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FIDE rating: how games are rated if a new list is published while playing a tournament

does anybody knows how games are rated (FIDE rating) when a new list is published while playing a tournament? Let's say I'm playing a tournament starting at April and ending at June. Starting ratings ...
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How do I become less materialistic?

I've identified that the weaknesses in my game are: Materialism: Most of my wins are where I've won some material and converted the advantage in an endgame. However outside of this plan, e.g. ...
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Why am I getting different behaviour between using stockfish as a child node process and a CLI called process?

Copied this question from stackoverflow. Not 100% sure it belongs here but we'll see... I am building a web interface for the stockfish chess engine using Node, and I noticed that the behaviour of ...
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How to gain material by trading pieces?

So, I am learning the basics on trading pieces, but can someone please give me tips on the "Art of trading pieces with material gain". I know a concept called overloading, but are there any other ...
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I'm confused by UCI Pondering and Time Control

I'm trying to talk to a UCI engine (right now Stockfish, but more generally to all UCI engines) to write my own computer-vs-computer program (I could use Fritz, but I really want to learn more about ...
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How to play this bishop & pawn endgame?

[Title "Black to move"] [StartFlipped "0"] [fen "6k1/p4p2/1p2pPp1/7p/3Pb2P/1B2P1P1/P7/2K5 b - - 0 33"] I'm Black. In the game I deliberately allowed White pushing the pawn to f6, I was expecting ...
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Why do people say blitz chess can be bad for your chess?

I keep hearing blitz chess is bad for you but the I've only been offered two explanations for why that is. The first reason I've been told is that it ruins your ability to focus since you it forces ...
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How to develop tactical and combinational awareness?

Most of my learning comes from trial-and-error sort of self-teaching. I cannot say I am completely blind to tactics and combinations, but, while solving puzzles (approx. ~1600+) I tend to miss ...
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Why is Qe2 stronger in this position?

I just finished reading Logical Chess Move by Move (should have red it before) and I just started with the Classic "My system" Im still on the beginners part that talks about the center (cant wait to ...
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What are the most popular defences White should be prepared to fight against in the Ruy Lopez?

Could you put the move orders as well as briefly explain the idea of the defenses?
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In the Ruy Lopez, does White play on the queenside or King side?

I always play on the kingside, but I recently heard from Expert class that White plays on the queenside. I also seen another Expert class play on the queenside. If this is true, then why does White ...
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What is meant by “nerves” in chess?

It is said about chess players in general. For example, Wikipedia says about Ivanchuk: His inability to become World Champion despite his immense talent and longevity among the chess elite has ...
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Chess Logic - Tigran Petrosian's doctoral dissertation

I have recently learned that former chess world champion Tigran Petrosian has earned the PhD title from Yerevan State University, his dissertation title being "Chess Logic." I would like to read what ...
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En Passant - Usage after one or more move(s)

I was playing chess on an app against a computer, and I could make an en passant after a move from me and the computer. [FEN ""] 1.e4 h5 2.e5 f5 3.a4 a5 4.exf6 exf5 {Ignore the weird ...
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How does one become a theoretician?

What does it mean to be an opening theoretician, and how does one achieve this status? Does it imply that one should not be an active tournament player? Apart from opening theoreticians are there ...
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Anaylsis of my game

Me and one of my colleagues have started playing chess for a while. We are playing one or two matches every weekday, and play tactics over our phones when off work. Here is one of our latest games. I ...
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MOVING 2 PIECES TOGETHER

Can one open by moving two pawns one square forward for each? (I hope you don't think I'm being funny - I was taught this when playing at school and have always played with this option).
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What is a good opening software program?

I am trying to find a good program to help me perfect my opening play. It needs to be something simple because I am no computer expert. I don't understand the opening trees and all that high tech ...
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Opening repertoire for pre-Fide Masters (reformulation) [duplicate]

I am so free to ask you which openings a +- 2250-2300 Fide player (yes, it's not a joke), not young but still hoping to progress, should play against 1.e4 and 1.d4, if he is aggressive-minded, ...
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Problems with chess anxiety?

I've been dealing with this for a while and the game can just sometimes be overwhelming. I really don't know how to calm myself and it might be effecting my play. I've been told maybe its because I ...
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Is there a way to get FIDE ID without playing in FIDE rated events?

Is there a way to obtain FIDE id also known as FID without actually participating in FIDE rated events? I don't mean obtaining FIDE rating, just the id. The reason why I am asking is simple: this ...
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Why can't knights lose tempo?

From Wikipedia: Kings, queens, bishops, and rooks can lose a tempo; a knight cannot (Müller & Pajeken 2008:40,175,189). Is there truth to this? Examples please. My context is towards developing ...
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What are some chess tournaments around the world that have both Grandmasters and none professionals players around the world in the same section?

I want to enter chess tournaments were there are title players from more than one country and none title players can compete in the same section. What's a tournament open to everyone like the ...
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Which openings are playable at (pre-)Fide Master level - International Master level? [closed]

Which defences against 1. e4 and 1. d4 should a 2250-2300 Fide player use to become an international Master, if he is: Aggressive-minded Tactically proficient Keen on dynamics ...
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Can the outcome of the submitted position be clearly determined?

Playing a blitz game, I reached the below position: [Title "White to move"] [fen "1r3rk1/1q1nbpp1/p1n1p2p/P1p1P2P/2Pp1BN1/5BP1/1P2QP2/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1"] At this point both players had less then a ...
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Becoming a pretty good chess player [duplicate]

First of all I am sorry if my English is not very good. I started to play chess some time ago. I want to start to play pretty good to have fun in tournaments but I have no idea how to create a plan of ...
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Please Critique my game played by my engine

[Event "?"] [Site "?"] [Date "?"] [Round "?"] [White "?"] [Black "?"] [Result "?"] [fen ""] 1. e3 e5 2. Qg4 Qf6 3. Bb5 e4 4. Qxe4+ Qe7 5. Qd5 Qh4 6. g3 c6 7. Qf5 g6 8. Qd5 Qb4 9. Qe5+ Ne7 10. Be2 Rg8 ...
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Pieces, pawns and chessmen

In English as far as I know, pawns were once not pieces. A player had eight pieces and eight pawns which, together, totaled 16 chessmen. When did this usage change? Why? And (if you happen to know) ...
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What to do in an opening trap

In light of the recent game Nakamura vs Anand, the second time, in the recent candidate's tournament, Anand fell into Nakamura's opening preparation trap out of the reversed sicilian. If he [Anand] ...
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Just don't get f6 break in french?

I'm really struggling to understand this move tbh. Even after carefully reading a similar question posted here Why is the f6 pawn break in Advanced French so important for black? I still just don't ...
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What does chess theory refer to?

I hear some people say certain players only win because they know/memorized a lot of theory? I don't know the "official" term for these types of players but it makes me concerned because hopefully I'm ...
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Why is this a threefold repetition draw?

Relatively new, so sorry if this is obvious. Recently played a game on my phone chess app where the option popped up that I could claim a threefold repetition draw. I hadn't known about this rule. ...
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Sicilian defense answer to Bc4 and Qf3

I am a very beginning player and something I see a lot in response to the Sicilian defense is Bc4, with white intending to play Qf3 next turn. I found that e6 is a good answer but I feel where I take ...
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Extreme effort to keep a pawn backward

I'm currently studying chess strategy, and I can across an example of backward pawn exploitation that I do not understand. The book I'm reading suggests 1... Rd5 to keep the d4 pawn backward. Doesn't ...
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Are there any Linux GUIs that can be controlled via command line?

I'm looking for a GUI that I can control via the terminal. Something where I can input a series of moves into the terminal, such as: > e4 > e5 > Nf3 ...and have the GUI update the ...
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Does …Rxe3+ work for Black?

In the position below, does ...Rxe3+ sacrifice work for Black? I need concrete lines, that prove your claims, I can not satisfy myself with some rough evaluation. Thank you. Regards. [Title "Black ...
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Losing against lower rated opponents

I play many blitz games on Lichess per day, 5 + 5 and up. When I play my A game, I can beat any 2000+ player with ease, like today. Sometimes 2200, but I don't play them much. Anyway sometimes like ...
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How to flip board in scid?

I am using scid version 4.6.2. How can I flip the board such that I get black's point of view? There should be a flip button somewhere, but I do not see it: I've enabled all toolbar buttons as ...
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Statistical Right Handedness Bias in Move Selection?

It seems clear to me that there must be a statistical bias in the move selection of master level games in relation to the natural "hand" of the move, right or left. Let me explain. For the sake of ...
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I know my mistakes but how would I learn from them?

Learning from your mistakes is the whole point of analyzing your own games is it not? By learning from your mistakes you are able to improve but my question is once I know I played a inaccurate or bad ...
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How to decide what openings to stick with?

I've come to the conclusion that I'm at the point where it would be better for me to stick with a handful of openings I can know well as oppose to how I would normally just play quite a large range of ...
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Castling in the French Defense?

How do you decide which way to castle? It seems castling kingside can be dangerous because of white's extra kingside space he often gets in the French Defense. Also most of my pieces are naturally on ...
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How does a USA chess player get invited to a chess tournament like the China-USA Chess Summit (2013)?

How does a USA player get invited to such a tournament if it were to happen again? If I were to make a goal to play such a tournament what steps would I have to take? Just curious on how the ...
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Fischer playing Greenblatt in 1977

Is there any information, apart from the three games, regarding Fischer playing the Greenblatt computer in 1977? Wasn't Fischer living in seclusion at that time? How did someone manage to have Fischer ...
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Learning chess theory

I have played a lot of chess in my childhood. And I'm quite a decent player as well. However I stopped playing for few years now. Only after I realized that there are lot of opening/middle/closing ...
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Is it still possible to develop new openings?

I have been using this opening that I accidentally started using a lot and then got good results in Blitz games. I'm almost sure it won't last a chance in standard games but it made me curious about a ...
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Which books are suited for 1500 elo?

I currently have 1500 Elo on chess.com and recently I feel like I reached a bottleneck, it seems that no matter what, it is difficult to go higher. Considering that I want to reach 1800 which books ...
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Would you look for mate, if tactics to win materials are easier to spot?

I'm black, I defeated a 1830 very easily in a 11 + 10 game and I had plenty of time, but I played fast and didn't see mate, he was low on time. Analyzing with lichess engine The engine suggested ...
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Are the GUIs of Chessbase chess programs the same?

Chessbase (the company) has several chess analysis programs available: Fritz, Komodo Chess, Houdini Pro, Deep Junior and Deep Rybka. Do all of these programs use one and the same graphical user ...
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Implementing a Chess Database with Openings tree explorer

I'm planning a Chess website and I'm considering adding a searchable games database with +4 million games togueter with an opening tree explorer. A couple of examples of what I want: ChessTempo ...

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