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Stop SF MultiPV from returning an upperbound

For a given position, I'd like to compute an evaluation of the 3 best moves. I send this to Stockfish: setoption name MultiPV value 3 position startpos go movetime 500.0 // search for 0.5 seconds I ...
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Is e5 fully playable in the following positions?

Can someone provide computer analysis that confirms or refutes the correctness of ...e5, played in the below positions. First position: [Title "Black relies on tactics to carry out freeing break"] ...
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Does memorizing chess games improve chess ability?

It is common for strong chess players to have chess games in memory. Is this because it helps to memorize chess games?
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World's Greatest Chess Opening [on hold]

There is an infinite amount of openings and their variations, some rank the glorious 1.e4 as the greatest opening of all time. Since 1.e4's roots have been traced back into the medieval ages, and the ...
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Play Colle system as black?

I'm fascinated by the Colle system, but I'm not sure if it's applicable when you play as black. Does anyone have experience in this?
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What is the most agressive, tactical, attacking, line in this Mieses?

[FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.e5 Qe7 7.Qe2 Nd5 8.c4 Nb6 There are two variations here. Nd2 and b3. Which fits best to the criteria?
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What type of a chess player am I?

I'd like to know what sort of a chess player I am. Am I too much of an attacker, or a defender? Or maybe, a little bit of both? On the contrary, I enjoy attacking and deploying stealthy tactics but ...
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How long is a miniature?

A miniature is a short game of chess. Depending on the forums you ask in or the blogs you look at, the length of the miniature is always a problem. Is there a standard number of moves under which the ...
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If I accidentally knock over a rook with my elbow while reaching for another piece, do I have to move the rook?

According to the official FIDE rules for otb games, does the above description warrant the touch move rule?
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How can I use Scid to figure how I should divide study time for each opening line?

I have a database (Scid) that is mostly made up of games downloaded from TWIC. I know my rating (low 2000s). As an example, I want to play the Classical Sicilian as black. It can be reached either as ...
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What are some common statistical analyses we can run on many games (~20k games)?

I have a list of around 20k games played on a popular online website. I would like to run some statistical analyses on these games. I'm not talking about analysing specific games, but rather finding ...
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Good books to learn Sveshnikov Sicilian

I'm a club player around 2100 FIDE rating trying to learn the Sicilian Sveshnikov, with the black pieces, for long time controls (2 hours/game). What books do I need to read in order to learn this ...
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Is this assumption correct or not?

Take a look at this position: [FEN "4k3/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/4K3 w - - 0 1"] This is a popular chess "tabiya" at our club. The young students play it quite often actually. I placed this ...
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How do you Play Chess? [on hold]

How exactly do you play Chess? I'm looking for things like: How pieces move What is checkmate Some basic tactics Could anybody provide such information?
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looking for journal/article website that can be use for my assignment - chess tournament management system [on hold]

any website that have journal/ article that managing the chess tournament for research purpose except Blog/wiki?
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Deviating from standard Danish gambit

I like to play the Danish gambit opening. Frequently, black won't take the last pawn to complete the standard opening, but instead plays the knight as shown below. I'll generally play Queen to b3 or ...
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How to tell how far you are from checkmate?

What are some tips to tell if you are close to checkmate?
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At what point is sacrificing a queen a bad move?

Obviously if you get checkmate from it it's fine, but at what point does it become unacceptable?
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How to play Chess? [closed]

I wanted to play chess but due to lack of time and determination i had to skip it for little while but now i want to be in track once again so anybody would help me out! A few things I'd like to know ...
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Chess software that shows current score

When playing computer chess software I find myself wondering "who's winning right now according to the computer?". For example: I make a bad move but I don't realize it yet - but the computer looking ...
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Would you play this chess variant? [closed]

The name of the chess variant is ' Connect Score '. It's a unique game that combines Chess with Dots and Boxes. The game rules and game printouts can be viewed at: http://connect-score.blogspot.ca/ ...
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Queen vs rook & knight with all pawns

I'm going through a chess tutorial (Shredder). One of the exercises begins where all pawns are in their starting positions. I have a queen and my opponent has a rook and a knight, again all in ...
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What are the motivations behind pawn moves on a and h files?

Sometimes when there are no clearly optimal moves, a computer or a human master player would push their pawns on a and h files (the edges of the board), for no clear reasons. What would be the ...
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Putting pressure on pawns

Why is it important to develop your pieces to put "pressure" on opponent's pawn(s)? I hear this a lot from YouTube videos in which experienced chess players commenting as the game develops. It's ...
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How to make a computer play like a player?

Since computers have surpassed by now all humans, it should be very easy for it to emulate a strength of an weaker player. So the idea is: Supply a number of games The computer ajusts its options ...
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What's the problem with 5. Nxe5 in Spanish Exchange?

Spanish exchange: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruy_Lopez,_Exchange_Variation Using the image in the Wiki page, after 4 ... dxc6, why can't white just respond by Nxe5, thereby gaining advantage by ...
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Chess Psychology

I have a friend who is an improving chess player. He wants to progress in his game. The problem with him is that he plays really good with much stronger opponents but, often lose many games ...
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Why did the computer win?

I just played chess on my mac and the computer (black) won. Here's the final board: Why couldn't I, white, use my king (D4) to take the black queen (C5)?
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The beauty of chess

Many times one can read in chess magazines the world "beautiful". Comments like "that move/combination/execution/problem/solution was beautiful" are our daily bread when we read game analysis. What ...
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A list of chess variants and their popularity

How many chess variant are there? (Apparently a lot.) If possible could you include the popularity of each variant and its major event. For example, I know that there's a US bughouse chess ...
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what do you need in order to organize a chess tournament?

We have a small locale chess club group on facebook and chess.com, we want to organize a small event where all the members can play against each others. We will ask players who play for the national ...
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Looking for books on the Benoni

I am looking for books in the Benoni where this sequence of moves is played, so: [fen ""] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4. Nc3 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 And black's plan after that is g6. Also if possible that ...
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Where to keep the scoresheet

Does anybody know if there is a standard "place" to keep the scoresheets of past games? I am currently using a photo album since the size of developed photos is more or less the size of my scoresheet ...
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An idea to improve and help others [migrated]

First of all - it's not a question, I'm not sure if I can make posts like this here (forgive me if I'm not supposed to) but let me explain. What I've been thinking recently is that we have so many ...
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Is it better to take the knight in this position?

This position is from a game I played. I played Bxa1. I'm wondering if instead of Bxa1 I played Bxe5 then he might have played fxe5 then I play Bd3+. Is that a better continuation? I didn't like ...
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Evaluating Elo rating on a per move basis

I've been a Chess.com user for a little over 3 years now. I play EVERY day, usually have anywhere from 10 to 50 games going on any single day. Since I've started, my rating has only gone up about 150 ...
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He has two queens. I have one. Is it proper chess etiquette to check him non stop just to avoid losing?

I am losing a game. My only option is to check my opponent non stop. I have no chance to checkmate him. I am only hoping to force a draw. Is this proper chess etiquette?
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Illegal move or forfeit on time - who wins this 5-minute match?

In a 5-minute match a player makes an illegal move leaving his king in a check position. This usually gives the victory to the opponent, if he sees it and captures the king. Otherwise, if the opponent ...
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Why the ratings used for different time controls are different?

The FIDE assigns a player not one but three different ratings: For classical games featuring long time controls, that is, 90 minutes for the first 40 moves + 30 minutes for the rest of the game + 30 ...
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What is the Elo rating of a chess computer that can only look 1, 2, 3, … moves ahead

Has anyone calculated the average Elo rating of a chess computer as a function of the number of half moves or plys ahead it can look. I realise that the Elo is also a function of the choice of move ...
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Looking for a chess program that evaluates my playing and adapts its level to it

As the title of the question says, I'm looking for a chess program that evaluates my playing and adapts its level to it. Maybe Lucas Chess does this (it's said that it does), but I found the tips of ...
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What fraction of a Pawn do the most powerful chess engines (Komodo, Stockfish, Houdini, Fritz, Hiarcs, Gull, …) use as their evaluation unit?

I've heard that the most common evaluation unit is 1/100 of a Pawn. But some engines use 1/1000 of a Pawn as their evaluation unit. I've also heard that Stockfish used 1/256 of a Pawn as its ...
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Pawn confrontations: capture, push past, or leave the tension?

When your opponent moves a pawn to a position where it can be captured by one of your pawns, how should you determine whether to capture it, push past it or leave the tension on the board and make a ...
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How can I read an Chess Informant Monograph

I have a paperback version of A65 The Benoni by Chess Informant. This is my first monograph ever, and I cannot understand how to read it. Any ways to do it? Searching didn't help at all.
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How to go about beating chess engines?

I play regularly long games (60min each) with Droidfish/Stockfish the depth is always close around 21. From time to time I overlook taktical flaws in my moves, obviously playing on worse positions ...
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Can tactics be reduced to a finite number of simple patterns that can be learned?

I realise that there are a finite number of tactical techniques such as forks and skewers and pins but I find them hard to identify in everyday play. I have started using chess.com's tactics trainer ...
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Alternative plan in the Caro-Kann

I'm a Caro-Kann player who is coming up against the line 1. e4 c6 2. c4. This line has a few names, such as the "Anti Caro-Kann" and the "Quasi Panov-Botvinnik". The books recommend 2...d5. Afterall ...
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Do chess engines store all of the previously analysed positions between moves

I am starting to play with chess engines. I notice that the best chess engines can take several minutes to move. I am wondering why. Before each move the engine examines all legal future moves to some ...
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Configuring TheWeekinChess downloads with Megadatabase 2014

This quite a technical question, anybody who knows about the program Chessbase (12) and how it works please feel free to answer. Recently I downloaded many PGN files from the website The Week in ...
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What is a blunder?

I am looking for a precise definition for a blunder. Computers often flag moves as blunders for any move that loses a point advantage or more. But what if I am completely winning and I decide to ...

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