Theory is the erudite study and the philosophy behind the moves in chess.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

1
vote
1answer
118 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
78 views

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?
0
votes
3answers
157 views

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?
1
vote
1answer
94 views

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 ...
1
vote
3answers
128 views

The Ponziani - What are the plans?

We live in a strange country. Instead of having championships for all group ages(U10, U12, etc) they just place everyone in a tournament and ship the top people of each group-age. I am third best in ...
1
vote
5answers
829 views

Is the number of possible chess games infinite?

This question is somewhat related to Can the total number of possible wins/draws/losses be calculated?, but slightly different. There is a recent TV show episode that claims that there are "more ...
4
votes
2answers
200 views

What are some good books on the Caro-Kann which propose a Black repertoire based on positional, strategic, solid, boring and quiet variations?

I'm a 1750 Elo player, and 6 months ago I bought the book Grandmaster Repertoire: The Caro-Kann by Lars Schandorff, and I was disappointed. In my opinion, the repertoire proposed in the book is too ...
5
votes
4answers
763 views

Is there an opening where both knights get behind c4 and f4 pawns?

I like to get my knight behind c4 and I don't mind exchanging that pawn, I just don't like it to get stuck behind my knight, therefore I often play the English opening. Is there an established ...
3
votes
3answers
241 views

In the Classical Variation of the Caro-Kann, what is the most positional, strategic, quiet, slow, closed, boring, dry and solid variation for Black?

I am not sure what to play as Black in the Classical Variation of the Caro-Kann, after 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 Nd7 8. h5 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 ...
2
votes
2answers
144 views

Chess As It Relates To Elaborate Endgame Strategies [closed]

Not sure if this is relevant to chess, so please redirect if necessary. But I figured I would get the best chess-based response here. How would one apply the principles of chess to everyday life? ...
2
votes
1answer
125 views

In the Delayed Open Catalan, what is the best move after 7. Ne5 c5 8. dxc5 Qc7 9. Nxc4 Rd8?

I'm building my White repertoire. 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 Qc7 9. Nxc4 Rd8 we reach the following position: [FEN ...
-4
votes
2answers
125 views

Is this assumption correct or not?

Take a look at this position: [FEN "4k3/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/4K3 w - - 0 1"] This is a popular chess "tabiya" at our club. The young students play it quite often actually. I placed this ...
5
votes
1answer
159 views

Queen vs rook & knight with all pawns

I'm going through a chess tutorial (Shredder). One of the exercises begins where all pawns are in their starting positions. I have a queen and my opponent has a rook and a knight, again all in ...
0
votes
1answer
133 views

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 ...
1
vote
6answers
338 views

Does black really have a disadvantage?

Most people say chess is a draw, and it is quite believable, white is but a tempo up, and skill plays a lot of part in the game. But even the most skillful agree that blunders are made, in some games ...
0
votes
1answer
138 views

A digital tree (With annotations) of all chess opening moves discovered by theoreticians

I am looking for a tree of sorts, like the one of Chessmaster XI, but with deeper analysis, like why is this move good. For example: e4 gets the center, with the idea of opening the bishop. e5 with ...
3
votes
6answers
1k views

An Aggressive Opening for Black against E4

I am a novice at chess. I am around 1400-1600 chess rating. I have struggled to find any sound aggressive openings for black against E4. As white I play the Scotch Gambit which I have great success ...
4
votes
2answers
312 views

Is there a refutation of the Muzio gambit?

Is there a 'refutation', i.e. a defense for black that leads to a guaranteed advantage assuming perfect play, against the Muzio gambit? [StartPly "11"] [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Bc4 g4 ...
7
votes
4answers
316 views

Top sources for opening theory

Can anyone recommend any good sources such as periodicals, websites, or what not to stay up to date on the latest opening theory? I am willing to pay if the source requires such. How do the top ...
1
vote
2answers
189 views

What is the smallest possible size of Nalimov endtables?

I have recently found the following place, where I can find the outcome for any 6-piece endgame with Nalimov endtables. I was surprised to see this, because I have recently read that set of tables ...
5
votes
2answers
196 views

Second Troitzky line, where knight and pawn could be located?

I am trying to understand where the pieces should be located for the second Troitzky line (checkmate 2 knights vs a pawn in 50 moves limit) and fail to get it. So from wikipedia: Black's pawn is ...
-1
votes
3answers
289 views

Who is the winner between two powerful computer opponents?

If we suppose to have 2 powerful computer, that are able to calculate all moves in some seconds, who will win, the black or the white? Or the game will always be draw? (let say we have a unlimited ...
13
votes
1answer
2k views

Is there an easy way to detect draw in King + Pawn vs King endgame?

I know the basics of opposition, but I am struggling to evaluate position for drawness in King + Pawn VS King endgame. A lot of time it is useful to know whether you should make an exchange. For ...
3
votes
2answers
212 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
105 views

Is there a comprehensive coverage for Lasker variation of the Scandinavian defense?

Recently I was trying to improve Scandinavian defense in a way that I can reach "Viking" setup ( ...0-0-0 + ...Nc6 + ...Bg4 vs d4 ). I am trying out various move orders, and have stumbled upon one ...
6
votes
1answer
223 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
147 views

Is 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 b6 a QID even though White hasn't played d4 yet? What would you recommend me against it?

I first thought that starting with 1. Nf3 would avoid the QID. But after thinking about it, this is only true if White plays 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 The move 3. Nc3 seems really cool since this ...
1
vote
1answer
183 views

In the books Wojo's Weapons, why was Wojo occasionally known to say “I'm too lazy!” when asked why he didn't play 1. d4 instead of 1. Nf3?

In Wojo's Weapons: Winning With White (Volume 1) by Jonathan Hilton and Dean Ippolito, it is written: Wojo's move order to reach any opening position almost always started with 1. Nf3 and then ...
4
votes
1answer
221 views

For White, which variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined tends to lead to the most solid, positional, slow, closed, quiet and strategic positions?

I am a 1750 Elo player with a very positional, quiet and strategic style of play. I would like to know which variation I should play when, as White, I face the Queen's Gambit Declined. The variation ...
3
votes
1answer
173 views

In the Caro-Kann Panov-Botvinnik Attack which move tends to lead to the most solid, positional, slow, closed, and quiet positions: 5… e6, Nc6 or g6?

In the Caro-Kann Panov-Botvinnik Attack, after 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4 Nf6 5. Nc3, which move tends to lead (on average) to the most solid, positional, slow, closed, quiet and strategic ...
3
votes
2answers
397 views

What is the worst possible first move for White: 1.f3 or 1.g4?

After making my engines evaluate the starting position for more than 10 hours each, here is what I got: . Fritz 12: Depth = 25/65 Time = 10 hours and 30 minutes 1.f3 : -0.90 1.g4 : -0.77 1.Nh3 ...
8
votes
1answer
360 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
280 views

What are books about the French Defence which feature a Black repertoire that tends to lead to solid/positional/closed/slow/quiet/strategic positions?

I am a 1750 Elo player with a very positional, quiet and strategic style of play. I am looking for one or more books about the French Defence which fits these 3 conditions: It must offer a complete ...
3
votes
3answers
329 views

For White, which variation of the King's Indian Defence tends to lead to the most solid, positional, slow, strategic, quiet and closed positions?

I am a 1750 Elo player with a very positional, quiet and strategic style of play. I would like to know which variation I should play when, as White, I face the King's Indian Defence: 1...Nf6 2...g6 ...
1
vote
1answer
201 views

Best Continuation for this Counter to Queen's Gambit Accepted

[Title "White to move"] [fen ""] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e3 e5 I've tried just taking the pawn at c4, but he takes my pawn at d4 and after exchanging some pieces I end with a broken pawn structure ...
2
votes
2answers
112 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
231 views

In the Queen's Gambit Declined, after 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6, what is the difference between playing 3. Nc3 and 3. Nf3?

Here are Chessbase's statistics after 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 : Nc3 - N=116,000 - W=58.2% - Av=2152 - Perf=2176 Nf3 - N=54,000 - W=60.3% - Av=2239 - Perf=2264 . N = The number of games played W = ...
0
votes
2answers
198 views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
229 views

High quality resource for Exchanged Slav defense?

I am preparing the Semi-Slav defense with David Vigorito-Play the Semi-Slav ( Quality Chess, 2008 ). The exchange line is covered well, but recently GMs try to steer clear from dull ...Bf5 lines and ...
3
votes
3answers
383 views

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 ( ...
9
votes
1answer
283 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
164 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
235 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
619 views

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 ...
4
votes
3answers
622 views

How to Break Through 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 ...
6
votes
3answers
726 views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
328 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
201 views

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 ...
11
votes
4answers
2k views

Which notable players in chess history successfully used dubious openings?

I am reminded of a famous game between Karpov and Tony Miles where Miles played 1...a6 against Karpov's 1. e4 and still won the game. [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/4P3/8/PPPP1PPP/RNBQKBNR b KQkq ...
7
votes
1answer
441 views

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 ...