob question)I just watched Gotham chess ranking gambits and see that king never take on f2 but instead go to e2 to avoid check,is there some kind of problem with taking on f2
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Rainn Wilson's Performance in Pogchamps 3Everyone is talking about how Rainn Wilson will steamroll the competition and I see a lot of hate because he didn't play his best chess for his last two games against Michelle Khare. Instead, I wanted to discuss more about Rainn Wilson's rating and his placement in Pogchamps. It's hard to really draw conclusions when your opponent is new and not even 600. People were saying how Rainn played a masterpiece in the first game and I thought I'd analyze it (I'm \~1900 otb). Link to the first game: [https://www.chess.com/analysis/game/live/6570812649?tab=analysis](https://www.chess.com/analysis/game/live/6570812649?tab=analysis) 1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 b3 g6 4 Bb2 Nf6 5 e5 Ng86 e6 dxe6 7 Bxh8 Nf6 8 Bxf6 exf6 9 Nc3 Bd6 10 Bb5 a611 Bxc6+ bxc6 12 O-O Rb8 13 d4 cxd4 14 Qxd4 c5 15 Qh4 h516 Rad1 Qa5 17 Qxf6 Be7 18 Qh8+ Bf8 19 Qe5 Qxa2 20 Nxa2 Rb621 Qc7 Rd6 22 Qxc8+ Ke7 23 Rxd6 Kxd6 24 Qxf8+ Kc6 25 Rd1 a526 c4 Kb6 27 Rd6+ Kc7 28 Qe7+ Kc8 29 Rd8# After 4 moves, it seems like Rainn has a system which is flexible against most of Black's responses. After Black plays 4...Nf6, I'm sure that Rainn is experienced enough in his opening to realize that the long diagonal is a common theme. In other words, Rainn knows the "cheese moves" in his opening. Not much to say after move 7 when Rainn picks up the free rook. I would say move 8 is where there are signs that Rainn Wilson is not some FIDE master. It is true that trading benefits the side that is ahead, but here there is no need to trade off the pesky bishop in Black's territory. Black would have to invest moves in order to regain the trapped bishop. It is evident here that Rainn doesn't want to think too hard, so he just trades after thinking for 3-4 seconds. At higher levels, I think people tend to leave the bishop there after 8...Nf6, since it is not really trapped and can exchange/escape at any time. Moves 9 and 10 are logical moves that I think a 1200 can see. Again, after 11 Bxc6+, Rainn's plan is to simply trade down and castle, which is another pretty basic plan. Nothing too crazy here. Moves 13 to 16 are also pretty logical. Open the center, since the king is stuck in the middle of the board. Brings your rooks in. Nothing fancy. White grabs a free pawn on move 17 while defending the knight. Honestly, I don't think the move was that hard to spot. We see Rainn take 10 seconds here to make sure. The rest of the game seemed fairly straightforward. Capture any hanging pieces. I do admit that 26 c4 is a fantastic move, which stops the king from running away and sets up an easy ladder mate. Overall, I'd say that a lot of Rainn's plans are plausible for a 1200-1400 to grasp and that people give him too much credit. Masi Oka said that he's 1500-1600 over the board, but if you look here: [https://www.chess.com/article/view/chesscom-rating-comparisons](https://www.chess.com/article/view/chesscom-rating-comparisons), you'll find that his blitz should be in the 1250-1400 range, which is potentially beatable by contenders like sardoche, benjyfishy, and maybe even ludwig, moistcr1tikal, or xQc. chess.com pointed out that his private account has a blitz rating in the 1100s. I truly think that Rainn won't have a lopsided performance and that the other contenders should look into sending the match to blitz to stand a better chance.
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I just published my first chess book on Amazon Kindle! Feeling really proud of my efforts.
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Ludwig's comments on Rainn Wilson's performance during PogChamps Day 1
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Please fix the FAQWhat I mean is this: > Is it too late for me to become a grandmaster? > >Yes. Such an answer is only true for some people, not for all. I understand why it was written like this. Someone was thinking about all the posts like "Is it too late for me to become a grandmaster, I am 27" and was trying to prevent more of them appearing. The reasoning also might have been: "If you have to ask whether you can, then you can't". But the thing is, FAQ is read precisely by the people who don't ask! They are less likely to create low effort posts. This might be read by some 12 year old and he or she won't understand the actual reasons why such thing was included in the FAQ. Young people are even more insecure about their abilities and potential than adults, please don't discourage them like that.
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Pogchamps 3[Official Website](https://www.pogchampschess.com) [Tournament Details](https://www.chess.com/news/view/chess-pogchamps-mrbeast-pokimane-xqc) *** Chess.com is thrilled to host PogChamps 3 presented by Grip6, which is set to begin on February 14. Expected to be one of the most viewed chess tournaments in history, PogChamps 3 will have a $100,000 prize fund. Among the participants of this landmark event will be internet sensation MrBeast, world-famous rapper Logic, and Rainn Wilson, star actor in NBC's hit show "The Office." The first PogChamps and PogChamps 2 shattered viewership records, achieving close to 300 million minutes watched. PogChamps 3 is poised to be the largest yet, and will be placing an emphasis on supporting the chess community. In addition to the increased prize fund, Chess.com is proud to declare that it has also reserved $100,000 for community donations. *** ####**Schedule** **Date** | **Round** :---:|:--- February 14-21 | [Group Stage Matches](https://i.imgur.com/zbcTtmR.png) February 23-25 | Quarterfinals February 26-27 | Semifinals February 28 | Finals **All times are PST, Pacific Standard** *** ####**Format** **Group Stage** The 16 players will be split into four groups of four players each, determined by seeding. In this phase, players will face each of the three opponents in their group in a match. Each match will consist of two 10+5 games, the player with the highest seed will play white first. In case of a tied match after two games, an "armageddon" game will be played. White will have five minutes, and Black will have 4. The player who has the higher CAPS (accuracy) score from the 2-game match will choose their color for the armageddon tiebreak. Players will earn 3 points for each match won outright, 2 points for each match won via armageddon tiebreak, 1 point for each match lost via armageddon tiebreak, and 0 points for each match lost outright. At the end of group play, each group will be ranked by points accumulated. The top two players advance to the Championship bracket, and the remaining two players advance to the Consolation Bracket. **Knockout Stage** Each bracket will consist of eight players, with predetermined seeding to ensure competitive equity. Both brackets will follow a single-elimination format, with the winner of each match progressing to the next round. Matches will consist of two 10+5 games, where the higher seed will get White to play first. In the case of a draw, a sudden death 3+1 game will be used to determine a winner, with the higher seed playing with the white pieces. In case of a draw in the tiebreaks, the colors will alternate until there is a winner. *** ####**Participants** **Group A** | **Group B** | **Group C** | **Group D** :----:|:----:|:----:|:----: Sardoche | xQc | Rainn Wilson | Ludwig BenjyFishy| Daniel Negreanu | Logic | MoistCr1tikal Neeko | Pokimane | Tubbo | MrBeast TSM Myth | Rubius | Michelle Khare | CodeMiko *** ####**Viewing options** All Chess.com PogChamps matches will be broadcast live with commentary by famous chess celebrities GM Hikaru Nakamura, WFM Alexandra Botez, IM Levy Rozman, IM Anna Rudolf, and more on [Chess.com/TV](https://www.chess.com/tv). Players may choose to stream as well on their own channels on a delay and will not be permitted to use chat for outside assistance. Players who choose not to stream will be required to join a Zoom call for fair play and broadcast purposes.
February 15, 2021 22:37:58
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Hikaru just hit a million followers on Twitch
February 15, 2021 19:33:32
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Throwing in PogChampsMan I was really looking forward to Rainn Wilson playing, but watching him throw his game was just painful to watch. PogChamps may be a circus but at least it was better when people actually tried to win.
February 15, 2021 11:35:10
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Interesting Article on Bongcloud Theory, written by me![https://www.chess.com/blog/AcceleratedPog/bongcloud-opening-theory-the-definitive-guide](https://www.chess.com/blog/AcceleratedPog/bongcloud-opening-theory-the-definitive-guide) **Learn the Bongcloud in the greatest detail yet! Click the link above to see grandmaster variational approaches, Tal-esque variations and ultramodern gambits!** ![img](xi6awheaojh61)
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Chess tournament directory ideaHey everyone, I've recently been thinking about the idea of making a website to find and post chess tournaments. Ideally it'd start in the U.S. and expand if it did well. **Why?** When I look for chess tournaments, I always find myself jumping around from different state, local, or club association websites. It's annoying. There's not a **good** centralized directory or hub. I've seen the USCF site, and a few others... But either the design is terrible, and/or hardly anybody posts tournaments (usually both). I'm thinking something like this ([https://chess-calendar.eu/](https://chess-calendar.eu/)). I've used it a few times playing overseas and they have a lot of tournaments listed. However, the design is really outdated and could make some major usability improvements. I know I could make a user friendly, clean, and modern design. So the big challenge would be really getting tournaments to post their events. I do have a background in the tech field so that helps with building traffic, but it'd still take a bit. I just wanted to get some thoughts. Do you find any problems when searching for tournaments? Cheers
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Magnus Carlsen is both the player and the game
February 15, 2021 10:27:47
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Anish giri visually disgusted by hikaru's opening choice
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Competitive, high level chess is a waste of time.Hello. I understand that this is a controversial opinion here given that we're in the subreddit for chess, but I write this post mainly for the many brilliant young people who play chess and are active on this subreddit. Most brilliant chess players who chose to follow through with a career in chess burnt out or were unable to live normally. Take Mr. Fischer, for instance, many times arrested and an outspoken Anti-Semite and alleged pedophile, he spent the last years of his life evading the American legal system. The "Greatest" Chess Player of all time apparently wasn’t bright enough to have a valid US passport. Let’s not forget about other Grand Masters who couldn’t get their own lives in order.  There’s Mikhail Tal, a World Champion, who died at the ripe old age of 55, his health ruined by alcoholism and drug addiction. There’s Wilhelm Steinitz, another World Champion who died in a mental asylum and battled syphilis in his final years, along with several mental breakdowns. Then there's also the legendary Emanuel Lasker who died as a pauper. Even those Grand Masters who did manage to stave off lunacy, sexual deviancy, and chemical dependency rarely made it to old age. Capablanca died at age 53, as did Alekhine. Petrosian died at age 55.  Zukertort was only 45 when he died. Paul Morphy was 47. Sarratt was also 47. Chess is useful for teaching competition, discipline, and focus to children. Chess requires skills in strategy, psychology, and mathematics, but apart from that the game is generally useless. If you are a brilliant chess player and you are young, please don't waste your time and intellect on something as pointless as chess. There's much more useful problems to solve in the world that won't require you to burn your brain out. Chess isn't meant to be played like an addiction unless you're sure you want to make it your career, it's meant to be played for when you're bored. Use your brilliance in other competitive areas where your talents will be more pragmatic, such as programming competitions, trading, mathematics, science fairs, etc. That said, chess is fun, but it's not a worthwhile investment.
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Join the first Chess Huddle (https://huddle.sirchit.com/?huddle_id=266) to enjoy beautiful Chess images on your chrome tab [IMAGES, NEWS & QUOTES][https://huddle.sirchit.com/?huddle\_id=266](https://huddle.sirchit.com/?huddle_id=266) Give your browser a touch of chess, Chess only contents which changes daily. Get the information on a chess event, chess quotes and new software or platforms while viewing high quality chess wallpapers. Want to get featured on the chrome tab, Send your favorite chess images to [huddle@sirchit.com](mailto:huddle@sirchit.com). 96 DPI + Landscape ![img](khgt4tq6fih61 "Chess on your browser tab")
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My sister is 12 and plays chess everyday. I just showed her smothered mate and she really liked it!I think it was definitely overkill as she is not even familiar with basic checkmates and often hangs pieces. But I am thinking what can I teach her to foster a fascination for chess rather than just bland teaching / learning resources. For now I just teach her at crucial positions during our games but try not to overdo it. For anyone who is just starting to learn chess and is of that age group, something that starts simple but that can also be followed as you get stronger and stronger sounds ideal. For me, Bobby Fischer's intro book kinda was the idea approach, with one half being easier than the other. Reinforced learning w/ puzzles and discussion of important ideas. I am currently reading a book by Sunil Weeramantry which is excellent didactically but a bit too advanced for her. But just wanted to consult the vast knowledge of this sub's denizens: \- Any recommended books? \- Videos? \- Tactics / ideas? \- Should I aim to enforce important principles when were playing games, or focus more on showing her cool stuff like smothered mates? She gets a bit bored when I go back and emphasize too much on missed ideas, but seems to be interested following the mate in 2 puzzles I ask her. &#x200B; Would be interested to hear you experience and advice when trying to teach a younger age group. Keeping also in mind that Ive only been playing for 2 years myself. Thanks!
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Marc Esserman is on a killin spreee nailing towards 2600 elo and slaying everyone
February 14, 2021 12:20:18
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Got this puzzle in chess.com puzzle rush...https://i.imgur.com/nwsJGlN.png WTF...
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the peak of my bullet career (white to move and win)
February 14, 2021 12:19:50
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I'm making decent progress on my chess app! Play moments from your past games as "puzzles" to solve. Find the optimal move in both the key moments and the mundane for board states you've seen in real games. Make "PGN Decks" for tailored training that you can share with others! (RealPuzzles v0.85a)
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My ranking is stuck and idk what to doMy chess.com ranking in stuck at 1,000 and has been for a while. I've tried playing a lot of games, obviously that didnt help. Some people have suggested try ,puzzles, but in most puzzles I have no idea what to do and I almost always give up and they tell me the answer. I've tried going back to the games I've lost and looking back on my mistakes, but I dont have chess.com premium and I most of the times I cant find out why most of my "mistakes" (i know they're mistakes because of the bar on the top) are even bad in the first place. Someone please help me, I'm feeling super frustrated and am tempted to just saybfuck it and quit chess altogether.
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Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, and Hikaru Nakamura at 2004 World Chess Championship
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Broke 1500 on Chess.com and got a brilliancy finding this in the game. Mate in 7.
February 12, 2021 13:28:53
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Ben Finegold on why people aren’t good at chess
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Presenting ELOGUESSR: Guess the ELO of a Chess Game!**tldr:** Play [ELOGUESSR](http://eloguessr.com/) and checkout the [youtube video](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BtNNlo-5vQ) About a week ago, I was watching GothamChess' stream and he was guessing his subscriber's elo. This looked really fun and I really wanted to try it. But Gotham had to go through the painful process of (1) getting a anonymous PGN from one of his subscribers, (2) uploading it to [chess.com](https://chess.com), (3) going through the moves, (4) finding the original game link to see the real ELO. While guessing ELO seems fun, I can't be bothered to do that much setup every single time. (Not to mention that I don't have 200k+ subscribers dying to send me PGNs of their games). I assumed many people were in the same boat as me and really wanted to try their hand at guessing ELOs. So I decided to make [**ELOGUESSR**](http://eloguessr.com/)**!** On ELOGUESSR, you are shown a random rated blitz game and tasked with guessing the average ELO. Usually, you could probably get away with guessing somewhere between 700 and 1000 every time, since over 50% of players are in that ELO range. This wouldn't make for a very fun game, so I made sure that it's equally likely that you see an 800 ELO game and a game between two GMs. I tried out ELOGUESSR with two of my friends. Checkout the [youtube video](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BtNNlo-5vQ) to see the highlights! (tldw: it's surprisingly hard to distinguish between 1800 and 500 ELO). I hope you guys try out ELOGUESSR! Please feel free to share any suggestions or feedback! I'm also open to hearing any other cool chess-related app ideas you guys have!
February 12, 2021 10:28:21
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Casual 800 chess match(Baka mitai)
February 11, 2021 15:09:20
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First Ever Chess Protest took place in Myanmar 🇲🇲 today!!!
February 11, 2021 12:45:40
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How to resolve this position?
February 10, 2021 21:04:11
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Has this happened to anyone else? This was a somehow a draw?
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A nice position happend in my game
February 10, 2021 16:22:23
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magnus HITS the table
February 10, 2021 15:57:19
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Why are Carlsen fans here so sensitive?And I use the word "fans" lightly because I'm a fan myself but at least I can maintain my objectivity. Stating Carlsen has been playing below his normal level recently is not a reason to lose your mind. He is in my top 3 in history (with Kasparov and Karpov) which is why when he's not playing that well, it is something worth discussing about. But anytime you say anything, its met with numerous downvotes.
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Would anyone else do 14. Rab1?[https://www.chess.com/analysis/game/live/6514664933?tab=analysis](https://www.chess.com/analysis/game/live/6514664933?tab=analysis) So I've played this game on [chess.com](https://chess.com), and according to the analysis 14. Rab1 is a brilliant. Surely it's the obvious move to make though to attack the bishop/b-pawn, right?
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magnus HITS the table
February 10, 2021 15:13:40
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Watch Magnus furious and hitting his table
February 10, 2021 13:02:57
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Hi! I’m a new chess YouTuber and I’m very proud of my new video. I would love to get feedback from you guys so I can improve. Many thanks
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Who is the hottest chess player?Ps: ITS DANIIL DUBOV PPs: *This post was made during a mental breakdown*
February 10, 2021 10:16:59
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StalemateIs there any known reason to why a player is not allowed to move their king into checkmate? I understand it is a written rule of the game I am just curious of why this is the case. As somebody who plays many competitive games outside of chess it seems dreadfully boring that if a player has no *good* moves left they are awarded a draw. I just can’t imagine any competitive game intentionally punishing backing your opponent into an inescapable position.
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I just learned lichess has this board set and im never going back!
February 10, 2021 10:01:15
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Lichess missed the best move for white. Can you find it?
February 10, 2021 00:13:09
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Toxicity on Lichess from an International Master. Is there any real recourse? (NSFW Screenshot Attached)I'm a fairly high-rated bullet player on Lichess. There is a fair amount of toxicity that I need to put up with when I win, especially if I flag an opponent. (3 direct messages in the last 16 hours containing very vulgar stuff). Usually if I don't get blocked, I have fun replying but yesterday was different. It was the first time in playing chess that a Titled Player insulted me post-match. I don't know about other players here, but the few times I get to play a titled player, I get excited knowing that I am against some of the best players in the world. To have an International Master behave the way he did online is a disgrace to chess. I reported him to Lichess but I don't know if anything came out of it. Does anyone know if Lichess or Chess.com notifies players if their reports are successful when it comes to non-cheating reports? Again, I usually have pretty thick skin, but it sucks because these guys don't realize how much influence titled players have. To Lichess' credit, they have a kid mode which disables this kind of harassment and that on the internet we are all used to this kind of stuff. Can the popular chess sites at least notify us if a player gets another player muted based on their reports? NSFW Screenshot: https://imgur.com/gXv0YPq Edit: Replaced Screenshot with a version that doesn't show his name. I definitely do not want people going out of their way to make this guy's life miserable.
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Find the best move for white
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Watch Hikaru furious and rage quitting
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Toxicity on Lichess from an International Master. Is there any real recourse? (NSFW Screenshot Attached)I'm a fairly high-rated bullet player on Lichess. There is a fair amount of toxicity that I need to put up with when I win, especially if I flag an opponent. (3 direct messages in the last 16 hours containing very vulgar stuff). Usually if I don't get blocked, I have fun replying but yesterday was different. It was the first time in playing chess that a Titled Player insulted me post-match. I don't know about other players here, but the few times I get to play a titled player, I get excited knowing that I am against some of the best players in the world. To have an International Master behave the way he did online is a disgrace to chess. I reported him to Lichess but I don't know if anything came out of it. Does anyone know if Lichess or Chess.com notifies players if their reports are successful when it comes to non-cheating reports? Again, I usually have pretty thick skin, but it sucks because these guys don't realize how much influence titled players have. To Lichess' credit, they have a kid mode which disables this kind of harassment and that on the internet we are all used to this kind of stuff. Can the popular chess sites at least notify us if a player gets another player muted based on their reports? NSFW Screenshot: https://imgur.com/gXv0YPq Edit: Replaced Screenshot with a version that doesn't show his name. I definitely do not want people going out of their way to make this guy's life miserable.
February 9, 2021 14:19:49
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Toxicity on Lichess from an International Master. Is there any real recourse? (NSFW Screenshot Attached)I'm a fairly high-rated bullet player on Lichess. There is a fair amount of toxicity that I need to put up with when I win, especially if I flag an opponent. (3 direct messages in the last 16 hours containing very vulgar stuff). Usually if I don't get blocked, I have fun replying but yesterday was different. It was the first time in playing chess that a Titled Player insulted me post-match. I don't know about other players here, but the few times I get to play a titled player, I get excited knowing that I am against some of the best players in the world. To have an International Master behave the way he did online is a disgrace to chess. I reported him to Lichess but I don't know if anything came out of it. Does anyone know if Lichess or Chess.com notifies players if their reports are successful when it comes to non-cheating reports? Again, I usually have pretty thick skin, but it sucks because these guys don't realize how much influence titled players have. To Lichess' credit, they have a kid mode which disables this kind of harassment and that on the internet we are all used to this kind of stuff. Can the popular chess sites at least notify us if a player gets another player muted based on their reports? NSFW Screenshot: https://imgur.com/gXv0YPq Edit: Replaced Screenshot with a version that doesn't show his name. I definitely do not want people going out of their way to make this guy's life miserable.
February 9, 2021 13:51:37
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Toxicity on Lichess from an International Master. Is there any real recourse? (NSFW Screenshot Attached)I'm a fairly high-rated bullet player on Lichess. There is a fair amount of toxicity that I need to put up with when I win, especially if I flag an opponent. (3 direct messages in the last 16 hours containing very vulgar stuff). Usually if I don't get blocked, I have fun replying but yesterday was different. It was the first time in playing chess that a Titled Player insulted me post-match. I don't know about other players here, but the few times I get to play a titled player, I get excited knowing that I am against some of the best players in the world. To have an International Master behave the way he did online is a disgrace to chess. I reported him to Lichess but I don't know if anything came out of it. Does anyone know if Lichess or Chess.com notifies players if their reports are successful when it comes to non-cheating reports? Again, I usually have pretty thick skin, but it sucks because these guys don't realize how much influence titled players have. To Lichess' credit, they have a kid mode which disables this kind of harassment and that on the internet we are all used to this kind of stuff. Can the popular chess sites at least notify us if a player gets another player muted based on their reports? NSFW Screenshot: https://imgur.com/gXv0YPq Edit: Replaced Screenshot with a version that doesn't show his name. I definitely do not want people going out of their way to make this guy's life miserable.
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To the online cheaters...I usually play anonymously as a guest to avoid worrying about ratings. I am usually 2300-2400 bullet/blitz on the various sites. I can't play chess.com because of rampant cheating, rated or not. This week, the cheating at lichess has jumped up noticeably, especially this kind of cheater: I outplay you and I get ahead on time and position, then you turn on your program and use almost no time to turn a lost position into a crushing position. Some players do this mid-game; one in particular does it in the last 4 seconds or so. So, you lose for 56 seconds, get down on position, material and time, then take half a second with your computer to make 30 moves with perfect play. To you guys: You aren't fooling anyone and none of those "wins" count. You aren't improving your game. Maybe you can mash buttons with your fingers and maybe you have a fun cheating toy, but you are wasting everyone's time. Try playing without your cheating toy to see how good you actually are and see how many games you actually win
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White to move. Can you find the best move (combination)?
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Realistic progress for a new player?What's some realistic progress for a new player? I'm currently ~480 and am wondering what a realistic timeframe is to reach 1000? Should it be 1 week? 1 month? Or 1 year? I currently have *lots* of time I can (and am) dedicating to chess, but am still curious to gain some perspective on how hard gaining 1,000 will be
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Best checkmate I have ever found. White to mate in 3.
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[IM not a GM] Lars Oskar Hauge refuses to resign in a lost position, and swindles an ingenious stalemate against Teddy Coleman!
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Got this position on a rapid game that led to my first Brilliant Move. I had to increase depth to 22+ for the computer to realize that it was winning. Black to play and win!&#x200B; ![img](2x1uk5rv17g61)
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Is it possible to reach grandmaster level simply by playing the game?What I’m asking is if it’s possible to become great at chess by playing & studying the game at hand instead of researching things such as openings, tactics etc. I’m not sure what sparked my interest to play chess, but I’ve been invested for about a month or so. I watch games here & then, namely including Hikaru, Carlsen or Rosen, and I find myself improving in my decision making in game. I’m not sure what I’m currently rated, but I’ve beaten the 1100 ranked bot a few times & some 1000 - 1200 online players on the Chess.com app. Now I couldn’t tell you a single opening, counter, middlegame tactic or anything about anything & I feel I’m improving quickly without that knowledge, though I understand there’s probably a level barrier I’d meet soon enough. I’m a complete rookie & I do intend to do the research I speak of, but I’ve been wondering if anyone has reached the grandmaster level simply by playing & observing, with no specific knowledge of the game. I understand it’s probably highly unlikely as watching grandmasters play as well as list & consider an insane amount of moves every move myself does give some insight into how great you have to be, but I definitely think it’s possible.
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Richard Reti's famous endgame chess puzzle
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Daily Puzzle: 2/7/2021 - Double Take - Chess.com
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White to move and win. Missed it during the game
February 7, 2021 19:42:06
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Agadmator Reaches 1,000,000 YouTube Subscribers! | Bar Chart Race
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February 7, 2021 14:32:36
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Survey for interface redesign in online chess matchmakingHey all, as part of a computer science course I'm taking - I've been looking at the possibility of interface recommendations to the online chess matchmaking process. If you wouldn't mind taking a quick [survey](http://peersurvey.cc.gatech.edu/s/ce36944d2dd3488da0fb2c3a3a250517) it would be hugely appreciated, and it would just take a minute. Thanks so much!
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Survey for redesigning online Chess matchmaking interfaceHey all, as part of a computer science course I'm taking - I've been looking at the possibility of interface recommendations to the online chess matchmaking process. If you wouldn't mind taking a quick [survey](http://peersurvey.cc.gatech.edu/s/ce36944d2dd3488da0fb2c3a3a250517) it would be hugely appreciated, and it would just take a minute. Thanks so much!
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My opponent blundered mate in 1 AND made it so my only legal moves led to checkmate.
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February 7, 2021 07:51:13
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White to move, mate in 2
February 7, 2021 07:51:12
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Some madlad (ArcG3) is doing 20k tactics on twitch rn and he's on his 7th hour rn... This is insane.
February 7, 2021 01:28:32
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Guest inflation rating on chess.comOn lichess im like a 1400 rapid 1250 blitz, and i know the ratings are somewhat higher on lichess than chess.com. But i “played as guest” against other guests on chess.com and got CLAPPED by like a 600 and an 800. Are these just higher leveled people messing around on guest accounts?
February 6, 2021 22:39:59
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There is a mate in 3 that the engine isnt getting, its saying mate in 15 and recommends I take the queen. Can you find it? White to play
February 6, 2021 19:16:02
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lul&#x200B; ![img](kcl96rdq5yf61)
February 6, 2021 15:01:50
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Missed mate in 2 because of white blundering.
February 6, 2021 13:53:21
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Sacked my knight for this backrank mate!
February 6, 2021 11:44:04
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Karpov vs Kasparov with Chiburdanidze watching on.
February 6, 2021 11:43:12
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GothamChess vs. Me - Obviously I was going to loose this game but showing this amount of fighting spirit is my greatest achievement in chess so far
February 6, 2021 11:42:56
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Recently came across this legendary picture.
February 6, 2021 02:26:45
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White to Move and Win
February 5, 2021 23:24:31
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The champions chess tour is starting today .We again gonna see GMs clashing against each other . This time it is named as Opera Euro rapid .For more details check the link out.
February 5, 2021 23:06:32
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White to Move and Win
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Check out this new chess channel that my friend made. 2 videos on new traps in the Englund Gambit and Italian, I've used them to win many a game.
February 5, 2021 16:13:45
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Found a position where no matter what the king does its a blunder. Why is this?
February 5, 2021 15:46:31
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Why is almost every single comment on the daily puzzles in chess.com asking people to check their profile?Sorry if this is the wrong place to post this, I just am curious.
February 5, 2021 15:31:09
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Aesthetically Pleasing Knight Knight Queen Triangle Checkmate
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Engine says that a5 in this position leads to draw, but a6 is winning. Why is this?&#x200B; ![img](v7itnjqfvof61)
February 5, 2021 11:51:29
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Black to move and win (mate in 3)
February 4, 2021 23:54:40
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Why is this wrong? Maybe I'm dumb but I don't see any way for black to defend against it
February 4, 2021 11:38:49
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for the end game experts should I take the pawn on d4 or move to e4?
February 4, 2021 09:47:51
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sexy checkmate i had today after a losing streak yesterday
February 4, 2021 09:41:16
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sexy checkmate i had today after a losing streak yesterday
February 4, 2021 09:34:24
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The Chess Store UK?Hey there. Currently looking into buying a chessboard for a reasonable price, and I came across one from thechessstore.co.uk. They're out of stock atm but I can wait. Does anyone have any experience with them? Asking because I'm not comfortable with small sites like these and the last thing I want is to not be robbed of my money. Thanks.
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Is it possible to reach 1900 rating in chess without any theory and openings?This might sound like a silly question, but my friend says he has reached 1900 rating (blitz and bullet). He always plays the same opening (no matter what the opponent is playing), and he has never studdied any chess theory. Can this be true, or is there something fishy going on?
February 4, 2021 09:16:49
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Is CHESS a flawed game?Recently, I started to learn playing chess and I absolutely love it! However, I found out today that players as black have lower chance of winning even for grand masters like Magus Carlsen. If black has a lower chance of winning, isn't it unfair? Is Chess flawed? Shouldn't we do something about it like changing the rules to make the winning chance equal for both white and black?
February 3, 2021 19:58:05
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I played Qg3# but it was marked wrong. Lichess wanted g3# but I still lost rating for a checkmate in 1.
February 3, 2021 19:57:39
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I recently made a study of the intermediate tactic puzzles from “The mammoth book of chess” by Graham Burgess. With notes from the book. Feel free to have a look at the 37 puzzles!
February 3, 2021 12:28:54
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Is it wrong that I don't use any of the chess space numbers?I am definitely good at chess, but I never used "A3-A6" or anything like that. Can I still call myself good at chess?(For context I haven't lost a game of chess in the last 2 years)
February 3, 2021 12:28:29
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Black to move. See if you can guess the chess.com "brilliant" move here!
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Shut up about being "aggressive"I'm done with seeing so many people all over the chess community making excuses for their bad moves saying that it's their "aggressive style" preventing them from knowing better. Nobody cares how aggressive you think you are. And nobody cares about your rant on these "theoretical" players that you hate so much. Because of course "aggressive" and "theoretical" are opposites. It's not like if you want to play aggressive openings you need to back them with tons of theory What's worse is that those "aggressive" players are most of the time not being aggressive at all but rather playing "hope chess" or even just trading every single piece! Seriously, guys, learn how to play proper chess and leave "style" and all that other made up nonsense to movie scripts.
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A mate in 3 that I missed. Really annoyed I missed it as it would have been lovely.
February 2, 2021 22:33:23
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Baseball historian Daniel Okrent said of Ty Cobb: "In his totality, he is an embarrassment to baseball." Could a similar statement apply to Bobby Fischer?I'm not sure on which side of this I fall, but I think it's an interesting comparison. Both were 2 of the greats of their respective sports but both also had...well, issues to say the least. Are these issues enough to detract from their accomplishments on the field/over the board?
February 2, 2021 14:03:20
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Pogchamps 3 Group stage out
February 2, 2021 13:31:24
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Middle game resources?What recommendations do you have for middle chess studies, books, videos for newer players?
February 2, 2021 00:01:35
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800 rated player wins hourly arena on lichessDid anyone notice on Sunday that a player called elena9000 won the lichess hourly blitz arena with 9 straight victories, 6 of which were berserked? Amazing that she started the tournament with a rating of just 639!! She (I presume) beat 7 people rated 1000 above her including two people over 2000. These included blunder free games with average centipawn losses under 15. Surprising a) that her rating was so low and b) that she hasn't been pulled up by lichess for cheating. What do you think? To me it sounds too good to be true
February 1, 2021 21:05:11
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Pretty cool thing I found in a game
February 1, 2021 15:18:21
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Very annoying perpetual, I’m black and was one move away from mate in two this whole time
February 1, 2021 14:04:41
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hlvs7 vs. mblankenship_304 | Analysis - Chess.comNot a great game. I'm still learning a lot. I was black, King's opening, contested when I had two pawns and the king left. I made a mistake on the midgame, any help or tips would be nice.
February 1, 2021 11:27:58
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White to move, mate in 5.
February 1, 2021 11:26:32
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I lost my 5,000th game on chess.com tonightA couple of centuries ago, I imagine very few chess fanatics played more than 1,000 games in their lifetime. Now we can experience all the joys and sorrows (e.g., repeatedly flagging in won positions) in virtually infinite quantities. What a time to be alive!
February 1, 2021 10:47:47
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I hope this doesn't get deleted. I'd like to recommend this podcast to everyone. I just recently discovered it for myself, it's very chill and interesting with guests of various strengths and backrounds. You might not improve your chess through it, but you'll enjoy the game and it's history more.
February 1, 2021 09:43:04
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Looking for essential books on opening repertoires and main linesI’ve been playing chess for about 5 months now, mostly daily games or physical timed games as playing timed games on the phone gives me an undue amount of stress and it’s rare I get 15 minutes uninterrupted. I’ve had a ton of progress in mid to end game tactics, and I feel that that progresses naturally, but my opening game is totally stagnant. I focus on developing, but I have no plan or strategy until something emerges in the board I can take advantage of. I feel this is my weakest point right now, so I want to learn about connecting openings to mid games and develop a few strong openings. Anyone have suggestions for some really solid foundational books on this? I heard the Soviets wrote really good ones but not sure which.
February 1, 2021 09:28:27
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Is this not checkmate?
February 1, 2021 09:26:50
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Why is this move so damn good? (Yes I'm low rated lol)
January 31, 2021 21:59:08
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Can someone explain the solution to this puzzle to me? I don't understand what the point is. The queen moves back? That's fine I guess.
January 31, 2021 16:54:03
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Arbiters interrupt Firouzja - Wojtaszek in time trouble to try and change boards for Giri/Van Foreest. Unprofessional and absurdWho was watching the live stream and saw when this happened? I literally couldn't believe it. If this was some crackpot , Open tournament no one has ever heard of in small small town in a European country, I would have not been surprised. But this is TATA Steel. One of the most prestigious and longest running top tournaments in chess.
January 31, 2021 15:44:52
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This beautiful mate in 3 I got.
January 31, 2021 14:54:59
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Most blunders you've had on a chess com game?I have now topped off my personal record for most blunders in a game with a nice 34, yes thirty four blunders in a rapid game. That's more blunders than pieces on the damn board. What's your record? PS: still got that bitch to a stalemate though, idk how.
January 31, 2021 13:25:08
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Magnus Carlsen is a savage
January 31, 2021 11:21:20
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Why do i blunder like a madman on chees.com while i play much cleaner on Lichess?I am rated about 1450-1500 on lichess, and 950-1000 on [chess.com](https://chess.com). On lichess i play quite clean games, often under 50 ACPL (dont know if that is actually good, but it feels quite clean at least) While i casually hang queens like its no tomorrow on [chess.com](https://chess.com). Has anyone had a similar things happen to them? E: the problem is not a lower rating, i get that. What bothers me is that i play objectively worse.
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Advice for an amateur?I got into chess during lockdown (played only now and then before). Now I've played around 1000 blitz games on chess.com and think I have gotten pretty okay at speed chess (70th percentile or something). I'm not going to dedicate months of work to my chess but what steps could I take to become a stronger player? I find puzzles kind of silly but also only have the free version on the app. Should I read some books? (if so which ones) Or is there a free app that would help? As I said, not looking to become a tournament player or anything, just want to progress from a "proficient" player to like a "wow, that guy can play some chess" player. Thanks!
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Advice for an amateur?I got into chess during lockdown (played only now and then before). Now I've played around 1000 blitz games on chess.com and think I have gotten pretty okay at speed chess (70th percentile or something). I'm not going to dedicate months of work to my chess but what steps could I take to become a stronger player? I find puzzles kind of silly but also only have the free version on the app. Should I read some books? (if so which ones) Or is there a free app that would help? As I said, not looking to become a tournament player or anything, just want to progress from a "proficient" player to like a "wow, that guy can play some chess" player. Thanks!
January 30, 2021 23:27:08
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Any help? (Solo Chess)
January 30, 2021 19:44:20
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Working on my midgameHello, I'm relatively new to ideas in chess theory, and I still learning a lot. My opening game is good. but it's my midgame that isn't all that great. Can anyone offer some tips for the midgame that opens up with king's pawn opening because that's what tend to use?
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What are the best books with commented games for intermediates players ? Chervev???What are the best books with commented games for intermediates players ? Chervev???
January 30, 2021 06:57:25
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Anyone up for some bullet chess and hu poker at 10nl on PokerStars?Message me if yes.
January 30, 2021 01:27:45
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I finally hit 1200!After playing almost everyday since July 3rd and 652 games later, I finally hit 1200+ today! I played seven games after hitting 1201 and managed to get up to 1227. Hoping to reach 1600+ by the end of this year.
January 29, 2021 23:46:07
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Why is Nca6 a blunder? Also why would the best move be Nxd3+? Wouldn’t the queen just take a free knight?
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Unpopular Opinion (?): this subreddit would be substantially better if people would just scroll past puzzles and other posts they dislike rather than asking the mods to ban all puzzles and other posts they don’t fancy. This is a bit of a mockery of the top post from yesterday. Puzzles are a big part of learning chess and happen to be the only reason I come to this subreddit. Nobody is forcing you to click on them and if you do want to solve them, nobody is forcing you to click on them and see the solution until you solve it. I think a lot of questions people ask are kind of silly. For example, “I’m not good and thinking about quitting. Is there anything I can do to get better?” I would never ask that mods ban these questions because this is literally a chess subreddit. Scroll past things you don’t care to see. Be an adult. Don’t open the solutions to puzzles if you want to solve it first. We don’t need to ban things than some people don’t like. Puzzles are such a silly thing to complain about and ask mods to start banning. Don’t some of you have bigger things to worry about in life than scrolling past chess puzzles? What some of you consider easy puzzles, someone else might find difficult. You need to remember that there are people ranked significantly lower than you starting out that enjoy easy puzzles. I remember when I started! I was happy to find checkmate in one move with a knight, for instance. Some of you vocal people here would’ve made me feel awful for finding the solution. Edit: It’s kind of silly this needs to be said, but everyone sometimes needs to remember, it’s just a board game at the end of the day. That’s it. It’s fun. Have fun. There’s no right or wrong way to learn to play chess if you’re having fun. To those that say we should moderate puzzles so bad puzzles aren’t posted...you’re asking the moderators to solve every puzzle and then make a determination of whether it’s good or bad. Some people are ranked 100. We get that you might be 2700 and think all puzzles except mate in 13 are easy, but you have to remember there are people with ratings all over the place. Lastly, if you didn’t know, you can filter out puzzles if you don’t want to see them since posts have flairs here. Easy peasy.
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Haunted ChessboardUpdate: Rook did not make any moves the last couple nights. Now that I have thought about it, it only seems to move on it's own after we have played on it. Not sure what that's about maybe it needs energy from play from us.. Maybe it knows we are paying closer attention. BF vehemently denies touching it and grows tired of hearing my "conspiracy ghost bullshit" lol. Will probably play a game tonight and set up my camera. I'll keep ya'll updated. I am not a superstitious person or huge believer in ghosts or anything but something really weird keeps happening. I bought my S/O a beautiful hand crafted wooden chess board on Etsy for Christmas. It came all the way from Croatia, and the seller engraved a personal message onto the board. I believe either they hand crafted the board, or bought it wholesale and have an engraving mechanism. They seem to have sold a lot of items of variety-not all chessboards. The board is beautiful. The weird thing that keeps happening is specifically the white rook moves to the middle of the board at night, long after we have gone to sleep.. Like, we might play a game or something and set the board down for the evening. The next morning, the rook and only the rook moves to the middle of the board. No other pieces are moved, and none are disturbed from their place including the pawn in front of it. It could be either rook, lately the rook to the right has been most active. I brought it up to my S/O a couple times and he shrugged it off. Told me it was probably the wind but that wouldn't make any sense.. as none of the other pieces are moved. I started to think maybe he was moving the piece to mess with me but I always wake up before him and he comes to bed before me so he wouldn't really have time unless he gets out of bed while I'm dead asleep.. also unlikely because he is on the side of the bed closest to the wall. He swears he isn't touching it either. Has anyone ever heard of a haunted chessboard or specifically the significance of the rook? I did some light research that rooks are shrouded in mystery and can move because they're ghosts but I am unsure the validity to that. Any insight is appreciated! The board is seemingly harmless. TYIA!
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Has Chess.com changed how their analysis awards brilliant moves?Has anyone else started getting them more frequently lately? I had never had one before until today when I got 1 or more in two consecutive games. I also saw a YouTuber post about getting his first ever one. Do we reckon they have changed how brilliant moves are awarded or is this just a coincidence?
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Unpopular Opinion (?): this subreddit would be substantially better if people would just scroll past puzzles and other posts they dislike rather than asking the mods to ban all puzzles and other posts they don’t fancy. This is a bit of a mockery of the top post from yesterday. Puzzles are a big part of learning chess and happen to be the only reason I come to this subreddit. Nobody is forcing you to click on them and if you do want to solve them, nobody is forcing you to click on them and see the solution until you solve it. I think a lot of questions people ask are kind of silly. For example, “I’m not good and thinking about quitting. Is there anything I can do to get better?” I would never ask that mods ban these questions because this is literally a chess subreddit. Scroll past things you don’t care to see. Be an adult. Don’t open the solutions to puzzles if you want to solve it first. We don’t need to ban things than some people don’t like. Puzzles are such a silly thing to complain about and ask mods to start banning. Don’t some of you have bigger things to worry about in life than scrolling past chess puzzles? What some of you consider easy puzzles, someone else might find difficult. You need to remember that there are people ranked significantly lower than you starting out that enjoy easy puzzles. I remember when I started! I was happy to find checkmate in one move with a knight, for instance. Some of you vocal people here would’ve made me feel awful for finding the solution. Edit: It’s kind of silly this needs to be said, but everyone sometimes needs to remember, it’s just a board game at the end of the day. That’s it. It’s fun. Have fun. There’s no right or wrong way to learn to play chess if you’re having fun. To those that say we should moderate puzzles so bad puzzles aren’t posted...you’re asking the moderators to solve every puzzle and then make a determination of whether it’s good or bad. Some people are ranked 100. We get that you might be 2700 and think all puzzles except mate in 13 are easy, but you have to remember there are people with ratings all over the place. Lastly, if you didn’t know, you can filter out puzzles if you don’t want to see them since posts have flairs here. Easy peasy.
January 29, 2021 14:12:49
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Unpopular Opinion (?): this subreddit would be substantially better if people would just scroll past puzzles and other posts they dislike rather than asking the mods to ban all puzzles and other posts they don’t fancy. This is a bit of a mockery of the top post from yesterday. Puzzles are a big part of learning chess and happen to be the only reason I come to this subreddit. Nobody is forcing you to click on them and if you do want to solve them, nobody is forcing you to click on them and see the solution until you solve it. I think a lot of questions people ask are kind of silly. For example, “I’m not good and thinking about quitting. Is there anything I can do to get better?” I would never ask that mods ban these questions because this is literally a chess subreddit. Scroll past things you don’t care to see. Be an adult. Don’t open the solutions to puzzles if you want to solve it first. We don’t need to ban things than some people don’t like. Puzzles are such a silly thing to complain about and ask mods to start banning. Don’t some of you have bigger things to worry about in life than scrolling past chess puzzles? What some of you consider easy puzzles, someone else might find difficult. You need to remember that there are people ranked significantly lower than you starting out that enjoy easy puzzles. I remember when I started! I was happy to find checkmate in one move with a knight, for instance. Some of you vocal people here would’ve made me feel awful for finding the solution. Edit: It’s kind of silly this needs to be said, but everyone sometimes needs to remember, it’s just a board game at the end of the day. That’s it. It’s fun. Have fun. There’s no right or wrong way to learn to play chess if you’re having fun. To those that say we should moderate puzzles so bad puzzles aren’t posted...you’re asking the moderators to solve every puzzle and then make a determination of whether it’s good or bad. Some people are ranked 100. We get that you might be 2700 and think all puzzles except mate in 13 are easy, but you have to remember there are people with ratings all over the place. Lastly, if you didn’t know, you can filter out puzzles if you don’t want to see them since posts have flairs here. Easy peasy.
January 29, 2021 13:18:22
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My first chess video, please feel free to criticize
January 29, 2021 13:17:59
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A PUZZLE STORM Is Coming On Lichess!!! (First Impressions & Gameplay)
January 29, 2021 11:40:13
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Unpopular Opinion (?): this subreddit would be substantially better if people would just scroll past puzzles and other posts they dislike rather than asking the mods to ban all puzzles and other posts they don’t fancy. This is a bit of a mockery of the top post from yesterday. Puzzles are a big part of learning chess and happen to be the only reason I come to this subreddit. Nobody is forcing you to click on them and if you do want to solve them, nobody is forcing you to click on them and see the solution until you solve it. I think a lot of questions people ask are kind of silly. For example, “I’m not good and thinking about quitting. Is there anything I can do to get better?” I would never ask that mods ban these questions because this is literally a chess subreddit. Scroll past things you don’t care to see. Be an adult. Don’t open the solutions to puzzles if you want to solve it first. We don’t need to ban things than some people don’t like. Puzzles are such a silly thing to complain about and ask mods to start banning. Don’t some of you have bigger things to worry about in life than scrolling past chess puzzles? What some of you consider easy puzzles, someone else might find difficult. You need to remember that there are people ranked significantly lower than you starting out that enjoy easy puzzles. I remember when I started! I was happy to find checkmate in one move with a knight, for instance. Some of you vocal people here would’ve made me feel awful for finding the solution. Edit: It’s kind of silly this needs to be said, but everyone sometimes needs to remember, it’s just a board game at the end of the day. That’s it. It’s fun. Have fun. There’s no right or wrong way to learn to play chess if you’re having fun. To those that say we should moderate puzzles so bad puzzles aren’t posted...you’re asking the moderators to solve every puzzle and then make a determination of whether it’s good or bad. Some people are ranked 100. We get that you might be 2700 and think all puzzles except mate in 13 are easy, but you have to remember there are people with ratings all over the place. Lastly, if you didn’t know, you can filter out puzzles if you don’t want to see them since posts have flairs here. Easy peasy.
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Beautiful mate in 5 that I missed
January 29, 2021 11:08:54
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White to move. Mate in 3
January 29, 2021 11:01:24
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I suck so much and I hate myselfI'm literally sobbing. I deleted my [chess.com](https://chess.com) account out of rage. My Rapid rating went down to 350 and I lose every single game I play. When I was young, I used to play chess with my family and I thought I was pretty good. I started playing seriously last month and it's been a steady decline from the 800 that I started out with. I lose for stupid reasons. In the last game I played, I had a 16 point advantage by starting out with the wayward queen and taking the rook. But in a sequence of stupidity, I managed to lose all my pieces but for my king. I'm stupid. I'm dumb. I can't believe I could fuck up so badly. And this is the third time today. I bet if I kept playing on that account, my rating would go below 100. I struggle to find games due to the low number of people who are at a rating so low. I do puzzles, I watch videos, hell I'm even reading Play Winning Chess by Yasser Seirawan. Every single piece of advice I've ever seen for people who "suck" has been completely unrelatable to me. These people who "suck" are actually really good players with ratings upwards of 1000, I've even seen some complaining who are at ratings up to 2200. People like me are an anomaly. Is it even possible for me to get "good" at chess? I feel like there must be a fatal flaw in my brain, something that prevents me from making rational decisions on how to play. I don't know what to do. I feel like I should quit, but every time I close my eyes I see a chess game being played out. I don't want to be a master. I don't even want to be tournament-level. I just want to play chess and have fun, which seems impossible when I make such idiotic, senseless mistakes. Magnus Carlsen would die of laughter if he found out people like me existed. &#x200B; Edit: Thanks everyone. I read every single comment. This actually helped me. I'm going to take a one week break and come back with a better mindset.
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Discord server chess clubSo I made a post earlier today to see if anyone wanted an online discord chess club. Even though there are other chess clubs being run at the moment it seems a fair amount of people would like a new one smaller one. So if anyone want's to join then here's the invite link to the discord server [https://discord.gg/dwJeXNQW9B](https://discord.gg/dwJeXNQW9B) Have a look at my older post for more details. But basically this will be a chess club where we will run tournaments, have leader boards, share puzzles and games and even challenge/help each other with chess games.
January 29, 2021 08:59:29
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Beautiful mate in 5 that I missed
January 29, 2021 08:59:20
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White to move. Mate in 3
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Would anyone be interested in a chess club discord server?The title says it all really. If people wanted I could set up a discord server as a chess club. We could even have separate rooms based on ratings, we could run tournaments regularly, have a club master etc. People could also come to a dedicated room in the server to ask for help with anylizing a game or an opening etc. So yeah if you guys would be interested then let me know by commenting or dm-ing me and then I'll create one Edit: So even though there are other chess clubs being run at the moment it seems a fair amount of people would like a new one smaller one. So if anyone want's to join then here's the invite link to the discord server https://discord.gg/dwJeXNQW9B
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I made a 1 Minute Video of how the Queen's Gambit Shows off chess
January 29, 2021 08:38:45
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White to move. Mate in 3
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No one else is doing it, and hikaru said bongcloud was a legendary tier opening for beginners, so I’ve started creating bong cloud theory! Hopefully trying to take it into my 1400 rapid games
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The folks over at r/chessbeginners seemed to like RealPuzzles, my ongoing project - hope you do too! Play puzzles generated from your own games. Play the key and the not-so-key moments so you don't know whether there's a "trick." All of the board states are real puzzles - you've already played them!
January 29, 2021 01:46:34
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Black to move, mate in nine
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I made my first beautiful move!
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The folks over at r/chessbeginners seemed to like RealPuzzles, my ongoing project - hope you do too! Play puzzles generated from your own games. Play the key and the not-so-key moments so you don't know whether there's a "trick." All of the board states are real puzzles - you've already played them!
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White to move, mate in 3
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White to move, mate in 3
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A lesson in not getting greedy when ahead - sacrificed 3 pieces and I was able to get a "brilliant" move leading to unstoppable checkmateFull PGN below. I blundered twice but my opponent became so focused on taking advantage of capturing every piece they could they didn't notice the unstoppable mate being formed &#x200B; ![img](sxpopn9p95e61) \[pgn\] 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 {King's Gambit Accepted} 3. Nf3 g5 4. Bc4 g4 5. O-O gxf3 6. Qxf3 Qf6 7. Bb3 b6 {I believe this was my first blunder, but chess.com labeled it as a "missed win"} 8. e5 Qxe5 {I knew I could save the rook, but a long-shot plan was forming in my head. It was risky though, so I think this was also a blunder on my part} 9. Qxa8 Bd6 {I brought my bishop up for my checkmate plan. White ignores and continues to take pieces} 10. Qxb8 f3 {Chess.com says the game was tied at this point, but I think that white could not avoid checkmate?} 11. g3 Bc5+ {Very excited about my second ever Brilliant move! I believe that eventual checkmate is unavoidable at this point} 12. Kh1 Qe2 13. Qxc8+ Ke7 14. Rg1 Bxg1 {White resigned at this point} 0-1 \[/pgn\]
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How does chess.com determine brilliant moves?Hey Redditors, I mostly play rapid on mobile while at the gym. In the post game analysis report I’ve never seen a brilliant move. This morning while reviewing my games from yesterday, I used my laptop instead of my phone and noticed I had a brilliant move. How does chess.com’s post game analysis work? Why do I see different recommended moves when on mobile as opposed to my laptop?
January 28, 2021 14:32:24
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Here is my dads chess set that was left to me after he passed away. Anyone know where i could get more info on it?
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Black to move and crush White's soul :)
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Unpopular Opinion(?): This sub would be substantively better without puzzlesPrepared to receive flaming for this: Puzzles appear very very frequently, **and they are the worst posts**. They don't do much to prompt any kind of discussion, and once a single user has solved the puzzle and shared the solution there is no longer any reason to contribute to the post. Tactics posts seem even more useless when compounded with the fact that, at this current stage in online chess's development, you can freely access hundreds of thousands of tactics whenever you want elsewhere on the internet. I think a separate subreddit for chess puzzles would be way, way better, and it would allow for posts that prompt community discussion and chess-based discourse to flourish more easily here. My favorite posts on this subreddit have historically been those that prompt some kind of friendly debate or discussion about the pro scene, AI advancements in chess, opening trends/theoretical arguments etc. If you are looking to solve puzzles, why wouldn't you simply use one of the **many** sources at your disposal, and designed specifically for that purpose, to do so? Edit: TL;DR In 2021, with every website and their mothers offering dedicated tactics-solving interfaces with engine analysis and motif-categories, there is zero reason for screenshots of puzzles to be posted here.
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Introduced chess to my daughter - first thing she does is have the Kings and Queens have a tea party
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Fab Game by the Chess Kings
January 27, 2021 20:00:10
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Puzzlers on the Storm
January 27, 2021 11:54:29
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I animated everyone's favorite chess prophet, GM Daniel Naroditsky!
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How to deal with 6. ndb5 in the Taimanov without sacrificing my queen? Robin van Kampen in his course suggests 7. be3 a6 8. bb6 axb5 9. nxb5 bb4+ 10. c3 ba5 11. nc7+ qxc7 12. bxc7 bxc7 but I am not comfortable with this queen sacrifice. Is there another way to handle this situation?
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Black repertoire 1.e4 e5Ruy Lopez - Berlin Defense or if you do not want to bother learning the neuances of the Berlin Defense you can play the Chigorin Defense to the Closed Ruy Lopez but the Berlin Defense gives Black better winning changes to win the chess game than the Chigoren Defense to the Closed Ruy Lopez because the Chigoren Defense to the Closed Ruy Lopez is passive. Italian game - Giuoco Piano 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d3 d6 6. Bb3 a6 7. O-O Ba7 8. Re1 O-O 9. h3 Be6 Scotch game - Schmidt variation King's Gambit - King's Gambit Accepted Schallopp Defense King's Gambit Accepted Bishops Gambit Cozio Defense The Center Game - exd4 if White plays c3 then d5 if White plays Nf3 then Nc6 Evans Gambit - Evans Gambit Accepted 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Ba5 6. d4 exd4 7. O-O Nge7 8. cxd4 d5 9. exd5 Nxd5
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new youtube Channel :)Hi, I am running a chess academy and we decided to upload videos. Until now we have one video by one of our best coaches. Usually he is teaching in russian, started with english recently. Sorry if it is not perfect yet. We are glad about any constructive feedback [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuTpLJTSZ7Y](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuTpLJTSZ7Y)
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The false correlation between chess and intelligence is the reason a lot of players, beginners especially, have such negative emotional responses to losing.I've seen a ton of posts/comments here and elsewhere from people struggling with anxiety, depression, and other negative emotions due to losing at chess. I had anxiety issues myself when I first started playing years ago. I mostly played bots because I was scared to play against real people. I've been thinking about what causes this, as you don't see people reacting so negatively to losses in other board games like Monopoly. I think the false link between chess and intelligence, mostly perpetuated by pop culture, could possibly be one of the reasons for this. Either consciously or subconsciously, a lot of players, especially beginners, may believe they're not improving as fast as they'd like because they aren't smart enough. When they lose, it's because they got "outsmarted." These kinds of falsehoods are leading to an ego bruising every time they lose. Losing a lot could possibly lead to anxiety issues, confidence problems, or even depression in some cases. In movies, TV shows, and other media, whenever the writers want you to know a character is smart, they may have a scene where that character is playing chess, or simply staring at the board in deep thought. It's this kind of thing that perpetuates the link between chess and being smart. In reality, chess is mostly just an experience/memorization based board game. Intelligence has little to nothing to do with it. Intelligence may play a very small part in it at the absolutely highest levels, but otherwise I don't think it comes into play much at all. There are too many other variables that decide someone's chess potential. Let's say you take two people who are completely new to chess, one has an IQ of 100, the other 140. You give them the both the objective of getting to 1500 ELO. The person with 150 IQ may possibly be able to get to 1500 a little faster, but even that isn't for certain, because like I said, there are too many other variables at play here. Maybe the 100 IQ guy has superior work ethic and determination, and outworks the other guy in studying and improving. Maybe he has superior pattern recognition, or better focus. You see what I mean. All in all, the link between chess and intelligence is at the very least greatly exaggerated. It's just a board game. You get better by playing and learning, and over time you start noticing certain patterns and tactical ideas better. Just accept the fact you're going to lose a lot of games no matter what(even GMs lose a lot of games), and try and have fun. *Edit: I think I made a mistake with the title of this post. I shouldn't have said "false correlation." There is obviously some correlation between intelligence and almost everything we do. A lot of people in the comments are making great points and I've adjusted my opinion some. My whole purpose for this post was to give some confidence to people who have quit, or feel like quitting, because they believe they aren't smart enough to get better. I still believe their intelligence is almost certainly not what's causing their improvement to stall. Thanks for the great dialogue about this. I hope it encourages some people to keep playing.*
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The false correlation between chess and intelligence is the reason a lot of players, beginners especially, have such negative emotional responses to losing.I've seen a ton of posts/comments here and elsewhere from people struggling with anxiety, depression, and other negative emotions due to losing at chess. I had anxiety issues myself when I first started playing years ago. I mostly played bots because I was scared to play against real people. I've been thinking about what causes this, as you don't see people reacting so negatively to losses in other board games like Monopoly. I think the false link between chess and intelligence, mostly perpetuated by pop culture, could possibly be one of the reasons for this. Either consciously or subconsciously, a lot of players, especially beginners, may believe they're not improving as fast as they'd like because they aren't smart enough. When they lose, it's because they got "outsmarted." These kinds of falsehoods are leading to an ego bruising every time they lose. Losing a lot could possibly lead to anxiety issues, confidence problems, or even depression in some cases. In movies, TV shows, and other media, whenever the writers want you to know a character is smart, they may have a scene where that character is playing chess, or simply staring at the board in deep thought. It's this kind of thing that perpetuates the link between chess and being smart. In reality, chess is mostly just an experience/memorization based board game. Intelligence has little to nothing to do with it. Intelligence may play a very small part in it at the absolutely highest levels, but otherwise I don't think it comes into play much at all. There are too many other variables that decide someone's chess potential. Let's say you take two people who are completely new to chess, one has an IQ of 100, the other 140. You give them the both the objective of getting to 1500 ELO. The person with 150 IQ may possibly be able to get to 1500 a little faster, but even that isn't for certain, because like I said, there are too many other variables at play here. Maybe the 100 IQ guy has superior work ethic and determination, and outworks the other guy in studying and improving. Maybe he has superior pattern recognition, or better focus. You see what I mean. All in all, the link between chess and intelligence is at the very least greatly exaggerated. It's just a board game. You get better by playing and learning, and over time you start noticing certain patterns and tactical ideas better. Just accept the fact you're going to lose a lot of games no matter what(even GMs lose a lot of games), and try and have fun. *Edit: I think I made a mistake with the title of this post. I shouldn't have said "false correlation." There is obviously some correlation between intelligence and almost everything we do. A lot of people in the comments are making great points and I've adjusted my opinion some. My whole purpose for this post was to give some confidence to people who have quit, or feel like quitting, because they believe they aren't smart enough to get better. I still believe their intelligence is almost certainly not what's causing their improvement to stall. Thanks for the great dialogue about this. I hope it encourages some people to keep playing.*
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I guess exercising does have its benefits.
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Chess question, help me pleaseMy brother did not accept that he lost, today in a game of chess, he ate all my stones and there was only my king, his bishop, his lady (he managed to promote pawns) and his rook and his king, since only my king is left, the game is a draw, since I can't make any legal move that checks him, am I right?
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I was wondering if there's a chess database website to explorer a certain opponent's repertoire?A website that analyzes a player's games and sees what he most commonly plays against certain openings and how he behaves in different situations? and hopefully it's a free tool? the explore option in [Chess.com](https://Chess.com) is not that great because it selects only a few number of games i don't know why. can someone help?
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Hilarious tweet from Magnus following today's fantastic game [SPOILER]
January 25, 2021 10:28:47
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White to move and win.
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Is Carlsen losing more than usual?Hi, sorry if this is a dumb question. I have only recently started following chess events and from what I’ve seen, Carlsen isn’t as dominant as I would think he is. With him being around the middle of the standings in the Tata Steel tournament and some other games I’ve seen on YouTube that he played recently, he doesn’t seem as dominant as a world champion should be. Is this because he’s losing his touch, I’m only watching the games he loses, or is this how it usually is? TLDR: title.
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Is Carlsen losing more than usual?Hi, sorry if this is a dumb question. I have only recently started following chess events and from what I’ve seen, Carlsen isn’t as dominant as I would think he is. With him being around the middle of the standings in the Tata Steel tournament and some other games I’ve seen on YouTube that he played recently, he doesn’t seem as dominant as a world champion should be. Is this because he’s losing his touch, I’m only watching the games he loses, or is this how it usually is? TLDR: title.
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This subreddits rules are ridiculous and are hurting the sub.Obviously this is my opinion, but not being able post game recaps from this tournament in this sub because of ‘spoilers’ is ridiculous. The round is over. All over the internet the news is already out. Every chess streamer has already talked about the games, chess YouTube channels have already analyzed the games, the players themselves even tweeting about wins/losses. What precious chess souls are we protecting here with these rules? - just for disclosure I had one of my post taken down which is why I’m writing this. I don’t care about the Karma. I just thought I was doing the community a favor. Writing this to gauge wether I’m off base with the rest of the community from what we expect from this sub.
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Summary of research on chess (w/ data visualizations)I've been asked a few times by now to compile a list of links to posts related to chess improvement on which some people have found useful in their studies. Hence, I will provide a quick and rough tl;dr (in parentheses) for each, with advice in order ranging from clear consensus among all works referenced in this meta-analysis to points debated among researchers and their audience, in a brief recap - for busy readers, I would recommend scrolling down for a shorter ***summary*** of findings! &#x200B; **Academic papers** (*from cognitive and learning psychology*) 1. [The Role of Deliberate Practice in Chess Expertise](https://www.reddit.com/r/chess/comments/l0j0bf/quick_summary_of_academic_research_charness_et/) (thousands of hours needed over a decade for masters; hours of serious study > private instruction > tournament play > group instruction... compare with 3rd academic on this list; total input dominates relevance over time per week) 2. [Deliberate practice predicts performance throughout time in adolescent chess players and dropouts](https://www.reddit.com/r/chess/comments/l0z090/quick_summary_of_academic_research_part_2_de/) (deliberate practice = difficulty + feedback + corrections; consistent regardless of age and experience; hard work > genetic talent) 3. [The Role of Domain-Specific Practice, Handedness and Starting Age in Chess](https://www.reddit.com/r/chess/comments/l1p4b1/quick_summary_of_academic_research_part_3_gobet/) (coaching and group practice significant; lack of evidence of influence from starting age, individual practice, number of books owned; variance in improvement rates) 4. [Memory and Personality](https://www.reddit.com/r/chess/comments/l1vv2j/quick_summary_of_academic_research_memory_and/) (calculation depth less important than ability to know which lines to consider; emotional self-regulation associated with superior skill) &#x200B; **Analysis on data** **from** [**lichess.org**](https://lichess.org) (*my own project*) 1. [Hours played vs. median rating](https://www.reddit.com/r/chess/comments/l2dl5p/hours_played_vs_median_rating_on_lichessorg/) (increased total gameplay time related to higher ratings, especially for the initial few hundred hours) 2. [Correlations between players' ratings for 15 chess variants](https://www.reddit.com/r/chess/comments/l2h50v/correlations_between_players_ratings_for_15_chess/) (high correlations in ratings for standard/classical chess, enhanced efficiency (near transfer of learning) for similar settings, but excluding correspondence; atomic, antichess, and racing kings, being relatively distinct from others 3. [Ratings at the 25th, 50th, and 75th percentiles as a function of hours played](https://www.reddit.com/r/chess/comments/l2ylqt/ratings_at_the_25th_50th_and_75th_percentiles_as/) (hours played varies in the same direction as rating differences for puzzles and standard variants, excepting weaker trends for correspondence and ultrabullet) 4. [Increase in lichess rating based on number of puzzles solved](https://www.reddit.com/r/chess/comments/l32b73/increase_in_lichess_rating_based_on_number_of/) (more puzzles solved indicative of higher rating... but is this correlation or causation? see part 6 below) 5. [Average rating by number of games played on lichess](https://www.reddit.com/r/chess/comments/l36kut/average_rating_by_number_of_games_played_on/) (number of games played in each variant positively related to rating) 6. [Does number of chess puzzles solved influence average player rating after controlling for total hours played?](https://www.reddit.com/r/chess/comments/l3ma07/does_number_of_chess_puzzles_solved_influence/) (augmented model with interaction variables: relationship between hours played and rating remains strong; # of puzzles solved vs. rating seems [confounded](https://catalogofbias.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2018/05/Picture2-e1534244135583.jpg) by playtime) &#x200B; **Miscellaneous resources** [Survey on popular sources of tactical training](https://www.reddit.com/r/chess/comments/l3ouin/survey_on_popular_sources_of_tactical_training/) (question of curiosity with a quick poll) I've shared my dataset used (as of January 23rd - larger volumes to be collected & uploaded later in 2021) for others who wish to perform a replication test on the results or conduct their own exploration with alternate methodologies, [completely free for download](https://gofile.io/d/pJrZ4V) APIs for obtaining more data: *chess.com* [(\[1\]](https://pypi.org/project/chess.com/), [\[2\]](https://chesscom.readthedocs.io/en/latest/), [\[3\]](https://www.chess.com/news/view/published-data-api), [\[4\]](https://developer.aliyun.com/mirror/npm/package/chess-web-api)); *lichess.org* ([\[1\]](https://pypi.org/project/python-lichess/), [\[2\]](https://python-lichess.readthedocs.io/en/latest/), [\[3\]](https://readthedocs.org/projects/python-lichess/downloads/pdf/latest/), [\[4\]](https://lichess.org/api#operation/apiUser), [\[5\]](https://lichess.org/developers), [\[6\]](https://github.com/lichess-org/api)) &#x200B; ***Summary*** **of findings** *Strong:* The most consistently positive factor for performance is *deliberate* practice at an appropriate level of difficulty with feedback; private coaching is likely effective toward this goal, while spending many hours playing against human players (both online and OTB) is independently helpful. Analyzing other people's games is more common among strong chess players. High emotional self-regulation is good. Prefer rated games for serious study. *Mixed:* Games played against AI (other than opening books/endgame drills), substantially abnormal variants, and extreme time limits (super fast or unlimited) do not appear to hold as much usefulness for those focused on achievement in the classical game. It remains controversial pertaining the discounted, explanatory benefit from group instruction and online puzzles in controlled studies. Playing at faster time settings does not correspond negatively with playing at slower paces in observational data. *Weak:* After factoring in total hours of practice, age (of starting, entering a club, and "serious" study), as well as gender, are not relevant with respect to chess expertise. &#x200B; **Philosophical epilogue:** Please keep in mind that not all of the data agree on every conclusion, not all of the opinions presented in these threads are my own (a good thing!), and I challenge you to rationally reconsider for yourself what to believe in versus what should be taken with a grain of salt. Dealing with mental placebos and re-evaluating status quo is not at all easy, due to cognitive dissonance and the prevalence of popular myths (e.g. for many decades, women faced unfairly negative stereotypes, until the upbringing of the Polgar sisters and other strong female FIDE GMs on the international scene). I restrained myself from including excessive statistical figures and technical notes, although a small portion of these were requested and answered in the respective links above. Our attempts to understand the underlying patterns cannot understate the difficulty of trying to accurately extract empirical effect sizes - despite multiple regression, nonparametric statistics, and machine learning algorithms - from non-randomized, double-blind, large-scale experimental data (of which we severely lack). Above all, remember that - unless (or *even if*) you depend on winning tournaments to earn a living - for most of us folks chess is a personal journey, so don't forget to enjoy the game :)
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Nice mate in 4. White to play.
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Gone back to 10 minute games and got a brilliant out the opening&#x200B; ![img](scyd5o2t1ad61) Im quite a slow player, but I started binge playing 3 minute games. I became faster but after a few weeks my rating just kept getting lower and lower. Blundering pieces and mates became fairly common. I decided to revert to 10 minute games and after falling for the Fried Liver attack as black I remembered 7 ... Ke6. The brilliant !! (perhaps someone can explain it because every move looked bad for me) was 9 .. c6 Anyway, all the brainlessness from 3 minute games disappeared as soon as I had more time to think. I woulda been stoked even if I lost this one! game: [https://www.chess.com/game/live/6331141838](https://www.chess.com/game/live/6331141838)
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Got my first brilliancy today. Luckily my blundered and I was able to mate. What would've had he not done that. Black to play
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Registration for Season 25 of the Lichess 4545 League is open!Register here: [https://www.lichess4545.com/team4545/register/](https://www.lichess4545.com/team4545/register/) The Lichess 45|45 Team Tournament is an 8 round team tournament with 8 boards per team typically ranging from a lichess classical rating of 1200–2400 (both lower and higher rated players are of course welcome). Players play 1 long time control game per week (45 minutes initial time plus 45 second increment per move) – Play times are arranged individually with your opponent. Season 25 starts on Monday, February 8th. Teams will be released 1 week prior to the start of the season and earlier registrations are favoured for team formation. The latest registrants before team formation will start as alternate/reserve players (\~15% of players). After your application is approved, you will get an invite to our Slack, where all communication is done. You must have an account on Lichess which has a non-provisional classical rating. You can find out more about the league using this link: [https://www.lichess4545.com/team4545/document/faq/](https://www.lichess4545.com/team4545/document/faq/) Or hear great players recommend the league here: IM John Bartholomew: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gBGcOEvsy4&t=1296](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gBGcOEvsy4&t=1296)  NM Christopher Chabris: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYDNuSKCU8o&t=3752](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYDNuSKCU8o&t=3752) 
January 23, 2021 12:41:16
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I have been teaching my 6th graders how to play chess in class, and our school secretary just found all of this for me in a storage closet!
January 23, 2021 02:02:51
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Cute little mate in 2 I invented. White to move.
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Computer awards double brilliant move after first assigning blunderI may have a great puzzle for people interested in the "brilliant" move discussion on [chess.com](https://chess.com). I have only had 3 brilliant moves ever before this game. I started playing chess last march and I am around 1200 rapid/1370 daily, so I take it seriously. Anyway, I had a moment in my last game where the computer assigned me a blunder...>!, as I purposely gave up a full knight. However, I had calculated that my two rooks and passed pawn would win me the game if I ignored the knight, and the computer indeed gave me two brilliant moves in a row. I will try to post without spoilers for anyone interested, but I have basically explained it all.!< Should be straightforward for people my level or better, but I would love to hear any thoughts. I tried to figure out how to post as a puzzle, I don't know how, so any tips on that would be great, I think this would make a really interesting puzzle. I also think it's amazing this double brilliant happened during a really strong 2 day run I have been on, as they usually feel random. Enjoy! [Event "Live Chess"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2021.01.22"] [Round "?"] [White "goatSled"] [Black "tcannon25"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C64"] [WhiteElo "1168"] [BlackElo "1187"] [TimeControl "600"] [EndTime "18:53:36 PST"] [Termination "tcannon25 won by resignation"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Bc5 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. O-O Bg4 6. h3 Bxf3 7. Qxf3 Nf6 8. d3 Qd6 9. Be3 Bxe3 10. Qxe3 O-O-O 11. Nc3 b6 12. Rad1 h5 13. Qg5 g6 14. Rfe1 Nh7 15. Qg3 Nf6 16. Na4 h4 17. Qf3 Qe6 18. c3 g5 19. d4 g4 20. Qf5 Qxf5 21. exf5 gxh3 22. gxh3 Rhg8+ 23. Kh2 Rg5 24. Rxe5 Rdg8 25. Re7 Rg2+ 26. Kh1 Rxf2 27. Rxf7 Rg3 28. Rxf6 Rxh3+ 29. Kg1 Rfh2 30. Rf8+ Kb7 31. f6 Rh1+ 32. Kg2 R3h2+ 33. Kf3 Rxd1 34. Kg4 Rf1 35. Kg5 Rhf2 36. c4 h3 37. c5 b5 38. Nb6 axb6 39. cxb6 Kxb6 0-1
January 22, 2021 20:25:44
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White to play and mate-even Stockfish doesn't see the win
January 22, 2021 19:42:01
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Just got CM by my 7 yr old (proud and embarrassed )
January 22, 2021 18:52:42
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The what?
January 22, 2021 16:11:17
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Please tell me who wins
January 22, 2021 15:58:12
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I beat a FIDE Master in 18 moves with a prepared line
January 22, 2021 10:16:31
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How NOT to play vs. the Sicilian 2.c3 variation\[pgn\] \[Event "Live Chess - chess"\] \[Site "Chess.com"\] \[Date "2021.01.22"\] \[Round "?"\] \[White "poetsgambit"\] \[Black "hieuthns"\] \[Result "1-0"\] \[TimeControl "900+10"\] \[WhiteElo "1747"\] \[BlackElo "1532"\] \[Termination "poetsgambit won by resignation"\] 1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.exd5 Qxd5 4.Nf3 {delaying d4} Bg4 {Na3 is a good follow-up to most other moves by Black} 5.Qa4+ Nc6?? {5...Bd7 6.Qf4 with a non-theoretical position with chances for both sides} 6.Qxg4 1-0 \[/pgn\]
January 21, 2021 21:19:26
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I beat a FIDE Master in 18 moves with a prepared line
January 21, 2021 16:22:50
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Deviating from the Giuoco Pianissimo as BlackAs a 1400 player on Lichess blitz I find every game I play as Black begins 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 Bc4 Bc5 4 Nc3 d6 5 d3 Nf6 or similar. This is very repetitive and seems to always give me a passive position. What are the best ways to break out of this line suitable for my rating?
January 21, 2021 16:21:48
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Can a GM beat a chess engine limited to only the power usage of a human brain (~20 watts)?Chess engines use hundreds of watts which isn't fair. It would be interesting to see how high a chess-player's "watts" rating is based on how energy-consuming of a chess engine they can beat. How high would Magnus' be? Hikaru's?
January 21, 2021 13:22:46
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Chess.com...how can I be in the top 81% with only 1250 pts?It seems odd that with only that many pts, I'd be in the top 20% of players.
January 21, 2021 10:50:14
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This is a fun and new-for-me trap for black, thought I'd share it!
January 21, 2021 07:53:42
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Please explain me why this is a brilliant move?
January 20, 2021 17:05:14
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Can someone please tell me how moving my queen there would have led to checkmate?
January 20, 2021 14:56:15
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Im proud i dont know if this is that big of an achievement but im proud :)
January 20, 2021 14:51:50
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One of Magnus' favorite positions in chess
January 20, 2021 14:51:37
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Should I swap to Lichess?So I started with chess because of Northernlion, went to chess.com cause there's where he plays. "OOOH this website has amazing analysis that shows me the arrows and screams at me when I mess up" I thought. Then it hits me with the "1 analysis per day". Same for puzzles, puzzle rush, puzzle battle. From what I can tell, lichess has all of those free. My question is basically: Am I correct that lichess has all of those for free, and is it worth it swapping to lichess in your opinion. Also inb4 anybody tries suggesting it: I'm not buying premium.
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How to make money from chess online/from home?Hey, I'm an intermediate chess player (around 1700 on [chess.com](https://chess.com)). Recently, I was advisd to limit all screen use to 4 hrs a day which means I can only spend about 2-3 hrs on the computer for learning skills to make money. But I figured I can learn chess from books, play online but with a physical board so I don't stare at the screen for the whole game. I have a lot of free time so I can use it for chess. One more thing is I want no social interaction whatsoever (other than maybe email), so I don't want to do phone/video calls. Unfortunately, I also can't play OTB tournaments very often due to my fatigue issues. So, how can I make $500 a month or more off chess despite these limitations? EDIT: I'm talking about making money off chess, not necessarily only playing but something like a blog, youtube channel etc.
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I'm working on a project to show statistics for players based on Lichess and chess.com games. Here is an example for Hikaru. Would you use it if this was a website?
January 20, 2021 00:11:40
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Daily Puzzle: 1/19/2021 - Opposites Attract - Chess.com
January 19, 2021 18:18:56
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Why does it say castles is best when it says Nc3 is better
January 19, 2021 15:44:34
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he was too greedy
January 19, 2021 13:17:43
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Why is my board on chess.com like this??? Does anyone know the solution?
January 19, 2021 10:42:51
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Absolutely POG queen sacrifice I missed today.
January 19, 2021 09:17:09
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Aryan Tari draws a slightly worse game against Magnus Carlsen | Tata steels 2021[Magnus Carlsen vs Aryan Tari](https://youtu.be/1dcL8kePkvM) Watch recap of yesterday's game by the world champion, Magnus Carlsen against the young talent, Aryan Tari in the ongoing tata steels masters tournament, 2021. Kindly like and subscribe to my channel for more nice content on the ongoing chess tournament.
January 18, 2021 23:32:38
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Chelsea defenders Ben Chilwell and Reece James on picking up chess
January 18, 2021 23:32:22
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Is this a valid strategy?
January 18, 2021 21:52:25
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Thoughts on best chess movies / shows / documentaries? (besides the obvious 3)I've seen The Queen's Gambit (twice), Searching for Bobby Fischer, and Magnus. Love all three, but looking for more great material - any recommendations?
January 18, 2021 16:58:35
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I just played my first perfect game.I'm way too happy with this - I just played my first ever flawless game, here's a link to the game itself: [https://www.chess.com/game/live/6270316183](https://www.chess.com/game/live/6270316183) And here's the notation for people that might prefer that: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. d3 Nf6 5. Nc3 d6 6. Bg5 h6 7. Bxf6 Qxf6 8. O-O Bg4 9. Qe2 Nd4 10. Qd1 Nxf3+ 11. gxf3 Bxf3 12. Qd2 Qg6+ 13. Qg5 Qxg5# 0-1 \--- I didn't think I was doing anything special at the time, the other guy made two blunders and I capitalised on them. When 12 Qg6+ wasn't a checkmate I think I had a heart attack, fully expected it to be a checkmate and it wasn't. Totally thought I'd fallen into some sort of trap. Anyway. First flawless game!! How many have you guys had? Got any links to them?
January 18, 2021 10:20:54
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brilliant tactic in a 1min bullet game
January 17, 2021 22:50:52
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New to chess, questions regarding openings. I saw a video with GM Hikaru and IM GothamChess ([https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9CwH47r6og](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9CwH47r6og)) and they rate common openers. but in the video they assume black moves in a very specific way, is this because its the best defense for black or is the black response required to complete the opening?? Thanks for the help
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New to chess, questions regarding openings. I saw a video with GM Hikaru and IM GothamChess ([https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9CwH47r6og](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9CwH47r6og)) and they rate common openers. but in the video they assume black moves in a very specific way, is this because its the best defense for black or is the black response required to complete the opening?? Thanks for the help
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Finally reached 2000+ rapid rating in Chess.comBackground: 27 years old / Male / software engineer by profession. I learnt the rules of the game when I was 8 years old however I learnt basics of openings and started reading chess books at 17. I am a hobby chess player who is trying to improve my chess. I was always stuck at a level of 1700 to 1900 in chess.com for a long time. I was never serious enough to get a proper coach as either I didn't have money to afford one or I was too busy with the job. For the past few months I have been working hard on my openings and tactics with puzzle rush. Today I made it to chess.com 2000 which has been a long time goal. I am very happy right now and just thought I would share it with the community here. Game which made me 2000+ rated. If someone wants to comment on the game feel free. https://www.chess.com/live/game/6264231996. Update: Since lot of people are asking about improvement in the range of 1700-2000, I will mention what I worked on in the below. 1. Learnt Two knights variation against Carokann and Rosolimo against Sicilian from White. 2. Tactics tactics and tactics. ( I love chess.com puzzle rush and CT Art tactics trainer) 3. Played only 10 min each or higher time games. Analyzed it using Lichess analyzer or chess.com game report tool to find out my mistakes. I think chess.com premium membership is worth the money as after games it suggests lessons that you can do to improve your play. Current rating : Lichess Rapid: 2200 Lichess blitz: 2003 Chess.com Rapid: 2006
January 17, 2021 12:21:56
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"The Scholar's Mate" (1855) by pioneering art photographer Oscar Rejlander
January 16, 2021 18:13:27
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Iranian chess player Mitra Hejazipour has been expelled from the Iranian Chess Federation for failing to wear a hijab at the Women's Rapid & Blitz World Championships* [Initial report from FIDE Vice-President Nigel Short](https://twitter.com/nigelshortchess/status/1212897250357039104) * [Photo from the rapid & blitz world championships](https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ENTtPrQWoAAlQwD?format=jpg&name=large) * [Report from Radio Liberty](https://en.radiofarda.com/a/iran-chess-federation-expels-veteran-female-grandmaster-for-defying-islamic-dress-code/30360259.html) Hijazipour won the Women's Asian Chess Championship in 2015, the Iranian Women's Chess Championship in 2012, and was a silver-medalist at the 2013 World Under-10 Girls Championship. She is now the second chess Iranian women's chess player (after Dorsa Derakhshani in 2017) to face expulsion from Iran's women chess team for failure to wear a hijab.
January 16, 2021 16:52:55
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Chess poster design I made following the moves of the pieces! (more in the comments!)
January 16, 2021 10:23:59
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What's the deal with chess.com?I was primarily playing on Lichess and managed to gradually reach 1500 score where I am quite happy to play. I thought I will log into [chess.com](https://chess.com) and give that a shot. What I noticed: 1. Every single time I play e4 opening with white I play against the Philidor defence. Every. Single. Time. I never encocuntered this in Lichess, I usually could play an Evan's gambit, Fried Liver and stuff like that but on this website it's Philidor defence. I would say that's 90% of what I encounter. No one ever plays four knights for example. At this low ELO I would expect to see it much more (1200-1500). 2. My score dropped to below 1300 and users always have an accuracy of 95% - the 1200 players seem to be insanely good compared to lichess. It was weird that the player's repertoire differs so much between the two websites. Am I extrapolating or there is an actual gap in abilities not reflecting the ELO scores between the two websites?
January 15, 2021 22:51:42
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Jose Raul Capablanca: A chess biography by Miguel SanchezHas anyone read this, and was it worthwhile? Not for the games or analysis, but for genuinely interesting information about the man himself.
January 15, 2021 22:41:49
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A sub-reddit for "brilliant move" images and discussions.Hey guys, I made a sub-reddit specifically for "brilliant moves", mostly it's intended to be a place for people to show off their "brilliant moves" from [chess.com](https://chess.com) \- could be a cool way to collect them too. But any "brilliant moves" are welcomed, from any platform, any games throughout history etc, any kind of discussion on "brilliant moves". Link: [**https://www.reddit.com/r/brilliantchess**](https://www.reddit.com/r/brilliantchess) &#x200B; Could go nowhere, could be cool, idk. I just wanted a place for people to show off these little moments they feel proud of.
January 15, 2021 22:30:31
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Explosive Rook!!
January 15, 2021 18:34:13
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Online Chessclub - make new friends and improve youre chessCorona is getting us all thats why a chess enthusiast decided to create the subreddit r/chessclub . It is an online chessclub where everybody between 100-2600 can find a partner to play a game or a teacher to learn something. This is an nice way to improve youre chess and to find new friends. This is the discord [https://discord.gg/DYMjTv5fZF](https://discord.gg/DYMjTv5fZF) feel free to join :)
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Blindfolded practice!I was wondering if anyone (like me) would like to learn blindfolded? Nobody in my family and none of my friends play chess so I have literally nobody to play with over the board. I would like to hop on a discord call with somebody who is in the same boat as me and practice by playing 5 or so moves, then setting up the board and repeating this until the game is complete. Then, we do 6 moves, then 7 or 8, etc. Edit: made a discord! https://discord.gg/CkykAVfD
January 15, 2021 11:17:52
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Go home Stockfish, you’re drunk.
January 15, 2021 10:45:34
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What constitutes a 'brilliant' move on chess.com?In my post game analysis I've never had a move listed as brilliant and just wondered what the criteria is.
January 14, 2021 19:41:56
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Mate in 2 - Black to play - Easy :)
January 14, 2021 17:00:02
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Can anyone help me find the winning move, it was a missed mate.
January 14, 2021 14:18:53
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Chess & Chat Without the White Supremacy & Advocacy of ViolenceI like to chat and play crazyhouse or slow chess games once in a while. I've been a member of the Free Internet Chess Server ([freechess.org](https://freechess.org)) for years, but lately it seems like the place is full of white supremacists, advocacy of violence, and sexual harassment. I've sent reports of some pretty extreme stuff to the abuse(\*) account there. Most recently, I sent a log file of someone actually shouting out "WHITE POWER" in one of the chats. Nothing was done. In the past, I have sent in reports of people advocating violence including actual logs of people discussing raping me. Again, nothing was done. You'd think we were on Parler or something. It's ridiculous and I'm sick of it. Are there any other good spots where you can play slow chess and crazyhouse without having to put up with this?
January 14, 2021 00:09:38
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Endgame composition: White to play and win. How does white stop the two pawns from promoting?
January 13, 2021 23:52:45
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Me looking for a move I can use to get out of chaos:
January 13, 2021 18:17:46
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White to move, mate in 290.&#x200B; ![img](nhpdh1zdo3b61)
January 13, 2021 16:18:35
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[IM not a GM] Levy Rozman swindles a stalemate from a completely lost endgame, much to James Canty's shock!
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Black to play. Are you losing, equal or winning, and what is the idea?https://i.imgur.com/90aTzX8_d.jpg?maxwidth=640&shape=thumb&fidelity=medium
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Such a beautiful tactWc. white to play and mate in 2
January 12, 2021 20:54:19
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How should I get the most out of coaching?Hey Chess Reddit from rainy England! Some advice on how to use my lessons effectively would be great, and hopefully this will be a useful question for others. I’m a 1360 Rapid and 1200 Blitz and due to lockdown I’m playing between 3-4 hours a day and really want to get the most out of my time. To do this I started work with a coach and filled in some early gaps in my game and I gained about 200 rating points very quickly. We’ve worked on some good tactical puzzles and some early endgame strategy/patterns but now at the start of lessons she asks me ‘what would you like to do’ and the honest answer is I have no idea! I’d love to hear from experienced coaches or from people who’ve had successful coaching before who might be able to spread some wisdom. I’m also open to hearing from some coaches who feel they might be able to add something to my game - I really am driven to get better with this extended period of free time!!!!
January 12, 2021 20:54:17
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How should I get the most out of coaching?Hey Chess Reddit from rainy England! Some advice on how to use my lessons effectively would be great, and hopefully this will be a useful question for others. I’m a 1360 Rapid and 1200 Blitz and due to lockdown I’m playing between 3-4 hours a day and really want to get the most out of my time. To do this I started work with a coach and filled in some early gaps in my game and I gained about 200 rating points very quickly. We’ve worked on some good tactical puzzles and some early endgame strategy/patterns but now at the start of lessons she asks me ‘what would you like to do’ and the honest answer is I have no idea! I’d love to hear from experienced coaches or from people who’ve had successful coaching before who might be able to spread some wisdom. I’m also open to hearing from some coaches who feel they might be able to add something to my game - I really am driven to get better with this extended period of free time!!!!
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How should I get the most out of coaching?Hey Chess Reddit from rainy England! Some advice on how to use my lessons effectively would be great, and hopefully this will be a useful question for others. I’m a 1360 Rapid and 1200 Blitz and due to lockdown I’m playing between 3-4 hours a day and really want to get the most out of my time. To do this I started work with a coach and filled in some early gaps in my game and I gained about 200 rating points very quickly. We’ve worked on some good tactical puzzles and some early endgame strategy/patterns but now at the start of lessons she asks me ‘what would you like to do’ and the honest answer is I have no idea! I’d love to hear from experienced coaches or from people who’ve had successful coaching before who might be able to spread some wisdom. I’m also open to hearing from some coaches who feel they might be able to add something to my game - I really am driven to get better with this extended period of free time!!!!
January 12, 2021 19:26:00
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Win the queen (brilliant)
January 12, 2021 18:41:00
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You have 16 sec to live. Daniel Naroditsky: Its mate in 33 i quess.
January 12, 2021 18:31:09
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Queen's Gambit effect, chess.com player count on Samsung galaxy phones.
January 12, 2021 16:48:46
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Botez and Hikaru drama!https://clips.twitch.tv/SourAmorphousTardigradeHeyGuys https://clips.twitch.tv/FunnyFlirtyWolfBabyRage https://clips.twitch.tv/DeafAttractiveEggnogBatChest Juicy
January 12, 2021 14:31:01
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low elo chess mate in 2
January 12, 2021 09:55:38
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After you say check indicating your opponent’s king is in danger, and in the next turn your opponent makes a move that puts his king in checkmate, do I win? Or do I need to tell him before that if he makes that move it’s checkmate?I swear this has been bugging me for so long because I agreed (I’m not a confrontational person) and gave in, so I let him not make that move and TRY AGAIN. We played more and HE WON. Someone please get this monkey off my back.
January 12, 2021 09:24:53
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Spot the main character
January 12, 2021 00:34:44
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The most evil thing you can do in chess...
January 11, 2021 21:44:59
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The iPad of a chess player
January 11, 2021 15:52:34
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White to move. Mate in 2!
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Amazon board too good to be true? (Amerous wooden travel board)Firstly, I just want to say that I've read through the FAQ and am aware of most of the big popular websites such as House of Staunton for wooden chess sets. The fact is I'm a student and I just can't afford their products at the moment, and I was really hoping to get a wooden board for at most $50, ideally one which would be decent for travelling. Anyways, [this board on Amazon seems perfect for me](https://www.amazon.com/Amerous-Inches-Magnetic-Wooden-Chess/dp/B07N5ZS5QP/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=chess+set&qid=1610071381&sr=8-3#customerReviews). It's a good size (doesn't say by square width, but it's15x15 inches), the reviews are great, pieces look to be in a nice style, lightly magnetic which makes up for them being pretty light. It just looks like a great deal at only $43, which is less than even the cheapest wooden board (with no pieces) from House of Staunton, so I was wondering if any of you had experience with it.
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Can never win. I’ve been stuck at Magnus 5 1/2. How to win? I don’t know how to capture his king and I keep stalemating. Also how to analyze chess game after?
January 11, 2021 10:27:50
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What am I doing wrong?After hundreds of games against people, and now dozens against a computer with no time controls at all I have still not been able to beat stockfish level 1. It seems impossible, but people say it is supposed to be easy. What am I doing wrong? Is it a matter of just playing more and more?
January 11, 2021 09:28:39
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I was reading 'Modern chess openings' and got stuck at the first chapter...could anyone help me read this table?
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Reddit’s chess club is now on discord! Find a mentor or student for an instructional game even quicker and more conveniently Hey everyone! A couple days ago I started the subreddit r/chessclub . The idea behind it is for players to find people to play instructional games with, either as a student or teacher. I feel as though a lot of the learning that happens in chess is lost when playing online due to a lack of dialogue. Over the board, if one player is clearly stronger than the other, the stronger player will often give the other player advice. This just doesn’t happen online, which is unfortunate because, in my opinion, all the videos and engine study in the world won’t replace a conversation had about your specific play. r/chessclub aimed to bring the educational and social atmosphere of a chess club to the faceless, emotionless world of online chess The response to the subreddit was amazing, growing 500 subscribers in a single day. I asked for feedback on how to make the subreddit a better place and the most common and supported suggestion was a discord, some even said discord would be a better platform for a project like this. The community asked and the community received, we launched the discord yesterday. It’s already up to nearly 50 active members with no promotion, but I know we can do better. What the subreddit made possible, the discord server has made easier. You can now find a mentor or student to have an instructional game with even faster and more conveniently through our discord server. We have live streams, we have games, we have lessons. Do you think your chess time is better spent watching youtube videos and playing games aimlessly, or receiving instruction from a player rated 400 points above you? Join our server today! Invite link: [https://discord.gg/XwVbjCTtyK](https://discord.gg/XwVbjCTtyK)
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Magic of Chess Hello chess lovers, Me and my brother made cool chess video to share with you today :) [https://youtu.be/gYbXy7p87Xc](https://youtu.be/gYbXy7p87Xc) TBH It's sort of self promotion, but in a good way, since we were aiming for creating inspiring chess video. Hopefully mods wont delete it, as I plan to be a good member of this community not just self promoting like a bot. Let us know, what you think about it.
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The iPad of a chess player
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The iPad of a chess player
January 10, 2021 10:30:52
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Reddit open Chess tournament round 2The reddit open chess tournament is still open for registration. [https://lichess.org/swiss/Ih4UXgL0](https://lichess.org/swiss/Ih4UXgL0). Even if you missed round 1 it is not late till it is late. So here it is. &#x200B; PS:- Discord link is [https://discord.gg/c5XbSvFm](https://discord.gg/c5XbSvFm). Join if you wish to stay updated on the tournament cause it is like a game show but with chess.
January 10, 2021 10:30:52
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Reddit open Chess tournament round 2The reddit open chess tournament is still open for registration. [https://lichess.org/swiss/Ih4UXgL0](https://lichess.org/swiss/Ih4UXgL0). Even if you missed round 1 it is not late till it is late. So here it is. &#x200B; PS:- Discord link is [https://discord.gg/c5XbSvFm](https://discord.gg/c5XbSvFm). Join if you wish to stay updated on the tournament cause it is like a game show but with chess.
January 10, 2021 10:28:28
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Magic of Chess Hello chess lovers, Me and my brother made cool chess video to share with you today :) [https://youtu.be/gYbXy7p87Xc](https://youtu.be/gYbXy7p87Xc) TBH It's sort of self promotion, but in a good way, since we were aiming for creating inspiring chess video. Hopefully mods wont delete it, as I plan to be a good member of this community not just self promoting like a bot. Let us know, what you think about it.
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Is My Progression Normal?Hello, I am 18 years old and started taking chess seriously about 2 months ago, before that I only knew how the pieces moved didn't really know the basics either. I am now about 1000 rating on [chess.com](https://chess.com/) in rapid, about 250 games played on my whole account not just rapid. I don't know why but I find myself winning most of my games, will this slow down soon, is this progression good or just normal for the average adult. Thnx
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A lichess study of Philidor's brilliant Rook+Bishop vs. Rook endgame study.Hi everyone, I've been studying my endgames by working through Tarrasch's *The Game of Chess* for maybe the fourth time. I'm really trying to understand all of the positions, improve my analytical skills, and master the endgame positions taught there. One position, which I found especially difficult, is the Rook+Bishop vs. Rook endgame. The endgame is a marvelous display of how the king, rook, and bishop all coordinate to threaten a blizzard of checkmates. Even with the perfect defense, black is eventually worn down and mated. I'm finding endgame studying to be helpful, and so I've made a lichess study with several chapters all working towards the solution. I wrote it to help me better understand the endgame, but I'm hoping it's useful to anyone here who might be interested. I do my best to break down the endgame by focusing on a handful of themes which are repeatedly exploited to win. [Link to the study](https://lichess.org/study/oXnossti) As always, feedback would be greatly appreciated. Let me know if you come up with better solutions or have different ideas!
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Giving my gf’s daughter (8y/o) her first chess lesson... She played 3 games in a row with me and took to it quickly!
January 9, 2021 16:32:03
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One of the best games I've ever played
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A Wonderful Adventure in Lichess ChatThere I was playing bullet 1+0 in the lichess lobbies. Loving the speed and stress that puts your physical and mental capabilities to the limit. After battling in the honorable arena for sometime I get paired up against an opponent who wants a rematch after my victory. What of Course! This man is an honorable combatant and I should love to play again! Once more a clash of mental titans rated 1000 in bullet. After another inspiring victory the battle continues in the third bout! I am defeated by the clock but am happy to be in the glory of battle. Then an anomaly comes when for the first time my opponent messages me in that chat box. "Huuueeeehuuuuuue" Aha this must be laughter! What a ridiculous game it was indeed! I shall respond with a very measured and respectful "lol". He responds thusly by saying "komşu komşuuu". Me, being the intellectual I am, understand that other places exist that don't speak English. I shall try to be friendly with this worthy opponent and google translate to find out his language so I might better meet my new friend. Google translate tells me that his message said "Neighbor Neighbor". He must want to be friends! Perhaps this is a friendly greeting that is being awkwardly translated through google. I begin to look at friendly phrases in turkish when suddenly another message appears. "siktir git" I must translate this now as to fully understand the direction and nature of our conversation. Excitement that the universal language that is chess could bring two strangers from different corners of the world together in friendship over took me. I gleefully copy and paste his phrase into google as I begin to wonder what my honorable combatant could have been communicating to me. "Fuck Off"
January 9, 2021 15:06:05
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Mongolian stamps a friend sent me
January 9, 2021 13:06:57
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Chess communityYou are invited to join our discord server. You can make friends to play chess with, who are at a similar level. Creative members with good ideas for the server will be appreciated. Possibly tournaments in the future if the server grows enough. Link: https://discord.gg/ysnrGChN Hope to see u there :)
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White to move - try to find my first ever "brilliant" move. Opponent resigned 2 moves after.
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I made this beautiful puzzle Stockfish couldn't find. Can you solve it? White to move and win.&#x200B; ![img](6y3tdgrkd8a61 "I left chess.com analysis on for 2 hours in the background, and it still has not found the move. Shocking. Engines won't help you much on this one 😉")
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To mate is a mistake… or a blunder?
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(Scholastic) mate in five.
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(Scholastic) mate in five.
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Is there such a book?I'm looking for a book that goes over common manuevers (possibly more specifically to pawn maneuvers). &#x200B; For example, if white has pawns at a3, b3 and black has a pawn a6. If white is looking to create a passed pawn then playing b4 first is best since if white plays a4 then black plays a5 thus locking up both pawns. Obviously white can still push b4 but that would be a second maneuver that involves sacrificing a pawn. &#x200B; ![img](n4zy7cwv5eu41 "Playing b4 first to create a passed pawn") Another example is if white has a fianchettoed position with pawns at a2, b3, c2 and black wants to attack with a7-a5-a4. One common manuever that white can do to deal with this is to play a3 and then play b4 with black plays a4. &#x200B; ![img](rr1p4iu36eu41) I understand these aren't always the right answer to a position, but they are ideas that one must keep in mind. I was hoping there was a book that keeps a collection of these ideas.
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looking for a playing partner/coachI am around 1250 on [chess.com](https://chess.com), I am looking for a playing partner/coach that is preferably rated 150 or more better than me. Just being able to play and discuss/analyze games with me consistently is good. I think this is the best way I can improve rn.
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System for Black against the London System1.d4 Nf6 2. Bf4 d5 3. Nf3 g6 4. e3 Bg7 5. Bd3 O-O 6. O-O c5 7. c3 Nc6 8. Nbd2 a6 9. h3 Nd7 10. Re1 e5 11. dxe5 Ndxe5 12. Nxe5 Nxe5 13. Bxe5 Bxe5
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If I could just operate on Hikaru’s level for one day. (Screenshot from yesterday’s puzzle survival with Levi)
January 7, 2021 21:13:27
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A nice endgame study by Moravec, 1925. White to move and draw!
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Hikaru copyright strikeThere was some talk of this on his stream, good 20-30 minutes on this topic. I am not sure of the specifics but I think Sagar of Chessbase India hit him with a strike for using their clips or something. I am not sure of this so maybe somebody can clarify. I haven't seen a thread on the here on r/chess and if there is one I apologize for reposting but this sounds like kind of a big deal!
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My first post on reddit, a selfmade endgame study! Black to move and win.
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Find the best move for Black. Hint: It's a brilliant move.
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Firouzja says he prefers lichess on a chess.com stream
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White to Play and Win a Brilliancy
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I drew the king
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Inspirational adult improversMost chess masters began playing at an early age; this can be discouraging for many of us who didn't start chess as kids. In fact some claim adult players aren't able to make significant progress. So I wanted to compile a list of improvers to show that adult learners can in fact become titled players. Some of these players have even made careers from chess. For the purposes of this list I will not be including: 1) players who were already very good at a close variant of chess, 2) players who achieved NM/CM by the age of 20, 3) players from the pre-titles era. *** + NM Anthony Nichols (US) - 1800 USCF at 32 + NM Matthew O'Brien (US) - 1348 USCF at 20; [interview](https://www.lichess4545.com/team4545/document/ledger-020/#MatthewOBrienInterview) w/ Lichess 4545 League + NM Rolf Wetzell (US) - 1800 USCF at 37; wrote [Chess Master at Any Age](https://www.amazon.com/Chess-Master-at-Any-Age/dp/0938650580) + WIM Rani Hamid (BD) - started at 34; peak of [2230 FIDE](http://www.olimpbase.org/Elo/player/Hamid,%20Rani.html) + FM Nathan Resika (US) - started at 23; [interview](https://www.perpetualchesspod.com/new-blog/2020/12/1/episode-204-fm-nathan-resika) w/ Perpetual Chess Podcast + FM Martin Weteschnik (DE) - started at 25; [1774 USCF](http://www.chessdryad.com/articles/ccj/1986ccj1_1.pdf#page=16) at 28; [interview](https://www.scribd.com/document/371413380/The-Martin-Weteschnik-Interview) w/ West Michigan Chess + IM Ariel Marichal (VE) - started at 22 + GM Jonathan Hawkins (UK) - [196 ECF](http://ecfgrading.org.uk/new/menu.php) (~2230 FIDE) at 23 + GM John Shaw (UK) - Scottish elo of 1745 at 19; [2300 FIDE](http://britishchessnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/untitled-1.jpg) at 25 + GM Mihai Suba (RO) - started at 19; [interview](https://javiastu.blogspot.com/2013/09/entrevista-mihai-suba.html) w/ Escacultura; [another interview](https://www.scribd.com/document/96444461/ENTREVISTA-AL-GM-MIHAI-SUBA-UN-ACTOR-EN-EL-AJEDREZ) "*I made a late debut in chess. Until the age of 20 I was more interested in other leisure activities. The only tournament I played in below this age ended in a catastrophe with me scoring 0 points out of 13 games.*" - GM Mihai Suba, *Dynamic Chess Strategy* *** Some extra info: + Weteschnik was making rapid progress, having raised his FIDE elo from 2100 to 2350 in just a couple years, but shortly after this he had to retire from playing due to health issues. + Marichal was FM-strength but was awarded IM on a technicality instead of norms process. + I found about these players mostly by lots of googling.
January 5, 2021 17:00:58
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I bought my first magnetic Chess board and book! Has anyone read this book or have any other recommendations?
January 5, 2021 16:09:56
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Private chess position database builderLook at this piece of work, which helps to build your own private chess database/repository and search positions/games across public data. Build your own database and learn/improve your game. [https://chesspositions.com/analyze?fen=rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR%20w%20KQkq%20-%200%201](https://chesspositions.com/analyze?fen=rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR%20w%20KQkq%20-%200%201)
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White to play and win. Recommend studying this position deeply.
January 5, 2021 13:22:41
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Combinations and Complexity of the Scotch Gambit!
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What are your thoughts on Birds attack (!?)Written on phone, please excuse the syntax After getting fed up with having to learn so much deep opening theory for e4 and d4 openings due to the amount of different games that black can counter with (french, London, scotch, Latvian, Dutch etc) I decided to learn and play a sharper opening with 1.f4(!?) To try and control my opponents options during play. Since doing so I have managed to get my rating up from 800 to 1100 in blitz on chess.com and have also had some success in correspondence chess aswell. I designed my own system with it, initially bringing the kings bishop into play with b5+ (like the Ruy Lopez attack) to eventually support an e4 pawn push with the bishop on c2 before looking more at the mainline Be2 with the same intention of e4 eventually. I don't ever fianchetto for some reason these days. It can also transition into a Stonewall if I need to play with a more defensive closed pawn structure. As Black I also play with the flank attack theory, I used to play the latvian gambit to e4 all the time with limited success (same goes with the kings gambit opening as white) but these days favoure the Sicilian in response to e4 the Dutch Vs d4 Thing is, I can't seem to break that 1100 barrier now and wanted to hear your thoughts on this opening, in particular how a better player than me might view it as weak and refute it. Also, i am open to playing some old school correspondence chess with y'all! In particular if you want to learn this opening or demonstrate your own theory as black to me Best regards Count-_-Zero
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Just turned 38, always had a fascination with the game of Chess. I went all out and purchased a nice chess board, however, i don't have anyone to play with or to teach me. Is there somewhere I can learn to play online? Where do I start?
January 5, 2021 01:05:44
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Artwork I created called "Pawn Storm"
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[White to play] Find the winning idea in this dangerous position.
January 4, 2021 19:22:54
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How can I learn chess without spending any money?I don't have any money to spend at all. I'm learning to play chess online, but I'm confused about ideas such as opening principles, midgame, endgame and all sorts of other ideas that I've probably never heard of. I've looked on YouTube and theres definitely some good stuff, but I still don't know where to start. Thank you
January 4, 2021 19:22:02
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White to move, Mate in 4
January 4, 2021 10:57:59
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Share your board themes from either website! Here's mine from Lichess.org. Its Blue board theme with 'tatiana' piece set
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This chessboard has become quite popular on r/ATBGE, and we would love your analysis of itWe're not chess players over at r/ATBGE, but this unique chessboard has us wondering if this is a plausible mid-game arrangement and whether checkmate could be possible for either side. All we've conclusively determined so far is that there are more squares than a standard chessboard should have. It is not known which color has the next move. Thank you very much for your time. https://www.reddit.com/r/ATBGE/comments/kpttox/checkmate/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share
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Chaturanga to Chess [From “A Short History of Chess,” Henry A Davidson, 1949]
January 4, 2021 09:20:14
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White to play and win
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Pretty puzzle I encounterd, maybe it's not much but I'm proud I'm seeing these more often :)
January 4, 2021 09:20:08
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This was a bullet game, but I love this forced mate in 5
January 4, 2021 09:19:56
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Nice little mate in 3 I found in my game (white to move)
January 4, 2021 09:19:54
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Mate in 4 from a rapid game today. White to move.
January 3, 2021 21:00:51
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GM Oscar Panno activitiesHello, from Argentina to the world in spanish languaje GM Oscar Panno is on line in Youtube Live every saturday at 4PM (GTM -3) Other news will come shortly for Chess community Happy 2021
January 3, 2021 13:01:39
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Radjabov showing emotions after today's match.
January 3, 2021 11:27:17
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R/Chessbegginers Chess Club & DiscordHey everyone! I recently had a pleasant experience playing chess with a few people from this subreddit. We played games, talked through our thought processes and we were judgement free. I took the liberty to create a discord channel and chess.com club where weekly i will set up a tournament. **The first Tournament starts today and is open to all new players :)** Open to everyone but ideally below 1600 elo as it is a beginner club! If higher im sure if you would like to come and offer instruction it would very helpful! **Join the discord -** [https://discord.gg/FtbpPdY66t](https://discord.gg/FtbpPdY66t) **Join the chess club -** [https://www.chess.com/club/rchessbeginners/join](https://www.chess.com/club/rchessbeginners/join)
January 3, 2021 09:36:33
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Congratulations, /r/Chess! You are Subreddit of the Day!
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Coach a Player - January 2021**Format for this program**: Coaches, comment using the template below. Students, reply to or DM the coach of your choice with your skill level and preferred method of contact. This thread is intended for players who want to seek help on improving their game and those who want to help mentor players. All coaching must be free. This post will be pinned for the 1st week of every month. If you have any feedback, criticisms, or having an issue with your coach/student, do not hesitate to message /u/BrianDynasty, who started this program and continues to monitor it. *** Coaches, please use the format below: **Online username:** **Rating:** **Willing to teach:** **Timezone/Schedule:** **Method of communication:** *** The following is an example: **Online username:** CSU_Dynasty (for both lichess and chess com) **Rating:** 1800 USCF / 1900 lichess **Willing to teach:** 1200 and lower players. opening ideas and transitioning into midgame plans, tactics/pattern recognition. My endgame is weaker than I’d like, so I’m not the best choice for endgame study. Have an annotated game ready for me to review. This way I can look at your thought process and narrow in on your weakness. **Timezone/Schedule:** EST/I’m available for lessons on weekends. But you can still send me messages throughout the week **Method of communication:** I’m always active on Discord and we’ll have lessons through that. You can also reach me through Reddit DMs. *** Previous month: [December 2020](https://redd.it/k4k0mw)
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Found this brilliant mating line with a queen sac. The line is stronger than the best line suggested by lichess engine. This game definitely made me feel better after being in a form slump for more than a month.
January 2, 2021 11:45:07
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Why is knight taking on d4 bad idea?
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Learning to mate with knight and bishopSo this has to be one of the most frustrating things to learn alone. Is there a place where one can practice such that an engine is programmed to do not the most efficient move but instead follows the triangle technique the way a human would? lichess' last play against the engine ([https://lichess.org/practice/checkmates/knight--bishop-mate/ByhlXnmM/WKTH4JFH](https://lichess.org/practice/checkmates/knight--bishop-mate/ByhlXnmM/WKTH4JFH)) simply doesn't work because the engine's hints/best move are not related to the triangle technique so how it tries to assist is not helpful at all! Black also responds sometimes in a way that I would not i.e. the strongest move for black might be okay but there is a weaker move that I don't know how to respond correctly to. I feel like throwing a chair at this point.... Please help! EDIT: Holy smokes, managed it for the first time thanks to this video: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3EqM17jvOc](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3EqM17jvOc) posted by u/PepperTheDoggo. It feels incredible although I probably can't do it in 50 moves most of the time!!
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My great great grandfathers handcrafted chess set (~1870) which I recently got for my birthday this year
January 1, 2021 22:21:15
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Mate in 11 in my daily game, I did not see any of that but I hope you will!
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I literally just noticed this. This is why you need numbers on your board. I feel like such an idiot. Tell me how long it takes you to see it. Share in my shame.
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Why are computers so much worse than their ranking?I’m pretty bad at chess and can’t even get above a rank of 300 on chess.com, but I can consistently beat a 1300 ranked computer. Why does the computer make such dumb choices at that level but players are no where near that dumb.
January 1, 2021 16:10:22
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When I mouse-slipped the English opening and still pulled it out!
January 1, 2021 10:55:46
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My great great grandfathers handcrafted chess set (~1870) which I recently got for my birthday this year
January 1, 2021 10:07:50
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OpeningTree.com now supports dark mode. Implemented by a member of the community, it really shows the strength of the open source model.
December 31, 2020 23:24:21
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Why is my opponent's move here brilliant?
December 31, 2020 23:05:37
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What do you guys think of this piece one of my girlfriends painted for me?
December 31, 2020 20:43:54
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Wesley So uses the republican narrative of a ‘Chinese virus’. I am just curious about his politics if anyone knows anything about them. Thanks
December 31, 2020 15:21:56
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Dead simple chess streams - watch BotezLive, GMHikaru and others without the cruft
December 31, 2020 13:16:30
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I thought you guys might like a watercolor sketch I did recently
December 31, 2020 10:21:14
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I've got my first brilliant move here as white. Can you find it too?
December 31, 2020 10:20:37
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Winning Chess series or the chess steps method?As a player around 900 elo, which would improve my game more?
December 30, 2020 22:02:39
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I've got my first brilliant move here as white. Can you find it too?
December 30, 2020 19:33:37
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Competitive Chess Puzzle App - Chess Puzzle BlitzFor those who like puzzles, tactics and competition, I wanted to share the app we've launched on the appstore called [Chess Puzzle Blitz](https://www.chesspuzzleblitz.com). We also have android on the [samsung store](https://galaxy.store/ChessPB) and through Skillz. What's different about Chess Puzzle Blitz is it's a timed puzzle solving match (1 on 1) and you can play for fun or for cash (We use [Skillz](https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200902005370/en/Skillz-Set-Public-Bring-Competitive-Mobile-Gaming) to power that experience. It has some good and bad things). If you end up playing, **would love to hear your feedback, comments or questions** :) - Thank you. ![video](9mko56bcgd861)
December 30, 2020 18:15:42
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In games where both players make few errors is it better to learn how to counter their moves first or how to defend from your position first
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Carlsen on Twitter: "People I may play have good days or bad days against me, and I against them, but after another collapse the bottom line is that I'm in a deep funk right now, and it's really frustrating."
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Carlsen on Twitter: "People I may play have good days or bad days against me, and I against them, but after another collapse the bottom line is that I'm in a deep funk right now, and it's really frustrating."
December 30, 2020 13:13:58
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how do I improve past 1800 (players 2000 and above)Hello to all my friends in the chess community! I have been playing chess for about a year, I started playing more seriously during the Covid-19 pandemic. I am rated around 1630 on [chess.com](https://chess.com), and 1810 on lichess. I have not studied any openings or tactics, all of my progress has been achieved by simply playing a lot of games and by watching chess streamers (Chessbrah, Eric Rosen, Hikaru). I have not read books or studied tactics seriously. I would like to improve to at least 2000 on [chess.com](https://chess.com) and whatever the corresponding [lichess.org](https://lichess.org) rating would be. What books/lectures/resources could I use to improve into that rating range?
December 30, 2020 13:13:11
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Isn’t this just a wonderful predicament...
December 30, 2020 09:15:03
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Magnus Carlsen's thoughts on The Queen's Gambit (contains some spoilers)
December 30, 2020 08:55:12
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Every square threatened by a discovered check delivered by moving a knight
December 29, 2020 21:06:20
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Vishy Bot 2800 is black, challenge mode no help. White to move, my only good move is f3 so I can move my knight after without loosing a rook. I had no brilliant move, no innacuracy, no mistakes, no blunders. My position looks terrible. I feel I played some questionable moves earlier.
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Opinion: Studying Openings is Not as Useful for Beginner and Even Lower Level Intermediate Players.&#x200B; Hello Friends, I made a video about why I think their is a huge misconception about the need to study openings as a beginner. I will summarize here on this post because I am NOT just trying to promote my content. Rather I would like to know others opinions on this subject. 1. I think that (aside from traps) the advantage gained out of an opening is just not as useful to lower rated players. For example, being a pawn up in the middle game gave absolutely no indication of who was going to actually win the game when I was rated around 1000 on [chess.com](https://chess.com/) 2. Opening skills are less transferable than studying other facets of the chess game. My idea here is that learning a specific move in a specific position is inherently less useful then understanding thematic purposes in chess. For example, when you study the Rook and King vs. King endgame, your not just learning how to win that endgame, you are learning more about how the rook moves, controls squares, and works with other pieces (the king in this case). This is more transferable to the middle game and even openings. Other transferable exercises are puzzles, when it comes down to it, chess is about visualizing moves that haven't happened yet and reading the board, puzzles force players to do this and get better at it. 3. I feel like there is a misconception that beginners who lose during the opening should study openings. At first this makes sense, but when I dig deeper, I feel as though beginners are not losing because they do not "know openings", rather they are losing because they simply haven't developed their chess skills yet. By focusing on openings these players are just delaying their blunders until the middle game where thematically they might make the same mistakes because openings focus so heavily on the "how" and not enough on the "why" I am interested in how everyone feels about this. (P.S. I play mostly online blitz and am rated around 1500) If you are interested in the video I made on this it can be found here: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2\_PlVUv9o8&feature=youtu.be](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2_PlVUv9o8&feature=youtu.be) **0 Comments**
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Chess teacher wantedPlay daily on Chess.com 1050-1200 range. Looking for a teacher for 1-1 lessons. Will pay per hour
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Online Coaches?What’s up r/chess. I’m pretty new to chess (around a year playing), however recently I’ve gotten super into it, watching many professional tournaments, and watching chess influencers like GothamChess and Hikaru. I’m 16, and currently I’m a little under 1200 on chess.com. I was wondering if there was anyone who was willing to have some sessions with me and coach me a little? Your experience doesn’t matter, I just want to get better!! I have a tournament I’m playing in January, and I hope to maybe improve a fair bit before then. Thank you in advance :)
December 29, 2020 16:10:40
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Daily Puzzle: 12/29/2020 - Some Disassembly Required - Chess.com
December 29, 2020 16:06:49
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(I AM WHITE) How can I best capitalize on this?
December 29, 2020 16:06:02
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Tell me what you think of my chess designs!Hi r/chess! I've been creating chess cartoons and designs for a few years now. I've got a few new pieces that could end up on some high-quality bottles but wanted everyone's opinions before I move forward with anything. Let me know what you like and what you don't. Thanks! ![img](82gs0wjnx5861)
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I am so bad at chess it is unbelievable (I am rated 2050 FIDE)If you ever think you are bad at chess, keep in mind you will always be bad at chess. I am 2050 FIDE rated and I am like the worst player ever. I just blunder everything on Lichess 3+2, I am extraordinarily bad. It is very hard to play worse. I can hardly maintain my 2150 Blitz rating on Lichess. A year ago I broke through 2300 but it is just going downwards and I make so many ridiculous moves I can't even comprehend how I even got the idea that those moves were any good whatsoever. So if you are unmotivated, keep in mind that even though you hit 2000 FIDE one time, you will still be extremely bad.
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Very proud of this move even though it's refutable (and bad according to analysis). I just love playing like I'm playing against a human, setting up traps and weird sacs. Is this considered a bad habit for when (hopefully) I climb higher?
December 28, 2020 22:38:24
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Lichess - am I an imbecile or is the engine really that hard to beat?I am a newbie to chess - just learned the basics two days ago. I've been doing the Piece Checkmates 1 course, which is like a beginners guide to the game and have been frustrated. Up until now, all the other moves were sometimes tricky but relatively obvious but I am completely frustrated. I basically have to trap the king (black) with my rook and king (white). However, after 5 hours I find myself feeling like a retard because it is practically impossible to trap this damn king. Has anyone of you ever done this or knows what I could do? The starting positions are my rook on ex1 and king on ex3. Black king is on dx7. It's really frustrating, I don't know if I am really that bad for this game or the AI really just is that hard to beat.
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Lichess - am I an imbecile or is the engine really that hard to beat?I am a newbie to chess - just learned the basics two days ago. I've been doing the Piece Checkmates 1 course, which is like a beginners guide to the game and have been frustrated. Up until now, all the other moves were sometimes tricky but relatively obvious but I am completely frustrated. I basically have to trap the king (black) with my rook and king (white). However, after 5 hours I find myself feeling like a retard because it is practically impossible to trap this damn king. Has anyone of you ever done this or knows what I could do? The starting positions are my rook on ex1 and king on ex3. Black king is on dx7. It's really frustrating, I don't know if I am really that bad for this game or the AI really just is that hard to beat.
December 28, 2020 14:13:12
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White played Bc3 and resigned two turns later, however Black to mate (multiple solutions possible)
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Christmas chess set amnesty is now over. Please do not post pictures of chess sets.You can always post these pictures in /r/chessporn, which is a community about nice looking chess sets.
December 28, 2020 09:57:05
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I played Qd4, using the same idea of forking the bishop and knight, however the engine called it a mistake. Can anyone tell me why?
December 28, 2020 09:49:49
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My girlfriend gave me this beautiful handmade chessboard for Christmas
December 28, 2020 09:20:28
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My first ever brilliancy in a blitz game based on a common sac in the Smith Morra gambit. White to play and win.
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My brother has been needing a cutting board for his apartment and recently got into chess so for Christmas I designed this chess board with QR codes and recipes and my sister laser engraved it at school. Kinda jealous cause it turned out pretty sweet.
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My brother has been needing a cutting board for his apartment and recently got into chess so for Christmas I designed this chess board with QR codes and recipes and my sister laser engraved it at school. Kinda jealous cause it turned out pretty sweet.
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Help!!I need some help finding small chess pieces, I recently got my father an antique chess board and the square size is really small, about 1.125 inches. I have been having a lot of trouble finding suitable pieces so if anyone could help me out I would really appreciate it!!!
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Might not be related to chess itself, but does anyone know where i can buy the same modern chess openings book from the queens gambit series?I have played online chess for a while and im getting sick of it so i went and bought myself a chess set all i need now is a guide or something so i can practise it physically. videos aren't helpful to me im more of a reading type of person.
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One of the strongest female grandmasters Ekaterina Lagno turns 31 today (+ nice tactical puzzle from her game)Happy 31th Birthday to Katerina Lagno, a 2-time European Women's, Women's World Rapid, and 3-time Women's World Blitz champion. Lagno earned the WGM title at 12 and became a GM at 18. She was the Women's Vice World Champion in 2018. Wishing new achievements. ![img](kjxbl6y9np761) And here's a nice tactic from her 2019 game against IM Karavade ![img](3d4x8fe2nq761)
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Best resources for players 1600+Firstly, I mean this in a helpful way and hope I don't come across wrong. Up til now I have used YouTube almost exclusively to improve. I haven't touched books and have looked at some chess able opening courses. I crossed 1600 on chess.com about a month ago and since then, I've been finding YouTube videos less helpful. Its harder to find rules or learning points from videos because it seems that the videos are aimed more at beginning players (which makes logical sense). Is it usual to find this at a certain rating? Perhaps I need to switch which you tubers I watch or even change my perspective whilst watching. What other resources should I look into?
December 27, 2020 13:49:48
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Using an engine to "sanity check" your moves?Please tell me if this a valid learning strategy. Analysing a game afterwards is pretty pointless for me because 99.99% of my blunders occur in unique positions which I'll never see in a game again and even if I do I'll almost certainly never remember. So I was thinking would it be so terrible if I put up an engine on my second monitor with the recommended moves turned off and just used the eval bar to sanity check my moves? What I mean is just play normally but if I make a move and the engine bar drops -5 or something then I know the move I'm making constitutes as retardation and I can look for why it's such a bad move in real time. If I find it then I won't play that move, after all I did spot the blunder... But if I still can't spot the blunder then I will play it regardless.
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When do I get the opposition I deserve?I don't have much time to play and when I play I want quality games. Not retarded openings, cheap tricks, hanging pieces and silly blunders. I have played for two years and reached a respectable 1400 chess.com blitz rating (not lichess rating lol) but my opponents are pathetic as per above. How much farther do I have to travel in my chess journey to be matched with worthy foes? 1600? 1800? 2000? 2200? I want quality like the games I see on YouTube
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I just hit 2200 rating on Lichess today! This was the endgame that got me there. Great way to finish the year :D
December 27, 2020 11:20:33
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After playing daily for a year online I’ve finally recieved my first chess board for Christmas
December 27, 2020 11:20:20
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I hand carved these queen pieces and reverse cast them in epoxy with real wine and pills inside
December 27, 2020 11:16:02
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I created an anti london dutch setup.I really hate the boring to play against london system as black so I created a setup with the dutch defense which involves an e5 pawn thrust, and if my opponent goes for the normal london setup with bf4, nf3, and bd3, then they lose a piece to a pawn fork. Here is a lichess study on it: [https://lichess.org/study/INnNHVfG](https://lichess.org/study/INnNHVfG) Any thoughts?
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