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Questions relating to the objective assessment of a position. The assessment may entail which side has the advantage, or what the best move might be.

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Material score in analysis report

Is it possible to do an analysis using Scid vs PC or any other major chess program where it shows material score after each move in addition to showing the normal evaluation score? So for an endgame ...
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Caro Kann opening

Is the Caro Kann Advance variation winning for White? In a game largely shown on a video , Stockfish 11 beat Komodo 14 with it. Since the prevailing consensus was that the move of Komodo Kh4?!was a ...
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Why is White considered so much better in this position?

I'm not sure I understand why Stockfish considers White so much better here. A look at the two strongest lines for White by Stockfish doesn't really give me much intuition about what White is playing ...
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Can I host lichess server to my local machine to use the study offline?

Lichess is a free, Ad-free and Open-Source chess server. To me, it has the best STUDY option over the internet. I am thinking whether it's possible or not to host a localhost setup using the source ...
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Why is Qf3 better than Nf3

I am training with an app and have played about 10 games in my life, most years apart. However, now I became interested in the game. So, please be a little gentle. I have this situation: I was going ...
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Why is Bd6 better than Be7, Bc5 and Bb4?

[FEN "r1bqkb1r/p4ppp/2p2n2/3p4/8/2N5/PPP1BPPP/R1BQK2R b KQkq - 1 9"] Be7 protects knight from getting pinned, Bc5 pins the pawn on f2 after Whites, castles, and Bb4 pins the knight. Whats ...
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Wwhy was f5 played here?

[FEN "r1b1k2r/3pnpbp/pp2p1p1/2q3B1/3pPP2/1B1P4/PPP1N1PP/R2Q1RK1 b k - 0 1"] In this position, f5 was played. The reasoning is that Black's king is still in the center, so if White decides ...
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Did Leela Zero miss a win in this position?

Did Leela Zero miss a win in this position from game 106 of the Computer Chess Championship, on move 83 with White to move? [FEN "8/2p1r3/2P4k/1P1pB2p/K2NbP1R/P5r1/8/8 w - - 0 1"] Here, ...
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Did Stockfish blunder a drawn position against Leela here?

I don't see how you can defend both pawns at once if the bishop is located on the f8 square. Where did Stockfish go wrong in this game? [FEN "5B2/3k4/2p4p/4n1r1/8/2R5/6K1/8 w - - 0 1"]
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How to decide whether to exchange (good/active) bishops

I have read about exchanging bishops for knights and inactive bishops for active one. I still don't know how to decide when both sides’ bishops are seemingly equally active. For instance, I have read ...
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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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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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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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Can White defend and possibly win?

[FEN "1nkr2nr/pppp2pp/2b2p2/3q4/3P4/1NQ5/P1P2PPP/R1B1R1K1 w KQkq - 0 1"] Can White possibly win in this position and avoid a queen mate on g2?
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How to visualize variations clearly? [duplicate]

So,I'm reading some annotated games and analyzing them in some app.I feel too lazy to make separate moves for the variations give and tend to do them in my head,but i find it difficult to do after say ...
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How to win a rook endgame with two extra pawns-4 vs 2 general plan

In this diagram it's White to move. Black should be winning in this endgame. I want a simple plan on how to move the Black pawns in a way that I will avoid the horizontal and vertical checks from the ...
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Is there any important thing to note from this game?

[FEN ""] 1. c4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Nf3 Nbd7 6. Bd3 Be7 7. O-O O-O 8. b3 b6 9. Qe2 Bb7 10. Rd1 Qc7 11. Bb2 Rad8 12. Rac1 Qb8 13. h3 Bd6 14. e4 dxe4 15. Nxe4 Bf4 16. Nxf6+ Nxf6 17. Rb1 ...
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What should be the next move in this position?

[FEN "2r1r1k1/pb5p/1pp1qb2/3p1p2/3Pn1p1/1Q2P1P1/PP2NPBP/2RRB1K1 b - - 0 1"] What is the best move for Black in this position. Everything seems defended here. What method is applicable in such ...
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How does b3 prevent e5 here?

[FEN "rnbq1rk1/ppp1b1pp/3ppn2/5p2/2PP4/5NP1/PP2PPBP/RNBQ1RK1 w - - 0 1"] White plan is to play b3 and then Ba3 to render the move e5. But how does it prevents e5?
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How many positions does a GM analyze before making a move?

From a research paper: Chess players search highly selectively. It is rare that they analyze more than one hundred positions in the search tree before choosing a move. In the middle game how many ...
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Black to move, is there a possibility to win in this position?

With Black to move, is there a possibility to win in this position? [FEN "3rk2r/1p2q2p/1Q1p1Bpb/1R1N3n/1P6/5N2/1P3PPP/4R1K1 b k - 0 1"]
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Why is the evaluation of the move h5 dependent on position of the bishop?

[FEN ""] [startply "50"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 Be7 7. Re1 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. h3 Na5 10. Bc2 c5 11. d4 Qc7 12. Nbd2 Nc6 13. d5 Nd8 14. a4 Ra7 15. Nf1 g6 16. Bh6 Re8 17....
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Why this move is good here but not few moves ago?

[FEN "r1bq1rk1/p2p2pp/1pn1p3/5p2/1PP1n1P1/P4N2/1BQ1PP1P/R3KB1R b - - 0 1"] Here, 1... fxg4 gives White an advantage. But 1...Nxf2 2.Kxf2 fxg4 is equal. Why is that?
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When Lichess analyzes a game, how deep does it analysis?

In reference to the request computer analysis feature, how how deep is Stockfish analyzing, such as looking 12 moves ahead?
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What is the best move for White in this position?

[title "White to move"] [fen "2b2rk1/pr2n1bp/2p1p1p1/2pqPp2/N2p1P1Q/1P1P1N2/P1PB2PP/1R3R1K w - - 1 0"] In this position, I was considering the best move for white. Re1 seems good but why not Ba5? Or ...
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Help needed to find the big mistake

Below is a a game in which I played as black. A chess engine analysis told me that I made big one mistake. Can someone point out what it is? [FEN ""] 1. d4 b6 2. e4 Bb7 3. Nd2 g6 4. Bd3 Bg7 5. Ngf3 ...
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Can someone explain the positional advantages for white?

[FEN "3r1rk1/7p/bq2ppp1/p1R5/Pp2P2P/4QB2/1P3PP1/3R2K1 w - - 0 1"] As far I can see, Black’s bishop has more scope than the white one, White has some isolated pawns, and the Black pawns rule the 5th ...
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Why is Qf5-c2+ a blunder?

Wikipedia defines a blunder as follows: In chess, a blunder is a very bad move. It is usually caused by some tactical oversight, whether from time trouble, overconfidence or carelessness. Here when ...
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Why is 5. Nc3 preferred over 5. f3 in the Open Sicilian?

The statistics at move 5 seem amazing for White, slightly better than Nc3. I was wondering how White can "get away" with the plan to play c4 before Nc3, achieving even more control of the center. So ...
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Gyula Breyer joke composition cooked?

I recently bought the delightful book Outrageous Chess Problems by Burt Hochberg, which among other things contains some interesting joke compositions. I have a question about Problem 102 (diagrammed ...
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Why move the queen’s rook to defend d-file instead of king’s rook?

In this position, why is it better to move the queen’s rook to defend the d-file instead of the king’s rook? Moving the king’s rook to the d-file becomes more challenging. Is it important to leave ...
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Checkmate possibility for Black

In this lichess game, in the given analysis line for move 32, is it possible for Black to win in two moves after 35... Kc7? [FEN "8/R4k2/2p3p1/2N4p/3n4/3P1pPb/PP3P1P/6K1 b - - 0 1"] 1... Ke8 2. Ra8+ ...
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Is there any website that allows you to check if a position has been played before?

Is there any website that allows you to check if a position has been played before? I want to analyse a game and I want to check if it has been reached before. Any suggestions?
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I read that Mikhail Tal claimed to have been able to see 50 variations ahead in a game. Any thoughts on this possibility?

Mikhail Tals' books on chess. Learning/analytic chess theory. Perception and intuition in the development of strategic and tactical chess play.
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Why are these moves recommended?

I am playing chess on the chess.com app with the top three suggested moves: I am an amateur. I get the basic idea that developing your knights is a common, good thing early in the game, but why is ...
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Outside-the-box mate-in-one challenge

I've received an (I would say impossible) mate-in-one challenge and I have already checked all movements, but couldn't solve it yet. It came from a trustable source and they say you need to think ...
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Attacking moves

While playing chess against a computer I am able to analyse what the computer is going to move even at the highest difficulty level but I am not able to place good moves against the computer. Can ...
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Soltis's best chess game of the 20th century

In Andrew Soltis's book The 100 Best Chess Games of the 20th Century, Ranked, his number 1 game is a correspondence game between Yakov Estrin and Hans Berliner, from the 1965–1968 World ...
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Human analysis for a KRBNNPP against KRRN ending?

This line of play leads to this position: [White "White"] [Black "Black to move"] [FEN "8/rp4p1/1N1nkb2/3n4/6R1/1R6/8/2K5 b - - 1 38"] StockFish 10+ assures me that Black has a big advantage, but I ...
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Why is 15.cxd6 better than 15.cxb6 here?

In Radjabov vs. Gelfand (2013): [FEN ""] 1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.g3 Qb6 7.Nb3 Ne5 8.e4 Bb4 9.Qe2 d6 10.f4 Nc6 11.Be3 Bxc3+ 12.bxc3 Qc7 13.Bg2 e5 14.c5 b6 15.cxd6 Qxd6 16.O-O ...
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Why is Be6 a better move than Bh5 in this position?

Original position: After Bh5 (move I think is better because of the threat to the queen if pawn moves): After Be6 (move recommended by the engine):
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Which steps were blunders and inconsistencies?

This is the pgn of the game. The engine said that white made a blunder and some inconsistencies. But I can't spot them. Can you help me to find them? [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bc4 f5 4. Nc3 f4 5....
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Please help solve this endgame problem posed by a friend

[FEN "5K2/k7/4P1p1/8/8/8/4b3/8 w - - 0 1"] A friend of mine is challenging me to find a solution. It’s White to play and DRAW.
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Why is 16. d5 a blunder in this position?

In this position I'm White and I have just played 16. d5. Stockfish labels the move as a blunder. I do understand I had better moves than this, and it's not the move I would play if I were to get this ...
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Is there any hope left for Black?

7b/p3R3/k6r/N7/KP6/8/8/8 b - - 3 41 I got into this endgame in a Alkehine Defense game against a FM. The engine evaluates it as +0.6 . But all I can see is that any inaccuracy on Black’s part leads ...
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How can I convert screenshot capture into FEN to analyse on Windows 10+?

I want to analyze position presented on meeting, web page or video but problem is that I do no have FEN to start such analysis. I want to capture screenshot that convert it into FEN. How can I do it ...
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Why does Stockfish suggest capturing a bishop in this position when my opponent can fork my king and rook?

The position in question is: [FEN ""] [StartPly "13"] 1. d4 c5 2. Nf3 cxd4 3. Nxd4 Nc6 4. Nc3 e5 5. Ndb5 Bb4 6. Bg5 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 Qa5 8. Qd5 Nge7 9. Nd6+ Kf8 10. Qxf7# 1-0 It's black turn and the ...
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Can someone explain this computer suggestion to me?

[FEN ""] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. Nf3 e5 4. Nxe5 c5 5. d5 f6 6. Nxc4 b5 7. Nca3 c4 8. Nxb5 Qa5+ 9. N1c3 Bb4 10. Nd4 Bxc3+ 11. Bd2 Bxd2+ 12. Qxd2 Qxd5 13. Rc1 Nh6 14. b3 Nf5 15. bxc4 Qxd4 16. Qxd4 Nxd4 ...
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Polerio Gambit game for review

Please analyze and comment about this game I played as an anonymous uer. I played the Polerio Gambit in the game. I would also like remarks about the Polerio Gambit (1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. d4) as ...
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Advanced Caro Kann: Queenless Middlegame

I started analysing my games as a means to improvement. I am trying to form my own opinion without looking at the engine that much, as I can't rely on it while analysing a position in game. I really ...

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