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How to play for a win with White without fighting for an opening advantage

I know that there are practical methods of playing for a win with White without bothering with an opening advantage. In Kasparov's multivolume work on his predecessors Bent Larsen is described as ...
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Rook and knight move together

This is my first question on chess beta and I don't know if I'm insane or if the cpu is broken. So I was playing chess against a CPU on the iPhone with the app 3D Chess Game, and the CPU (playing ...
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Was this considered a stalemate?

I'm new at chess and still learning the rules. The other day I was playing a friend of mine, and it got to the point where I had only my king and queen and he had only his king and bishop. I forgot ...
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Based on their separate and mutual records, what chance does Karjakin have against Carlsen?

I was slightly disappointed with the recent result at the Candidates. Karjakin won, but I just don't think he can match Carlsen for the WCh title. What is the most accurate prediction of the ...
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According To fide rules, what should happen in this situation

In a last round tie between 2 players fighting for top seed in a competition here is what happened. White had 18 sec on his clock and black had 26sec. Black was winning. At move 56, black made a pawn ...
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What is the green/red line in this analysis

I ran a game of mine on: http://analysis.cpuchess.com/ And I see that the analysis line changes from green to red and vice versa. What does it mean? Do the green lines mark the move was the ...
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h6 as a prophylactic move in the opening

As a low rated player myself, I often see people play h6 as black before playing Nf6, presumably to stop pins on g5 and things like the Fried Liver. Example: [fen ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 h6?! ...
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Did Stein really ridicule Fischer for grabbing the poisoned pawn in the Najdorf Sicilian?

I remember reading somewhere that Leonid Stein (one of the top players at that time) has ridiculed Bobby Fischer for grabbing the poisoned pawn in the Najdorf Sicilian during the Spassky-Fischer match ...
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Why does a touched piece not have to move in online play?

There is a rule of playing the game of chess that a touched piece of one's own should be the one to move. I have always been taught by professional trainers from early childhood that this is the ...
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Why is drag and drop more popular than click-click in online blitz

There are two ways to move the pieces in interactive interfaces, to drag and drop or to click-click. Drag and drop is by far the more common choice. Why is that given the two advantages of ...
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How to offer a draw when the opponent is not present

Imagine that your opponent is away from the board and you want to make a move and then offer a draw and leave for the toilet with some urgency. What is the solution to this inconvenience? Can a player ...
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How to resign when my opponent is not at the board?

This happened to me yesterday. It was unreasonable for me to play on, so I was going to resign but my opponent was not at the board. They probably left the board to watch another game, waiting for ...
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How can Elo be unofficially estimated?

@user1657 has given an interesting answer to a question of @ArghyaChakraborty. He says that the Android app called "Analyze your games" can estimate the user's Elo strength. How would it do that? ...
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Advice on how to draw with White

I read opening books a lot and they are always focused on finding a way to draw for Black and finding a way for White to play for a win. This makes me wonder why people are not writing opening books ...
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Full games archive in FIDE Arena

On the screenshot below it says that a paying member of the FIDE Arena has unlimited access to a full games archive. Unfortunately, for almost a year I have been unable to locate the place where my ...
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Chess puzzle editor

Looking for a tool for designing chess puzzles with an interface to test the user against all reasonable defenses (not just the single main line), to allow alternative solutions (without the usual ...
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Really animated chess diagrams

Looking for a tool to create animated diagrams from a PGN file. The usual way that animated diagrams are created is through the animated GIF file which shows separate positions with a fixed time delay ...
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1answer
25 views

Light chess literature for beginning kids and their parents

Looking for book recommendations for kids learning chess and their parents, or for the broad general public intrigued by chess. The idea is to read stories true or faked that fire the imagination to ...
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What are the rules for pawn wars?

I ask about the exact rules for the chess variant known as pawn wars. The starting position contains only pawns which move exactly like in chess and the first to promote wins. [FEN ...
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1answer
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What is wrong with taking the e4 pawn in the Najdorf Sicilian after 6.Bc4?

[FEN ""] [StartPly "18"] [Title "What is wrong with taking the pawn here?"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 b5 8.O-O b4 9.Na4 Nxe4 I have known this position for 25 ...
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Why does 6.Bc4 prevent 6…e5 in the Sicilian Najdorf?

[FEN ""] [StartPly "12"] [Title "What is wrong with 6..e5?"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e5 Please do not reply that it weakens the d5 square and allows the white bishop to ...
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Suggest a line for a player who does not want to be dragged into the Sicilian

I am a very bad Sicilian player and I am easily played out of book in the Sicilian defense. I need a line that would prevent my opponents fom going into the Sicilian defense. I have tried c4, but ...
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Was Ilya Makoveev cheating?

I don't know the veracity of this link, but it says the wunderkind Ilya Makoveev is disqualified for cheating. I could also see this as well. Is it true? What happened actually?
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Game engine versus engine from a given position

I use Fritz8SE , which allows the following options : You can let play two engines against each other a normal game. You can setup a position and let one engine play out the position. What I would ...
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1answer
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White's c5 in Semi-Slav (or Slav) Defense

Lately, I've been experimenting as white with pushing c-Pawn in Semi-Slav Defence, but mostly in blitz games, so I would be very thankful if some of you could analyze a bit and point out if there are ...
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What is this variation name?

I had started playing Owen's defense against,- "King's Gambit". My opponent made the pawn one step front. What variation he tries, Securing this pawn he gets into pace. ...
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Prove that white is not allowed to castle here

A friend recently gave me the following weird chess problem to solve, and I'm afraid I'm struggling to see the key ideas, that would ultimately count as proof. From the position, intuitively speaking ...
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How to determine the value of a piece from scratch?

Assume we have a standard chess set setup, but we make a slight change so that (for example) pawns can now move two squares forward on any move rather than just on their initial move. Even assuming ...
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1answer
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Is there published advice on giving simuls?

I unexpectedly found myself giving a tiny simul recently. I won all the games, but it left me wondering if there is any published advice on how to handle simuls as the single player. (There is ...
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Psychology in Chess

Having a correct mindset has been a frustrating endeavor in my chess career. I have some questions regarding how to get into a "correct mindset." 1) I can never seem to play against lower rated ...
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What to do with no stronger players around?

I hear that a good way to improve is by playing against much stronger opponents. The problem here is that there are hardly any stronger opponents where I live and that makes it not only not as ...
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Random distribution of chess pieces (Chess960/Fischer Random Chess) [closed]

I am new to Java(2 weeks training only) and tried to create a simple Java game and implemented an AI. Learning Java all by myself, I followed a few guidelines online and have come up with something ...
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Dealing with flexible opening positions

For some reason I feel uncomfortable in positions where the opponent has not committed any of his pawns in the center and was wondering why is that? I guess it feels like I'm not sure how to carry on ...
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Why do some players never accept a draw offer?

Some of the people I play against will never accept a draw offer, even in positions that are a theoretical draw. I know it's a draw. They know it's a draw. But they want to play until: Draw by ...
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1answer
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Software for online lessons

I'm interested in teaching online chess lessons to my students. But I haven't found any software plaftorm for this purpose. Are there any one? I don't mind if it's commercial or open-source.
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3answers
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Is 1.e4 the best first move for White from a theoretical point of view?

Assuming that the principles of classical chess in the opening are still valid (which thing I very much believe), may we say that "from a theoretical point of view" 1.e4 is the best first move for ...
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What is the status of correspondence chess?

Considering the rise of the Internet for playing games online and the increasing strength of computers / engines for evaluation of positions and finding best moves, what is the status of traditional ...
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How does analyzing help me improve?

This has been really frustrating for me since I don't get it. When I go through my games I spot errors and simply find better moves but then that's it. I just don't understand how this improves your ...
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No longer feel like playing chess? [closed]

Is it normal to no longer want to play chess? Or lose interest is probably a better way to put it. Is it temporary?
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Who is better in this endgame?

This endgame can come out of the scotch gamibt, albeit there are better lines for a black player that desires a draw. However, I was wondering out of curiosity if this is good for white or black.
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Best reply against the Giuoco Piano/Italian Game?

After 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 h6 4. d4: [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 h6 4. d4 What is the best answer to avoid pile up of opponent ...
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Why 6.Nc3 in the following position in Grob opening?

[StartPly "10"] [fen ""] 1.g4 e5 2.Bg2 Bc5 3.e3 d6 4.d4 exd4 5.exd4 Bb6 * In the Grob attack opening database posted in this answer the suggested next move is 6.Nc3. However, in most variations of ...
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What is this battleship-style chess variant called?

So I've recently built and published a chess app, targeted at club chess player (like myself). The goal of the app is to educate and make chess more accessible. I'm working on an update. One of the ...
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How to practice tactics correctly? [duplicate]

When it comes to tactics training what is the best approach to optimize results? I've recently started only doing really hard puzzles, the only immediate change is it obviously take me a lot longer ...
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1answer
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Is there a chess GUI that gives an evaluation of each move?

I'm looking for a chess GUI that shows the evaluation of each possible move rather than the top move.
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1answer
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Fischer vs. Geller, Curacao Candidates 1962

I recently came across a very interesting rook and pawn endgame from one of the games between Fischer and Geller from the Curacao Candidates Tournament in 1962. More precisely, I am talking about the ...
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How to become a professional who plays chess? [duplicate]

Currently, I am a good player of chess, I am a member in sites like chess.com and chess cube and in Chess online(Android application). Since I am a working professional, I could not spend much more ...
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How to relax when playing chess?

I always tend to be tense when playing. I guess you could say I find chess somewhat stressful? I see it as a fight to win as oppose to some ordinary board game like monopoly. I really can't relate to ...
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1answer
103 views

Query for games where the difference of player ratings was big

I want to run a query on a chess games collection which would give me games played by strong players vs weak players, let's say games from the first round of Open tournaments (Swiss system) where ...
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1answer
67 views

Best programable chess game on the market

I would like to program famous chess matches into a chess program so I can watch the matches. Is there a chess program that allows this or is there already a program that has famous chess matches we ...

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