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What does it mean when engine position scores change when following the “best” move

I'm particularly thinking of Stockfish here, since that is the one I use most, but it seems to happen with other engines. Sometimes you have a position and the recommended move for white might be ...
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What are strategic elements for a correct piece sacrifice?

I want know which plus elements need to have in general positions for a correct piece sacrifice! Or how do you know that a sacrifice is correct in complicated position?
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Which was the first televised/video-recorded WCC match?

I was thinking about the way that chess has taken to being streamed recently and it got me wondering how far back one could go if they were to watch WCC matches instead of playing through them. So ...
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For Black, against the Caro-Kann Advance Shirov variation 4. Nc3 which move tends to lead to the most positional, slow, quiet and strategic positions?

I'm a 1800 Elo player that likes positional, quiet, drawish, slow, boring and strategic openings. As Black against 1. e4 I play the Caro-Kann. But there is one variation of the Caro-Kann that I ...
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Did black misplay here or did I miss something?

I'm getting back into chess after a hiatus of 8+ years, so I'm a bit rusty. This position is from a game I just played online. I'm white and it's my move. I threaten black's rook and knight with Qd5, ...
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Is there a path to victory?

I played a game against my mobile AI, me playing white. At this point in the game I had to get off my train, and when I picked it up again I was a bit quick on the trigger, moving my e-pawn, which ...
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Moving a piece out of the way for check

I was recently told you cant move a piece out of the way of a second piece to allow the second piece to put the other player in check. Example- I have my queen, my castle and their king in a row. I ...
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Why do houdini and stockfish give this seemingly stupid move?

[fen "3r3k/1rp2p1p/4b2B/p3P1Q1/3q4/1P1P2P1/P4PBP/1R4K1 b - - 0 28"] They both give Qxf2 as the best move. I used http://analysis.cpuchess.com/ with search time 10 seconds. It's black to move.
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It's not check but the next move is checkmate

I have 5 pieces left and my opponent only has his king. It is my opponent's turn and his king is not in check but everywhere his king moves is checkmate. Who wins?
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How can I find chess games from grand masters that end in 3 fold repetition?

When I go to http://www.chessgames.com/ , I can search for matches that end in draws, however I can not figure out how to filter those draws to specifically three fold repetition. How can I find ...
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Where exactly in the Fide handbook can you find the hand shaking rule?

So I was wondering where is it located, in the fide handbook, the rule that you have to shake hands with your opponent. I know it exists, especially since the Cheparinov-Short case some time ago, I ...
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Interesting Ending Knight + pawn vs Rook - main plans (white and black)

From the feedback recieved I updated the main line (from pos 39). I post an update of this endgame. Now It is more clear than f7 is a weak point, and it is tricky for black try to stop the two menaces ...
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Openings for pawn storms

I am a weak player and I always will be. After completing the opening I have no idea what to do and, since a bad plan is better than no plan, I decided to do this from now on in every game: wait for ...
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Positions for visualisations

where I can download positions for visualisation training? I am not looking for diagrams, I would like to have only position record saved in standard chess notation. Or are there such a book?
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What books and videos would you recommend to an absolute beginner of Chess?

The entirety of my current chess knowledge consists solely of the valid moves which the pieces can make. I've played a few matches, but my moves tend to be aimless, by this I mean they lack any ...
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Does anyone know who currently owns Novag's intellectual property?

With Novag being gone for a while now, I'm wondering who ended up with their intellectual property - in particular, the software that ran their computers. I'm aware that there are some ROM images ...
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Video of the Kasparov vs. Kaprov 2009 match in Valencia

Is there a video archive of the (rapid and blitz) match between Kasparov and Karpov that took place in Valencia in 2009? I assume there was a live video coverage with commentary, and I would very much ...
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Learn by heart the great masters games

I am novice with average 1000 -1500 elo. if I start literally learn by heart games that were played by great masters, not random grandmasters but masters with style that I like (attacking style for ...
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Why isn't this threefold repetition, forcing a draw

Here's my scenario (I don't know how to attach boards/games, so I'll explain it): White has pawns on c2 and a2 and a king on c1. Black has a queen on b4. Play proceeds 1...Qe1+ 2.Kb2 Qb4+ 3.Ka1 Qe1+ ...
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Concerning a chess-problem generating program

Are there any programs that can generate a huge amount of different interesting chess puzzles? Are there any programs that can make a lot of retrograde analysis problems?
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Is it possible to play 1 minute bullet with no increment over the board?

Playing 1 minute bullet with no increment on the internet is already hard... but what about over the board? i.e. in real life with an actual wooden board. Would it be possible or would 90% of the ...
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What are the best few opening moves for this simpler variant of chess?

I am implementing a program that is supposed to play this variant of chess... ...where the objective is to take all the pieces of the opponent, and pawns promote to rooks only. Otherwise, all the ...
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Duplicating the game analysis output on lichess

I'd like to automatically generate move by move analysis (based on my past games) like they have on lichess for imported games. My guess is that I need to run a full stockfish analysis for each move ...
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in silman's book, question about open files and global exchange

In a book from J.Silman, I found this position: [FEN "r1qr2k1/p2bppbp/3p2p1/1p1P4/3B1P2/1B3Q1P/PPP3P1/3RR1K1 b - - 0 17"] 1... Re8 2. c3 h5 * It deals with the rooks, white managed to semi-open ...
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Is there an engine which can give a breakdown of its evaluations

Engines evaluate a position based on a number of factors - material imbalance, king safety, control of the center, pawn structure etc. My understanding is that they then combine these separate ...
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“Breaking” crowded positions

White moves. Is there a systematic approach to tackling such crowded formations? I don't see an efficient way to progress, aside from charging to trade figures in order to thin the population. ...
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checkmate with rook and king against a knight and king [duplicate]

Is it possible to mate with a rook and king when the opponent is left with one knight and king?
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Are there decided recent games with 1. b4 at top level?

I would like to have a survey of the decided games with 1.b4 since 2010, where both players had at least 2600 Elo. chessgames.com allows to search games with given moves (with tight limits), but ...
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Is there a name for this variation ? (or just this setup in general)

Recently I played a game against an international master, which I won, with a variation I prepared by having Deep Fritz 14 analyze each move individually, and now I'm wondering is there a specific ...
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How can I play?

Can someone please just tell me how all of the pieces move? I always get the castles and the priests mixed up, but I know one of them makes an "L" or a backwards "L". Thank you for your underatanding. ...
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Were my sacrifices sound in this game?

[FEN ""] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 { I wasnt familiar with theory here, but I vaguely remembered seeing a kingside fianchetto somewhere and it seemed reasonable. } 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 c5 6.O-O Be7 ...
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Clarification on changed rules of getting rating from FIDE

As of July 2014 FIDE states 7.14c The condition of a minimum of 5 games need not be met in one tournament. Results from other tournaments played within consecutive rating periods totalling not more ...
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162 views

When playing chess online, what does 1-1 mean?

When playing chess online, when your opponent says 1-1, what does 1-1 mean?
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183 views

What should an arbiter do if a player has illegally stopped notating?

Situation: a standard game, 1 hour 40 minutes for the game with 10 seconds increment per move. FIDE rules. White has two minutes left and has stopped writing down his moves, as he is allowed to ...
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How common/important is promotion to knight?

Is a chess program without the ability to promote to knight unacceptably incomplete? I have a chess program that implements most basic chess rules, such as en passant and castling. However, promotion ...
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Where can I find a big chess database?

I am searching for a big chess games database, in PGN or CBH or SCID format. ICOfY Base is no longer available, I think. I found nothing in torrent sites (I am searching for something that is legal).
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Could white have won this game?

[Event "Fritz, 19Ply / 19Ply"] [Site "?"] [Date "2015.04.15"] [Round "1"] [White "Stockfish 6"] [Black "Houdini 1.5a w32"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B42"] [PlyCount "292"] [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 ...
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how do some players focus better by thinking on the first move?

I've seen some of my colleagues (2100-2200 Elo) who after shaking hands just think about 3-4 minutes on the first move, even though they know what they're going to play. When I asked one of them he ...
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Issues downloading the latest version of chess database on chessdb!

I downloaded the lastest version of chessdb but while trying to download the large database (about 3.5M games), I have got errors and the download does not start. I deactivated my firewall and my ...
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What is the maximum DTM with K+J vs K?

What is the maximum DTM in the endgame king + janus vs king on a 10x8-board ? The janus can move like a bishop or like a knight. Since both sides have two additional pieces, the board has 10 columns ...
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Full board with full point mutual zugzwang

Is there a position with all pieces on board such that the side to move loses ? Is there a position with all pieces on board such that the side to move is checkmated in 1 ? [FEN " "] 1. Nc3 Nf6 ...
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How do strong players think during a game?

What is the best chess technique? I mean, how do World Champions think in a game? What happens in their minds? Do they think of their moves in advance or they just know what to move because they have ...
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why taking notes that encourage oneself is illegal in chess?

Ok, in round 9 in US chess championship 2015 Men, Wesley So (2794) was forfeited by the arbiter to lose over Akobian (2622) since So took notes that were not chess-related but contained "general ...
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What is the best opening that i should learn [closed]

What is the best opening that i should learn , And how much time should be spent on learning an opening?
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Mate Prevails - Chess Rule

Is "Mate Prevails" not an FIDE rule? I couldn't see it in the FIDE website but I heard about it from many players. UPDATE: "Mate Prevails" is a claim some players make that they win the game after ...
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Complete game Ojanen - Ridala , Helsinki 1959

http://timkr.home.xs4all.nl/chess2/diary_6.htm Entry 117 shows a case of fatal automatism. In the game Ojanen-Ridala , Helsinki 1959, White saw a routine win, which was a loss in the concrete ...
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Have endgame tablebases ever been compiled for smaller variants of chess?

I am interested in compiling endgame tablebases for a few miniature chess variants, such as Chess Attack (5x6) and Los Alamos Chess (6x6). Have these ever been created before, and if so, are they ...
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King's Indian Attack plans for White after Black plays ..dxe4 and ..e5

I always play the King's Indian Attack against the French Defense. Most of the time, I get the position below and I couldn't think of good plans. What are the best ways for White to continue? I don't ...
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Should playing chess against yourself always end up in a draw?

You play against yourself, using your own opening repertoire. Thus by playing both White and Black, you reach positions that should be fairly equal, and then you continue to play both sides, ...
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Engine not necessarily playing strong but “attractive”

Does anyone know a chess engine that is not programmed to be as strong as possible, but to play "attractive" chess ? The program should have an aggressive style and play for mate attacks, even if ...

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