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Why is KID considered more sound than Pirc?

I have an impression that at the high level, the Pirc defense is considered to be much more off-beat than the King's Indian defense; at least the latter has been a main weapon for many top players, ...
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Which chess pro's are in esports?

All I got so far: Alex & Andrea Botez - Envy Hikaru Nakamura - TSM Penguingm1 - C9 Qiyu Zhou - CLG Is there some kind of list for this please? (Besides perhaps doing category intersection on wiki, ...
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Why is this position considered to give white a significant advantage?

In this position, black's king is safe, has a secure queenside pawn structure, and has taken out white's left pawns and is up 2 points of material. Despite this, lichess evaluates this position at +3....
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How do chess players keep records of their previous games?

How do chess players keep track of their past games for training? Special motifs, instructive mistakes, comments on positions and so on? Writing down moves on paper seems anachronistic to me, ...
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How do you copy PGN from the chess.com iPhone app?

I'm on wondering how to copy/paste the PGN from a game played on the chess.com iPhone app. How do you do it? NB: without logging into the website or using any device other than the chess.com iPhone ...
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How to master chess? [closed]

I am playing chess for years. (I learned how to play chess 10 years ago but I didn't play continuously.) But, my chess skills aren't developing much. I play chess to develop my chess skills. I also do ...
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What site has different ratings for different time controls for Chess960?

Lichess and chess.com and have ratings for Chess960, but this is regardless of time control and bullet/blitz/rapid(/classical in Lichess. Please recommend a site that has different ratings for ...
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Why is 1.e4 e5 2.d4 Qh4 a blunder?

In Lichess, this sequence is rated as a blunder. However, black can take the pawn afterwards without white being able to prevent it (3.Nf3 Qxe4), so it seems like a good move to me. Furthermore, if ...
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Why is Ng5 a draw here?

Was shared a chess position and reached this position. I didn't understand why Ng5 is a draw. I analyzed h6 and h5 as responses but they fall to the same checkmating theme of rook checkmate on h8. ...
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Feedback and advice on a slav position for White

I play d4 with White and against the slav/semislav I start with the order of d4,c4,e3,Nc3 usually. But when I face the 3...Bf5 variation in the slav I do 4.Nf3. My problem is with a certain variation ...
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What is the longest sequence of consecutive captures in a FIDE rated game?

What is the longest sequence of consecutive captures (including both pawn captures and piece captures) in a FIDE rated game?
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Why was the engine giving such positive evaluations for my game with equal material?

I just played a game on chess.com that was roughly equal material until the final move (I was one pawn up for most of the game) but the engine favours my position to the extent that by move 12 I had a ...
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Does a chess position exists where one player has insufficient material, and at the same time has a forced mate in 2?

I was thinking about the USCF and FIDE rules on flagging when the opponent has insufficient material. I think I came up with a scenario with the USCF-rule where the best move would be to let the clock ...
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Is it possible to resign in stalemate?

Say that two players, likely lower rated, are playing a rated tournament over-the-board game. Player A has a winning position, and then blunders a move and stalemates. Player B, misunderstanding the ...
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Difference between chess puzzle and chess problem in this episode of The Queen's Gambit?

While a chess puzzle is any puzzle involving aspects of chess, a chess problem is an orthodox puzzle in which one must play and win or draw a game, starting with a certain composition of pieces on the ...
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The Chess960 analogue in shogi, xiangqi, etc

Fischer said In chess so much depends on opening theory, so the champions before the last century did not know as much as I do and other players do about opening theory. So if you just brought them ...
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Can someone explain why this is checkmate for white? Can a king put another king into checkmate? [duplicate]

I am just learning to play chess so bear with me please :). I understand that the black king cannot move to d8 or f8 because of the white rook, nor d7 or f8 because of the white bishop. But why can it ...
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Position Similarity Metrics

I'm looking for metrics that quantify how similar/different two positions are. I have found a paper that used pawn structures to search for similar games in a database. This one tries to use reachable ...
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What's wrong with my opening book? [closed]

I have a bot on Lichess which is supposed to play 1. e4 ... 2. Ke2 in every game. I have used polyglot to generate an opening book with all 20 possibilities, but it only refers to the book for the ...
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Can we quantify the handicap for playing blindfolded?

Roughly how much ELO does it cost a GM or top player to play blindfolded? For instance, if a 2600-rated GM were blindfolded, against what rating of opponent would they be expected to score roughly 50%?...
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What are the world chess championships (that both Magnus Carlsen and Wesley So eligible for)?

Wiki says: Magnus Carlsen is 'the current World Chess Champion, World Rapid Chess Champion, and World Blitz Chess Champion'. Wesley So is 'current World Fischer Random Chess Champion'. What world ...
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How does Alex Botez play time odds online?

(I'm aware of this, where lichess is mentioned and explained.) In this video, it appears Alex Botez and sibling are playing time odds against their dad on chess.com. What site is this, and how do you ...
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Why is this a better move?

Playing on chess.com against the first advanced bot, "Antonio", I've lost a game and looked at the analysis. The following is the state of the game not far from the beginning, where I had ...
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Why does Stockfish recommend Kg2 here?

When I turn on threat analysis and it gets to a depth of 24, it says Black wants to play Qe7 or Nh7 (after the latter, White's recommended move is again Kg2). I imagine the point of White's move is to ...
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Why is bishop to h8 the best move in this position?

I don't understand how that move is a good move, much less the best move according to this chess.com analysis.
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A deceptively simple eight piece endgame

I am in the dark about the following endgame, with white to move. May someone with FinalGen (or a powerful engine) give me a response? Is it a White win or a draw? [FEN "8/1k6/5R2/P7/1KP4p/5P2/8/...
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Are all grandmasters capable of playing blindfold?

There seems to be no shortage of stories about top rated players playing blindfold, either recreationally, or in tournaments. I'm curious whether all top players have this ability. Are there are GM-...
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Patterns in Chess960 positions

I have two questions. Where can I find more studies like this Lichess one, please? I got it from this answer elsewhere on this site. The Lichess study is talking about this position [White "...
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Relation between ratings for Chess960 and standard chess

Is there any relation or any attempt at discovering a relation between Chess960 ratings and standard chess ratings? This can be for GMs, for (any)M's, for pro players, or for all players on lichess/...
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Is playing slow necessarily bad?

I play online chess on under 5+0 and 10+0(predominantly) time controls. I end up in time problems way too often (especially in 5 minutes TC). I contemplated a lot on certain positions, and somehow ...
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Series of illegal moves in check

This question falls under FIDE rules (USCF answers/comments welcome). If I make an illegal move leaving myself and my opponent in check, hit the clock and my opponent misses it and then continues play ...
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How to have Arena show Arrow for the second and third best move in board during analysis? [duplicate]

I see this old question but I need to see the results as arrows on the board thanks
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Trying to make Kubischasch chess playable [closed]

TITLE : Kubikschach 8×8×8 with details, modification and added rules to make the game playable Game Space : 8 ranks (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8) × 8 files (A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H) × 8 levels (α, Β, γ, δ, ε, ζ, η, θ), ...
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Guide to understanding engine analysis output

Not having played for decades, I am getting back into chess, with all the great programs. I have Shredder 13 and Fritz 17. Both can output very impressive analysis. But for an effective newbie, where ...
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Analysis of ng4 vs f4

Why is it that ng4 is the best move here? I played f4
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Can the pawn take the rook in this position?

I have a question regarding the way that pawns are allowed to attack. Sorry I’m a beginner, but me and my friend are playing and I don’t want to make this move if I’m not allowed to. I have a picture ...
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I need help understanding this puzzle

With White to play, I have trouble understanding what goes on in this puzzle. First of all, how exactly Kh1 is preferable to Kxh2? I know that Black can give checks after Kxh2, but there really is no ...
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Why Chess960 and not Chess959?

This question asks if Chess960 is really Chess960 and not Chess959, i.e. the dice are really not re-rolled (positive, instead of normative). The answer is yes, it really is. However, why is Chess960 ...
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How is mate guaranteed - Bobby Fischer 134

I am working through Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess and #134 asks If White plays Rook-takes-Rook-check, can he mate? The answer is Yes, the mate is delivered by the white Queen. However, can't it be ...
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Chess positions that are easy for humans but near impossible or confusing for computers

I noticed that one student is performing exceptionally well and beyond his level during an online class. I was wondering if there are particular chess positions that I can use during class to find out ...
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What is this trap in QGD?

I recently watched an Eric Rosen video where he showcased a trap in the QGD. I do not remember what the trap was called. Here are the moves. [FEN ""] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 ...
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Is 1…d5 ever a bad move?

I notice that as Black, I virtually always play d5 as my first move. It's usually in response to 1. e4 (Scandinavian Defense) or 1. d4 (Queen's Pawn Game). As a hypothetical, if I premoved 1... d5, ...
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Why does white not play cxd4 here?

I am black and my opponent is white. Here the computer recommends Rxd4 which I have done (Rook captures Bishop here). It's obvious then that Qxd4 is a blunder, because then I play Ne2 to fork the ...
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How does competitive chess affect players' mental health?

I suppose that participation in international open tournaments has a positive mental effect on most amateur players. As for the professionals involved, if they have other sources of income and also ...
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Does taking tranquilizers count as cheating in chess?

In the second episode of The Queen's Gambit, from Wikipedia's summary: After her overdose, Beth is forbidden to play chess. Time passes and Beth is adopted as a teenager by suburban couple Alma and ...
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How can I become a fide player in chess [duplicate]

Actually I want to get a name in lichess as gm or lm or cm or wcm like that but I don’t know how to become a fide player
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Can luck be used as a strategy in chess?

Consider below games where white looses a clean rook quite early in the opening but fights on hoping that they will be lucky and escape. Lucky enough, they escape and win the clearly lost game. [Event ...
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Is there a difference between +W -L =D and +W =D -L?

Is there a difference between a player's tournament or match result being reported in the format +W -L =D and in the format +W =D -L? (where W is number of wins, D is number of draws, L is number of ...
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How do endgame tablebases calculate checkmates to do retrograde analysis on?

I understand that once endgame tablebases get checkmates, they do retrograde analysis and are able to calculate forced wins. However, how do they calculate the checkmate in the first place? Do they ...
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Mismatch between my puzzle rating and game rating on chess.com

On Chess.com, I recently passed 2000 in the puzzle section. However, in 10 minute games, I can't reach 1600. How do I bridge that gap and increase my game score? Is 10 minutes maybe too short of a ...

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