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Philidor Defence - White's attack on the center

Does white always have a very strong central attack against black in Philidor defence? I need some resource suggestions on Philidor defence theory.
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What is accepted and declined in chess moves?

I'm very beginner in chess. I was just going through some of the opening moves like King's gambit,Budapest gambit,Queen's gambit. I encountered things like Queen's gambit Accepted or Declined kind of ...
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Ideas behind each sicilian?

What are the key ideas behind each mainline open Sicilian as black? I am normally an e4 player as white, so I am fairly well acquainted with the types of positions that come out of the Sicilian. I am ...
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What do 2600 level Grand Masters do to earn a living?

I want to know what a grand master does to earn a living, because if he has a 2600 rating then he is not able to win many tournaments.
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Simple chess variants for beginners

How suitable would these variants for beginning players? First to check wins Three-Check Chess First to take king wins All other rules being equal.
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Chesscademy Tactic

Why would black move their knight (b8) to d7 vs taking the bishop (f5) with the queen? Click the link to see an interactive version, can someone explain this to me, I see no reason for black to lose ...
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Freely available PGN databases

I am looking for a relatively large PGN-formatted database (with at least 500k+ games), that is downloadable, with possibly the following properties: Simple formatted (no time indication after ...
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How many steps to mate the only king with all pieces?

Suppose Black has only one king in its initial place and White has all 16 pieces in their initial places. How many steps does it take to ensure a checkmate? And what are all solutions? Now that White ...
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Moves to test a notation generator

I've made a small program that takes a list of moves in ICCF notation and translates them to the following: SAN FAN LAN MAN RAN CRAN Smith Descriptive Coordinate ICCF For example, a starting move ...
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What can you deduce from my performance in different types of chess tactics?

So each day I practice a different tactic. So my tactics training regimen is like this (Chess Tempo) Day 1: 5 problems - (standard) specific tactical motif (i.e. discovered attack, sacrifice, ...
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Taxicab distance for bishops

I have two questions related to defining distances in chess. On this wiki page, this subject is briefly touched, by saying that the taxicab (also called Manhattan) distance is used for rooks, which as ...
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Determine ELO strength without playing in FIDE tournaments

I don't play club chess or tournaments, how can I determine my ELO strength? I often play on chess.com how well does it compare to the FIDE system? (I am aware that one cannot account for people ...
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Starting Elo in FIDE system for new chess game

I'm developing a chess game and for the Elo system I want to know recommendations for the starting Elo level for the users.
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Is my decision correct?

I always gave up when I have exactly a king, one knight, and one bishop, while my opponent had a king, one rook, one/two knights, and two/one bishops (respectively). Is my decision correct, because I ...
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How to Win King vs Pawn in this Situation

I read from this website (example 2) that you can win the game in the following situation: [Title "Black to move - Black's POV"] [fen "8/8/8/5PK1/1r1k4/8/8/8 b - - 0 59"] I play as black. I want to ...
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Can not determine the result of this endgame

The endgame is shown in diagram, and I have also submitted the moves from the actual game. I want to know if any side can win, or is it really a draw. Support your claims with illustrative lines, ...
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Choosing one move from the two moves

From the given position is it better to take with rook or the a-pawn and why ? Black to move. Engine gives a takes b4 , why? Their must be some strategic or tactical point.(Ignore the arrows in the ...
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How to distinct a strategical move from a tactical move?

I am new here, and I am doing research for academic purposes. I am looking for examples of positions where I can distinguish a strategic move from a tactical move. Can somebody give me examples of ...
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What are Complication and Simplification in Chess?

I want to know whether I understood these concepts correctly. Complication: I think, in a given position, usually the side that is slightly inferior tries to make moves that somehow put considerable ...
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White's plans from this position

I am not asking for analysis, just want to know what are the plans that white should go for (long term / short term) given that black pawn structure is not so great. [Title "Black to move"] ...
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Playing Styles of Fischer and Botvinnik

They say Botvinnik had 'scientific' approach to chess and Fischer's style was crystal-clear. What does it mean? Could you please enunciate about the styles of these masters in a more lucid way?
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What is White's objective from this state?

[fen "r4rk1/pp1q1p1p/2p1b1p1/3pPp2/1P1Q1P2/P7/2PB1P1P/2KR2R1 w - - 3 14"] Hey all, I've used SE for other things and I just played a Chess game and I figured this might be a good place to turn for ...
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Both flags fallen: Draw?

Suppose both players have 0 seconds left on the clock, but the clock indicates that the flag of player B has fallen first, which is claimed by Player A. Player A has enough material to mate his ...
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Why I can not make passant capture

Here part of the game, where I tried make passant capture - but it's imposibble. The question - why? I am new in chess. I serached in chess rules on wiki but there nothing specific about this case. ...
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Share a board in realtime to teach chess

A user of our community with solid experience in the game wants to teach others. There is a video broadcast in our site. I need to attach a shareable chessboard to the broadcast. Where a coach can ...
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Classical Chess Opening Repertoire

I decided that I want to learn classical chess. Although I'm rated in the 1400's, I want to really gain a strong understanding of basic ideas and principles in chess and improve my tactical ability. ...
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Which are better of these two pairs

Which give me more advantage two Knights or two Bishops ?. And what should I choose two Rooks or a Queen ?
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Can I promote to a queen twice?

I am confused about pawn promotion. If I promote two different pawns, can I promote them both to a queen?
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Where did I go wrong this game?

So I'm what I would call a half-good to OK player, and I have the app chess free on my phone. I play against that AI all the time, and on level 6, I have a pretty bad win record (18%). I decided to ...
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What is the current theoretical state for the Chinese Dragon?

I use this line a lot, as it tends to lead to interesting games, and I was wondering whether any advances in theory have been made here. [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 ...
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My game against AI, please analyze

[Event "4444 vs AI"] [Site "multiplayerchess.com"] [Date "2015.08.12"] [Round "1"] [White "4444"] [Black "AI"] [Result "1-0"] [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. d3 d5 3. Ne2 g5 4. Nbc3 d4 5. Nb5 c6 6. Na3 Bxa3 7. ...
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Stockfish 6 in Chessmaster Grandmaster Edition

Is their a way to install stockfish 6 in Chessmaster Grandmaster Edition ?
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What does D and +— mean in chess annotation

When using stockfish to annotate some of my games, I will often get the symbols D and +-- which I can't find definitions for. I was thinking that sings +- means decisive advantage for white that maybe ...
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Why was a rating system instituted?

I personally find there are more negatives than positives in playing rated games and in fact have stopped playing them for that reason. I feel they detract from the enjoyment of the game, making the ...
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Does elo rating have a limit?

The highest Elo rating to date is 2882, which belongs to Carlsen, while the last Elo rating of Kasparov is 2851. Could I have an Elo rating of 2950 or maybe 3000? Does the Elo rating have a limit?
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Which variation of the Grunfeld Defense for White will lead to the most strategic and least sharp position?

[fen ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 After 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5, which variation of the Grunfeld Defense leads to the most solid and strategic position? If possible, I prefer a variation ...
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What is the best line in the Fried Liver

The following is suggested by my computer (Stockfish) as an improvement to a line in the Fried Liver played in Shirov v Sulskis 2014 and suggested as a definite refutation in some places - Shirov's ...
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How do i prevent blunders?

Playing Online Chess seems to get rid of my bad blunders but after playing with little kids on a real match, I've made a very stupid blunder that decided the game. Can't post the game, not recorded ...
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Did Carlsen really defeat Kasparov?

I saw on youtube little Carlsen played against Kasparov, and I see that Kasparov really focused to the game, but finally Carlsen (draw) won the game. How a little kid like that can win against the ...
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Can anyone analyze my game and mistake?

I've been learning chess for a while, and I tested my skills in online chess, I had lots of blunders but people can't seem to see it. [Event "4444 vs Anonymous"] [Site "multiplayerchess.com"] [Date ...
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In the Damiano Variation of Petrov's Defense, should white play d4 or f4?

Here is the opening in question: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 Nxe4? 4. Qe2! Qe7 5. Qxe4 d6 White has the advantage no matter which pawn is moved next, 6. d4 or 6. f4 (there is no way to ...
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Why was 5…Nf6 traditionally preferred to 5…e6 in the Two Knights Caro-Kann?

Wells (2007) p165 asserts that 5...Nf6 was traditionally preferred over 5...e6 because [FEN "..."] 1. e4 c6 2. Nf3 d5 3. Nc3 Bg4 4. h3 Bxf3 5. Qxf3 Nf6 6. d4 dxe4 7. Nxe4 Qxd4 8. Bd3 Nbd7! "is an ...
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How to weakly solve Tiger Hunt, Atlantis Chess and Peasants' Revolt

Tiger Hunt is a chess variant where an entire army without a queen fight against a royal amazon (tiger, queen+knight). I believe it is certainly a win for the army just like Marahaja and Sepoys. I ...
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Why FIDE id changes sometimes?

I noticed that FIDE ID (unique ID used on FIDE rating lists) changes for some players. E.g. Igor Khenkin had 3 different IDs (4659600, 4135814 and 2802350). Sometimes (like for Khenkin) ID changes ...
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How can I STOP hanging pieces?

As hard as I try to not "give away" pieces in a game by checking the square that I am moving to first, paying special attention to the "long range" pieces of my opponent, and calculating exchanges, I ...
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Rating rise: luck or actual increase in playing strength?

The FIDE rating of very active chess players can vary a lot: rating fluctuations of 50 rating points are not unusual. Is there a way to distinguish whether a rating rise/drop can be explained by ...
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What is Syzygy tablebases?

I just want to know in simple language exactly, What the Syzygy tablebases are, Why they are used, What are their advantages, disadvantages?
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Did Deep Blue play like a human?

Kasparov said, in Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine, that Deep Blue "sank into deep thinking" and took like 15 minutes to make a move. The movie tells the story of their match, in 1997. At a ...
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Chess Software for analysis and notes

I am looking for software that has chess engine analysis but also allows me to take notes and save games. I have used Scid in the past for this and liked it, but I just want to see if there is ...
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recommend a book on mid-game plan and board evaluation

Could someone recommend a book on mid-game strategy please? Things I am especially interested in are Make plans (and foresee opponents plan and stop it) Evaluate current position Evaluate ...

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