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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 ...
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Can Black finish off White?

The below position arose from the Queen's Gambit ( Exchange variation ). [Title "Black to move"] [StartFlipped "0"] [fen "2b1rnk1/1pr1qppp/p1p5/2Pp4/P2P4/1R1BPN1P/2Q2PP1/1R4K1 b - - 0 1"] I have ...
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Can Black successfully finish this opening?

I am trying to revive old line in the Scandinavian defense. Among the many lines I am analyzing, there is one position that looks promising. I will leave out the lines / opening moves, to keep the ...
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What evaluations do various engines give of the starting position at a depth of at least 30?

I am looking for evaluations that various engines give of: The starting position, with no move made yet. The position after 1. e4 The position after 1. d4 The position after 1. c4 The position after ...
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Is my engine working properly?

I noticed that when I put my Houdini 3 Pro x64 in the "Infinite Analysis" mode, he tends to use a lot of time to evaluate the bad moves... Sometimes he even uses like 30 seconds on the first 10 best ...
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Can White engineer a winning breakthrough?

I have managed to create a temporary "fortress" after losing the exchange. Analyzing the position after the game ended, I was able to find a plan for White to breakthrough. After further analysis I ...
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Is this rook endgame won for white?

In Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual, 2nd Edition from 2006 the following important practical rook endgame with a distant passed pawn is analysed. The whole analysis (of the same position with white to move ...
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In Nakamura v. Friedel in 2009, (22. Bc1) why did Friedel resign?

After White's 22. Bc1, it seems like responding with Rd2 would keep the game alive for Black. I assume Friedel's a more insightful player than I am. What am I missing? That is, from an experienced ...
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Solving the Game of Chess: Trans-Computational in Nature or No?

Mathematicians have categorized chess as a trans-computational problem. A transcomputational problem is one in which a computer would need to exceed the size of the earth in order to have the ...
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Can Black draw this endgame?

I was playing this game just a few minutes before posting this, and tried to save the game by entering the following endgame: [Title "Black to move"] [StartFlipped "0"] [fen ...
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Can Black equalize?

I am working hard on improving certain line, and no matter how much I try I get no headway. I am forced to delve into risky lines, so I am asking for help to determine if Black can equalize in the ...
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Can Black defend in this difficult position?

Can Black reach solid and defensible position in the below diagram? I understand that Black will have to apply "equalize over time" method, so to help posters keep the analysis brief, I am interested ...
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Stockfish's algorithm

I'm trying to understand how stockfish thinks, how calculates best move... i'm reading open source code, but it's not clear. I want to know, should i know some theory about algorithms to understand ...
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It seems to me that draw is all Black can get, but maybe I am wrong?

Recently I have played a game against a computer and came to the following position : [Title "Black to move"] [StartFlipped "0"] [fen "3r4/p3Q1pk/1pp3p1/8/3qP3/P7/1P3RPP/6K1 b - - 0 1"] I have ...
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Does Black have a win in this position?

I was playing a game as Black against computer and came up a tactical move that defends me from pressure. I have expected a normal retreat of the queen yet computer kept sacrificing the knight like it ...
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What are good ways to check blunders after the match?

Currently I am using Tarrasch for GUI and Rybka 2.3.2a as the engine. With that, I am able to kibitzing every position in the game and check for any blunder. So basically this is what I always did: ...
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The Anderssen v Zukertort game in the Yamie Chess kids' math boardgame

Spanish Game: Johannes Zukertort vs Adolf Anderssen 1865 - Berlin [fen ""] [White "Zukertort"] [Black "Anderssen"] [Event "Berlin 1865"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nge7 4. c3 d6 5. d4 Bd7 6. O-O Ng6 ...
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Can Black reach full equality in this game?

I have played this game as Black against computer( difficulty was set to HARD ). I was trying to test Alatortsev line I found in ECO D, 1987 that claimed Black was equal: [Title "Taken from ECO D ( ...
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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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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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Are there “pure brute force” engines? [closed]

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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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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I played 2.f3 by accident! How do I save my position?

So in a correspondence chess game, the opening is the standard 1.e4 e5. I meant to play 2.Nf3 as always, but I completely misclicked and didn't realize until too late that I played f3 instead. It's ...
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Could Karjakin have grabbed on g5 at move 56 against Anand in the Candidates 2014?

After 55...Rb2, we got the following position in Karjakin - Anand (Candidates 2014, round 13). Well, how about Nxg5, does it work? [White "Karjakin"] [Black "Anand"] [FEN ...
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Has Anand missed that he is better? Anand vs Andreikin round 12 Candidates tournament

I am looking at the Anand vs Andreikin round 12 Candidates tournament and I see that it ended in a draw and that based on engine evaluation Anand is much better (+ 2.8 is kind of huge). I also see ...
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Can white recover? (midgame)

If someone could put a picture of the layout in that'd be great, I've looked (clicked edit) on posts with them and I cannot work out the format, also this is a setup, I didn't write down how I got ...
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I need to get rid of Black's light-square Bishop

I've self-taught myself Chess, and played against computers (as in the board shaped ones) and I quite quickly found an opening that isn't strong, but it is not bad. I'm fairly new at this "Algebraic ...
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Aronian vs Anand World Championship Candidates 2014 Round 8. Is White better after 19.f4.

This game occurred between Aronian and Anand today at the World Championship Candidates 2014 event. In the final position, instead of 19. Nd2, Aronian could have continued with 19.f4. He was a pawn ...
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B50: Sicilian Defense 3. Bc4

First a bit of background: I really like playing the Sicilian Defense as Black and it is my preferred choice of action against 1. e4. I prefer the Open Sicilian with Dragon and Najdorf being my ...
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Kramnik - Karjakin in the FIDE Candidates 2014, was 8…f5 correct?

In the game between Kramnik and Karjakin shown below, the opening was a bit strange and the resulting position was odd. I am wondering, was 8...f5 correct? Was it a novelty of sorts or when did the ...