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How to use a Polyglot book in C# with a chess engine

I would like, if possible, for someone to provide a code snippet of a basic logic to access a Polyglot book file. I'm having trouble finding the file format documentation, so I don't know how to ...
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Resources on the Ruy Lopez for White - why so few?

The Ruy Lopez is one of the most popular chess openings for both sides after 1.e4, and despite this I feel like there are few good detailed resources for players of the white side wishing to play the ...
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Chessersizes Errata

A quick search didn't turn up anything, but I have been wondering if anyone has ever published an errata sheet or some other update to Pandolfini's Chessersizes books, listing the corrections. In ...
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Books on opening theory organized around tactical/strategic motives, not opening lines

"Understand your openings, not just memorize lines" is a common advice given to a club level player. However, most opening books are still organized around lines, amended with some explanations that ...
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What are the mistakes committed by players who take many years to become an expert?

I am a beginner and am targeting to become an expert. I see many people who barely takes 4 years to become an expert and many people who take 10 years to become an expert. I don't want to repeat the ...
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Who has the biggest chess library?

I once had 1800 chess books before I sold off about 600 of the least-good ones and doubles (I used to buy entire collections from people, so you get some stuff you do not want). I know an IM friend ...
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How useful is a 40-year-old chess book?

I have a chess book which I find great in terms of tone, formatting, etc., but the computer does not agree with some variations I gave it. How much has chess changed since 1977? I imagine the rise of ...
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Analysis of chess by Philidor in PGN

Where can I find games annotated by Philidor in his book in a PGN file?
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Did Bobby Fischer actually write “Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess”?

Did Bobby Fischer actually write his bestseller primer “Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess” (1966, 978-0553130539), or was it written by a ghost writer? I often ask myself this question because it seems ...
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Dr. John Nunn vs Irving Chernev's “Logical Chess Move by Move”

I have the book "Logical Chess Move by Move" by Irving Chernev and personally I find it to be a great book especially for beginners, but I heard that GM John Nunn has really criticized the book. This ...
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Books for beginners who have hard time understanding positions of pieces?

I'm new here and I found a book called Logical Chess by Chernev. Is this a great book to start if you are a beginner and you only know how to move pieces but not how to develop them? I'm having a hard ...
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Getting the most out of chess books

I have a bunch of chess books that have been given to me on my favorite openings. I usually try to do a few games from them after I play my daily games and go over how I could improve with a chess ...
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Sales rankings for chess books?

Are there any estimates sales rankings for chess books? How much do a bestselling chess book generally sell?
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Book on Black openings

I recently finished Neil McDonald's "Starting Out: 1.e4!". Now I would like to learn some Black responses. Could someone recommend a book at similar level to Neil's, but focus on Black? I'm not sure ...
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What was the first “Opening Repertoire” book?

As title above states, what was/were the first "Opening Repertoire" book/s? I remember that opening books of the 1970s and early 1980s weren't actually repertoires for White or Black, but treatises on ...
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Intermediate Chess Books

Does anyone have any suggestions for intermediate chess books? Tactics or endgames would be the topic that I'd mainly like to focus on!
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How does the move order 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 “rule out Philidor's Defence 2…d6”?

So I was reading "An Opening Repertoire for the Positional Player", by Gufeld and Kalinich, and found the title's assertion. And I just can't think why after "1. e4 e5 2. Nc3", d6 would be bad for ...
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A first book for a chess beginner

I am thinking about getting my first chess book. After making a bit of research, people recommend to not worry about opening and endings and start with a primer on general strategy. That description ...
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How should I read chess books that show games or parts of games?

When reading books like Sorcerer's Apprentice or Life & Games of Mikhail Tal, often a position is shown followed by a list of moves, then another key position, then more moves, and another ...
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How to get out-of-print chess books?

Seems that many chess books are out of print. For example I have been trying to get a copy of Grandmaster Repertoire 1.d4 Volume 2 (Amazon) but many sites (Barnes & Noble, Quality Chess, ...
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Lowenthal-LabourdonnaisSicilian Kalashnikov Variation

I have been studying the Kalashnikov Sicilian: e4 c5 Nf3 Nc6 d4 cxd4 Nxd4 e5 (signaling the Lowenthal variation) Nb5 d6 (d6 signals the Kalashnikov variation) I have two books I have been studying ...
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Best books on middlegame strategy?

What are the best works trying to systematically summarize all middlegame themes and strategies: e.g. space advantage, pawn structures, exposed king, minority attack, isolated pawn, hanging pawns, etc....
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Why are opening books so popular?

As title above, why are opening books so popular? I am sure that most players know that middlegame and endgame books are ultimately much more important for improving one's chess strength. That is not ...
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Book recommendation on zugzwang

I am looking for a book recommendation on endgames. More specifically, I want to know how to avoid zugzwang, and what to do in case it arises. If you know of any book which has in-depth case study on ...
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Does anyone have a version of the 50x50 article by Nikita Plaksin?

In 1979, Nikita M. Plaksin published a reportedly fascinating article containing 50 problems all related to the 50 moves rule. Unfortunately I can't find it anywhere, the only links that I could find ...
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chess book for kids (9-11 y.o.)

Are there any chess books accessible for kids in the 9-11 age range that don't waste the first half of the book teaching how the pieces move, castling rules and en passant capture? I am expecting some ...
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Which classic chess books are in the public domain?

While looking through Project Gutenberg I noticed that Capablanca's Chess Fundamentals is there (I believe that should mean it is in the Public Domain). I was also able to find Modern Ideas in Chess ...
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Great Chess match resources (PGN) suggestions anyone?

Using Arena with a number of Chess engines, I love configuring Arena to use its 'book' feature. There are books of openings, books of famous games, books of particular players, surprise wins, etc. ...
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Does anyone know if there is an English translation of this book?

It is a book written by Boris Zlotnik. I found some books from him in search, but I'm not sure whether the same book. Some titles with chess course vol.1, vol2., etc..
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Best book with several annotated games by top GMs with the Dutch

I'm looking for annotated games by top GMs featuring the Dutch defense. These could be in a book with lots of other non-Dutch games. Unfortunately Botvinnik's "Botvinnik: One Hundred Selected Games" ...
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Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess - Visual Teaching of Chess

I have severe dyslexia which means that for the majority of chess books I find it very difficult to accurately read games (although having a board does help). My favorite chess book when I was younger ...
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Did any authors ever try to adopt Hans Kmoch's pawn structure terminology?

In response to an earlier question, I mentioned the 1959 book Pawn Power in Chess by IM Hans Kmoch. One of the book's most well-known aspects it that it introduced a glut of less-than-useful ...
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How would I train like Bobby Fischer did? [closed]

As the title suggests, I want to know how to train like Bobby Fischer did, along with what books he read during his chess training. Remember, keyword is TRAIN. I don’t want to be like him, as that is ...
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Chess strategy versus positional chess

If one master writes a book on chess strategy (example here) and another writes a book on positional chess (example here), are they writing more or less on the same subject? Do other major chess ...
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What's a good middlegame book like My System for Expert Class? [closed]

I just finished reading My System. What's a good book to study afterwards for Expert Class?
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Can the book 'Grand master Preparation: Calulation' by Aagard be useful for a Class B chess players?

I heard in most chess forums this book is for 2400+. Can this book also be useful for Class B players? I'm looking for a book to improve my calculation and planning. If so, in what ways? What would be ...
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Looking for a specific chess book

My father taught me chess at a young age. I am still not very good, though. Now, we have started again playing against one another and analyze positions. He remembered a book, which he possessed but ...
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“The Art of Planning in Chess: Move by Move” by Neil McDonald review?

I am reading the "Move by Move" books and was curious if anyone had read "The Art of Planning in Chess: Move by Move" by Neil McDonald? If so, can you write a simple review on it? I currently have "...
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How to improve my game

I am doing tactics 30 minutes a day, practicing end games for about 90 minutes and analyzing 1 GM annotated game a day. I can understand the logic behind why the move is played, but I can't apply it ...
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Have there really been more books published on chess than any other sport?

In the history of sport — and publishing — it’s not even close: one sport has had more books (and for that matter, magazines, tracts, pamphlets and handbills) published about it far more than any ...
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How to study a chess tactics book?

I've been playing chess for quite a while now, but I still consider myself a beginner. I play with friends most of the time. Now I want to get better so I bougth a tactics book (Yusupov: Build up your ...
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Is there a GUI software that exports chess diagrams for chess authors?

Is there a program either Linux or a Windows program that can create a chess position and save it as an image. That image can then be used by the chess author in a book that is being written.
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Chess software for writing books

I am currently converting some of my chess books into electronic format by manually copying the pgn and making notes. I have found lichess study and chessable courses to be useful in doing this. ...
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Ambiguity in Text

John Nunn mentions the following in Understanding Chess: Move by Move (2002): Pawn weaknesses vary in severity according to two factors: 1) whether there is any possibility of liquidating the ...
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What are weak squares in chess; how can they help to mate another player? [closed]

I read this concept in a book but I didn't understand much about the concept. Can anybody explain this concept with an example?
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Slav - Theory Heavy Book

I have come to the realization that studying opening theory is far and away my favorite aspect of chess. That being said I am looking for a comprehensive theory heavy book on the Slav. I would like ...
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Autobiography by Sonja Graf

In the book "Chess Bitch" by Jennifer Shahade I have read that Sonja Graf has written an autobiography in Spanish. Can anyone help me locate the book? It could be in Spanish, German, English or ...
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Book recommendations on Pawn Endgame for intermediate and advanced level players?

I just started preparing Endgame using Dvoretsky Endgame Manual. I am wondering if there are more books online about Pawn Endgames that I can use side by side either as an additional study material or ...
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What are some chess books on openings which include computer analysis?

I once had a book on the sharp Wilkes-Barre variation of the Two Knights Defense written in the 1970s in which there were a few moves which were said to be clearly winning for one side in which a ...
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What is the best way to sell old chess books?

I listed some books on eBay but had little interest (few pageviews/few bids etc.) meaning that I would make an untenable loss on them (I'm not selling them for profit, but I want a reasonable price ...