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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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When are pieces worth more (or less) than their nominal value?

Which are the most common situations in which pieces are worth more/less than their value, in point? For example, I know that a protected Knight on 6th rank (3rd for Black) of columns d and e may be ...
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Giving moves as odds, what's the least number of moves by White which forces checkmate by the time it's Black's turn?

If one player (Black) gives another player (White) odds of x moves, stipulating that White must not move any man beyond his fourth rank until Black has made one move, what's the smallest value for "x" ...
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Did Reinfeld make a mistake?

One of the illustrative games featured in Fred Reinfeld's The Complete Chessplayer is a game between A. Muffang - P. Devos, France-Belgium 1948: [FEN ""] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. ...
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Why is the latest Stockfish (2.2.2) infinitely slower (than 2.1.1) in Scid?

I was about to spend some time researching this, but realized someone might have already looked into it; if not, I may just answer my own question in a few hours. Scid is pegging one core of the CPU, ...
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Is there any chess engine that can show if one side has a forced draw?

Is there any chess engine that has an analysis mode that can show if a position is a forced draw by either side? It is common for engines to output evaluations of 0.0 when they detect a draw. But an ...
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In the immortal draw, why is the Queen sac 9…Qxa4+ considered the best move?

After White's first nine moves in the Immortal Draw: [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Bc5 3.Na4 Bxf2+ 4.Kxf2 Qh4+ 5.Ke3 Qf4+ 6.Kd3 d5 7.Kc3 Qxe4 8.Kb3 Na6 9.a3 Why is 9...Qxa4+ the best move here? Doesn't ...
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What's the best plan for white in this position?

I have come this far and am not sure what to do further in the game. I have been doing some maneuvering here but it seemed quite disoriented. What is a good plan that will help white win? [FEN "...
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Anand - Gelfand 12th game in World Chess championship 2012

I have been following 12th game in World Chess championship 2012, and I just could not understand why a draw was offered. Is it that they can see 10 or more moves ahead and think of the ending or is ...
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Chess Tempo #97369 - Is the problem's solution wrong?

Can black force a win (against perfect play) after the following moves? [FEN "6k1/5p2/1Pp3pb/2q4p/1rNpPP2/3Q2PP/8/5RK1 b - - 0 1"] 1... Rxc4 2. b7 (1. {Chess Tempo #97369}) A quick summary of this ...
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Chess Tempo #97369 - Theoretical win or draw?

The following tactics problem is problem #97369 from ChessTempo. It is a position from a game between Yuri Yakovich and Pavel Kotsur. It's black's move. The idea of the tactics problem is to find ...
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Are there innate limits in chess performance?

Are they tied to IQ and amount of deliberate practice, and if so, does that mean if you know the player's IQ you're able to estimate the time of deliberate practice spent learning?
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Is there such a thing as a unique chess playing signature?

Is there such thing as a chess playing signature? Meaning within x-amount of games the identity of a player is known based on the skill and game play of the player.
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Are there consumer-level game play analysis systems that overlay the analysis on the board real-time?

An example of what I mean would be Thinking Table, though the Thinking Table is not a consumer product: Thinking Table is a series of works that explore the invisible, elusive nature of thought. ...
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Is game analysis based on “squares” instead of “pieces” of any value?

Most all analysis I've seen in chess focuses on pieces development, and not the development of unoccupied spaces. Is there any value in analyzing game play in this way, and if so, how is this done? ...
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Wedge pawn formation with slight differences

In the Nimzo-Indian Rubenstein, there's a solid line for Black that begins thus: [FEN ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 b6 5. Bd3 Bb7 6. Nf3 Ne4 7. O-O f5 Since I am Class A rated, I normally ...
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Why 8…Na6 was played in the immortal draw?

From the other question: Is there a "perfect" game? , an interesting game came up: [fen ""] [title "Hamppe-Meitner, Vienna"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Bc5 3.Na4 Bxf2+ 4.Kxf2 Qh4+ 5.Ke3 Qf4+ 6.Kd3 d5 7....
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In game 1 of the 2012 WCC between Anand and Gelfand, black ignored his passed pawn advantage. Why?

In the first game of the WCC 2012 between Anand and Gelfand, which was drawn, Gelfand had a passed pawn on a6. Could he not have exchanged the major pieces and then tried to win with it? Why was the ...
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What are techniques to improve the number of moves thought through in advance?

I read somewhere that on average a GM can think up to 10-15 moves ahead in tactical positions. Is there any specific technique to improve this depth? Please do not provide a generic answer on how to ...
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How can I find good tactics problems?

Say you have a database of a lot of games. How would you go about finding good tactics problems? I suppose you would search until there was a spot where the score shifted, and there was only one good ...
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Is this endgame position a theoretical win or draw?

The following tactics problem comes from ChessTempo, and was taken from a game between Anatoly Karpov and Alexey Kuzmin. It's white's move. The idea of the problem is to find white's best move from ...
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How do I analyze my game after playing?

What techniques do you use to analyze your games or other people's games? How much time do you spend on analyzing the game? Are there any tools (electronic or manual, such as a piece of paper) you ...
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Engines that predict the outcome of current matches in real-time [closed]

I'm looking for an engine that will allow a full game to be loaded in an attempt to visualize the major turning points in the game. Are there engines that predict the outcome of current matches in ...
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How to assess chess game composition?

Most chess literature offer sets of moves based on themes, but do not offer a method of accessing your performance in composing sets of moves relative to the flow of the game itself. What would be ...
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What proofs for refuted gambits are there?

I've stumbled upon this article a while ago, and I've also seen refutations for the Muzio Gambit (Joseph Kling & Bernard Horwitz - Chess Studies on Endings of Games). I'm wondering what other ...
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Is there any free software to automatically analyze and annotate games?

I'm looking for free software that automatically analyzes and annotates chess games (post-mortem), preferably marking blunders, suggesting good alternatives, pointing out missed tactics (forks, pins, ...