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Why is 2…e6 the most common move after 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4, but not after 1 d4 Nf6 2 Nf3?

This is the case on the Chesstempo database, and the Chessbase database. I don't understand why. Wouldn't people who favour Nimzo-type setups play 2...e6 against both moves, and people who favour ...
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How to challenge a queen with a bishop pair in endgame?

Any hints how to survive or win having a bishop pair against a Queen in endgames. What you should do? how to cooperate between them? what's the opponent best strategies?
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Is this Endgame a draw? Both Bishops + 4 Pawns AGAINST Queen + 1 Pawn

I am having this position, I am black: So I have both bishops + 4 pawns = 6.5 points + 4 points = 10.5 points. The opponent has a queen + 1 pawn = 10 points. I know how to challenge a queen with ...
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Looking for pgn openings file

I am looking for a file containing several (>50 let's say) popular openings in PGN format. The aim is to use it with cutechess to do engine testing on different opening scenarios.
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What are the latest ideas for Black against the Samisch King's Indian Defense?

I am always afraid of the Samisch variation of the King's Indian. It's the main reason why I switched to Chebanenko Slav (or ..a6 Slav, or Kamsky's Slav). But my opponents seem to be always prepared ...
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Strategic and tactical ideas for White in this KIA game

What are the good strategic and tactical plans for White in this position? rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1 1. e4 e6 2. d3 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. g3 Nc6 5. Bg2 Nf6 6. Ngf3 Be7 7. O-O ...
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Eyestrain - Anyone experiencing eyestrain when playing OTB?

As the title says. When playing blitz (3 to 5-minute games), I experience eyestrain after 10 or more games. After that, I start to blunder. I get tired too fast. In our area, it seems to be only me ...
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The list of all authentic chess games happened so far

I am looking for a database of chess games for a research purpose. I found that chessgames.com is one such site where the data for games of strong players would be available (I don't expect it to be ...
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Should I play the Cozio defense deferred?

The Cozio defense to the Ruy Lopez: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nge7 4. O-O The Cozio defense deferred: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nge7 The deferred variation speaks ...
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chess questions [on hold]

A king is placed on the bottom left hand square of a 8*8chess board and is to move to the top right hand corner square.if it can move only up or to the right. How many possible paths does it have to ...
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If A Screw with a pawn turns into a queen, what does a screw with a king turn into? [closed]

Refer to GrandMaster Chess Game logged ~2:00A.M. C.S.T. U.S.A LISA MARIA MUELLER
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What is positional play in chess?

I have played chess so many times, understood tactics (pins, discovered check, overloading, deflection, skewer), but i never understood clearly the positional play. I have noticed not many tutorials ...
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How important is the opening first move?

I have played against various chess engines at extreme difficulty levels. From what i have learned, any moves other than d4, e4 results in quick defeat (fewer than 25 moves). How important are the ...
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Chess Engine API

I am writing a C# 3D chess game in Unity. I am looking for a chess engine that can Take in an FEN string Return the best move to make given this FEN Check if the board given this FEN is in ...
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multi pv mode in GUI

is their any facility in babas chess (4.0) to facilitate multi pv mode. babas chess that i have only shows single pv. if it doesn't then which GUI (free) has facility for the multi pv mode running for ...
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What does “half-K” mean in the USCF tournament rating system?

The USCF rating system as described by Professor Glickman includes a factor called K: If m < 3, or if the player competes against any opponent more than twice, the "standard" rating formula ...
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Which type of openings generally lead their users not to waste much time on the clock: sharp/aggressive/tactical or positional/solid/quiet openings?

I’m only asking this question out of curiosity. The answers I’ll get won’t make me change my opening repertoire. OTB which type of openings generally lead their users not to waste too much time on ...
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Why fianchetto the bishop?

Why do people fianchetto the bishop? I know that fianchettoing two bishops (black and white) in b2 and g2 protects the entire black and white diagonals but honestly i never understood these reasons ...
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Is there an effective attack as white after Nf3 with e5 response in Atomic chess?

I'm a typical player who enjoys the 1. Nf3 opening as white in Atomic chess games. Today in an online Atomic chess tournament, I come across a player who played the 1... e5 response. As 1... f6 is the ...
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Resigning (Inevitable Checkmate)

I am a relative beginner to chess but have noticed particularly playing online a lot of players will resign if they lose a strong piece, for example, their queen. Is this sportsman like? I wouldn't ...
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When to decide King or Queen side castling?

How do you decide to castle on king side or on queen side? i know king side is castling is the quicker than queen side with just 4 steps. Does queen side castling favours more on attack, than ...
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Checkmate in response to a check

Is it possible for a white piece to deliver check to the black king, but for black's counter move to result in white getting checkmated? Has this happened in games between top players?
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Commented games for beginners

I'm looking for a website where we can find annotated games for beginners. I mean games with basic comments and lenght of the game is short. The best would be that we can see the pieces moving but ...
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Castling in xboard edit mode

Probably a stupid question, but I use xboard with fairymax or gnuchess. In the edit game mode, or in analysis mode, it is not possible to castle under any circumstances. Is there some setting I am ...
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software to analyze my own database of games with statistics

I've been playing on lichess.org for my online games, and is the primary way I enjoy chess. One of the big reasons why I started playing on lichess.org was that they offer a simple way to export your ...
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How to include diagrams in posts on stack exchange [migrated]

Where is this documented? I have been including FENs which have mostly turned into diagrams, but I suspect someone may be helping.
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Endgame FEN generator

is it possible to generate FEN strings for endgames based on specific criteria: n-pieces, w/d/l, and side to move? So say I wanted all FEN strings for King plus Rook vs King plus Pawn (KPKR) ...
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Endgame statistics [duplicate]

I am looking for information on W/D/L results for specific endgame configurations based on perfect play, not based on databases of actual games. For example, in the endgame King plus Rook vs King ...
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3answers
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Wording of Troitsky line rule

The current Wikipedia article on the two knights endgame states: For the position with White to move, Troitsky established that if a black pawn is securely blockaded (by one of the white knights) ...
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Attack or defend? Which is best approach to win?

In chess, most people argue that the first to attack wins the game. What is the best approach early in a game? Attack or defend? There are tons of chess materials online, talking about attacking, ...
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What is the difference playing against human vs chess engine?

I have been playing with chess engines for over a year now at extreme difficulty levels. I never played a single game with a human player. I am worried that when i face humans in a tournament, my ...
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1answer
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How to propose a new game variant?

My daughter and I have devised a chess variant which we feel works very well: it preserves the basic moves and strategies of chess, yet adds new strategies and considerations. It is a form of "3-D ...
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1answer
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What are all the possible combinations of openings which work well together? (like the Slav+Caro-Kann combo)

One well known very good combo is the Caro-Kann + the Slav: The main objective of both of these openings is to develop the light-squared Bishop to f5 before it gets locked inside the Pawn chain. ...
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2answers
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Feedback on a game

I just played this game with white. I am wondering, if any of the sides have gone terribly wrong/blundered anywhere? (except for both sides playing a dubious gambit - let's begin considerations ...
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4answers
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Why are there 64 squares on a chessboard?

My question is, why not 36, 49, 81 or some other square number? Do any historical sources point to how and why chess came to be played on 64 squares in particular? Has it always been so?
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How can I know the Elo rating of my chess engine?

I built an uci compatible chess engine, and I would like to know its Elo rating. What is the easiest way to get it? I would like something that works both on Linux and Windows.
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Why was this game drawn?

So, I was having this game with my opponent (and losing), but anyways, here is the final position: I checked the king with my knight on move 47 (i playing black). All of a sudden, the game was ...
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How can someone become Greatest chess player like Magnus Carlsen?

How can someone become Greatest chess player like Magnus Carlsen? I have been playing chess since I was 12 years old, but still I am an average chess player. Does it take genetics to become a Super ...
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1answer
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Can a computer have a good tournament?

Tournament players can "have a good tournament" because of the psychology involved, so their playing strength will vary from game to game. Do computers play at a constant strength all the time, or do ...
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1answer
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Unknown Knight move

I'm playing as white against a cpu. Black has a knight on A7, which he moved to D4 to capture my queen. How is this possible? I've been playing chess for almost 20 years and I have never seen ir heard ...
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1answer
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Professional match where neither player castles?

Are there any professional matches from serious players where neither player castles during the course of the game?
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Why does Fritz prefer under-promotion in this position

Why does Fritz prefer under-promotion in this position - how can underpromotion to bishop evaluate so much higher than normal queen promotion? Can this be a bug in the Fritz 14 chess engine?
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How to defend from the crazy knight attack opening at Nf3 …, Nd4 in Atomic chess?

Here's a game of Atomic chess I played with a friend. As you may see, neither of us are very good at Atomic chess and the game ended in under twenty moves. [FEN ...
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What would approximately be the ICCF rating of a GM with no external help and of a computer with no human judgment?

I need some players who play at the ICCF (International Correspondence Chess Federation) to answer this question. What would approximately be the ICCF Elo rating of the two following players? ...
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1answer
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Need to say check if we are giving [duplicate]

I want to give check to black and is it necessary to say check to other player?
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Can i be a great player rated 2100+ in 2 years if i train 15 hrs daily

Hello I am 15 yrs old and my FIDE rating is 1674. I am playing chess since 1 and half year. And if I train something like 15 hrs a day and almost play 20 tournaments then can I take my rating 2100+ in ...
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Is there an archived video with commentary of Norway 2015 blitz tournament available on the official or other websites?

They have many of top 10 players of the world, two teams of commentators on two different continents, but it seems impossible to (easily) find the archived broadcast on any official websites...
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Who are the seconds of famous players?

Can anyone provide lists of seconds of famous players? They can contain the names of people that work/worked with top players for a long period or for a particular match/tournament. Besides the names ...
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3answers
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Help for beginning player to start learning openings

Hi and thanks in advance for any help. Basically, I've been playing chess on and off for a long time, but only casually. Im not a beginner as such, but I only play against friends and occasional ...
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1answer
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What's a Confession Box?

The upcoming Norway chess tournament will implement something called a confession box. http://www.chess.com/news/grand-chess-tour-kicks-off-monday-with-norway-chess-7194 What's that really? What is ...

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