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Who is best at random chess, humans or engines?

I know that the old good question about engines vs humans has been asked multiple times, e. g. here. But what about random chess (aka Fischer chess or chess960)? Can humanity feel confortable about ...
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Is there an opening where both knights get behind c4 and f4 pawns?

I like to get my knight behind c4 and I don't mind exchanging that pawn, I just don't like it to get stuck behind my knight, therefore I often play the English opening. Is there an established ...
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Have you ever been a ringer or thrown a game? [on hold]

Of course none of us have ever done this in a FIDE rated competition because that would bring chess into disrepute and open us to sanctions ;-) but there are plenty of lower competitions and also a ...
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Chess GUI with Time Handicap for Engine vs Engine matches

I want Stockfish to play for 1 hour per move and I want Komodo to play for 2 minutes per move. Is there a GUI that can do this? Arena has the option to set the seconds per move but both engines will ...
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Awkward situation. Take it or leave it!

Imagine a situation where our queen, opponent's bishop and opponent's king are in same vertical line such that if bishop was not there, there would be a check. Now the opponent, somehow unnoticeably ...
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Stockfish ELO vs search depth

Could Stockfish beat Magnus Carlsen if its moves were calculated with the UCI command "go depth 16"? If not, how can I find the depth "d" at which Stockfish's strength surpasses top GMs? We assume ...
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How do I find people to play chess with me through correspondence?

I really would like to play chess, nevertheless, I do not have access to physical chess players. My question is, how do I find people to play chess with me by email? I have not been successful in ...
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How many positions per second can a modern supercomputer calculate?

If we created a very powerful supercomputer (as powerful as the current most powerful supercomputers) which was only designed to find forced mates... How many positions could it calculate per second? ...
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What is counter play?

I hear this term in online commentaries. I have a vague sense of what it means: you earn yourself some good moves by ignoring a portion of the board and focusing on more promising parts of your ...
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In the Classical Variation of the Caro-Kann, what is the most positional, strategic, quiet, slow, closed, boring, dry and solid variation for Black?

I am not sure what to play as Black in the Classical Variation of the Caro-Kann, after 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 Nd7 8. h5 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 ...
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Effectiveness of a Space Repetition System in memorizing tactical patterns for long term skill gain?

After reading this article by Micheal de Maza: 400 Points in 400 Days As well as this paper by Gobet and Jansen: Training in Chess: A Scientific Approach I have come to the conclusion that effective ...
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Best strategy for analyzing chess games played by a kid

I am looking for ideas on how to have my 9 year old son analyze his chess games. Is there a software that he could use? He may not want to analyze the already played games on a chess board by ...
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How to connect a UCI chess engine play on FICS?

I see that there are several chess bots playing on FICS. I would like to have my own chess engine running on FICS (guest mode is ok), but so far I haven't found any bot source code. I tried eboard and ...
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What is the best age to learn chess?

I am currently writing a capstone position paper about the optimum age for a person to start learning chess. I have come to the conclusion that the optimum age is 5-6. I need help brainstorming ...
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Should I be afraid of the Slav Tolush-Geller Gambit?

As Black, after 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3, I like to play 4... dxc4 5. a4 Bf5, but I am afraid to play 4... dxc4 because of 5. e4, the Tolush-Geller Gambit (always followed by 5... b5 6. e5 ...
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Could you show me the code(s) of one or more simple chess program(s) written in C#?

I am a novice in C#. I am looking for the code(s) of one or more chess program(s) written in C#. Preferably, the code(s) should be short, clean, straightforward, very simple, and use only basic things ...
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Suggestions for endgame training

I am an unrated player. I am looking for ways to improve my endgame. I am currently using: Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual Pandolfini's Endgame Course (I am personally finding the former to be tough. ...
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Is there a forced mate/ winning advantage?

Recently I played a game in a High School league match as the top board. I played f4 followed by d5 (very standard). I played passively and waited out his attack and soon gain the momentum. At around ...
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Is it possible to play vs bots on FICS?

I was playing vs some 2300 guy a 15 min, he doesn't take any second to think about his next move, not even a second, not even against a c4 opening, when i offered him to play and he accepted ...
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Has Topalov retired? [closed]

Topalov's rating hasn't changed since a long time. And he hasn't signed for any of the upcoming tournaments. I wonder if he has retired, after reaching that 2800 mark? He isn't playing the Grand Prix ...
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Is a King, Rook and Knight vs King and Knight end game generally a win for the player with the rook?

I ended up struggling quite a bit to finish off this position against a better player (I had the knight) and I'm pretty sure he did not play optimally. I've not found much info of this end game. Is a ...
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Indian theme in real life

We all know this beautiful theme of self-interference: [Title "Loveday, mate in 3"] [fen "3R4/5K2/8/4k1P1/4p3/7B/4p3/8 b - - 1 0"] Spoiler: Now the question: did such motive ever occur in an ...
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Question about solutions given in a chess book for mate-in-two and mate-in-three

I recently purchased the book "Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations, and Games" by Laszlo Polgar, just to learn more about moves. This book has 3411 "Mate in two" problems and 743 "Mate in three" ...
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Is there a name for this common type of blunder?

I'm sure most of us have done it at least once ... I had a position where one of my pieces were under direct threat - I was a pawn up, but my opponent attacked my rook with his bishop and threatened ...
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Software to create FEN notation?

I am new to FEN notation. I understand its importance for describing position of pieces on board. I also understand FEN notations after reading about it in Wikipedia. However, it is a time taking ...
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Can Black perform successfull freeing break? If yes, what would be his long-term plan after?

I have tried to resurrect an old line and use it as an repertoire. Every single time I play it I reach positions similar to this: [Title "White to move"] [fen ...
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How useful is Chess.com Chess Mentor?

So I've used the Chess Mentor feature on Chess.com, and completed all of the free courses, and am now using it at 1 lesson a day(extremely slow). So, I've been considering buying a membership, namely ...
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Make chess engine play a particular position

I want to be able to train my mating skills by making a chess engine play positions that others have resigned from. Is there a way to make a chess engine play a particular position? I am using ...
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What's the best play when you're losing?

When you're down a few pieces or even in a bad position, which is better, playing offensive or defensive?
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What's the most offensive opening for Black?

I'm black a lot and I really like being offensive, but turning it around on white can be really hard, so what's a good opening? Please don't say fools mate or scholar's mate etc.
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Does Fritz “Blunder Check” mode respect “Side to Analyze” option?

I use Fritz 13, and in Blundercheck mode on a batch of games won by White, only want it to point out alternatives for the winner, that is white (I don't expect to have very many suggestions for ...
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Is there any way to extract PGNs from a DGT live games presentation?

For example: http://www.budva2013.org/live/d/tfd.htm I have no particular interest in this tournament, but I often seen displays like this and wish to extract games without needing to type them out ...
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Is studying computer games legal in correspondence chess?

I have recently umm downloaded the Dragon Cookbook from Chessbase. It is filled with human and computer games in the dragon. The thing is, are previously played computer games allowed to be seen in ...
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Opening book for stockfish

I am looking for a relatively up to date opening book for stockfish5 chess engine. I do not need it to be created by a stockfish team (only to work together with stockfish). Up till now the only ...
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Does …b5 give Black an advantage?

After being squeezed for an entire game I got the chance to ease my position with a pawn exchange. Incidentally, this would open lines for my pieces to attack opponent's weakened king. I played ...
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slav defense, black's bishop early development punishment

After: [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Bf5 I want to put a lot of pressure in black's position, I used to follow the game with: ...
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Chess As It Relates To Elaborate Endgame Strategies [closed]

Not sure if this is relevant to chess, so please redirect if necessary. But I figured I would get the best chess-based response here. How would one apply the principles of chess to everyday life? ...
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Best current player in the endgame? [closed]

In one interview, I do not remember when (please if someone knows give the link), Kramnik quoted that the best endgame player is Alexei Shirov... I think this interview was around year 2000. Obviously ...
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Caro-kann advanced variation pawn sacrifice

I use to play a lot the caro-kann as black. One line that I reached many times in advanced variation is: [FEN ""] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. g4 In this position I saw one game that Anand ...
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Chess Statistics How to?

I am a graduate student studying statistics and I play chess once in a while for fun. I was thinking (just for the fun of it) -- applying some of what I've learned in statistics to chess games: I ...
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Best way to play against Glek system?

I just wanted to ask which is the best way to play against glek system..Its quite a rare opening...So there are two lines one line is with Bc5 and the other is with d5...Which line according to you is ...
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How does a chess club become recognized by FIDE

First question here, I split it into 2 questions What would it take for the club to be recognized by FIDE? At first the club would be a place to have fun, but later on, I would like that the club ...
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Opening a chess club

Beside the chess sets and clocks, what materials are needed? I took care of the place, I'm talking about chess materials needed. Now lets talk about the materials, I would like to buy them this week, ...
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Can i post an annotated PGN chess board in chess.stackexchange.com? [migrated]

I know that i can post FEN Image, that is Static diagram of chess board. But can i post interactive game or sequence of moves here in stackexchange?
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Which side has the advantage in an Armageddon tiebreak game?

It is generally considered that white has better chances of winning in chess. This is due to white's initiative, since white gets to move first. The difference in chances seems to get more ...
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Can playing against Computer help?

I am a begineer level player on chess.com with rating around 1500. I play daily 2-3 games with 15|10 mins time control for each player. I find it difficult to get time to study chess books, and was ...
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Can K + N vs K force black into any corner?

Can white force this position [Title "KN vs K"] [FEN "8/8/8/8/8/8/5k1N/7K w - - 0 1"] into this position? [Title "KN vs K"] [FEN "k7/8/1K1N4/8/8/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"] Background: ...
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Is it too late for me to start professional chess?

I am 25 years old. I play online chess regularly and I am rated about 1900 on chess.com. And I recently won a local tournament. Now I want to start playing professional chess. Here are some of my ...
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Where can I see the recorded chess matches?

I want to know if there is any web site that maintains the recording of the famous chess tournaments. I am not looking for the video recordings, but the recording of the moves. For eg. I am currently ...
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Can Black create the second weakness?

I have played blitz game on lichess as Black and entered into drawn bishop endgame. My opponent tried to force the matters and lost in the end but at some point very interesting position arose, where ...

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