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What features can I add to this FIDE chess application?

FIDE CHESS APPLICATION Other than an interactive chess board itself (which would be a different animal in itself), what can I add to this application to improve upon visualizing and summarizing ...
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Adventures in the ODCL pt. 2 - How about this Endgame?

Another week, another match, this time as board 2 for the second team instead of bottom board for the firsts. Background: In the review my rating has gone up slightly to 142 ECF (~1765 Elo). My ...
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How do players “see” several moves ahead

How can you predict what your opponent will play in the next 5 turns, 7 turns, ten turns. If the game is like a tree, then the more the turns the more it will branch out. How can a player accurately ...
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Could Karpov defend against Kasparov in 1990 championship?

I have watched this video, where Kasparov explains the variations after his knight sacrifice. However, the position he analyses starting from 3:08, I think I am missing something. Kasparov vs Karpov, ...
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Adventures from the ODCL - How To Play The Endgame?

Well the league restarted after the Christmas break this week and here's much of my latest effort with a couple of questions afterwards - I haven't shown the whole game for reasons that I hope will ...
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Kasparov quote reference

Kasparov apparently said: By strictly observing Botvinnik's rule regarding the thorough analysis of one's own games, with the years I have come to realize that this provides the foundation ...
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Probability of making a game-losing move as a function of Elo?

BlindKungFuMaster and I are having a debate (http://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/34484/discussion-between-blindkungfumaster-and-jeff-y) and it got me wondering: Given any position that can be agreed ...
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Should white be able to win this endgame?

Should white be able to win from the position [fen "8/5k2/3p1p2/3PnP2/1KP1r1P1/8/3RB3/8 b - - 0 67"] with black to move? (A game I was playing ended there when black just let black's time run out ...
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Does the right of first turn of White provide any positive effect to the White's game? [duplicate]

Does this right provide any positive effect to the White's game? I am not talking about the first move of White but only the right which it was given conventionally. Does this right provide any ...
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Why Promotion doesn't provide the choice between Queen and knight only?

Queen, in a sense, is equivalent to Bishop and Rook. What is the logic behind "putting Rook and Bishop" in the promotion move's options. Why doesn't it (Promotion move) provide the choice between ...
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Using Tarrasch Chess GUI to annotate

I just started using Tarrasch so I am learning how it works. I usually play on chess.com and after the game I ask for the computer analysis which usually when an annotation is added it first adds the ...
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Nimzowitsch Defence - 1. e4 Nc6 2. Nf3 variation

I was watching a YouTube video which explains the 1. e4 Nc6 2. Nf3 line of the Nimzowitsch Defence. In that video, the presenter was talking as if after 9... Nd4, white did not have any good move. ...
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What is a good chess engine to play against on an android phone?

I have an android phone, and I have the Chess Free app. It is nice in that you can set the computer difficulty level and record games, and even play against another human, but it severely lacks ...
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How do I make my opening reportorie stronger, specifically my Grand Prix Attack against high level competition?

I saw the DVD Killer Grand Prix Attack from GM Gawain Jones. This helped a lot. However, I have some trouble with some concepts against 2 ...e6 lines. According to the DVD the second plan of the Grand ...
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How not to use a chess engine?

How not to use a chess engine? What are the bad practices when using a chess engine, and the good ones? How trustworthy are their suggestions and evaluations?
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Is this same colored-Bishop ending really drawn for Black?

I was playing as Black. Was there something I could of done to win in this position? Or was the game truly drawn? What are some endgame ideas for this position as Black? Black to move
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How would you evaluate this king and pawn endgame for white, and what's the best book to study King and pawn endgames?

I would like to learn more tricks and ideas behind these complicated endgames. For example, here is a game I played where I got into one (I was playing white). [fen ""] [Startply "83"] 1. e4 e6 2. ...
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How do I seriously analyze my tournament games and become stronger doing so?

I'm a Class B, but I would like to reach Master Class one day. I been playing a lot of OTB games recently, and I would like to spend time studying my weaknesses. My coach noted some major weaknesses ...
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Which side has the advantage?

In this game, I made an early exchange of my queen for his rook and bishop. At the time, I was ahead, though he managed to bring it back to roughly even with an effective threat on the queen side. ...
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What defines a forcing move with major/minor pieces?

I have been taking various training tests and the answer almost always involves some sort of forcing move. Clearly attacking a king will always force a response but when another piece is involved ...
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How is this a winning position for white?

[FEN "r4r1k/pbq2p1p/1p1ppPp1/8/2P3P1/PP6/R2Q2P1/1B3R1K w KQkq - 0 1"] 1. Qh6 Rg8 2. Rf4 e5 3. Rf3 Bxf3 4. gxf3 This is what I got from "ChessCademy -> Attack and Defence -> Attacking Castled King ...
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Is there some method to show attacks and defends and other statistics on board?

I want to teach children basic rules of openings and show them some critical point in formation with some kind of visualization. How can I show attack, defends, weak points or other statistics on ...
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Why is Qg4-Qe6 the correct move here?

Given this board setup: 6k1/1p3rpp/1q1p4/p2Pp3/P5Q1/1P3PP1/2R3KP/8 w - - 3 13 Puzzle states: White to move, find the best move. The puzzle solution says Qg4-e6 and the rationale is that Rc2-c8+ ...
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No ways for whites

I'm analyzing a situation that happened to me in a game ... is when I move my black queen to this position. Finally I won, but ... is there any chance to stop the attack for White? ...
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Puzzle: Best move for blacks

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nc6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 d6 5.h3 Be7 6.d4 exd4 7.Nxd4 Bd7 8.O-O O-O 9.Bg5 h6 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.Nxc6 Bxc6 12.Re1 Re8 13.Qf3 r2qr1k1/ppp2pp1/2bp1b1p/8/2B1P3/2N2Q1P/PPP2PP1/R3R1K1 b - - 3 13 ...
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Analysis of a very complicated end position - why is this move leading to a draw?

I am trying to understand this position a bit better and would appreciate some help in doing so. I am black and it's my turn... (the board is flipped .. ie. black plays up and white plays down) [FEN ...
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How to use Stockfish to automatically analyze big DB of games

I would like to have Stockfish (or another strong engine) automatically analyze a very large database of games (>1M games), so that the analysis is as strong as possible while making the best use of ...
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analysis of a position - why is my move so bad?

I am trying to understand this position a bit better and would appreciate some help in doing so. I am black and it's my turn... I played the move ..c5. I don't have a deep understanding of this ...
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What I thought was winning tactic, apparently was mistake

I was recently playing a game as black against the Ponziani when this position came up. (I recommend you flip all the boards to show from black's perspective) Here's the beginning of the game: [fen ...
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If there was perfect play from both sides, will it be draw or win for one?

If there was perfect play from both the colors, will white win because of the first move advantage or will it be a draw?
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What is the difference between an inaccuracy, a mistake and a blunder on lichess?

I used lichess to analyse some of my games (lichess.org -> tools -> import game). It puts my bad moves (and those of my opponent) in one of three categories; "inaccuracy", "mistake" and "blunder". I ...
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Analyze, improvement - My game without blunders?

when i first created this account I posted about how i am in slump and kept blundering important games. As of today, I think i had gotten out of that slump and I understand CHESS much more better. ...
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Beginners question: Strategic ideas

When I am watching chess lessons, the mentor mostly uses the phrase: 'lets look at the board and find some ideas'. As a beginner, I can't get passed the: 'look at what pieces you can grab.' Question: ...
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Could I have some analysis by a player >2000 FIDE on this game?

I recently played in a chess tournament and the only game I lost was an extremely tricky battle between myself (USCF 1770ish) and this other guy (USCF 2000ish): [Event "Bernardo Smith Amateur"] ...
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Thoughts on this game, please

I played the below recently in a U145 ECF (~U1800 FIDE) rapidplay, and would appreciate your thoughts. There are obviously lots of tactical errors, and please be kind on the last few moves which were ...
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Does white really have a win in this pawn ending, as claimed by Tim Krabbé?

Update: ​ ​ ​ ​ I emailed Tim Krabbé, and he agrees that ​ 41. b4 bxa4 ​ draws. He has posted a PS about this just under his old analysis. With respect to "Skawinski - Tomczak, European ch rapid, ...
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End Game - Queen + Rook vs Queen

Today, when I was playing end game I had a queen, a rook and a king (no pawns). My opponent had just a queen. It was his turn (the board was pretty blank) and he started giving continuous checks. I ...
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King taking pieces when check

Why can the white king not take the queen here?
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Program for determining the type of opening / endgame

How can I classify openings or endings of several games? Is there a program that takes Portable Game Notation (PGN) files as input and outputs that type of opening or type of end game (if any)? Can ...
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How many steps to mate the only king with all pieces?

Suppose Black has only one king in its initial place and White has all 16 pieces in their initial places. How many steps does it take to ensure a checkmate? And what are all solutions? Now that White ...
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Can not determine the result of this endgame

The endgame is shown in diagram, and I have also submitted the moves from the actual game. I want to know if any side can win, or is it really a draw. Support your claims with illustrative lines, ...
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What is White's objective from this state?

[fen "r4rk1/pp1q1p1p/2p1b1p1/3pPp2/1P1Q1P2/P7/2PB1P1P/2KR2R1 w - - 3 14"] Hey all, I've used SE for other things and I just played a Chess game and I figured this might be a good place to turn for ...
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Where did I go wrong this game?

So I'm what I would call a half-good to OK player, and I have the app chess free on my phone. I play against that AI all the time, and on level 6, I have a pretty bad win record (18%). I decided to ...
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My game against AI, please analyze

[Event "4444 vs AI"] [Site "multiplayerchess.com"] [Date "2015.08.12"] [Round "1"] [White "4444"] [Black "AI"] [Result "1-0"] [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. d3 d5 3. Ne2 g5 4. Nbc3 d4 5. Nb5 c6 6. Na3 Bxa3 7. ...
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What is the best line in the Fried Liver

The following is suggested by my computer (Stockfish) as an improvement to a line in the Fried Liver played in Shirov v Sulskis 2014 and suggested as a definite refutation in some places - Shirov's ...
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Can anyone analyze my game and mistake?

I've been learning chess for a while, and I tested my skills in online chess, I had lots of blunders but people can't seem to see it. [Event "4444 vs Anonymous"] [Site "multiplayerchess.com"] [Date ...
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In the Damiano Variation of Petrov's Defense, should white play d4 or f4?

Here is the opening in question: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 Nxe4? 4. Qe2! Qe7 5. Qxe4 d6 White has the advantage no matter which pawn is moved next, 6. d4 or 6. f4 (there is no way to ...
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Did Deep Blue play like a human?

Kasparov said, in Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine, that Deep Blue "sank into deep thinking" and took like 15 minutes to make a move. The movie tells the story of their match, in 1997. At a ...
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Can White win the endgame from game Kramnik-Carlsen, London 2010?

[Title "White to move"] [fen "8/6p1/7p/2k5/8/p5P1/B5P1/6K1 w - - 0 1"] Can White win this endgame?
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Analyze this game

I am improving my chess. What is the best move here and why? (black moves) Thanks in advance:) rnb2rk1/pp2qpp1/3p1b1p/2pBp2Q/4P2P/3P1N2/PPP2PP1/2KR3R b - h3 0 1