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Why does white exchange knight for a pawn here?

This other question asks about why white resigns at the end (Why did Polgar resign?), but running through the game, I am confused at move 49 where the board looks like this, white to move: ...
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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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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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Reading PGN files using Stockfish engine

Is there a way to read a .PGN file using Stockfish engine? If there is can you please give a sample commmand? THanks
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UCI engine command white giving the same move

I need help from someone who knows about UCI engines. I am giving the command by double clicking on stockfishengine.exe and manually entering commands. I wanted to play white and I am running arena to ...
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UCI engine state notion

Hi guys I have a problem with using stockfish engine which is using UCI protocol. I wanted to play black and the computer white. But so far I think that uci engine has no notion of state and it gives ...
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Why didn't Giri go for the pawns against Ding Liren (Tata Steel 2015)?

This game at move 69 - https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/tataSteelMasters2015/9/1/3 [fen "8/2p5/1pBpK1k1/1P1P2N1/7r/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"] [White "Anish Giri"] [Black "Ding Liren"] [Event ...
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Is there a checkmate in the next move?

My friend claims that there is a mate in the next move. White to move and checkmate. I am aware of 3 mate in 2 variations 1.Qd1 Kc3 2.Rxd5# 1.Qd1 Kc5 2.Qg1# 1.Qd1 Kxe5 2.d4# But I cannot seem to ...
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What is the best chess magazine in the world? And what makes a great chess magazine today?

When I was growing up in the 60's and 70's it was the Russian magazine Shakhmatny Bulletin according to Bobby Fischer. In our chess club we generally believed that the reason the club's best player ...
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Can Black save this Knight vs Bishop endgame with a pawn down?

After playing horribly in the opening, my opponent played a couple of suboptimal moves which suddenly allowed me to exchange some pieces and get the following unclear position. I thought about giving ...
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How can I programmatically detect kings side / queen side pawn storm

I read from wikipedia that: A pawn storm is a chess strategy in which several pawns are moved in rapid succession toward the opponent's defenses. A pawn storm usually involves adjacent pawns ...
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Solving a problem from a Jan Prezewoznik book

The following position is White to move: [fen "1Q5r/1p2kppp/1q2b3/r1p3P1/p2pB3/P2P3P/1PP1P3/1KR2R2 w - - 0 1"] I'm a newbie in chess and I want to know, how to solve this problem in a quick way.
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Chess GUI with Time Handicap for Engine vs Engine matches

I want Stockfish to play for 1 hour per move and I want Komodo to play for 2 minutes per move. Is there a GUI that can do this? Arena has the option to set the seconds per move but both engines will ...
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Awkward situation. Take it or leave it!

Imagine a situation where our queen, opponent's bishop and opponent's king are in same vertical line such that if bishop was not there, there would be a check. Now the opponent, somehow unnoticeably ...
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Best strategy for analyzing chess games played by a kid

I am looking for ideas on how to have my 9 year old son analyze his chess games. Is there a software that he could use? He may not want to analyze the already played games on a chess board by ...
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Indian theme in real life

We all know this beautiful theme of self-interference: [Title "Loveday, mate in 3"] [fen "3R4/5K2/8/4k1P1/4p3/7B/4p3/8 b - - 1 0"] Spoiler: Now the question: did such motive ever occur in an ...
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Can Black perform successfull freeing break? If yes, what would be his long-term plan after?

I have tried to resurrect an old line and use it as an repertoire. Every single time I play it I reach positions similar to this: [Title "White to move"] [fen ...
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Does …b5 give Black an advantage?

After being squeezed for an entire game I got the chance to ease my position with a pawn exchange. Incidentally, this would open lines for my pieces to attack opponent's weakened king. I played ...
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Can Black create the second weakness?

I have played blitz game on lichess as Black and entered into drawn bishop endgame. My opponent tried to force the matters and lost in the end but at some point very interesting position arose, where ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do chess masters think with the board flipped when playing black?

Or do they always keep white on the bottom, as is the case with most historic games? Wouldn't it be easier for them to spot patterns from old games if they always oriented the board the same way in ...
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Why is d5 the best move in this position?

What is the thought process behind playing d5 in this position?
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What's my next move against this Caro-Kann variant?

I'm a beginner with openings and Steinitz principles, and I'm in the interesting position where I can develop an artificial intelligence which is better than me in chess. After the e4 c6, I have ...
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What should you do in this position?

I no longer have this game, although I do remember losing it. Here's the setup of the game, with White to move: [fen "2b1kb1r/r5pp/8/p1pQBp2/qn1P1P2/6P1/4P2P/2R1KR2 w - - 0 1"]
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What are some stronger moves I can play next time in the King's Indian Defense?

[fen ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. O-O Nc6 8. d5 Ne7 9. Ne1 Nd7 10. Be3 f5 11. f3 f4 12. Bf2 g5 13. b4 Nf6 14. c5 Ng6 15. cxd6 cxd6 16. Rc1 Rf7 17. Nb5 a6 18. Nc3 ...
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Who has the advantage at this point in the game?

I was playing the following game and at this point I thought black had the advantage but upon thinking about it for a little while was not sure. At this point in the game who has the advantage and by ...
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Key indicators for deeper analysis

I have trouble with managing my time in my games. I cannot determine if I need a deep analysis or I am in a position where any good move would do. So, what are good indicators to determine if a ...
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How to evaluate my move with UCI engine?

I am looking for a way to analyse the moves I play. I'm NOT looking for a suggestion of a GUI that does this, or using Chessbase to do this. I want to know how to do this by communicating directly ...
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Is this endgame won for white?

With the missing g and e pawns still on the board and a roughly symmetric position, I made a mistake that lead to 17 moves of what I think of as quite difficult defense, my opponent walked into the ...
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Can you run “Full Analysis” in Fritz with a different engine?

I have added Stockfish to the Deep Fritz GUI, and I even marked all engines except for Stockfish as inactive. However, when I run the "Full Analysis" it's still using Fritz. Is there a way to use a ...
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Can't find long term plan for Black

I am working on multiple lines from Scandinavian defense, with the goal to resurrect them. One line I'm working on is 3...Qd8, and I have managed to achieve quite playable positions ( the results are ...
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On-line live analysis board?

Here is the situation. I have a friend with whom I very much like to discuss chess (our games, other games etc.). We are not living in the same country, so we discuss chess on-line. During our on-line ...
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GUI for stockfish that can analyse the full game

I am looking for a GUI for stockfish that can analyse the whole chess game and give me the following output: For every move in the game, it should give me a list of N (let it be 3) best moves with a ...
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What is Black's best move in this position?

[Title "Black to move"] [StartFlipped "0"] [fen "r1b1kb2/pp1p2pp/2n1qn2/3P4/3p4/2N4P/PPP2PP1/R1BQR1K1 b q - 0 1"] What is Black's best move in this position? Would black's best move be Qxe1?
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Do Grandmasters think using algebraic notation?

Is algebraic notation used just to communicate chess moves in written and spoken form, or should players strive to use it during their thinking process as well? In Dan Heisman's excellent The ...
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In the Delayed Open Catalan, 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 Bxc5, which move should I play?

In the Delayed Open Catalan, 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 Bxc5, we reach this position: [Title "White to move"] [fen ...
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Quick Analysis of best possible move in this board

What's black's best possible move and why? [Title "Black to move"] [StartFlipped "0"] [fen "r3k3/pp2b3/1qn1Np2/2p1p2Q/4P2p/1NP4P/PP3Pr1/2KR4 b - - 0 1"]
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Deep and accurate analysis required

In order to resurrect an old line in the Scandinavian defense I am forced to accept doubled pawns at the side where I have pawn majority. To make things even worse, I reach queenless middlegame, and ...