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Is there a name for a rook moving in front of the pawn on a particular file?

I have tried to make a diagram but cannot figure out how to do the FEN, sorry. In a game that I played online somebody has done a rather strange thing, they moved their rook in front of the pawn on ...
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How do I install SCID Chess on a Mac?

I tried to download SCID for Mac and when I downloaded the latest version, I got a scid-src.zip. When I extracted this, I get a bunch of folders and source files. How do I launch this application? I ...
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What are the sites and links to get a FIDE rating?

I am an active member of Chess.com. Now, I want a FIDE rating. Are there any possibilities that with reference to the Chess.com rating, I can get a FIDE rating? Since I am new to this please provide ...
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Analyzing complete games on iPad?

I have several apps on my iPad that will analyze the current position as I move through a game, but I can't seem to find any that will do an analysis of a complete game, ala the sort of analysis I ...
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Do you get an extra turn when you promote your pawn?

Once you e promoted your pawn do you get a second move to move it out of danger? Or do you still only get the promotion as your move and it becomes the opponents move?
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Least amount of moves to achieve a position

During a comp, my friend an I had a team kill and we decided to make this position(legally) before drawing. Then we continued to find more and more optimal ways of getting the position until I found ...
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Gull engine : Which depth value to set 6 difficulty levels?

We are installing the Gull engine for some chess enthusiasts in an organization. We would like to set 6 difficulty levels from beginner to master using depth. Is there someone who can advice us about ...
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Ideas behind the Grünfeld defense [duplicate]

I started a game (with the black pieces) where I have the possibilty to play the Grünfeld that I never played before. 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 I want to know what's the main idea behind it, ...
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Practicing over engine vs practicing overboard?

When I initially started playing chess I used books and board. Later when I used chess software I think my game improved a lot for a time, and I got a rating of 2000 at chess.com But the problem I am ...
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Problems: record for most mates-in-2

Does anyone know what the record for most mates-in-2 is for a composed problem? Example: this one has 58 different moves that mate in 2. 6R1/8/8/8/3Q3B/5K2/7k/1R6 w - - 0 1
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King's indian attack vs defense relationship

Sorry for my chess ignorance. I'm organizing my understanding of openings and I thought it would be nice to know if there was a reason why kings indian defense it's called almost the same as kings ...
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What does “U2000: ($600 b/25) $250-150-100.” mean?

When looking for tournaments I keep finding myself confused by abbreviations used (I just found a reference which has been slightly helpful). This one for example is from a Marshall club tournament in ...
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Does any country have as many GM's per capita as Armenia?

Does any country have as many GM's per capita as Armenia? If not which country is the closest? What are the some of the reasons for Armenian success in the chess world with its relatively small ...
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English opening against Dutch defense

How the two system work against each other. In particular, let's say I'm playing white, and the opponent has played e7e5 after a Bird opening: [fen "rnbqkb1r/pppp2pp/5n2/4pp2/2PP4/2N5/PP2PPPP/...
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Play online live game against a friend with time odds?

Is there an online chess site or app that would allow me and a friend to play live games against each other with time odds? I am somewhere around a low Class D player, and my friend is somewhere ...
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How to improve positional chess understanding?

I am a normal player with ~1500 FIDE rating, and I am quite good at tactics and trap things. But I falter at the positional games and I am bound to make mistakes where the things are non-tactical. So ...
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Drawn R+2P vs R endgame

I remember a recent(1-2 years) drawn (super)grandmaster game in which white had 2 connected pawns and a rook, while black had a rook. I later learned that it was a theoretical draw, which quite ...
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How to continue in this game?

I saw the following position and was wondering how white should continue: Should white exchange bishops? Should white play a4 to protect the bishop? Should white play c4 to protect the bishop and ...
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If I analyze a move in a position to depth 25, then why am i only up to depth 15 immediately after playing the move?

I'm using SCID with the latest Stockfish 7 on my Ubuntu PC. When I'm analyzing a position, I can see the depth counter on the left. After seeing that the move, Nf3 say, get to depth 25, I go to play ...
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How to play against an engine using Babaschess

I want to play against the computer using some engine with the Babaschess program (most used interface program in FICS). I want different levels of strength if possible. In this link they talk about ...
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Do people still play chess at Washington Square Park?

Back in the past I know that it used to a pretty popular chess location. Fischer played there when he was young. I think Magnus went their once (a few years ago). I have seen videos with Maurice ...
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How to create PGN notation with wrong moves in it?

I was as chess trainer with some young guys on a tournament, and wrote down some of their games. In nearly every game, there were wrong moves in it: king is in check, but does not move or react; ...
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Meditation practice among the chess elite?

My question is simple. Do we know of any 2700+ caliber players that regularly cite meditation as part of their lifestyle / preparation? It's not hard to find meditating chess players, but I'm ...
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High-quality (not bitmap) diagram software

I'm looking for software than can take FEN and generate a high-quality diagram, in PDF, Postscript, Windows metafile, or something else that will look good at 1200x1200 dpi or better. I thought the ...
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How to pronounce Caissa?

I imagine that it might be pronounced 1) kye EE suh 2) kah EE suh 3) KAY suh 4) KYE suh. Which is it? Or perhaps there is no established way and one shouldn't care too much.
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Quintuple pawns / Interesting pawn structures

After playing a game with an amateur that resulted in my opponent having tripled pawns right beside my doubled pawns I'm wondering if there are any games with quadruple pawns, after finding such ...
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Why can't I put Stockfish in SCID?

I'm installing stockfish to be used on SCID. I followed these two tutorials, using Stockfish from the Stockfish website rather than from git. https://www.chess.com/article/view/scid--stockfish http://...
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About 12…Bg5 and move orders in the 9.Nd5 Sveshnikov

After the moves [FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Nd5 Be7 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.c3 O-O 12.Nc2 12...Bg5 is considered the main move, to preserve the ...
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How to pronounce “eval”? [closed]

I know this is short for evaluation, as given by an engine, but I don't know how to pronounce it. My guess is simply like the first two syllables of evaluation but I would like to be reassured.
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Does knowing your opponent's personality have any influence on the game-plan

From Reputation and badges should be kept hidden until the question is answered, the below assertion is presented: It is often asked in chess, that does the personality of the opponent player has any ...
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Simultaneously managing attack and defense

I am an amateur chess player. I have the knowledge of pawn structure, development of the pieces and control of the center in the opening. After that my midgame rationale is attacking the weak pieces, ...
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Valid claim for a draw in a blitz game?

Following situation occurred in my last tournament: It was a 5 min blitz game without time increment. My opponent didn't have any material left. I touched my rook and wanted to place it on the ...
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Why is closing the center by White generally considered a concession?

Why is closing the center by White generally considered a concession? I mean, pushing e4-e5 when there are Black Pawns on d5 (and e6), or pushing d4-d5 when there are Pawns on e5 (and d6), is often ...
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Best books on middlegame strategy?

What are the best works trying to systematically summarize all middlegame themes and strategies: e.g. space advantage, pawn structures, exposed king, minority attack, isolated pawn, hanging pawns, etc....
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How do strong players know opening ideas, plans, etc?

A scenario that already happened many times. "GM X" comes out with this new book on "Defense Y" and this book becomes an instant classic for its lucid, clear explanations of the Defense's main themes, ...
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Which binary of Stockfish 7 should I use?

Stockfish 7 for Windows comes with 3 64-bit binaries: stockfish 7 x64 bmi2.exe stockfish 7 x64 popcnt.exe stockfish 7 x64.exe All 3 of them work on my system. Which one gives the best performance?
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How to use the latest Stockfish engine in Chessbase 15?

I bought the Komodo 9 dynamic version today and installed it right away. After installation I wanted to create an UCI engine of Stockfish 7 (for Windows). But the problem is always (also with a ...
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Mac/iOS chess app with rates option

I am looking for a chess app that you can set an exact rate to play against the computer (same as you have in chess.com where you set it to play against others). Is there any Mac (specifically) and ...
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Simple mate in 2?

I used to be a problem composer and the thing I loved about creating and solving chess problems is that you can't just rely on simple patterns. You need to think outside the box. This is one of my ...
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What is the idea behind 10.h3 in the Scotch Four Knights

Kramnik introduced this idea in a couple of his games against Aroninan, but I am struggling to justify such a slow move in a rather open position: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 ...
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How respectable is the CM title?

I know a man who has the CM title and his wife is WGM. They wrote a book together and on the cover her name is given with the WGM title but his name is left without his CM title. I asked him about ...
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What is the highest number of different mates in 1 you can have in one (legal) position?

A friend and I yesterday asked ourselves what the highest number of possible mates in a (legal) position is. We were able to come up with the following position which has a total of 76 unique mates in ...
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Can computer analysis really understand human behavior?

I just finished a game. I got into a pretty convenient position at move 17 (I play white): I noticed that in order to checkmate, I only need to remove the black bishop from protecting e7 and then I ...
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Steely, grim perseverance in the face of certain destruction

@JoshuaBakker has made an interesting comment: Why would you want [weaker competition]? For learning it's better to play against decent players.... But is it? I believe that such advice used to ...
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Chess diagram scanner

I am planning to create a chess puzzle book for beginners.Diagrams are need to be published in the book.Right now i have all the PDF materials.but i need a software to create diagrams for a ...
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syzygy tablebase generation program

I am a linux user and have been able to write not-too-complex C programs. I have also used makefiles. I have tried to download tablebase generator programs from GitHub but do not understand how to do ...
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Is a Caro-Kann game still advisable after 1. e4 c6 2. g4?

For the record, I have already made my move. I am black and I moved 2. ... d5. But I am wondering if that was a mistake. I am a total newb and am trying to learn the Caro-Kann. As I understand it, ...
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Please review my game in the King's Gambit Accepted

In the following game I played as White where I was mated. Can you comment on my game and how to improve? I'm particularly interested in understanding the my opponent's mating attack. [FEN ""] [...
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Reasoning for Rook sacrifice

[fen "rn1qk1nr/pp4p1/2p2p2/4P2p/1bp5/2NbPPP1/PP2N1BP/R1BQ1RK1 w kq - 1 11"] Komodo 8 and Stockfish agree on Nf4 here for white ( sacrificing the rook for development). It does not however show Bxf1 ...
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Why using the queen is not a good idea in this case?

I am a new [and a late] comer to chess. I started practicing on chessacademy.com where I got this exercise: r1bqk1nr/ppp2pp1/4p2p/8/1bPnN3/5N2/PP1B1PPP/R2QKB1R w KQkq - 1 13 According to the site, ...

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