• Do you like chess? I'm on a somewhat expert level.?

    Best answer: In soviet Russia, chess likes you. (yes I like chess, excellent platform to exercise your mind.)

    If chess proves anything it'd be two things,
    1: Which opponent is better at mentally planning their next 5 moves
    2:Which is better at executing a strategy
    Best answer: In soviet Russia, chess likes you. (yes I like chess, excellent platform to exercise your mind.)

    If chess proves anything it'd be two things,
    1: Which opponent is better at mentally planning their next 5 moves
    2:Which is better at executing a strategy
    13 answers · 1 month ago
  • What symbol is on Free Parking space on monopoly?

    Best answer: It is the back of a car. That symbol dates back at least to 1935 as it appeared on the original patent for the game. So it was a modern car of the day, vintage now. Why would there be a parking meter on 'free parking'? (Interestingly the first parking meter was also installed in 1935 but the design has... show more
    Best answer: It is the back of a car. That symbol dates back at least to 1935 as it appeared on the original patent for the game. So it was a modern car of the day, vintage now.

    Why would there be a parking meter on 'free parking'?

    (Interestingly the first parking meter was also installed in 1935 but the design has been mostly unchanged since)
    10 answers · 1 month ago
  • Is chess satanic? Can become possessed?

    12 answers · 2 months ago
  • What board game takes the most skill to play is it chess ?

    Best answer: Go is the main contender to Chess.

    Remember that there are different types of Chess which require quite as much skill as F.I.D.E. chess. These include Shogi (Japanese Chess) and Xiang Qi (Chinese Chess).
    Best answer: Go is the main contender to Chess.

    Remember that there are different types of Chess which require quite as much skill as F.I.D.E. chess. These include Shogi (Japanese Chess) and Xiang Qi (Chinese Chess).
    8 answers · 2 months ago
  • Any Board game designers here? I need some advice! Please!?

    Best answer: You will need to create a prototype so you can playtest the game for potential refinement. You don't want to make elaborate models with expensive materials. Just stick to paper, cardstock & cardboard with relatively basic models so you can make changes fairly quickly with fairly low costs. You will want... show more
    Best answer: You will need to create a prototype so you can playtest the game for potential refinement. You don't want to make elaborate models with expensive materials. Just stick to paper, cardstock & cardboard with relatively basic models so you can make changes fairly quickly with fairly low costs.

    You will want to playtest your game with various players of various skill levels so that you can find flaws with your rules (& gameplay) as well as to see how "fun" the game is so you can better refine things.


    That's pretty much it. You could watch Tabletop Deathmatch on YouTube to see how some other designers did things & potential flaws or issues that came up with the judges as a way to improve your prototype. Hope this helps!
    6 answers · 2 months ago
  • Which is better in Chess being materialistic or always looking for sacrifices?

    Best answer: It's better to calculate the outcome before you try a sacrifice. My general approach is that I don't go for the sacrifice unless I can actually visualize all the way through or I can at least visualize that I have a real, concrete, strong attack going. (If it's a weaker player and it's not a very... show more
    Best answer: It's better to calculate the outcome before you try a sacrifice. My general approach is that I don't go for the sacrifice unless I can actually visualize all the way through or I can at least visualize that I have a real, concrete, strong attack going. (If it's a weaker player and it's not a very important game, I may just "try"" something that looks promising, but unless it's within your ability to calculate concretely, I would generally avoid it.)

    Free pawns and pieces are worth taking if they are really free (Do take time to look for traps) and if 2) You don't have anything better to do.
    This probably takes more experience, but sometimes, your plan is just working so well and you're just doing everything you want to do and free pawns are just a waste of time.

    Of course, again... everything is relative to the position. If you are WAY ahead in material, for instance, sacrifices may be justified for simplification's sake. (example: You're a queen and a rook against a rook - It would generally be perfectly acceptable to give the queen for the last rook and put an end to all resistance - as long, of course, as you're not doing something stupid while doing that... like letting a pawn queen. It's all relative to the position).


    Now, I suspect at your level and from what you've told us so far, visualization is a problem for you.
    I suggest you simply get a book of games with commentary. I'm sure you can find one at a bookstore for $20 at most.
    You don't have to be super picky. Most of these books are written by masters at least. There may be a higher analysis out there, but they certainly have something to teach you.
    Pick one where you like the players, or the time period. I'm a big fan of the romantics myself.
    Go through the games... with a chessboard. When you reach a variation, or an explanation, take time to look at the board, and try to evaluate the position. Who would you rather be? Black or White? Why?
    THEN look at the authors comments. Does he agree with you? Are you convinced by his evaluation? What would you do?
    Ask yourself questions!
    Now you will find there are variations. Try to get a book at first where those aren't too long... Try to do them in your head. Do them on the board if you just can't visualize it. Then place the board again and try to visualize it. Try to understand the commentary without actually touching the pieces.
    I got to warn you; this method is heavy weightlifting.
    This is why you should probably get a book with short variations at first.
    Yes, it is possible to look at a board and understand what is going on in a commentary for 10-12 moves. Some people actually play blind all the way.
    Don't try to do that now. But do try to visualize shorter variations.
    This is hard grinding work, but it will also get your endurance up for competition, if you ever decide you're serious enough to want to join a club.
    In any case, this kind of work will get you improving a lot faster than watching a ton of videos.
    If chess is really meant for you, you'll end up wanting to do that kind of work and learn what the game is REALLY all about.



    (I'm an "A"" Class player, by the way... I'm aiming at expert in the next few years)
    I'm far from the best out there, but I think my pointers can still be very useful to you.
    6 answers · 2 months ago
  • Do you like playing chess?

    Best answer: Yes, it's my favorite board game
    Best answer: Yes, it's my favorite board game
    6 answers · 2 months ago
  • Is board games still fairly popular to play with family and friends ?

    Best answer: Board games are still popular with families, but tastes have evolved a bit to go beyond the old classic standards (like Monopoly, Scrabble, Sorry & Uno). Modern titles like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Fluxx, Dix It, Betrayal on the House of the Hill & Pandemic are just a few that have become... show more
    Best answer: Board games are still popular with families, but tastes have evolved a bit to go beyond the old classic standards (like Monopoly, Scrabble, Sorry & Uno).

    Modern titles like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Fluxx, Dix It, Betrayal on the House of the Hill & Pandemic are just a few that have become staples. Secret Hitler & Cards Against Humanity are geared for more mature audiences (due to the content or context of the games). Even "Legacy Games", like Risk Legacy & Pandemic Legacy, have added new twists to make games a bit more interesting with changes that persists between games.

    There's likely some other games to spice up "Game Night", but this should give you some ideas.
    6 answers · 3 months ago
  • Was my chess opponent cheating?

    Best answer: Almost certainly not. He joined the site yesterday and his rating simply hadn't yet caught up to his ability when you played him; it's up to 1300 now, which is plenty to beat an 800 player consistently. He was very aggressive, but some of his attacking moves were not quite sound and a computer... show more
    Best answer: Almost certainly not. He joined the site yesterday and his rating simply hadn't yet caught up to his ability when you played him; it's up to 1300 now, which is plenty to beat an 800 player consistently.

    He was very aggressive, but some of his attacking moves were not quite sound and a computer wouldn't have made them. I'm looking at one of his games (against an opponent I assume is you; it's the only opponent that fits your description) and he played the best move just 42% of the time.
    7 answers · 3 months ago
  • What should you do when your chess.com ratings are trash?

    Best answer: Stop relying on websites to tell you how good you are at something.
    Best answer: Stop relying on websites to tell you how good you are at something.
    6 answers · 3 months ago
  • Will my rating improve much with the Magnus trainer app?
  • Is the board game clue a logic game?

    Best answer: Clue is a logical game of deduction & asymmetric knowledge. Each player is only given partial information about the murder (essentially what was NOT involved) & must obtain more information through deduction with suggestions. HOWEVER, you have to try your best to obscure your hand & your lead (if a... show more
    Best answer: Clue is a logical game of deduction & asymmetric knowledge.

    Each player is only given partial information about the murder (essentially what was NOT involved) & must obtain more information through deduction with suggestions. HOWEVER, you have to try your best to obscure your hand & your lead (if a certain person, weapon or location is being heavily used... especially by a particular player, they could be leaking some information).

    The dice rolls & movement between the rooms is the only element of chance within the game.
    5 answers · 3 months ago
  • Can anyone tell me where to find directions for "Trivial Pursuit Junior 4th Edition'? We can't find ours.?

    I've looked at other sites, but none have the fourth edition rules, always 5th, or the regular game for older players. Please help! Thank you!
    I've looked at other sites, but none have the fourth edition rules, always 5th, or the regular game for older players. Please help! Thank you!
    5 answers · 3 months ago
  • What is a good scrabble solver?

    3 answers · 3 months ago
  • In checkers, can you capture one piece and then turn around and capture another as soon as you are kinged?

    Suppose you jump over a checker and then you are at the end of the board. There is another checker in the same rank and two files over. Are you allowed to turn around and jump that piece immediately after your man became a king?
    Suppose you jump over a checker and then you are at the end of the board. There is another checker in the same rank and two files over. Are you allowed to turn around and jump that piece immediately after your man became a king?
    5 answers · 3 months ago
  • Are you good at chess? If so how long have you been playing?

    Best answer: Elo hovers around 1850. My brother taught me @ age 5; I am now 61.
    Best answer: Elo hovers around 1850. My brother taught me @ age 5; I am now 61.
    7 answers · 4 months ago
  • Do Tabaxi have toe beans?

    Hi I m playing a game of D&D 5e with a group of friends and my character is a Tabaxi Warlock. I ve decided to draw a picture of my character but I m not really sure if Tabaxi have the lil toe and finger pads. In my opinion they really should have the pads but I would like some input from anyone who has any... show more
    Hi I m playing a game of D&D 5e with a group of friends and my character is a Tabaxi Warlock. I ve decided to draw a picture of my character but I m not really sure if Tabaxi have the lil toe and finger pads. In my opinion they really should have the pads but I would like some input from anyone who has any insight into the canon depictions of Tabaxi.
    3 answers · 4 months ago