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Why Black play Ra8 in this situation?

I am reading Kasparov Teaches Chess, an had a problem about this situation below: [FEN "R2K1B1R/PPP5/5P1P/3PP3/3N1pB1/3p1np1/pppb1qbQ/r2k1r2 b - - 0 1"] Black plays Ra8? next, why? I think it's ...
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Starting positions in Chess960 where black is definitely worse

In article in wiki about chess960, it is stated that: It has been argued that two games should be played from each starting position, with players alternating as White and Black, since some ...
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Maximum number of non-pawn pieces on the board

In a reachable game, what is the maximum sum of queens, rooks, bishops, and nights on the board? For queens only, see Maximum number of queens possible
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I want to give chess tutorials, which software should I use?

I think that I am a enough good chess player to teach chess. So, I want to create a website and post chess videos in it. So I want a software that helps me teach chess like for example see this video: ...
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Larsen Ideas in the semi-slav

Once when I was reading a book from Kasparov he quoted that most of the modern ideas in the semi-Slav came from Larsen games. Does anyone know good novelties that Larsen brings in this opening?
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Teaching 3 years old kid chess

My new neighbors have a 2 years 10 months old kid. When he come to visit me, he often see me playing chess online. So he kept asking me, how to play this. I got a plastic chess set and he opened it ...
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Is it theoretically possible for Carlsen to reach Elo 3000?

Magnus Carlsen just reached a rating of 2889.2 today. Considering the way that Elo works, inflation and deflation and relative strength of Carlsen, I was wondering whether it is theoretically possible ...
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Kraemer vs Bacrot, 2013. Is this same-color bishop endgame won for black?

In the game GM Martin Kraemer vs GM Etienne Bacrot, 2013, we reach the following endgame with black to move: 8/3b1pkp/6p1/8/p7/7P/1P2BPPK/8 b - - 0 40 [White "Martin Kraemer"] [Black "Etienne ...
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What is the best move in this situation?

This is my first post to chess.SE so I appreciate any guidance on how to frame my questions from now on. Here is my question: I want to know what is the best move in this sitiation: 1.e4 c5 2.d4 e6 ...
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Training to avoid elementary mistakes long into tournament games?

I just got back from a chess tournament after around 5 years without playing tournament chess. I did mediocre in this tournament, and I attribute it to struggling to maintain concentration after 3+ ...
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How do I get to the next level of chess skill?

I learned chess when I was about 5 years old and my brother and I went through a huge chess phase where we had many of the major openings fully committed to memory and competed in a few tournaments ...
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earliest text which mentions pawn promotion rule

My question is about the history of the pawn promotion rule (promotion to a queen). What is the earliest existing text (authentic written document in any language) which mentions the pawn ...
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How to deal with Stonewall Attack 'counter'?

I've been tryin out the Stonewall Attack opening and have had quite a lot of success with it, my main problem arises when my opposition doesn't castle on the king side and instead moves their king ...
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Puzzle: Find White's second-to-last move

For the following position to occur in legal play, with Black on move, what would White's second-to-last move need to have been? Note that Black is checked by two pieces on the h1-h8 file and two ...
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Can a threefold repetition be claimed in a blitz game? If so, how?

Can one claim a draw by threefold repetition in a blitz game when no score of the game is being kept? If so, how? Once, in a blitz game, my opponent was simply trying to run me out of time. At a ...
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Brainteaser: What is the one thing a queen cannot do that all other pieces can do?

A simple brainteaser - A queen cannot do something all other pieces can do. What is that? April 18 2014 9:15 PM GMT. EDIT: In this context, by "doing" I mean making a move that leads to the desired ...
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Godfrey heathcote's chess puzzle

I didn't get a thought of a better title :) I am trying to solve a puzzle which is white to move and mate in 2 moves. To be frank, I am not asking all puzzles here. On my own I solved more than 50 ...
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Checkmate with two knights?

Is it really possible to checkmate with two knights and king against a king? There is a mating position with this but no extra tempo to do it in real game. What are the explanations, why knights ...
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Understanding vs. Memorization

Is memorization necessary in modern chess? Whenever I play chess I always running out of time because I move slowly in the opening. Unlike others they move fast in the opening because they memorize it ...
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1. e4, 1. d4, 1. c4, or 1. Nf3? Which opening move has given the greatest scoring percentage for White in World Championship Matches?

Which opening move out of 1. e4, 1. d4, 1. c4 and 1.Nf3 has given the best scoring percentage for White in World Championship matches? What are the percentages?
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How to craft a chess set?

I'm thinking to have fun this summer, trying to craft my own wooden chess set. Has anyone tried doing so? How should I proceed? What materials to buy? what guides to follow?
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How to start learning chess?

I have always wanted to learn how to play chess, but I don't know how to start. I downloaded chess apps on my smartphone and PC but I didn't learn anything. I also contacted some local chess clubs to ...
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Why white is better? [closed]

We know that white has the advantage. We know that all we want to play the white. I do not understand why?
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Another chess puzzle

The below puzzle White to mate in two moves. I tried all combinations. I can't figure it out how to solve this? I am starting to think this as a bug in my mobile application which is showing wrong ...
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Are there “pure brute force” engines?

Is there a chess engine that just goes for brute force search, looking for a forced mating sequence + material advantage in a couple of moves? This would especially be interesting to "prove" some ...
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What are the common rules of chess rules that are lesser known [closed]

Some of the chess rules are lesser known to the beginers.. Can anyone suggest such rules like En Passant, Three-fold repetition, Fifty-move rule, Stalemate, Castling Problems. Thanks in advance.
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King's Gambit, Fischer's Defence 6. Ng1. Wait, what?

I'd like to play the king's gambit without getting into piece sacrifices, but Fischer's Defence is unsettling me. This appears to be described as the "main line". [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 d6 ...
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How I could defend/attack in this situation?

How I could defend/attack in this situation? I feel that I'm in a big trouble. [FEN ""] 1.d4 Nf6 2.e4 Nxe4 3.Bc4 Nxf2 4.Kxf2 d5 5.Bxd5 Qxd5 6.Ke1 e5 7.dxe5 Qxe5+ 8.Qe2 Bb4+ 9.c3 Nc6 ...
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How a new player like me, can upload a game? [migrated]

Yesterday I played a game and I did some mistakes that I see now, but I want to know If I right, but how I can upload the png file to here?
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What does it mean to win “by force”?

I occasionally see annotations/commentary where a move / line is said to make (for example) white win "by force". I am unsure if it has the general sense of "this move initiates a forcing sequence ...
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Is Elo normative? [closed]

For example, can we suggest that someone plays for 2xxx, even if we use only qualitative criteria, like his strategy in blitz games? In addition, are 2xxx classes standard when we consider strategic ...
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Is there a freely available online 7 piece Endgame tablebase?

The only 7 piece site I heard about is http://tb7.chessok.com/ , and upon registration I am able to setup various positions with 2-6 pieces . However as soon as I setup a position with 7 piece, I get ...
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What would be the Elo rating of a computer which plays all optimal moves?

What would be the Elo rating of a computer which plays all optimal moves? By playing all optimal moves, I mean that it always wins if possible, or else draws if that is the best result possible.
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No registration chess

Are there any free, either email or possibly peer to peer turn based, chess pc apps that look decent? I'm looking to play with a friend directly, not have to go through registration, and not in real ...
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What do you think about Millionaire Chess tournament? [closed]

I was reading about this tournament and this is their site. The entry fee is $1000. This tournament is creating a buzz in the chess world and it's controversial. Some are excited, some aren't. The ...
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endgame with single Bishop or single Knight?

If given the choice should I opt for an endgame with a single Bishop or a single Knight? I understand Bishops increase in value in the endgame but is the disadvantage of covering only half the squares ...
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should I accept doubled pawns to remove the opponent's bishop pair advantage?

I understand that this can be very situational which is why I don't provide a position as I am seeking some more generally applicable answer or things to consider. Assuming that the opponent has a ...
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How to Break Out of His “Great Wall of China”?

It's my move (white). I have no idea what to do. I feel like I'm going to get squashed to death. What would be my best move or strategy in situations like these? [fen ...
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How did I still lose with 1 piece advantage?

Throughout the game, I thought I had a positional and piece advantage, but I STILL LOST! What did I do wrong? (using Ruy Lopez btw) [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. Nc3 a6 5. Bxc6 ...
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Opening book series with “complete” explanations

I am looking for opening books, preferably a series that explain different openings, where the opening is explained with a complete view: strategic plans for main variants, main tactical ideas, ...
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Is there a name for this attack against Sicilian defense?

Sometimes against Sicilian Najdorf (or french) defense I play like this: [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nf5 Bxf5 8. exf5 d5 9. Bg5 d4 10. Ne4 Be7 My plan ...
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Chinese Chess online (Xiangqi)

I was curious about this question, I watched two videos and learned a bit about Chinese Chess. Where can one play it online? What site has the biggest online Chinese chess community, where you can ...
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How did the Grand Prix Attack get its name?

The moves 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. f4 characterize the Grand Prix Attack in the Sicilian defense. [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. f4 ...
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1k gamesanalysis (PGN)

I've been playing chess on-line for about 7 years now. I've downloaded my past games since 2011, its about 1k chess games. The download is in PGN format. Now I want to do an analyses on the data. Is ...
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Where I can start to learn?

About 8 months I have a pretty interest for the chess, but I was looking for Where I can start to learn? becouse I feel confused When I search in google, I got a lot of info articles, books or videos ...
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Does playing tournament chess help one in the field of chess-related math?

A question of personal interest. Often times I wonder whether "visualization" of various types of boards and graphs are helped along by competitive, tournament play. Of course, I'm assuming play ...
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What is considered a distraction to an opponent?

My questions concern section 12.6 of the FIDE rules handbook (http://www.fide.com/component/handbook/?id=124&view=article) which states that it is forbidden to distract or annoy the opponent in ...
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Online Sites For Earning Money Through Chess

Does anyone know if there are any sites by which I could play chess professionally and earn money similar to gambling sites or online poker sites ??
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Tactical difference between chess and Chinese chess

Is there any difference in tactics between chess and Chinese chess? If so, which one is the most fun? What are the important things to learn from it?
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What material handicap would be required to compensate for a single double-move?

Consider the following chess variant: Black can, once per game, make two moves in a row (the second move may not capture the King) To compensate for this advantage, Black gets a material handicap ...

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