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Program to practice blindfold chess?

I recently found a neat feature of Apple's Chess program that allows the player to speak moves, and the computer to speak back moves which makes blind chess very simple and comfortable. There are a ...
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Best way to play chess via terminal

I've recently learned about gnu chess, but it's poorly documented, and I'm having difficulties: Setting a reasonable difficulty level; Saving an entire game to a pgn: it's only saving the last move; ...
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Chess for the personal site, How to enable chess and offer chess service and rating registering etc

I would like to give option to my visitors to register and play chess at my site.What application s/w I need to install/embed so that chess is enabled in my normal webcontent site which has no ...
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What is the average age to become a grandmaster?

On average, what is the age of people when they obtain the title of international master or grandmaster? I also wonder how the age distribution looks like.
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What positional play strategy should white adopt when fighting against the Philidor exchange variation?

What are the key squares to control? What are ultra aggressive moves white can play at the advance level (expert or higher class)?
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Can I get by without a book for learning my opening repertoire (aside from the Sicilian Najdorf and KID)?

My opening repertoire is currently consisting of: White: 1.e4 Open Sicilian (5.Bg5 versus Najdorf, Yugoslav Attack versus Dragon) Versus 1...e5, Scotch Gambit Versus 1...e6, Tarrasch Variation: ...
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How do I go about learning the Najdorf Sicilian?

I want to play and learn the Najdorf Sicilian. I know that white has three main options: 6.Bg5 6.Be3 6.Bc4 But I don't know much more than that. Furthermore, I want to play the Open Sicilian as ...
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Books/Videos for the Caro-Kann

I just started playing the Caro-Kann recently and have seen a variety of moves on white's third move. Are there any good "all-in-one" resources to examine the different variations? I consider the ...
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Expert vs. Candidate Master?

What is the difference? I mildly understand that Candidate Master is a 2000-2100 FIDE Title, but I've seen several USCF players with that under their "Norms" section, in conjunction with 1st ...
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how to break through using pawn storm

This is a game I played against my phone. I think I have an attacking chance with pawn storm. But staring at the situation for a bit, I can't find a plan to bring down black's defense. When attacking ...
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What is the theoretical state of the Benoni Defense Fianchetto Variation? How big is White’s advantage in the Benoni Defense Fianchetto Variation?

I would like a very objective answer. What is the theoretical state of the Benoni Defense Fianchetto Variation? How big is White’s advantage in the Benoni Defense Fianchetto Variation? Is it ...
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Chessbase 13 for automatic game analysis

How can I use Chessbase 13 for automatic game analysis? I am new to Chessbase 13 and I don't understand its functions completely. I have more than 1 chess engines installed manually This is related ...
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Omitting piece letters in pgn

Is it possible or common practice to omit piece letters (other than P) in PGN as long as the move is unambiguous? E.g. h1xBh8 From what I understand from ...
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fastest AI algorithms for quick chess engine?

I am looking for some authenticated books , tutorials ,reference sites for quickest algorithms implementation for chess engine creation. Thank you. regards Keshav
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In what cases is it good to play the Maroczy Bind in the Symmetrical English?

I'm thinking about playing the Maroczy Bind with White in the Symmetrical English (1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 - notice that I start with 1. Nf3). But I don't know exactly in what cases I should play it. So I ...
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How to know when it is time to trade down to an endgame? [duplicate]

Sirs, After considerable endgame study (i.e. Jeremy Silman's complete endgame course), I am finding that there is a wealth of information about how to win endgames. However, I am noticing that there ...
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book on black opening

I recently finished Neil McDonald's "Starting Out: 1.e4!". Now I would like to learn some black responses. Could someone recommend a book at similar level to Neil's, but focus on black? I'm not sure ...
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Analyze this game

I am improving my chess. What is the best move here and why? (black moves) Thanks in advance:) rnb2rk1/pp2qpp1/3p1b1p/2pBp2Q/4P2P/3P1N2/PPP2PP1/2KR3R b - h3 0 1
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Is 22…, Nf6 a good alternative move to accepting the rook sacrifice by 22…, Kxf7 in Yi's recent “Immortal Game”?

In his recent "Immortal Game" against Lazaro Bruzon Batista, Wei Yi initiated his king hunt with the move 22.Rxf7!! from this position [FEN "3qr1k1/1b1rbp2/p2p2p1/1p1np3/4P3/P2BB2Q/1PP3PP/4RR1K w - - ...
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Draw, or discovered check

It's my move. All I have is a king. The opponent has a rook and a queen. I can't move without going into check. Is this a draw?
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Do sacrifices work mostly for Masters?

Many beautiful and celebrated master games feature heavy sacrifices of material that result in check mate, or at least the re-gaining of more material than was sacrificed. In most cases, the original ...
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How opening moves determine the whole game play?

I started chess some time ago. I was studying opening theory and it seems most opening moves characterize the style of play. I want to ask how can a couple of moves determine the whole game play? For ...
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Assigning Engines in Arena

How does one assign a specific engine to a specific color in Arena? I load a PGN file and move to a specific point in the game. At that time I want to assign Engine A to play black and Engine B to ...
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Looking for free online chess engines that have (roughly) known ratings

Sirs, In short, I am looking for an online free chess engine that has either: a.) multiple engines with multiple ratings, some as low as 1500-1600, and some as high as 2200 or better, or b.) is a ...
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Is it possible to draw this endgame where I blundered my queening pawn?

Move 13 (54 in actual game) is when I blundered my last pawn due to pressure of the Blitz game (probably). Even with seemingly equal material, the position is dreaded as the Black's pawns are more ...
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What is the effect of aging on chess ability?

Based on documented evidence, at what age would someone normally expect to see his chess results start to decline?
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What is “spaced repetition” and how can I use it to improve my chess?

What is spaced repetition? How can I apply it to studying and improving my chess? Is it just for tactics or can I also use it for openings and endgames? What experience do people have with it and ...
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155 views

Could you estimate Napoleon's (or other historic persons) Elo on the base of his known games?

I wonder if there is a possibility to calculate/estimate the Elo rating Napoleon would have today by analysing his known games? Is it possible at all to calculate an Elo rating only with some ...
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What does it mean when a position is “complicated”?

I have watched many of GM Daniel King's videos where he analyzes games. He is always saying "the position is complicated" or "the position is fantastically complicated". But what does this mean? If ...
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Endgames with long king marches

I am doing a study that focuses on endgames which involve well-timed king marches, namely endgames in which the winning idea lies mainly in king positioning rather than the coordination of minor ...
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What happened to the Chess Cafe website?

I have followed the Chess Cafe website for years, but it appears that the website hasn't updated since late May, and clicking on some of the links sometimes leads to a 404 error message. Does anyone ...
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Trapped by this strange opening line, how to proceed?

I play this kid that does strange things in the game. I thought in this following game that he was using the Pirc defense as Black, when it opened 1.d4 d6 2.e4 Nf6 3.Nc3. Then he goes off with 3...d5. ...
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Chess tactics training software

Is there a software/app/website to train chess tactics (forking, pins, deflections, decoys, overloading)? Please help!
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What happens in this multiboard scenario?

You are playing 4 players at the same, you are black, white, black, white. Player 1 makes his move, you switch to player 2 and make the same move as player 1, and so on, with player 3's first move ...
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Chess Position Trainer

Would anyone know how to set up training in a "random position" with Chess Position Trainer (ver 5.04)? I know and use its option to train "the variation", but was hoping there would be sort of - ...
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1answer
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PGN viewer / replayer for Atomic Chess

I'm looking for a PGN viewer that works with the Atomic chess variant, in that captures removes adjacent pieces. However, PGN viewers I've found so far have little to no support for chess variants, ...
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Study endgame first before studying opening? Is it true?

While looking for and comparing suggestions that will help me to improve in chess, I have noticed that some people and some chess book authors suggest that you should study the endgame first. Some ...
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What are the dates of end-game table completion for 2 pieces, 3 pieces, all the way to 7 pieces?

I'm curious to get a rough sense for when chess could be solved if Moore's law, and algorithm improvements continue, and I thought a good way to get a rough idea would be to extrapolate based on when ...
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CPU v. GPU for chess engines

GPUs are better at certain types of calculations, eg, generating bitcoins and performing climate simulations. Would chess engines benefit if they calculated with GPUs instead of CPUs? Maybe some ...
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Why are tablebase files so large?

What is the reason that table base files are so large? I can't think of any other way to phrase that question - but the question alone is rejected by stackoverflow's gateway bot, hence this paragraph ...
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Evans Gambit b4 loss

I have already read the section here on the Evans Gambit but I still don't understand the value of sacrificing the b pawn unnecessarily, in the likely case that black's Bishop returns to the c5. White ...
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Why don't I have more success with the King's Indian Attack?

My last opening of choice as White was the King's Indian Attack to avoid having to learn a lot of opening lines, it being a system opening. I've read Eric Schiller's and Ken Smith's books on the KIA. ...
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Syzygy tablebases in xboard

I'm trying to set up the five-men syzygy tablebases for use in xboard 4.8. Stockfish 6 and Komodo 9 are both supposed to support Syzygy, but in Xboard, their SyzygyPath option is missing from the UCI ...
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After 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6, should White play 3. cxd5?

I play the Exchange variation as White when Black plays 2...e6 against the Queen's Gambit. Should I play 3. cxd5 to avoid the transpoition to the Slav 3. Nc3 (hoping for 3...Nf6 4. cxd5) c6!? [FEN ...
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Importance of memory in chess

I know that creativity and calculating skill are the paramount characteristics for chess success, with luck basically non-existent, but just how important is memory? I suppose that pattern ...
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Are chess engines detrimental for lower-rated players?

To give some context, I just started playing OTB and am only 1225 USCF. My online chess rating isn't much stronger though, it's about 1650 with standard time controls. Chess engines are a great ...
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Photographic memory in chess?

I heard that some of the best players in the world like Alekhine have the best photographic chess memory and they can play blindfolded? How to develop such memory? What are the ways to learn it? I ...
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When to transition into an ending

I know the rule of thumb about trading pieces when you have a lead (and pawns when you're behind), but how does one decide an advantage is sufficient enough to transition into an ending by trading ...
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What are the things that a 2000 player knows that a 1800 player doesn't know?

I'm stuck at 1600-1800 in chess.com. My rating fluctuates within that range. There must be something that I still don't understand that is already understood by a 1900-2000 player. So I am asking for ...
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Browser based FICS client: exists or may I build one?

I am planning to build an open source web based client for FICS. I enjoy playing at http://chess.com, but don't like the fact that it is a closed service. So, I need something similar, but for FICS. ...

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