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Chess Position Trainer

I just started playing with Chess Position Trainer and I really enjoy the experience of playing through the "Closed Sicilian” repetoir that comes pre-loaded. The manual mentions that you can build ...
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Draws, castling rights, and the FIDE's 2014 rulebook revision

A question of rulebook pedantry: Effective July 2014, the FIDE has revised its Laws of Chess. As you know, the Laws have long allowed a player to claim a draw by repetition. The July 2014 Laws, ...
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Is it possible for any titled player to beat chess engine?

This topic has been discussed before but I want to reopen this thread because of Stockfish vs Nakamura. I was watching the series on chess.com, it happened few days ago Game 2, I was hoping to see if ...
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What are the common mistakes make by chess engines at ELO range 1500 - 1800?

I'm a software developer and occasional chess player at elo rating 1500. Chess engines of different level play different type of games with some mistakes according to that given level. I'm ...
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understanding evaluation function

I am developing a chess program. And have made use of an alpha beta algorithm and a static evaluation function. I have successfully implemented both but I want to improve the evaluation function by ...
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Increase font of rank and file labels in babaschess

I'm trying to memorize the squares A-H 1-8, but its difficult when the labels are very tiny. How can I increase the font-size of the Rank and File labels in babaschess.
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How do top players use computers to improve their play?

This question is inspired by yesterday's matches between Hikaru Nakamura + Rybka vs Stockfish. Nakamura was allowed to use an older version of Rybka to help him, and Stockfish was allowed to play with ...
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Is that possible to know if someone is cheating in correspondence chess?

Consider a mobile chess app which allows to play correspondence chess. Some apps, like this one, state that they'll punish someone (e.g. disable their account) if they discover that the person is ...
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Average income for titled chess players

What is the average income for an IM? What about for a super GM? Is there an online site/resource that has these average incomes? Also only the ones that come from chess or chess-related ...
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Checking most played move in a position in Fritz

I have a series of about 50 games in a certain position in fritz opening database 2013. I want to check the most played move, but rather than checking which move was most played by checking them ...
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Key indicators for deeper analysis

I have trouble with managing my time in my games. I cannot determine if I need a deep analysis or I am in a position where any good move would do. So, what are good indicators to determine if a ...
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How to evaluate my move with UCI engine?

I am looking for a way to analyse the moves I play. I'm NOT looking for a suggestion of a GUI that does this, or using Chessbase to do this. I want to know how to do this by communicating directly ...
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Busted openings

http://en.chessbase.com/post/rajlich-busting-the-king-s-gambit-this-time-for-sure The link is to a chessbase article speaking about a group of researchers who claim that that king's gambit is busted. ...
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Will quantum computers solve chess?

The theory is that there are more that 10^40 positions, and a computer that works with an atomic scale has to be impossibly large(As in galaxy-scale large), and well beyond our current level of ...
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Is this endgame won for white?

With the missing g and e pawns still on the board and a roughly symmetric position, I made a mistake that lead to 17 moves of what I think of as quite difficult defense, my opponent walked into the ...
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Chess Olympiad statistcs

I have watched some matches played in the chess Olympiad in Tromsø. The majority of the games I watched, one player played english opening, and usually he won, I haven't seen any french opening game. ...
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Is there a chess engine that allows you to specify which opening it uses?

I would like to practice against a particular opening - outside of bribing smart guinea pigs who know how to play chess, is there any way I can get opponents who always use a certain opening?
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Can you run “Full Analysis” in Fritz with a different engine?

I have added Stockfish to the Deep Fritz GUI, and I even marked all engines except for Stockfish as inactive. However, when I run the "Full Analysis" it's still using Fritz. Is there a way to use a ...
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Is it allowed to prepare for a game after the round has started?

At the recent US Open I started the tournament well and was paired against a GM in the roped-off area. I had worked out the pairing well in advance and was able to do some fairly heavy openings ...
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Ways to improve defensive skills

Last night I played two OTB games with a friend of mine and in both games I reached decent, even winning positions. At some moment though I overlooked my king safety and blundered horribly, which lead ...
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Second Troitzky line, where knight and pawn could be located?

I am trying to understand where the pieces should be located for the second Troitzky line (checkmate 2 knights vs a pawn in 50 moves limit) and fail to get it. So from wikipedia: Black's pawn is ...
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Draws, en passant, and the FIDE's 2014 rulebook revision

Effective July 2014, the FIDE has revised its Laws of Chess. Some questions occur regarding the revision, including one re draws and en passant. [Title "Black to move"] [FEN ...
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Can't find long term plan for Black

I am working on multiple lines from Scandinavian defense, with the goal to resurrect them. One line I'm working on is 3...Qd8, and I have managed to achieve quite playable positions ( the results are ...
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Which interface protocol should I implement for my chess engine?

I am writing a chess engine in Java https://github.com/RomainGoussault/Deepov. I know there are several interface protocols out there (UCI, Winboard protocol, etc) and I don't know which to ...
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Where can I buy the chess engine Komodo? Do I get somekind of bonus premium membership with it? And when will its next version be released? [on hold]

I have three questions about the chess engine Komodo. Firstly, where can I buy and order it? I would like to have it in a CD (not just download it). I went into the website of a chess store near ...
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On-line live analysis board?

Here is the situation. I have a friend with whom I very much like to discuss chess (our games, other games etc.). We are not living in the same country, so we discuss chess on-line. During our on-line ...
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Novice question about openings

although I think I've played a lot of games, my ability is still very low. I've never read any books on chess, perhaps this is explains my poor games. As I'm starting to research some chess online, ...
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GUI for stockfish that can analyse the full game

I am looking for a GUI for stockfish that can analyse the whole chess game and give me the following output: For every move in the game, it should give me a list of N (let it be 3) best moves with a ...
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Opening books, theory on Maroczy Bind

I am just asking if there is any book that cover specifically on the Maroczy Bind structure, which can arise from Sicilian Accelerated Dragon [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq ...
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What is Black's best move in this position?

[Title "Black to move"] [StartFlipped "0"] [fen "r1b1kb2/pp1p2pp/2n1qn2/3P4/3p4/2N4P/PPP2PP1/R1BQR1K1 b q - 0 1"] What is Black's best move in this position? Would black's best move be Qxe1?
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Who is the winner between two powerful computer opponents?

If we suppose to have 2 powerful computer, that are able to calculate all moves in some seconds, who will win, the black or the white? Or the game will always be draw? (let say we have a unlimited ...
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Which piece is least likely to be taken?

If one were to analyse a large number of chess games, which specific piece (not type of piece) would be found to be taken the least number of times? And yes, in light of SomePatzer's comment, besides ...
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How to update Elo rating?

I'm building a chess app which will have a Elo rating system. Would it be more appropriate to update player's rating based on their rating at the beginning of the game, or their rating at the end of ...
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In the modern benoni, what should I do if this happens

Let's say the position is: [Title "Black to move"] [FEN "4k3/8/8/8/8/2P5/8/6K1 w - - 0 1"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 dxc5 I usually do this: [Title "Black to move"] [FEN "4k3/8/8/8/8/2P5/8/6K1 w - - 0 ...
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Would I do okay in a Chess tournament with 1500 chess.com rating? [closed]

Here is the background story before I get into my actual question. There is a chess tournament in a city near mine, starting at 28th of August. The thing is, my parents won't allow me to go there. Not ...
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Do Grandmasters think using algebraic notation?

Is algebraic notation used just to communicate chess moves in written and spoken form, or should players strive to use it during their thinking process as well? In Dan Heisman's excellent The ...
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Since each engine has its own style of play… which engines are more positional/strategic and which engines are more sharp/tactical?

I’ve heard that each engine has its own style of play. Some are more positional and strategic, while others are more sharp and tactical. And so my question is: could you roughly sort the following ...
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Why Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is so popular in the chess world? [closed]

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has just been re-elected as the next FIDE president again. He's so far beaten two World Chess Champions in the elections - Karpov and Kasparov, both by some absolutely big margins. ...
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Is there an easy way to detect draw in King + Pawn vs King endgame?

I know the basics of opposition, but I am struggling to evaluate position for drawness in King + Pawn VS King endgame. A lot of time it is useful to know whether you should make an exchange. For ...
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Recommended mobile app or website to memorize openings?

I'm looking to improve my game's opening. Just wondering if any of you could recommend an app or website dedicated for this? Thanks
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In the Delayed Open Catalan, after 1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. g3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Ne5 c5 8. dxc5 Bxc5, which move should I play?

In the Delayed Open Catalan, after 1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. g3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Ne5 c5 8. dxc5 Bxc5, we reach this position: [Title "White to move"] [fen ...
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Multiple opening books in Arena?

In Arena, you can select an "Arena main book" which will be the chess opening book that will be displayed in the Book/TB tab. However, is there any way to merge multiple opening books into that tab? ...
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On blunders in PGNs

Let us say that I commit a blunder in a chess game. One that is deserving for a ??, a mate in one let us say. My opponent misses it. With what mark should the move be written in a pgn? Left markless, ...
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Struggling to improve past intermediate level

I have been playing a lot of chess recently after not having played much in the last few years. My rating (sorry, I don't know which rating systems) on most chess websites and so on tends to sit ...
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Chess engine with an ELO of less than 1800

I am looking for an UCI compatible engine with an ELO of less than 1800. Not a version of Houdini or Stockfish with an ELO of 1800. I want a engine with a real ELO rating of 1800 or less. If you can ...
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Could you explain me this part of GM Larry Kaufman's article on “The Evaluation of Material Imbalances”?

This is a stupid question that has more to do with English than with chess, so if other people also think it's stupid I can delete it after I get the answer. Since English is not my mother's tongue I ...
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How to interpret lifetime score

I can not understand what the following numbers mean: Gligorić had the following record against the world champions he played against: Max Euwe +2 -0 =5, Mikhail Botvinnik +2 −2 =6, Vasily ...
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FIDE Online Arena: what specifically determines bullet, blitz, rapid, and unmonitored time controls?

I've been trying out the FIDE Online Arena; while I've found a lot of marketing, I find very little useful documentation (possibly because the software is new). FIDE Online Arena has four different ...
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Quick Analysis of best possible move in this board

What's black's best possible move and why? [Title "Black to move"] [StartFlipped "0"] [fen "r3k3/pp2b3/1qn1Np2/2p1p2Q/4P2p/1NP4P/PP3Pr1/2KR4 b - - 0 1"]
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How to download Stockfish and install it on the Fritz/ChessBase GUI?

I'm on Windows 8. I have the Fritz/ChessBase GUI since I bought both Fritz 12 and Houdini 3 Pro. I would like to know how exactly can I download and install the free latest version (and most powerful ...

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