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Is capturing a piece while castling legal?

Is it possible for white to do a queen-side castle in this situation and capture black's bishop? Assuming both rook and king haven't moved, of course. The rook would be capturing the bishop in this ...
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Static position analysis

This may well be too broad of a question. I'm currently in the process of programming a chess engine, but this is difficult for me as I'm not actually that good of a chess player. I'm having trouble ...
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Longest DTM in the endgame KQPPKQ

What is the longest DTM in the endgame queen and two pawns versus a queen (KQPPKQ) ? The position White : Kg6 , Qb5 , Pa3, h2 Black : Ka7 , Qh3 is mate in 167 if white has the move. Is also the ...
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Million dollar Question for me!

I am from India,passionate about chess.What is the actual procedure to become a professional player.Recently my parents are planning to send me to USA for graduation,If that happens will I able to ...
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how to evaluate the position inside the search function

using PVS Algorithm with Quiet search and zero window search what should the range of the score be (-infinity, infinity ) could it be as small as (-16000,16000) and what should the search return if ...
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Chess Heroz (Android)

As far as chess training applications go the Chess Heroz application is excellent. My question though is can anyone explain the mathematics behind the ratings system? I am new to chess ratings and ...
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Are there any grandmasters who always play until checkmate?

Are there any high-level players who are either known for playing games out until the bitter end or have done so in famous circumstances? Is this considered poor etiquette (I'd imagine it would be ...
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Game played by day or week

Currently I aking me about How many games by day or week, need a beginner to improve their game. I asking that because I read a beginner player need to play 80% and study 20%, but How much is this ...
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End game King an Rook - Beginners [duplicate]

In different ocasions I find my self in a very dificult situation (for me). The only pieces on the board are: Mine - King an Rook ; Oponnent - King. It is very dificult for me to check mate... Can ...
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chess program wilhelm

I still search an executable file of the chess program wilhelm. It is not only a chess endgame database, you can fix pieces to be on concrete squares and check all such position to get a statistic ...
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Very Confusing Openings

What are some openings that normally a player with less or no understanding of opening theory would suffer agonizingly? Or perhaps, openings that are extremely confusing to play against? To me, the ...
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proof of 50 move rule

I recently edited the Wikipedia article 50 Move Rule as follows: The rationale for this rule is that pawn moves and captures are the only '''irreversible''' types of moves. That is, after ...
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Which is the 200 move won position?

In "How Life Imitates Chess", end of chapter 16, Kasparov says that positions needing 200 moves to win have been discovered with the help of computers. So I am wondering which such position is, which ...
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Is this really limitation of absolute ELO?

Lately I've been wondering what could be maximum Elo achieved by a computer. I mean, we have super-computers, give super computer (1st in the world) chess program and let it play, it will probably ...
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Youngest and oldest active player

Which currently active player is the youngest and which the oldest ? Korchnoi is a candidate for the oldest , but I do not know if he is still active.
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A question about the time to evacuate a queen in a master game

I am studying a book about chess strategy, and in the chapter concerning the d4,e4 center I have this game: (PACHMAN, VESELY, Pragues, 1953) r1b2rk1/pp1nqppp/2pb1n2/4p3/2PP4/2N1PN2/P1Q1BPPP/R1B1R1K1 ...
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Openings vs 1. d4

So, I played quite a bit a few years ago, at the 1500-1600 level, and now I'm getting back into things a bit. I figured I'd use the chance to shore up my opening repertoire. At the moment, I play 1. ...
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How to write a swiss pairing software

I'm thinking about to develop an online service to provide free software for helping chess tournaments organizers with pairing systems like swiss, round robin, team-swiss, team-round robin. Could ...
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Looking for online swiss pairing software

I would appreciate if somebody could recommend a good swiss pairing program. I'd prefer online version with multi-language option and free version but cheap one is also good. I've found ...
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Mac computer chess

I`m a novice of chess, but have been enjoying playing the program that came on my mac book pro. It seems to me that there have been some moves the computer will not allow me to make. For instance, mac ...
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Which time control was set in the following game?

[Event "Russia vs China"] [Site "Sochi RUS"] [Date "2009.08.17"] [EventDate "2009.08.15"] [Round "3"] [Result "1-0"] [White "Ding Liren"] [Black "Nikita Vitiugov"] [ECO "D45"] [WhiteElo "2530"] ...
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What is/are the bests poems about chess?

I know only a couple. Fictions refers to movies or novels but not poems. Do you know any of them?
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Most important aspects of computer for scanning through databases in Chessbase?

A quite technological question so this is for the tech-people out there! What are the most important parts of a computer for Chessbase Database searching? For example, opening reports and reference, ...
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Feedback on my game?

[FEN ""] [Title "Bskg vs NN"] [Result "1-0"] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e3 Nc6 { A mistake, blocks counterplay based on c7-c5 } 4.Bxc4 { Seems passive and the light squared bishop is locked in. However, ...
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pressing the clock using the same hand you use to move the pieces?

I participated in a club and went to training, the guy against me is right handed, so he placed the clock on the right. I'm left handed, so I play with the left hand and press the clock with the ...
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Can the King be put in Check by a piece that cannot move? [duplicate]

I am playing a game at the moment and I want to know if the King can take a piece that is being protected by another piece... that cannot move. Why can't the other, protecting, piece move? Because ...
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Why do Grandmasters play different openings but engines not?

Why do they change openings if engines only like one?
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About Alan Turing and chess

I read Turing had some algorithm or method he could use to play chess 'against' this pen and paper algorithm assigning certain numerical values to each piece. Is this true? Is there a pen and paper ...
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Theoretically, would it require more or less skills if the objective is to be the first to be checkmated?

I have seen variations of other board games or strategy games where the aim is to actually 'lose' the game by forcing your opponents to make moves. Applying this concept to the rules of chess, would ...
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Is there a Web Service available for 6-piece endgame tablebases?

I use the LokaSoft web service for 5-piece endgames, but cannot find one for 6 pieces. BTW, by web service I mean a software function capable of being called over the internet (see ...
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What are some popular anti sicilians and what are their respective strengths and weaknesses?

I dislike the positions in the sicilian in which both sides kamikaze each other. What are some popular anti sicilians which will bring the black players out of their comfort zone?
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Top player with the lowest drawing rate

Which player of the top 50 has the lowest drawing rate ? Who is it in the top 100 ? And which woman in the top 50 has the lowest drawing rate ?
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Is It Good Or Bad To Trade Too Much?

One aspect of my style in chess that I like to trade a lot. Is trading too much bad?
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Rules for ending a chess game

I have seen many games that do not end by checkmate but still say 0-1 or 1-0. The following picture also shows that the game did not end but White won. Can anyone please explain this.
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Women in Chess - First women-only event.

What was the first women-only event held in Chess history?
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Chess coaching and coaches training different players

What does coaching actually mean in chess? In relation to that, how is it possible for a chess player to coach two different players? Do the trainees share their work, or does the coach work on ...
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Why is b4 the only move suggested by every chess engine?

The only move suggested here by every chess engine is 17. b4 Can anyone please advise why is it so important? [fen "r3k2r/ppp2pp1/7p/3pP3/3P2b1/5N2/RP1KBPPP/7R w - - 0 1"]
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What are the differences between the How To Reassess Your Chess books from Jeremy Silman?

How To Reassess Your Chess 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Edition What's the difference? Are these improvisations or just parts?
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Is there an online database for the endgame KRPPKRP?

It was stated at this forum that the 7-men-endgames are still not available online. What about the special endgame KRPPKRP (Rook and 2 pawns against Rook and 1 pawn) ? It would be nice if the ...
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Which online database is the best?

I search an online chess games database which should be free and it would be nice if no registration would be required. I want to be able to search for the basic criterions year and ELO. It would ...
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What's with chessBASE and WB engines?

I've been using ARENA for quite a while(5 years to be specific) and I have a collection of Winboard engines that I love. I recently parted with $140 to buy Fritz 14. But to my dismay it doesn't ...
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Confusion about the tie-break in the Grenke Chess Classics 2015

I am confused about the result of the Grenke Chess Classics 2015. At the one hand, Magnus Carlsen won 3 games and Arkadij Naiditsch only 2, so due to the tiebreaker-rule, Carlsen should have won the ...
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Moving the queen early in the game - beginner

Ok, I know this will be a vague question... I recently played against a friend three games, and lost all of them, and the problem was that he played his queen very early in the game (second move). I ...
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Chess puzzle that is hard to understand

Today I was solving a chess problem as following picture : [fen "r1bqr1k1/1p3nbp/2pp2p1/2n2P2/p1PN1P2/2N1B1PP/PPQ3B1/R3R1K1 b - - 0 1"] The solution given was 1...Rxe3, but I did not get the ...
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“Chess is art” who was the first one to use this quote?

Who was the very first one to ever use the quote "Chess is art"? Like who was the first one?
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Longest DTC in the endgame KQPKQ depending on the place of the white pawn

I remember some statistics by Guy Haworth from the endgame KQPKQ (queen + pawn vs queen). One of the statistics was the maximum DTC depending on the place of the white pawn (due to symmetry, it can ...
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Worrying inconsistency in playing strength

I recently found time to make a study plan and improve my playing strength. Using this plan, I was able to achieve a 1900 average rating on online chess sites. Since a couple of days, I have in a ...
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Web Interface for training by dragging and dropping pieces

Is there any web chess interface that lets me handle chess pieces as I like ? I mean it will allow me to drag and drop pieces wherever I want them to be on the chessboard and add as many pieces as I ...
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Alternatives to the FEN notation

Apart from the FEN notation, are there other even more compact known chess-position notations? One that would of course also entail castling rights, and en-passant possibilities. One really missing ...
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Describe White's performance in these two games

In these two games, can you describe the performance of White? Whether it was highly tactical, aggressive or positional...etc [fen ""] 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 3. d4 Bf5 4. c4 e6 5. dxe6 fxe6 6. Nc3 Bb4 ...

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