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Is there any other notation system other than the Algebraic Notation?

Other than the current coordinate notations used in chess are there any other notations that anybody knows about? I am looking for anything that does not employ the coordinate system like naming all ...
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How much rating can a person achieve without formal knowledge of chess? [closed]

Based on pure instinct and calculating abilities how far a person can go in terms of ratings? By pure instinct I mean he/she does not know the named openings, chess notation and established lines of ...
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Why do some strong players play 5… Be4 in Caro Kann, Tal Variation?

[FEN ""] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. h4 { B12 Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation, Tal Variation } h6 5. g4 Be4 6. f3 Bh7 7. e6 Nf6 What is the point of the intermediate move 5...Be4 ...
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How good can I get just by playing?

On blitz 3|2 I am rated around 1000. I love playing the game and usually I play with players around my level. I try to play against slightly better players. Assuming I am not reading chess books or ...
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How much time it takes before searching for tactical themes becomes a subconscious process?

I would really like to have that ability.So how to achieve that?
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Are there any inherent problems with point-symmetric random chess?

The regular setup of chess is mirror-symmetric: If you mirror the positions of all figures on the equator of the board (between the fourth and fifth rank) and swap the colours, nothing changes. It is ...
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How to I apply moves (bitboard) and continue searching? My current attempt is throwing a strange error!

Explanation I have a list of all possible current moves in a position. At each node, I want to then generate all possible moves and continue. The problem is that my code is modifying the list of moves ...
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Queen placement in the Dragon

[FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.f3 O-O 8.Bc4 e6 9.O-O a6 Here is a line from a game of mine. I made the movee 10. Qd3, but my computer program says Qd2 ...
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Is this endgame drawn after the rook sacrifice?

2R5/8/8/8/4Pp1P/3k1K2/2p2P2/1r6 w - - 0 46 In this position, the engine recommends 1. Rxc2 and evaluates the position as drawn. Is there a general rule in such positions or precise calculation is ...
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Compiling Stockfish to disable own castling while allowing opponent castling

For artistic purposes, I would like to create and study engine games in which only one side is able to castle. For this, I need to compile a version of Stockfish which never castles, and doesn't ...
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Knowing when to play Nc6 vs Nbd7 in the Najdorf Sicilian as black?

I've been studying the Najdorf Sicilian for some time, and I generally have a good idea of where to develop my pieces to. My light and dark square bishops typically end up on e6 and e7, respectively. ...
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How often do grandmasters fail to mate soon when mate in five or less is possible?

The recent question, How often do grandmasters miss checkmate? , turned out to be a bit broad. This question asks about a simple subset of that one, which I hope can be answered with some precision. ...
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Is this the position from TCEC Season 18, Game 80 a win or a draw?

This position from move 42 of TCEC Season 18 Game 80, with Black to move. Is it a win or a draw? [FEN "8/1k5p/1P3pp1/K1P2b2/5P1P/8/8/2B5 b - - 0 1"]
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Resource to Learn Chess Opening? [duplicate]

I am around 1300+ in Lichess With around 1100+ Games. I wanted to improve my Chess Openings Can anyone provide best resource to learn chess openings.
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What is the definitive resource(s) to analyze chess, like an engine? [duplicate]

What are some good resources to learn to analyze chess for the purpose of understanding the engines. I am not asking about the resources to learn chess, we have plenty of books on that. I am more ...
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How often do grandmasters miss checkmate?

Although top players are extremely good at finding checkmate, the number of permutations of moves in just 3 moves can be hundreds of thousands, and the farther out the possible mate (e.g. mate in 4, ...
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Hosting bughouse server for local competition?

I'm interested in running a local competition for bughouse engines. What chess server software can I use to run the games? The most relevant question I found was but the answer is almost 4 years old. ...
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Infinite sequence of consecutive checks allowing more pieces (say 9+ queens)

This is a task related to this question: Theoretical limit for the number of consecutive checks?. By a sequence of consecutive check, what we mean is white giving check, black replying with a check, ...
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Problems using Chessbase [closed]

I'm trying to use the link, http://openings.chessbase.com/, as it was recommended to me for practicing chess openings. I went to start lines and understandably misclicked a move. I tried to figure how ...
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Extract anonymized games out of a pgn

I'm a big fan of pgn-extract, but I am open to other linux-friendly tools. I have a big pgn file (over 5 million games) and a set of ECO codes. My goal is to fetch all the games matching those ECO ...
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Why don't chess sites offer best of X match formats? [closed]

I believe chess sites should offer best of 3/5/etc match formats, rather than a one-off game. Basically, if you enter such a game, you don't "win" by just winning 1 game, you have to be the ...
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How to decide whether to exchange (good/active) bishops?

I have read about exchanging bishops for knights and inactive for active bishops. I still don't know how to decide when both sides' bishops are seemingly equally active. For instance, I have read that ...
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How do you document your opening repertoire on a mac?

I have an opening repertoire which I play consistently. My problem, however, is that occasionally I will find holes in my repertoire: main line variations for which I have zero prep. I'd like to make ...
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Is tactics training just a waste of time when you cannot play long games?

I have been doing tactics training quite regularly since the beginning of the year. However, I haven't really been playing a lot (for obvious reasons). On average, I would say that I spent 10 hours ...
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How is AlphaZero defferent from Stockfish?

Obviously one is better than the other and AlphaZero uses machine learning and all, but what is the real reason for their different style of play? Given a position, both evaluate the next best move ...
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Is shuffling aimlessly for hundreds of moves permissible?

As I write this, game 73 of the TCEC Season 18 superfinal has just ended. What was most "interesting" about this game is the sheer amount of shuffling both sides did: starting from around ...
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Can playing too much chess make you see everything as chess moves?

According to this answer, some schizophrenics who compulsively play chess a whole lot see everything as chess moves. I looked for an alternate source of that information through a Google search and ...
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Is there value to learning openings as a new player?

Am a new player (had played before hadn't picked up a board for 3 years having never taken the game that seriously) and am going to try and commit to at least 1 rapid (10+5) game per day. Have made it ...
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Carlsen - Ghaem, why does Black want to do e5?

I am watching videos about the London system, and one example they use is this game. [Title "Carlsen-Ghaem, Baku 2016"] [FEN ""] 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bf4 e6 4. e3 Bd6 5. Bg3 c5 ...
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Safe place online for children to play against others

I'm looking for a safe website where my child can play. He is developing his game, I'm worried about people he may meet on various websites. If there are some known places please advise.
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Is there a standard way of scoring a position for chess programs?

It seems most chess programs score a position basically the same way, give or take a few tenths of a point, for a given position. For example, Stockfish might score a position as .65 while Houdini ...
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Looking for an historic chess game

I'm looking for an historic chess game (don't remember if Capablanca or Kasparov) that both queens are face to face and either let pass the other one, almost for like 7 or 10 movements, in the middle ...
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Why is stockfish not accepting my move?

I am trying to play with stockfish from terminal. I entered the following commands: position startpos e2e4 d The output was: Why is stockfish not accepting my move?
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Are there any cloud engine services solely 'pay per use'?

I'm looking for a chess cloud engine service where I only have to pay for the time I use. I thought chessbase.com provides that, but you have to get a premium membership first (as far as I understand)....
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Is there a word to count one moving by one player?

Is there a word to count one moving by one player? For example, the following series of moves: e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 is counted as three moves. But if I want to denote "e4" as a unit ...
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How does Magnus create opportunities for his opponents to go wrong?

I have heard this statement many times, but I don't understand it. What does it mean exactly?
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Stockfish Transposition Table: 16 bit key equals 0 even if the key is found?

In Stockfish 11, they use the high 16 bits as key inside the cluster: const uint16_t key16 = key >> 48; // Use the high 16 bits as key inside the cluster This renders problem when key >> ...
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Why is it acceptable to resign?

In nearly every non-chess field of competition I can think of, it is generally considered poor sportsmanship to quit before the game or match is played to completion. When playing other board games* (...
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When is a queen better than 3 minor pieces (or vice versa)?

Obviously a lot is going to depend on the exact position, but I'm asking if there are any general signposts - e.g. bishops usually get better than knights if the position is open, or in an endgame, ...
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Magic bitboards: My indexing doesn't seem to work!

I am beginning to understand magic bitboards. I have successfully implemented them with Rooks, and I am currently working with Bishops. The method is very similar though. Problem I have a bishop on g7 ...
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What is perfect play?

What exactly is perfect play? Can there can be multiple perfect plays, which sounds quite contradictory? If perfect play is known for all openings then why would a player play anything other than that?...
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Is there a standard system of classification of games?

Given there are practically infinite number of chess games possible, does there exist a standard system of classifying or naming games simlar to how there are rules for naming a chemical compound ...
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Why struggle for a single pawn?

I've seen many chess games, where after a certain point, one side maneuvers their pieces (like doubling the rooks) to target a single point. Most of time it's a pawn on the wing and the other side ...
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How do I improve my Chess rating [duplicate]

Its been almost three and a half years since I am playing chess online on chess.com. But I never crossed my Chess rating above 1500 on chess.com. And I think that three years is enough for anyone to ...
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Mate In N algorithm-Lichess Computer Analysis

Is it possible to have the computer analysis report mate in 12 moves to only change that to mate in higher number of moves, like 15 for example, after it searches deeper?
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Games won by the stalemated player?

Here is a quote from Davidson, A short history of chess (Link), chapter 8, which I used in an answer to an earlier question. [...] In Italy, however, from the very beginning, players could not ...
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Why taking the bishop with queen is better here?

[FEN "rnbq1rk1/pp1B1p1p/5bp1/2pPp3/8/8/PPPNQPPP/R1B2RK1 b - - 0 1"] The engine doesn't want me to take the bishop with the bishop, but to instead use the queen and I don't understand. What ...
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How to open .atbw files which has endgame tablebase?

I have downloaded a .atbw file from the archive of endgame tables for the atomic variant of chess from lichess tablebase I have downloaded this file, but have no way of reading it or accessing it as I ...
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How to get static evaluation from Stockfish in case that a king is in check?

I am working on a program that should recognize the difference between human and computer players. For this purpose, I need some parameters. A part of them would be the individual values of the static ...
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Sicilian Defence or Caro-Kann also help with Queen's pawn opening [closed]

I know and play the Sicilian defense. Specifically, I mix it with the Hyper Accelerated Dragon with the kingside rook pawn movement akin to the Najdorf. I am also learning the Caro-Kann, in which most ...

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