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Questions tagged [analysis]

Questions related to determining the Truth behind positions. This includes who is winning, what the next move should be, and what happens when a certain move is played.

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Beginners question: Strategic ideas

When I am watching chess lessons, the mentor mostly uses the phrase: 'lets look at the board and find some ideas'. As a beginner, I can't get passed the: 'look at what pieces you can grab.' Question: ...
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Could I have some analysis by a player >2000 FIDE on this game?

I recently played in a chess tournament and the only game I lost was an extremely tricky battle between myself (USCF 1770ish) and this other guy (USCF 2000ish): [Event "Bernardo Smith Amateur"] [...
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Thoughts on this game, please

I played the below recently in a U145 ECF (~U1800 FIDE) rapidplay, and would appreciate your thoughts. There are obviously lots of tactical errors, and please be kind on the last few moves which were ...
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Does white really have a win in this pawn ending, as claimed by Tim Krabbé?

Update: ​ ​ ​ ​ I emailed Tim Krabbé, and he agrees that ​ 41. b4 bxa4 ​ draws. He has posted a PS about this just under his old analysis. With respect to "Skawinski - Tomczak, European ch rapid, ...
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End Game - Queen + Rook vs Queen

Today, when I was playing end game I had a queen, a rook and a king (no pawns). My opponent had just a queen. It was his turn (the board was pretty blank) and he started giving continuous checks. I ...
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King taking pieces when check

Why can the white king not take the queen here?
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Program for determining the type of opening / endgame

How can I classify openings or endings of several games? Is there a program that takes Portable Game Notation (PGN) files as input and outputs that type of opening or type of end game (if any)? Can ...
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How many steps to mate the only king with all pieces?

Suppose Black has only one king in its initial place and White has all 16 pieces in their initial places. How many steps does it take to ensure a checkmate? And what are all solutions? Now that White ...
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Can not determine the result of this endgame

The endgame is shown in diagram, and I have also submitted the moves from the actual game. I want to know if any side can win, or is it really a draw. Support your claims with illustrative lines, ...
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Choosing one move from the two moves

From the given position, is it better to take with rook or the a-pawn and why ? Black to move: The engine suggested the move axb4, why? There must be some strategical or tactical point (ignore the ...
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What is White's objective from this state?

[fen "r4rk1/pp1q1p1p/2p1b1p1/3pPp2/1P1Q1P2/P7/2PB1P1P/2KR2R1 w - - 3 14"] Hey all, I've used SE for other things and I just played a Chess game and I figured this might be a good place to turn for ...
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Where did I go wrong this game?

So I'm what I would call a half-good to OK player, and I have the app chess free on my phone. I play against that AI all the time, and on level 6, I have a pretty bad win record (18%). I decided to ...
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My game against AI, please analyze

[Event "4444 vs AI"] [Site "multiplayerchess.com"] [Date "2015.08.12"] [Round "1"] [White "4444"] [Black "AI"] [Result "1-0"] [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. d3 d5 3. Ne2 g5 4. Nbc3 d4 5. Nb5 c6 6. Na3 Bxa3 7. ...
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What is the best line in the Fried Liver

The following is suggested by my computer (Stockfish) as an improvement to a line in the Fried Liver played in Shirov v Sulskis 2014 and suggested as a definite refutation in some places - Shirov's ...
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Can anyone analyze my game and mistake?

I've been learning chess for a while, and I tested my skills in online chess, I had lots of blunders but people can't seem to see it. [Event "4444 vs Anonymous"] [Site "multiplayerchess.com"] [Date "...
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In the Damiano Variation of Petrov's Defense, should white play d4 or f4?

Here is the opening in question: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 Nxe4? 4. Qe2! Qe7 5. Qxe4 d6 White has the advantage no matter which pawn is moved next, 6. d4 or 6. f4 (there is no way to ...
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Did Deep Blue play like a human?

Kasparov said, in Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine, that Deep Blue "sank into deep thinking" and took like 15 minutes to make a move. The movie tells the story of their match, in 1997. At a ...
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Can White win the endgame from game Kramnik-Carlsen, London 2010?

[Title "White to move"] [fen "8/6p1/7p/2k5/8/p5P1/B5P1/6K1 w - - 0 1"] Can White win this endgame?
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Analyze this game

I am improving my chess. What is the best move here and why? (black moves) Thanks in advance:) rnb2rk1/pp2qpp1/3p1b1p/2pBp2Q/4P2P/3P1N2/PPP2PP1/2KR3R b - h3 0 1
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Is it possible to draw this endgame where I blundered my queening pawn?

Move 13 (54 in actual game) is when I blundered my last pawn due to pressure of the Blitz game (probably). Even with seemingly equal material, the position is dreaded as the Black's pawns are more ...
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What does it mean when a position is “complicated”?

I have watched many of GM Daniel King's videos where he analyzes games. He is always saying "the position is complicated" or "the position is fantastically complicated". But what does this mean? If ...
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Why is g4 the best move in this Queens Gambit accepted line?

Doesn't the extra tempo not make up for the lack of king safety?
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software to analyze my own database of games with statistics

I've been playing on lichess.org for my online games, and is the primary way I enjoy chess. One of the big reasons why I started playing on lichess.org was that they offer a simple way to export your ...
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Feedback on a game

I just played this game with white. I am wondering, if any of the sides have gone terribly wrong/blundered anywhere? (except for both sides playing a dubious gambit - let's begin considerations from,...
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was this sacrifice a good one

upon reviewing a game I played. I stared to feel bad about exchanging my attacking bishop for his useless one but I believe that I had no other choices so I want you opinion about what was to be done ...
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What is the disadvantage of the move 3. ..h6 in the Queen's Gambit Declined?

One of my opponents keep playing 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 h6!? against me. Thus avoiding the main lines of the Queen's Gambit Declined that start after the normal 3) ..Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. Nc3 etc. Is ...
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Bishop vs Knight

I read in a book write by Fischer about piece values, and he said that a knight value 3 pawns, and a bishop values 3,25 pawns. I know that in the close positions knights are better, and I also read in ...
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What is the strongest reply to Czyzewski Opening?

I was exploring hypermodern openings and had found Czyzewski Opening. [fen ""] 1.e4 e5 2.b3 How I should react to this type of situation on the board. Is this some kind of trap?
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What does it mean when engine position scores change when following the “best” move

I'm particularly thinking of Stockfish here, since that is the one I use most, but it seems to happen with other engines. Sometimes you have a position and the recommended move for white might be +1....
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What are strategic elements for a correct piece sacrifice?

I want know which plus elements need to have in general positions for a correct piece sacrifice! Or how do you know that a sacrifice is correct in complicated position?
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Is there a path to victory?

I played a game against my mobile AI, me playing white. At this point in the game I had to get off my train, and when I picked it up again I was a bit quick on the trigger, moving my e-pawn, which ...
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Why do houdini and stockfish give this seemingly stupid move?

[fen "3r3k/1rp2p1p/4b2B/p3P1Q1/3q4/1P1P2P1/P4PBP/1R4K1 b - - 0 28"] They both give Qxf2 as the best move. I used http://analysis.cpuchess.com/ with search time 10 seconds. It's black to move.
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Could black have saved the rook-endgame?

[Event "FIDE Women's World Chess Championship"] [Site "Sochi RUS"] [Date "2015.03.27"] [Round "4.2"] [White "Dronavalli Harika"] [Black "Meri Arabidze"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D03"] [WhiteElo "2492"] [...
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Can someone explain how this pawn endgame works?

I'm sorry if this position has been asked before, but can someone explain how it works? [Event "?"] [Site "?"] [Date "????.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "?"] [Black "?"] [Result "*"] [FEN "8/4k3/3p4/3P4/...
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Why does white exchange knight for a pawn here?

This other question asks about why white resigns at the end (Why did Polgar resign?), but running through the game, I am confused at move 49 where the board looks like this, white to move: Polgar-...
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Static position analysis

This may well be too broad of a question. I'm currently in the process of programming a chess engine, but this is difficult for me as I'm not actually that good of a chess player. I'm having trouble ...
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Why is b4 the only move suggested by every chess engine?

The only move suggested here by every chess engine is 17. b4 Can anyone please advise why is it so important? [fen "r3k2r/ppp2pp1/7p/3pP3/3P2b1/5N2/RP1KBPPP/7R w - - 0 1"]
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Reading PGN files using Stockfish engine

Is there a way to read a .PGN file using Stockfish engine? If there is can you please give a sample commmand? THanks
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UCI engine command white giving the same move

I need help from someone who knows about UCI engines. I am giving the command by double clicking on stockfishengine.exe and manually entering commands. I wanted to play white and I am running arena to ...
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UCI engine state notion

Hi guys I have a problem with using stockfish engine which is using UCI protocol. I wanted to play black and the computer white. But so far I think that uci engine has no notion of state and it gives ...
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Why didn't Giri go for the pawns against Ding Liren (Tata Steel 2015)?

This game at move 69 - https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tournaments/tataSteelMasters2015/9/1/3 [fen "8/2p5/1pBpK1k1/1P1P2N1/7r/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"] [White "Anish Giri"] [Black "Ding Liren"] [Event "...
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Is there a checkmate in the next move?

My friend claims that there is a mate in the next move. White to move and checkmate. I am aware of 3 mates in 2 variations: 1. Qd1 Kd3 2.Rxd5# 1. Qd1 Kc5 2.Qg1# 1. Qd1 Kxe5 2.d4# But I cannot seem ...
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What is the best chess magazine in the world? And what makes a great chess magazine today?

When I was growing up in the 60's and 70's it was the Russian magazine Shakhmatny Bulletin according to Bobby Fischer. In our chess club we generally believed that the reason the club's best player ...
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Can Black save this Knight vs Bishop endgame with a pawn down?

After playing horribly in the opening, my opponent played a couple of suboptimal moves which suddenly allowed me to exchange some pieces and get the following unclear position. I thought about giving ...
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How can I programmatically detect kings side / queen side pawn storm

I read from wikipedia that: A pawn storm is a chess strategy in which several pawns are moved in rapid succession toward the opponent's defenses. A pawn storm usually involves adjacent pawns on ...
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Solving a problem from a Jan Prezewoznik book

The following position is White to move: [fen "1Q5r/1p2kppp/1q2b3/r1p3P1/p2pB3/P2P3P/1PP1P3/1KR2R2 w - - 0 1"] I'm a newbie in chess and I want to know, how to solve this problem in a quick way.
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Chess GUI with Time Handicap for Engine vs Engine matches

I want Stockfish to play for 1 hour per move and I want Komodo to play for 2 minutes per move. Is there a GUI that can do this? Arena has the option to set the seconds per move but both engines will ...
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Awkward situation. Take it or leave it!

Imagine a situation where our queen, opponent's bishop and opponent's king are in same vertical line such that if bishop was not there, there would be a check. Now the opponent, somehow unnoticeably ...
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Best strategy for analyzing chess games played by a kid

I am looking for ideas on how to have my 9 year old son analyze his chess games. Is there a software that he could use? He may not want to analyze the already played games on a chess board by himself....
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Indian theme in real life

We all know this beautiful theme of self-interference: [Title "Loveday, mate in 3"] [fen "3R4/5K2/8/4k1P1/4p3/7B/4p3/8 b - - 1 0"] Spoiler: Now the question: did such motive ever occur in an OTB ...