# Questions tagged [combinations]

A combination is a series of moves that accomplish a well-defined goal and provide a tangible benefit. Generally speaking, a combination will win material or provide a significant positional advantage.

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### Should I play a risky combination when I don't see the refutation?

I've read in a book that one should play a line if (s)he thinks it is decisive and let the opponent proves that (s)he is wrong. But what about playing a (risky, by risky, I mean that I am not sure) ...
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### How to develop tactical and combinational awareness?

Most of my learning comes from trial-and-error sort of self-teaching. I cannot say I am completely blind to tactics and combinations, but, while solving puzzles (approx. ~1600+) I tend to miss ...
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### How can I learn combinations without a chess book?

I would like to become better and stronger at spotting combinations. I can't buy any chess books at the moment. What's a good website for learning combinations?
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### Did black misplay here or did I miss something?

I'm getting back into chess after a hiatus of 8+ years, so I'm a bit rusty. This position is from a game I just played online. I'm white and it's my move. I threaten black's rook and knight with Qd5, ...
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### What is the maximum number of possible moves a player can choose from? [duplicate]

Let's say you arrange a position that gives a player the maximum number of choices among possible moves. How does that position look like and how many possible moves are in that position?
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### Maximum number of non-pawn pieces on the board

In a reachable game, what is the maximum sum of queens, rooks, bishops, knights, and kings on the board? For queens only, see Maximum number of queens possible
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### Maximum number of queens possible

I was thinking about what is the maximum number of queens that can occur on the board after only legal moves. The theoretical upper bound would be 18, the original 2 queens plus all promoted pawns. ...
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### Difference between tactic and combination?

What is the difference between a Tactic and a Combination? For reference, here is a game I played as white and I think I had a nice combination from move 16, but I am not sure if it is classified as ...
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### What are the possibilities for checkmating with two bishops here?

Consider the following position: What are the possibilities for checkmating the white king within 16 moves?
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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. ...