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Why is there a minimum rating gain when you win?

Fide has a rule saying that if one player is rated more than 400 points higher than his opponent, their difference should be set to 400 when calculating rating gain/loss. That means no matter how weak ...
3
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4answers
88 views

Why isn't chess960 the standard?

Bobby Fischer said that standard chess is dead and I believe him. Current players rely too much on engine-moves and theory in the openings and quite far in the middle-game without any real ...
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7answers
7k views

Why is it illegal to castle with both hands?

I was watching the match between Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Hikaru Nakamura and Nakamura used both hands to castle. Why is it illegal to castle using both hands? What's wrong with that?
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109 views

is it possible to make an illegal move legal? by anyway? [on hold]

Guys sorry if the question is Stupid, I am a big noob. searched this on google found no answer. I mean say I somehow make an illegal move,any kind, can i then make it legal . if so how ? Tell me all ...
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2answers
84 views

Why do engines run faster if you only have one line of analysis open?

When I load up an engine (like Stockfish), it reaches a higher depth quicker if I only leave one line of analysis open. If I leave multiple lines open, it runs slower. Why is this?
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105 views

What is a move that “is recorded in such a way that its true significance is impossible to establish”?

According to FIDE rule E.8 on temporary adjournment (my emphasis), Except in the cases mentioned in Articles 5, 6.9, 9.6 and 9.7, the game is lost by a player whose recording of his sealed move: ...
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154 views

is it possible to give 2 more checks here?

If the horse moves then is it possible to give check mate ? i have already gave a check. i was playing 3 check. how can i get 2 more checks? is it not possible ? 3 check is a mode in chess where you ...
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1answer
7k views

Can a knight move through all squares from its original position?

I'm so confused about this. I googled it and read about knight's tours, however they all start from illegitimate positions. I want to know if a knight can move through all squares from its original ...
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1answer
51 views

Finding the losing move. [on hold]

Assuming* chess is a theoretical draw, in every decisive game the loser makes at least one move where the theoretical evaluation switches from Win/Draw to Loss with perfect play. Call these ...
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104 views

How would top grandmasters fair against engines in correspondence chess?

If Magnus Carlsen, for example, faced stockfish with the time control 1move/day, how well would Magnus do against stockfish? It seems with so much time per move, tactical oversight disappears.
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81 views

What are the strategies of Alphazero?

Alphazero is an amazing chess engine, one of the best in the world. It also has a more "human" playing style than other engines. Furthermore, understanding this engine might be vital to improving the ...
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0answers
12 views

How do I start Chessbase Mobile from a tabiya?

It's getting annoying having to repeat the same six moves when I want to analyze 6.Bg5 in the Sicilian Najdorf.
4
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1answer
68 views

Giuoco Piano, Steinitz Variation

[fen ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d4 exd4 6. cxd4 Bb4+ 7. Nc3 Nxe4 8. O-O Bxc3 9. bxc3 d5 10. Ba3 Steinitz Variation. We play this in regular tournaments and it is very ...
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1answer
58 views

Can an Optimal Stopping strategy be applied to search functions? [on hold]

Can the solution to the famous Secretary Problem be applied to the search function of a chess engine? Rejecting the first 37% moves and choosing the best one after that,or maybe even just checking the ...
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4answers
195 views

How should I continue?

I have reached 2000 rating in rapid at lichess. I am a student, so I have to keep up with my schoolwork. I get around 1/2 to 1 hour on chess on each weekdays and 2hrs on weekends. My question is, if I ...
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15answers
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Should you always try your best (play as if your opponent is a grandmaster)?

Should you always play like a grandmaster no matter how (un)skilled your opponent is? I thought of a situation where intentionally not playing to the best of your abilities is a good strategy. Like, ...
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1answer
76 views

How can i write a program that calculates the values of piece square tables using the following method? [closed]

The input is a piece-square table whose values are the number of squares that piece can reach from each square.For example,this is the input to calculate the ideal piece square table for a knight. ...
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5answers
194 views

How can a human figure out best move in this position?

Why is 12. b4 played by a GM? Why doesn't he just capture the bishop? And how can he forsee so far in the future? Am I missing something?
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1answer
120 views

What happens when both players are out of time in Blitz?

What are the rules when the clock for both players has reached 0? Are these rules different for digital clocks (where the clock shows who was the first player to flag) and analog clock where it might ...
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2answers
96 views

Helpful Zugzwang?

Are there positions where a zugzwang helps the zugzwang'ed player? For instance, white forces black to make a move that gives black an advantage. Is that possible?
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Is there any etiquette about how to proceed when a technical problem leads to a misplay in an online game? [duplicate]

Recently I was playing an online game when I moved my king with the intent of castling. However, I apparently didn't get it far enough over, and when I "let it go", the king was placed in a square ...
3
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4answers
207 views

How likely am I to beat a grandmaster through random play?

Understatement of the week: Grandmasters are good at chess. I am not. I was wondering because of this how likely it would be through complete random play to beat a grandmaster, and whether or not it ...
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1answer
91 views

Why was this move in a puzzle?

I was on the chess.com app this morning doing the daily puzzle and it wanted me to play Re2. This is questionable to me, because it just delays the mate, but I figured I might have missed something. ...
2
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1answer
128 views

Why is playing f4 here not correct?

Yesterday I played a game chess whose link is: https://lichess.org/rnLeeqMD/white#30 The computer tells me that in the 16th move,when I played 16.f4, I made an inaccuracy. My reasons for playing f4 ...
2
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3answers
125 views

Pawns VS pawnless?

I'm writing a story where because of the character's vanity says "you can have pawns but I don't need them, they are beneath me." In such a game who would have the advantage?
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1answer
85 views

How to force the computer to play another move on Chess.com?

I am playing a game against the computer on chess.com. The computer made a move that looks absurd, so I would like to make it do another move instead and analyse the game. How to do it? I tried to ...
3
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2answers
163 views

Does this rook endgame have a name or known original analyst?

The position is analyzed in many endgame works, but to my knowledge hasn't been given a name as other similar endgames (e.g. "Vancura's position") have. Two of the most authoritative works, Nunn (...
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2answers
81 views

What are some good attacking games from the black side of the Queen's Gambit Declined (Exchange variation)?

I read both of the answers to this question, and although one answer hints that black can launch a kingside attack in the Exchange variation, it offers no games demonstrating such a kingside attack. ...
5
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1answer
104 views

How does syzygy store it's information?

From reading everything I've found so far, I know that syzygy uses both win/draw/loss files and distance to zero files, but I haven't found any information on the internal file format that these files ...
6
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5answers
123 views

Can solving lots of mate in one (or two) problems be beneficial?

I am a ~1500 player on chess.com (so I'm in the online beginner-intermediate range). There is a book titled "Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations and Games" by Lazlo Polgar, father of Judit, Susan and ...
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1answer
41 views

What is the main aim and object of the kings pawn opening? [closed]

I think that every opening has a particular aim and object. Can someone tell me the the aim and object of the kings pawn opening?
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1answer
111 views

Can't capture queen?

I'm new to chess. Just played a game, my king was on d2, opponents queen was on e1, and my rook was on h1. But the program did not allowed me to capture the enemy queen with my rook, it only allowed ...
5
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3answers
178 views

What's the maximum number of moves that can result in a threefold repetition from an arbitrary position?

Assume that the fifty-move rule does not require a player to claim a draw. Instead, the game is automatically declared a draw if no pawns have been moved and no pieces have been captured in the last ...
2
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3answers
55 views

How to package PGN in Lichess analysis page format

I am trying to bundle together a couple of games on my own website. I would love to have an interface like Lichess's analysis page: You can turn on the Stockfish engine, try out different moves and ...
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1answer
111 views

Can you check my games? [closed]

I play mostly blitz and stick to a particular style (as black- stonewall +variations and as white just an f-pawn attacking style). It's pretty wild but I manage to surprise higher ranking players on ...
1
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0answers
17 views

Recording- and displaying time usage in Chessbase

When I enter my games into Chessbase, I would like to also enter the time usage. I noticed that there is a possibility of right-clicking on the notation and choosing "move time", but this feature ...
7
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1answer
158 views

What is the theoretical assessment of this 4 knights gambit?

[FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nc6 4.g3 Nxe4!? Some games have followed 5.Nxe4 d5 6.Nc3 d4 7.Nb1 e4 8.Ng1 for example.
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1answer
128 views

How to be more aware of smothered mate opportunities?

I've been playing Chesscademy's android app for a while when I'm bored: thought it could improve my chess to be solving their tactic challenges (not sure if it's working though..). One pattern I ...
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0answers
63 views

I need help Identifying this chess set

I need help identifying this chess set, I got it from my father and he says it is from Poland and on the broken board it says it is made of crystal bohemia.
1
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2answers
112 views

Calculation of national rating

In order to calculate effect on national rating, should it be enough to choose the relevant k koefficient (assuming this is what makes for the discrepancy between national rating and FIDE rating) and ...
6
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1answer
105 views

Autobiography by Sonja Graf

In the book "Chess Bitch" by Jennifer Shahade I have read that Sonja Graf has written an autobiography in Spanish. Can anyone help me locate the book? It could be in Spanish, German, English or ...
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0answers
48 views

Lichess Chessbase 14 Database Sync

I would like to keep my Lichess database up to date with Chessbase. The first Question would be is there an API that will sync the database so I don't have any duplicates and the games are in the ...
6
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2answers
316 views

Worst tournament performances of reigning World Champions

As a Magnus Carlsen fan, it was a bit disappointing for me to see him finish clear second in Biel 2018, one and half points after Mamedyarov, after starting the tournament with two wins - and it could ...
2
votes
2answers
156 views

Why is it better to capture the f pawn?

Yesterday I reached this position: Here,White to play, I played Bg5. Lichess told me in the analysis that was inaccurate although latter on, it pointed this move out as one of the best moves. At ...
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1answer
84 views

Strange reply after winning game [closed]

So I was playing chess at ICC where I am a member. I lost the game and I usually like to offer congratulations and a handshake to the winner. So on this occasion I said handshake and she, the other ...
1
vote
1answer
48 views

What are the most instructive Zurich 1953 games? [closed]

I'm a club player that never really figured out the importance of studying master games. Since I want to improve my middlegame understanding I read that Bronstein's Zurich 1953 is an excellent place ...
6
votes
1answer
428 views

How did Taimanov lose this game to Karpov?

I can't understand how Taimanov (playing White) resigned in the following position against Karpov from the Moscow team leagues in 1973: After 40.Rc2 or 40.d5 the position seems to be equal. I know ...
1
vote
3answers
101 views

Analysis of my recent King's Indian Defense game

I'm looking for any feedback on positional ideas I've missed on a recent KID game I played (as black). We were both about 1900 Elo, although I was slightly higher rated. I've obviously already ...
3
votes
3answers
160 views

Evaluation of this alternative to French exchange lines

I am a French Defense opening player from both sides. I don't like exchange line of the French Defense. They are drawish positions and my brain gets bored resulting in a positional or small mistake. ...
3
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2answers
781 views

What's the point of the full move counter in FEN?

For what do you need to know the number of full moves? You still can't recreate every move in the game with FEN anyways, so I don't see the point of the full move counter. Is there any rule that ...

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