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How to build a simplified Sicilian defence reperoire

I have been playing chess practically all of my life but during phases, I would play a lot for a couple of months and then spend a whole year without playing. Right now I am in one of those phases ...
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Common sacrifice themes in attacks?

What are common sacrifical themes in mating attacks? For example, the Greek Bishop Sacrifice.
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Open Ruy Lopez for Black

Why there are no good videos on Open Ruy Lopez for Black? Is the variation too bad for Black? There are lots of videos from the White side, but I did not find any good videos from the black side; why ...
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How do I improve my checkmate skills?

I am able to develop my pieces systematically and purposefully. I am also good at defending my pieces. However, when the game gets closer to an end, I need to be able to see different mate variations ...
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What are some methods that tournaments use to limit draws?

There has been a rising faction of chess players who believe that professional chess is too drawish. What are some ways that tournaments fight against the prevalence of draws?
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Is this continuation of D85, Gruenfeld Defence, Exchange Variation, tenable?

I am watching some commentary on the World Championship Games. This is from Game 1: [FEN "rnbq1rk1/ppp1ppbp/6p1/8/3PP3/2B5/PP1Q1PPP/R3KBNR b KQ - 0 8"] [White "Anand"] [Black "Carlsen"] The ...
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Where to download chess master games(pgn format)/databases for android for free?

Self explanatory title, Most of the sites i have visited, Only allow downloading one game at once, So if i want to download several, It takes ages. So, is there is a website which allows downloading ...
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Inconsistent timings of world championships

According to Wikipedia recent world championship tournaments have been played in these years: 2006 2007 2008 2010 2012 2013 2014 2016 What is logic behind this, sometimes they are played every ...
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A Really Good Site

Do you guys know some site that is really good, well organised, with video lectures for learning general concepts of chess like openings, middle-game, end-games, tactics, and, furthermore, for free? ...
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Resources on the Bogo-Indian opening

I'm looking for good resources to learning the Bogo-Indian opening: [FEN ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Bb4+. For background purposes, I play at around the 1750 elo level. I like closed positions ...
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How long would it take China's Tianhe-2 Supercomputer to produce an 8-man tablebase?

Wondering how long it would take a TOP10 Supercomputer to fully construct an 8-man tablebase.
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Looking for information on PARADISE (software)

I am working on developing statistics around the middlegame. During searching I found a little information about PARADISE (PAttern Recognition Applied to DIrecting SEarch), which was developed by ...
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How much time on my clock do I have to lose before it is legal to stop notating?

When I play in tournaments, I do not know when it is legal to stop chess notation. Also, if my opponent stops notating, is it okay for me to stop notating as well?
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Improve chess strategy 1900 to 2200 [on hold]

Hi I want to improve my chess thinking. I have 1900 elo and want up to 2200? What book and others advice you have to me?
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Can Black win this bishop endgame?

[Title "White to move"] [fen "8/p3k3/1p2b2p/2pBPpp1/7P/P1P1K1P1/2P5/8 w - - 0 1"] Computer played 1.c4?after which I played 1...Bxd5!and the pawn endgame was lost for White. I wonder if there was a ...
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Why did Polgar resign?

My question concerns the final position in the game Judit Polgar vs Garry Kasparov It (cat.19) (1996) · Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Amsterdam Variation (B82) · 0-1 [White "Polgar"] [Black ...
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Why does Stockfish give “score mate -7” for this position?

I'm running Stockfish with MultiPV=7: script: setoption name MultiPV value 7 script: ucinewgame script: position startpos moves d2d4 g8f6 c2c4 g7g6 b1c3 d7d5 c1f4 f8g7 f4e5 d5c4 e2e3 b8c6 d1a4 e8g8 ...
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Is this Sicilian opening dubious?

I have used this opening some times and I won.But sometimes I was almost destroyed.Is the move 6.Qd4 dubious or am I doing something wrong later? [FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 ...
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Why different openings are used by computer players?

If few best computer players would be playing against themselves, chances of white winning would depend on the opening used. That way after simulating thousands of games the best opening would be ...
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Can Black capitalize?

I have played a game against a computer and came to the following position: [Title "Black to move"] [StartFlipped "1"] [fen "3q2k1/pp1r1p1p/2p1p1p1/2Pr2P1/P2P1P2/4Q3/1P1R3P/3R2K1 b - - 0 1"] I gave ...
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How to solve mate-in-N problems

Here is a mate-in-4 I have been trying to solve: [FEN "2r4r/b5pp/q3pp2/8/4QBk1/8/3R1PPK/4R3 w - - 0 1"] (white mates in 4). I have been looking at it for about half an hour but not solved it. My ...
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Carlsen-Anand, game 8 -> how can Black repel 25.Rc7?

Instead of 25.Rfc1 as played in the game, why not 25.Rc7 to try for slight advantage or small initiative ( Ne5 could follow or trying to bring other rook to the seventh rank... )? [White "Anand, ...
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How does “time odds” confer an advantage to the weaker player?

Ok, we set the clocks so that the weaker player gets 15 minutes on the clock, and the stronger player gets only five. In theory, that gives the weaker player three times as much time to think, which ...
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Does Deep Blue give handicaps?

IBM's "Deep Blue" computer can beat any human being, including a former world champion such as Gary Kasparov. Thus, it follows that Deep Blue must give a handicap to a human player in order for a ...
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What was the longest World Championship game?

The recently concluded Game 7 of the 2014 Carlsen-Anand match went to move 122 before a draw was reached due to insufficient material. Is this the longest game played in a World Chess Championship ...
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In the Delayed Open Catalan, what is the best move after 7. Ne5 c5 8. dxc5 Qc7 9. Nxc4 Rd8?

I'm building my White repertoire. After 1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. g3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Ne5 c5 8. dxc5 Qc7 9. Nxc4 Rd8 we reach the following position: [FEN ...
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Is Anand possibly cheating (the metal detector)?

While I write this question, I am certain I completely miss the spirit of the world championship. But however, I got curious about how well the cheating-countermeasures at the championship actually ...
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Why was move 26 in Carlsen-Anand 2014 WC Game 6 a blunder by both players?

In the Anand vs Carlsen Match 6, why was move 26 a blunder for both players? [White "Carlsen"] [Black "Anand"] [FEN "6rr/1k3p2/1pb1p1np/p1p1P2R/2P3R1/2P1B3/P1B2PP1/2K5 w - - 0 1"] 1.Kd2? a4?
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Can a human defeat an engine in a 10-game match if he is given the White pieces and draw odds in every game?

What would happen in a 10-game match between one of the strongest human player (Carlsen, Caruana, Aronian, Kramnik or Anand) and one of the strongest engine (Komodo, Stockfish or Houdini), but with ...
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What alternatives are there to Chess Position Trainer?

CPT is software for testing (among other things) one's opening repertoire knowledge. I'm wondering if there are any other similar pieces of software I should consider.
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Carlsen - Anand, game 6 WCC 2014 -> why Black didn't play 10…Ne4 to try to equalize?

What is wrong with 10...Ne4 instead of 10...Nd7? It seems to me that it was a better move -> Black exchanges one more piece which relieves his cramped position and he obtains the bishop pair. Can ...
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What is the most complex chess problem?

There are many chess problems and studies that are very nuanced and can take ages to properly figure out. What is the chess puzzle/problem with the longest (proven) solution?
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Around 00-01 Fide had a great online arena. What happened to that?

I remember this from the days entering high school ;) Fide.com has this very well made online game room, much like yahoo's in terms of functionality, but much cleaner and with some funky rating system ...
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What is the maximum elo rating that Magnus Carlsen could have if he loses the 2014 chess wcc to Anand?

What is the maximum elo rating that Magnus Carlsen could have if he loses the 2014 chess wcc to Anand? Would this result from a 6.5-5.5 result or would the relative rating change mean that if he lost ...
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FIDE-approved opening names

The Wikipedia article on the Latvian Gambit says that the name Latvian Gambit was made official by the FIDE Congress of 1937. I didn't realise that FIDE was in the business of approving names of ...
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Need some helps with the tactics in the middle game

I sometimes find very difficult to determine the accurate moves in middle game. When a tough opponent is infront of me i dont let them to attack at first. I strengthen my defense. But if i ever try to ...
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Analysis of a chess position?

Is there a site I can go to or a software which I can use which will help me to analyse a chess position?
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Chess Note Taking?

I'd like to start a notebook as I learn more about chess. I see the interactive diagrams here on stackexchange and think these would be excellent to integrate into my notes. I'm looking for ...
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How to compose retrograde analysis problems?

Are there any books or articles devoted to composing retrograde analysis problems? It seems that you would need some techniques beyond ones for standard problems.
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Is it important to have pawns at the centre of the board?

Is there any strategic importance in having pawns at the centre of the board? Please provide a detailed explanation.
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Why is the move 4.Nc3 rare in Bird's defence?

After: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nd4 4. Nc3 it looks like white is leading in development at the moment.
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Anand - Carlsen WCC 2014 ( game 3 ) -> at which moments Black was able to equalize?

I am trying to return to competitive chess after 10+ years of inactivity. I am playing the QGD so the third game of the Carlsen - Anand match is very important for me. It seemed to me that Black had ...
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Eating and drinking before and during a game

Food and liquid intake provides a human body with energy. Yet having a meal before a chess game can cause the body to focus more on digestion than chess. While lack of energy during a six hour game ...
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Anand - Carlsen Game 1 WCh 2014, why not 12.Qc3+?

In game 1 of the World Championship 2014 between Carlsen and Anand, Anand chose 12.gxf3. Why not play 12.Qc3+ instead? It takes control over the a1-h8 diagonal and prevents the black Nc6 to jump to d4 ...
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Examples of recent early opening novelties at the top level

The world elite usually practises extremely deep opening preparation based on established theory, with the first move that has never been played before often coming after the 20th turn. What are some ...
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What does the chief arbiter do?

The rules of chess are straightforward so I must ask what does the chief arbiter do? what is the difference between him and a regular arbiter? For example Anand and Carlsen had to meet him behind ...
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Is Bg4+ good in this position in the Alekhine Defense?

This is one of my games [FEN ""] 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Bc4 Nb6 5.Bb3 Nc6 6.Bf4 dxe5 7.dxe5 Qxd1+ 8.Kxd1, Bg4+ 9.f3 Bh5 10.g4 Bg6 Black to move, I played dxe5, dxe5, Qxd1 Kxd1 and now I ...
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Carlsen-Anand, Game 2. Could Black hold if not for 34…h5?

At Black's 34th move in Game 2 of the Carlsen-Anand match, Anand blundered with 34...h5??. What were his chances for salvaging the draw if he had defended actively via, say, 34...Qd2 or 34...Qd4, ...
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Why did Anand start with d4? [closed]

As far as I remember, Anand was(is) primarily an 1.e4 player throughout his career. Yet in the first game of the Carlsen-Anand match he opted to open with 1.d4. What are the potential benefits of such ...
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Is it legal to record moves that have not yet been played?

In a hypothetical tournament game where there is a completely forced series of moves for your opponent (e.g. their next move is an only-move and you have already decided on the response), would it be ...

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