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Can Black successfully finish opening?

I am trying to revive old line in the Scandinavian defense. Among the many lines I am analyzing, there is one position that looks promising. I will leave out the lines / opening moves, to keep the ...
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Chessbase videos on Symbian

I am looking for a way to either convert some chessbase videos/audios I have to mp4, or make it possible for me to view them on symbian. Is there such a way?
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Is 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 b6 a QID even though White hasn't played d4 yet? What would you recommend me against it?

I first thought that starting with 1. Nf3 would avoid the QID. But after thinking about it, this is only true if White plays 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 The move 3. Nc3 seems really cool since this ...
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When you check someone, do you have to say “check”?

Yesterday I was playing with a friend, I was almost out of time, he checked me, didn't say anything, I didn't see the check as i was in a hurry to make my move. And I was mated. Computers don't let ...
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How can Black free his game?

What are Black's long term plans in below pawn structure? How can Black free his game? The position arose from the Rubinstein variation of the French defense: [Title "White to move"] [fen ...
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Are there any Grandmasters on this website? [migrated]

I'm just curious about the number of Grandmaster available on this site Just asking, answer if you are one
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Resource with chess problems in electronic format with solutions

I am looking for a database of chess problems in electronic format with solutions. Ideal variant will be a database with something like: FEN starting position * description (Mate in 3 moves, Win ...
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In the books Wojo's Weapons, why was Wojo occasionally known to say “I'm too lazy!” when asked why he didn't play 1. d4 instead of 1. Nf3?

In Wojo's Weapons: Winning With White (Volume 1) by Jonathan Hilton and Dean Ippolito, it is written: Wojo's move order to reach any opening position almost always started with 1. Nf3 and then ...
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Could you show me some very easy mate in 20?

I am looking for some puzzles where there is a forced mate in as many moves as possible (ideally 20 or more). Yet the puzzles need to be as easy as possible! You will probably need to find some ...
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What evaluations do various engines give of the starting position at a depth of at least 30?

I am looking for evaluations that various engines give of: The starting position, with no move made yet. The position after 1. e4 The position after 1. d4 The position after 1. c4 The position after ...
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Is my engine working properly?

I noticed that when I put my Houdini 3 Pro x64 in the "Infinite Analysis" mode, he tends to use a lot of time to evaluate the bad moves... Sometimes he even uses like 30 seconds on the first 10 best ...
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Why did the Berlin Defense of the Ruy Lopez disappear from the play of World Champions before Kramnik revived it?

The Berlin defense of the Ruy Lopez was played by the likes of Steinitz and Lasker. [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 However, it soon disappeared out of the play of World Champions and ...
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Am I allowed to do a checkmate and win the game in this situation?

I am playing with whites. Currently my queen is at c7 and it's my turn. If I move my queen to d8 and declare check on the king, is this also a check-mate? sorry for the seemingly noobish question, ...
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Why is King's Gambit said to be refuted?

We all known that Bobby Fischer has published the famous "A Bust to The King's Gambit", where the gambit is said to be losing for white. Why is it so? Is there any line that can secure black an ...
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Why did black choose 1… Kxg7 instead of 1… Rfe8 in this puzzle?

I have a doubt with a puzzle that I solved recently. The proposed solution for that puzzle is as below. [FEN "r4rk1/pp4np/2n1bppB/qNQ1p3/8/6P1/PP2PPBP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1"] 1.Bxg7 Kxg7 2.Bxc6 bxc6 3.Nd4 ...
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In the USA, if you achieve a USCF rating of 2200 and gain the National Master title, what happens if your rating then goes below 2200?

Is the "National Master" title awarded for your entire life? Or do you lose the title if your rating goes below 2200? I've heard that to get the title of National Master for your entire life you have ...
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For long OTB games, what is the percentage of players who have a rating which is below X FIDE Elo?

I am looking for statistics on the FIDE Elo of chess players. I would like to know what is the percentage of players who have a rating which is: Below 1000 Elo Below 800 Elo Below 600 Elo Below 400 ...
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How to save games in chessbase reader

I played a very interesting game today, and I entered it in chessbase reader, along with some comments. I would love to save this game in a database (.cbh) or as a .pgn, but I don't know how. Can you ...
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Are there any hypermodern openings for white

I just want to ask if there is any kind of hypermodern opening for white. For black, i usually play benko gambit and alekhine defense, so preferably, I am opting for a tactical opening
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Empowered Army Knight-move Opening

How powerful is it for the Empowered Army to open by using knight-moves for their Empowered Rooks and/or Bishops? In Chess 2: The Sequel, the knights, bishops, and rooks of the Empowered Army are ...
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Number of positions with specifically a number of pieces

Positions in Chess Games This is a question asked earlier on the site. Now I am wondering, what can be the number of positions for a certain number of pieces. Like 8 pieces for example. Is there a ...
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What is the average length of OTB recent chess games played by GMs?

I would like to know what is the average length of chess games which satisfie the following conditions: They must have been played between the year 2004 and the year 2014. They must have been played ...
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Downloading Fritz

My apologies if this has been asked already - I couldn't found it though. I have been trying to download Fritz, the chess game analyzer, and I have been tirelessly searching on the internet for ways ...
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As a beginner, what are the two or three must know openings? [duplicate]

I am new to chess and I don't really know any openings. What should be the first openings that I need to learn? Thanks
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As a Beginner, is playing a lot of tactics chess (puzzles) a good way to improve?

I am pretty new to chess, and I play lot of chess puzzles: trying to find the best move for a given situation (which will not necessarily end-up with a checkmate). Is this a good way to learn chess ...
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Can White engineer a winning breakthrough?

I have managed to create a temporary "fortress" after losing the exchange. Analyzing the position after the game ended, I was able to find a plan for White to breakthrough. After further analysis I ...
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In ChessBase 12, when viewing an Opening Tree, why do all the games always stop near move 26?

I have ChessBase 12 64Bit. To create an Opening Tree I do the following steps: I click on "Mega Database 2014". I filter all the 5.8 millions games like I want (for example, taking only the games ...
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For White, which variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined tends to lead to the most solid, positional, slow, closed, quiet and strategic positions?

I am a 1750 Elo player with a very positional, quiet and strategic style of play. I would like to know which variation I should play when, as White, I face the Queen's Gambit Declined. The variation ...
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chess variants similar to retrograde gameplay

Two players could start from any checkmate position ; the one player taking black , the other white, they could play chess backwards with the goal of trying to get all of ones pieces to their original ...
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Can I claim a draw if I am left with a king vs 2 knights? [duplicate]

I am in a tournament and I ended up with a king vs king + 2 knights. I know that the mate can not be forced in this situation, also if I will cooperate I can lose. So can I claim a draw in this ...
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Chess software to evaluate move and give marks

Well, I am new here and I am not quite sure whether this question is appropriate here. In case it is inappropriate, please tell me the correct site for it.Well, my question is : I want a chess ...
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The Chessboard Editor at Apronus.com — Is it any good?

I am the webmaster of the online chessboard editor at http://www.apronus.com/chess/wbeditor.php. I spend about one week each year on maintaining this utility but I never get to work seriously on it. I ...
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What is the result of this endgame?

Can Black draw this position or does White win after all: [Title "Black to move"] [StartFlipped "0"] [fen "8/P4R2/8/6kp/3K4/6P1/r7/8 b - - 0 1"] I need variations that clearly illustrate your ...
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Three questions on GM Larry Kaufman's article about the average relative value of the chess pieces

I have three questions related to this article written by GM Larry Kaufman: http://home.comcast.net/~danheisman/Articles/evaluation_of_material_imbalance.htm . Question n°1: Kaufman rounded all his ...
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Why some players play bizarre openings?

In blitz games, I saw in the Internet (http://en.chessbase.com) games between very high elo rating players (above 2700) that play bizarre openings like: 1. a4 x 2. h4 xx 3. Ra3(or Rh3) xxx 4. Rae3 ...
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Why is the Ragozin 4… Bb4 not even considered against 4. Bg5?

The Ragozin variation of the Queen's Gambit starts with 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Bb4: [StartPly "8"] [FEN ""] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Bb4 It seems that the Bb4 move is only sound in ...
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What are some chess songs?

What are some songs about chess? Historical songs; pop songs; singalong songs, hymns, anthems; whatever you can find.
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Is there any software (open source and/or free) that reads chess notation?

I would like to convert a chess notation into a game. How to do that? I have a game in algebraic notation, let say, 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 h6 3.d4 e6 4.c3 Nf6 5.Bd3 a6 6.Bc2 Be7 7.Qd3 b5 8.b3 Qc7 9.Nbd2 Bb7 ...
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If you exploit Article 12.9 in FIDE's Laws of Chess, is it possible to benefit yourself by purposely receiving a penalty?

After I received this answer on my previous question, I found the list of penalties which a player can receive, according to FIDE guidelines. As FIDE states in Article 12.9: Options available to ...
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Is forbidden to laugh when playing on a chess tournament?

I have read this. But it still didn't filled my brain yet. When I play chess, sometime I often laughing and giving some pressure on my opponent. Is it forbidden in Legal one? Are there a rule about ...
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Numerical FEN writing

What is the most compressed way to "write" a chessboard as an integer considering en passant and castling as always possible no matter what.
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How to repair black's position in this Game?

In this game black made some mistakes which leads to final position. While analyse this game engine not willing to capture bishop . [Event ""] [Site ""] [Date "2014.07.05"] [Round "-"] [White ...
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How Does The Sicilian Defense Work?

Having just discovered this move (I'm new to all the terms and strategies, being just a beginner hobbyist), I was wondering how the move works. Don't get me wrong, I understand what it is (in terms ...
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What's the difference between a tempo and a tempi? At the start, how many tempo/tempi is White up? On average, how many tempo/tempi is one Pawn worth?

What's the difference between a tempo and a tempi? At the start, how many tempo/tempi is White up? Half, one, or two? On average, how many tempo/tempi is one Pawn worth? (For players rated near ~2200 ...
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Which rule was recently introduced/modified in chess officially?

Chess have lot of interesting rules such as castling,enpassent,50 move rule,stalemate etc. Now i have interested to know history behind chess rules introduction. Can anybody explain Which rule was ...
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Stockfish Chess

I want to get a strong engine to practice while I'm not home. Look at: http://stockfishchess.org/download, we see a list of apps to download for the Stockfish engine. Why are there three apps to ...
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In the Caro-Kann Panov-Botvinnik Attack which move tends to lead to the most solid, positional, slow, closed, and quiet positions: 5… e6, Nc6 or g6?

In the Caro-Kann Panov-Botvinnik Attack, after 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4 Nf6 5. Nc3, which move tends to lead (on average) to the most solid, positional, slow, closed, quiet and strategic ...
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Which format should i choose to improve my chess skills (Blitz chess or Standard time control chess)?

I always play both blitz and standard time control chess games. But in blitz I make a lot of mistakes and I'm not able to find a lot of good and tactical moves whereas in standard time chess format I ...
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What is the worst possible first move for White: 1.f3 or 1.g4?

After making my engines evaluate the starting position for more than 10 hours each, here is what I got: . Fritz 12: Depth = 25/65 Time = 10 hours and 30 minutes 1.f3 : -0.90 1.g4 : -0.77 1.Nh3 ...
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Chess clock android app

I play chess using my board with friends from time to time. I don't have a clock. Since I don't play chess that much with friends, I'd rather not to buy a clock, I mostly play online. Lucky me I ...

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