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Does the first-move advantage for White have real meaning apart from the highest levels of play?

Most games that involve taking turns, with one player going first by lot or agreement, have some sort of advantage to going first. Tic-tac-toe, for instance, is a guaranteed draw for player 1, ...
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Black's tools in the Caro-Kann Advanced Tal Variation

What are Black's plans to play for an advantage in this variation? [FEN ""] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. h4 h5 5. Bd3 Bxd3 6. Qxd3 e6 The kingside development seems so slow, allowing ...
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Who has the advantage in this position?

I was in a three%day turn bame, I played almost played a line that would have led me to this position. Black’s central pawns seem to be an advantage, although White being up the exchange scared me. ...
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As Black, how do you deal with the double pawns in the Ruy Lopez exchange variation?

How does Black deal with the double pawns c7 and c6 on the Ruy Lopez exchange variation? In other words, after: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. d4 exd4 6. Qxd4 Qxd4 7. ...
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How to convert better positions and not to get swindled OTB?

For context I am new to OTB chess with 30 games under my belt and a rating of around 1930 fide. I have a very definite problem. Last tournament I dropped 3 pieces in 3 consecutive games in either ...
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How much would chess change if Black always had the last move?

In a hypothetical minor variant, could White's first-move advantage be compensated for by Black's right to last move? Normally, White wins have White play N+1 plies to Black's N. How would the game ...
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Are there any gambits which yield an advantage for the side down material?

For this question I'm interested only in gambits that: Are real gambits. That is, the side that's risking the material actually ends up down material + cannot count on winning the material back. This,...
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How do I understand White's +6 advantage here?

[White "White (to move)"] [Black "Black"] [FEN "rnq1kb1r/ppp3pp/4pn2/4N3/2QP4/2N2P2/PPP3PP/R1B1K2R w KQ - 0 13"] In this position, White can still castle, but Black cannot (having moved the king ...
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Why does Stockfish give an evaluation of +7.42 here?

[fen "r3k1nr/pppqn2p/5p2/b5p1/3PP3/1BP2QBP/PP1N2P1/R3K2R w KQkq - 3 14"] This game was played by me on chess.com recently. (I am white). The material balance is +1 (for white). Then why is ...
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What did Benjamin Franklin mean in this quote?

I was reading thenarticle at http://www.chess.com/forum/view/general/benjamin-franklin-on-the-morals-of-chess, and in the last paragraph, Ben Franklin says "Snatch not eagerly at every advantage ...
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Was this sacrifice a good one?

Upon reviewing a game I played. I started to feel bad about exchanging my attacking bishop for my opponent’s useless one. But I believe that I had no other choices. I want your opinion about what I ...
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Who has the advantage here?

Who has the advantage here? In general whar will perform better in this scenario- 3 pawns vs. 3 pawns, or 4 pawns vs. 2 pawns?
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Guide to using a book

I am currently twenty years old. I learned the rules of chess when I was eight and played on and off for a long time. However, I did not take it seriously. Recently after joining chess.com and trying ...
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Why isn't chess played white 1 move, black 2 moves, white 2 moves and so on?

In turn based games like chess, the player playing the first move has an advantage the whole game. One way to "remedy" this is to let the player starting the game make one move (and have the ...
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Can this '+3.9' advantage be converted to a win?

I reached this endgame, which Stockfish 10+ evaluates as +3.9, but failed to convert it to a win. I feel that it may be a draw after all. Is that the case? [Title "White to move"] [FEN "...
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What does an equal odds game look like for a GM vs an engine?

This question began an interesting discussion on handicaps for engines that play against GMs: Engine-invented variations/hypotheticals This led me to wonder, are there differences in handicaps in ...
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What are examples of chess positions where the best move for a human to play is a game-theoretic error?

I'm looking for positions where the game-theoretic perfect move is actually a mistake for any human to play (because it would lead to complications that they can't be expected to handle), and ...
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Why did black choose 1... Kxg7 instead of 1... Rfe8 in this puzzle?

I have a doubt with a puzzle that I solved recently. The proposed solution for that puzzle is as below. [FEN "r4rk1/pp4np/2n1bppB/qNQ1p3/8/6P1/PP2PPBP/R4RK1 w - - 0 1"] 1.Bxg7 Kxg7 2.Bxc6 bxc6 3.Nd4 ...
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Ponziani 5.. Nce7?! why is this a blunder?

The following position is from the Ponziani opening. Starting 5.. Nce7, the computer gives over +3 advantage for white, but throughout the line I couldn't see why this is such a clear positional ...
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If I remove a king from one side, which side has an advantage?

If I remove a king from one side, which side has an advantage? Say, the losing condition will change for that side to "no pieces left". Removing king = one less way to lose, but an extra ...
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What strategic principles contribute to black's advantage in this position?

I calculated to the following position during a game: [FEN "r1r3k1/5pbp/p2qpnp1/3p4/3P4/2N1PB1P/P5P1/2R1QRK1 w - - 1 22"] At the time I believed black would have a slight positional edge ...
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Why I did not see the first-mover advantage in my game history? [closed]

I have played over a thousand blitz games at chess.com and here are the results: I failed to notice any obvious difference between white and black. In other word, I do not see the the first-mover ...
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Why in Four Knights, Italian variation the winning percentage favours black after the move 4...Bc5?

I was searching C46 Four knights, Italian variation at 365chess.com and here is what I found: I am curious why 4...Bc5 gives black a slightly higher winning percentage. It seems to me that after 4......
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What is the best way to continue the game in this situation and maintain my advantage?

White to move. I did a queen sacrifice which took away my advantage and led to a perfectly even game which I blundered. What am I supposed to do that isn't a queen sacrifice? My rooks are stuck and my ...
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How to use massive advantage in early opening - need help on where to learn

Context: I am around 15-1600 in terms of Chess.com blitz. My question was motivated by watching a Ben Finegold video where as a joke he played Ng8 Nf6 Ng8 Nf6 repeatedly at the start of the blitz game ...
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What makes white's first move tempo advantage so valuable? [duplicate]

White player wins much more often. Is there a kind of statistics of how much more often? Mentally it seems to be half a point per game. At the same time, it is very easy to lose a tempo during the ...
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Do chess have deterministic win strategy like tic tac toe? I.e. would God always win knowing the whole tree of combinations? [duplicate]

Chess is a totally deterministic game. Although we do not have computing power to pre-compute all the possible moves, all possible outcomes are determined. So assuming God had unlimited computing ...
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Can the White King capture the bishop?

Here is the satuation Black: King(b7), rook (a8), Bishop (e8,b4), pawn (c7,e6,f7,g7) White: King(c4), rook (g4), Knight (f3), pawn (b2,c2,f2,g3) It is white to move. r3b3/1kp2pp1/4p3/8/1bK3R1/5NP1/...
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