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Good resource for annotated games

I'm finding annotated chess games very handy to increase my level of chess knowledge. Are there any recommendations on good online resources for annotated games? I've found a few, but the annotations ...
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What should an arbiter do if a player has illegally stopped notating?

Situation: a standard game, 1 hour 40 minutes for the game with 10 seconds increment per move. FIDE rules. White has two minutes left and has stopped writing down his moves, as he is allowed to ...
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What does "+-" mean in algebraic notation?

I'm familiar with chess notation, but this has left me scratching my head. Looking at this answer, I see two games ending with moves marked as "+-" or "-+" (plus-minus or minus-plus). What does this ...
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Java Library for PGN parser

I would like to find a Java library that will allow me to read a PGN file that could contain several chess games, probably with comments inserted also. But, it won't be used to generate moves or play ...
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What does it mean to win "by force"?

I occasionally see annotations/commentary where a move / line is said to make (for example) white win "by force". I am unsure if it has the general sense of "this move initiates a forcing sequence ...
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Is this how to annotate your own chess games properly?

I created a Lichess study of a game I played the game an hour ago and have tried to annotate it. Would anyone care to have a look and see if I'm missing the point of I annotation all together? For ...
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Why aren't early opening moves generally given exclamation marks?

As the title above, why aren't early opening moves generally given exclamation marks? I see question marks for obvious opening mistakes from time to time, e.g. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 f6? or 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Bg4?! ...
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Is there any position where giving checkmate by En Passant is a brilliant move on Chess.com?

I have seen many en passant checkmates, but I have never seen one that was a brilliant move. Is there any position where giving checkmate by en passant is a brilliant move on Chess.com?
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Can sacrificing a Queen be considered a brilliant move?

Knowing that a brilliant move is only given out by sacrificing a piece, is there any position or past game that had given out a brilliant move via Queen sacrifice?
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FIDE rules regarding use of foreign languages in algebraic notation

Article 8.1a states that: In the course of play each player is required to record his own moves and those of his opponent in the correct manner, move after move, as clearly and legibly as ...
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Unfamiliar with this move notation

I'm not even sure what to call this one. I'm reading Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation and Gambit System by Anatoly Karpov. In the first chapter karpov mentions a move order: e4 c6 d4 d5 f3 So ...
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Benefits of studying annotated grandmaster games

I've started reading about the 1960 Tal vs Botvinnik match and I'm planning on studying many annotated games like these. I was curious about what benefits I can get out of doing this. I've already ...
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Comment/variation with different starting position

When annotating games, I sometimes want to add a comment which starts from a position that is different from the current position. Like: 1. d4 d5 2.c4 { Our previous game went 1.e4 c5 ...} Or: ...
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Automated annotation of good moves

It is easy enough to use a chess engine to "annotate" a game to the extent of pointing out mistakes and blunders: when the evaluation function drops by greater than a certain amount, the move is ...
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I would like an iPad app for annotating my games

I would like an app for annotating my games and/or replay others' games. Do you have any suggestions?
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Calculate the first N unknown moves of a chess game

Greetings fellow chess friends, Here is a quick idea that came to my mind. I am interested in writing a software that is able to calculate and/or guess the first n unknown moves of a given chess ...
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What is the purpose of editorial comments in Informants?

I was browsing an old Informant today and came across an editorial comment, marked with RR. I've seen several of them at the beginning of a game that reference another game, involving a completely ...
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Why is this move into a simple forced mate annotated dubious and not a blunder?

In a recent game against a weak computer opponent on lichess, I (white) was in the following position: [FEN "Q4k1r/p1Nbbppp/1pn1p3/8/5B2/5N2/P1K1nPPP/R6R b - - 0 1"] The AI played the move ...
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Resources for annotated or commented games by level of audience

Similar questions have been asked before here or here. Still I think it would be more useful to have these resources listed by level. There is not much point for a beginner to listen to a GM ...
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Chess Annotation Software

I frequently use chess.com to self-analyze and annotate my games. Although it has a useful feature to save my annotated game as a url (which I then save as a bookmark), I'd rather switch to local ...
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Penalty for violating FIDE rule 8.1.2 - writing moves in advance

At one of the chess league fixtures recently, one of the players was writing moves in advance of moving the pieces on the board. As per the FIDE rule 8.1.2 it's forbidden to do so, but in practice ...
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Is there a way to get blunders, mistakes and inaccuracies using Stockfish?

Stockfish provides the best moves/lines but is there a command or technique to get inaccuracies, mistakes and blunders? How is this done by lichess or chess.com? They also have the ability to show an ...
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Commented games for beginners

I'm looking for a website where we can find annotated games for beginners. I mean games with basic comments and lenght of the game is short. The best would be that we can see the pieces moving but ...
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What do D and +-- mean in chess annotation?

When using Stockfish to annotate some of my games, I will often get the symbols D and +--, which I can't find definitions for. I think that +- means “decisive advantage” for White, and that +-- might ...
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Where can Botvinnik's analysis of Botvinnik - Gligoric, Tel Aviv 1964 be found?

I have seen an old post in a chess forum referring to Botvinnik's own analysis of the game presented below. I have searched, but did not find it. Where can the analysis be found? If you can provide a ...
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"Every" move in long notation

A move here shall be defined as the FIDE super-long notation of a legal chess move: Sg1-f3, O-O, e5xd6 ep, Da8xg8+, Rd1-d6# and whatnot. I.e. starting square, ending square, capture sign, check sign, ...
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Understand some of my positional mistakes

Would somebody mind taking a look at my game that I annotated below. I am having difficulty understanding a few of my mistakes. (Namely on moves 5,7,12,17). Thanks. [FEN ""] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 ...
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Online personalized database resource

I'm searching for the possibility of having my personal database of annotated games in the cloud, my games included. I already read this post: 1) http://chessmicrobase.com/ looks nice, although basic, ...
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Why is Tal talking about 10. Qf7 when 10.... N5f6 is possible?

I am picking from the book "Attack with Mikhail Tal" Chapter 1, pg 6. Tal annotates the steps and his thought process on the Tal-Larsen 1965 match. [FEN ""] 1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. ...
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Chess Software for analysis and notes

I am looking for software that has chess engine analysis but also allows me to take notes and save games. I have used Scid in the past for this and liked it, but I just want to see if there is ...
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What is an "artificial" move?

Sometimes I see a move or serial of moves described as "artificial" What does this mean? Here is one example, comments by Kasparov on move 10. ..cxd4. Taken from "Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, ...
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Chessbase training annotation

I am using the training annotation function of ChessBase quite extensively but have now encountered a problem. I am using ChessBase 11. When I save a game with training annotation as a pgn-file and ...
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Sites which provide annotated openings (preferably interactive)

I'm looking for a site that provides well-annotated openings, giving at least the first 15-20 moves of major openings and allowing me to explore their main variations and lines (by clicking on the ...
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What does the annotation symbol "TR" mean?

I've seen commentators use this symbol at the end of their analysis but I don't know what it means. Does anyone know?
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How are chess variations meant to be read

This is a sample position from a book (no further details are given to avoid copyright issues). I can read the first line and follow it in my mind, departing from the figure. But the continuation in ...
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Delete annotations in pgn games

Using ChessBase 13, I saved a bunch of games in PGN format. Is there a simple way to suppress the comments of all annotated games? I would like to avoid doing it one by one.
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Enter non-game moves in ChessBase

One problem I have with ChessBase is that often I need to enter moves that are non sequential in a comment. For example, I might have a comment like "with the idea of g5 followed by Bb7". There is no ...
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Why don't people develop a annotation symbol for "best moves"? [closed]

In chess, exclamation points ("!") indicate good moves and the double exclamation point ("!!") is used for very strong moves. However, I do not know any symbol for "best moves&...
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What does "Precision: White = nn%, Black = nn%" mean in a game broadcast by chessbase.com?

The game "Salgado L, Iván vs Arroyo R, Jesús, 83rd ESP-ch 1-0", shows this annotation after the last move: Precision: White = 93%, Black = 18%. What does that phrase mean? Check https://es....
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Automatically annotating the beginning of my games

I play chess online and use an engine to review the game afterwards. This works well when I get out of the opening, but under my current configuration (Raptor GUI running StockFish) I don't get great ...
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ChessBase and Scid vs Pc Annotation

I am legally blind, but I love to play chess. I like to annotate games. Chess.com does it right in my opinion, but only because the arrows are thick and opaque. I am wondering, is it possible to ...
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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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PGN format and comments with tag pairs

Currently making a parser for PGN files. And wondering if there is any practice of using commentary in Tag pair section, like: [Event "Tournament X"];hosted once a year [Event "Tournament X"]{hosted ...
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Hamppe-Meitner, the final verdict?

[FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Bc5 3.Na4 Bxf2+ For those of you who never heard of Hamppe-Meitner. Now I dimly remember that a super engine somewhere found a White win, but even the bringer of the ...
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Using Tarrasch Chess GUI to annotate

I just started using Tarrasch so I am learning how it works. I usually play on chess.com and after the game I ask for the computer analysis which usually when an annotation is added it first adds the ...
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