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Questions tagged [correspondence-chess]

Correspondence chess was traditionally played using postal mail, nowadays it's more common to use dedicated servers. Time limits are usually measured in days.

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What's the benefit of using books during correspondence games?

I'm playing daily games on chess.com and read that it's officially allowed to use books or databases during the game. My question is: How does it help me getting better (if it's the purpose of this ...
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How would top grandmasters fare against engines in correspondence chess?

If Magnus Carlsen, for example, faced Stockfish with the time control 1move/day, how well would Magnus do against Stockfish? It seems with so much time per move, tactical oversight disappears.
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How to play against somebody using the book [closed]

I’ve not been playing chess that long, but I do not understand why chess.com and lichess have this thing called the book. This allows people to cheat in my ‘book”. I used it for a while on lichess ...
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D4 D5 C4 NF6 Continuation [duplicate]

I'm a quiet and positional player rated in the 1400's and play exclusively online correspondence chess. I always play D4 with white as first move and usually C4 after that. One opening I come into ...
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Recommended software for ICCF play?

I am interested in playing correspondence chess online through the ICCF. It is my understanding that using computers is not only allowed, but almost mandatory. My question is: What all kinds of ...
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Which is better for an improving amateur to play even better: correspondence chess or faster time controls[both online]?

Currently, I do the following in order to improve my chess: Play several (currently 9) correspondence chess games simultaneously on Chess.com. Do tactics and puzzles regularly on Lichess.com and ...
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How do correspondence players keep track of ideas during games?

I've taken up correspondence chess again, and planning has always been one of my biggest weaknesses. It's still something with which I struggle. Besides analyzing specific variations, how do ...
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Could I have improved my position in this pawn up exchange Slav?

This game was my first correspondence game on chess.com. I played as black. I felt my position was quite good. Then I grabbed a pawn and the game ended in a draw by threefold repetition. My ...
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What are the normal non-symmetric black responses to 1. d4 [closed]

I'm returning to chess. I used open as 1. d4 when white, but have switched to 1. e4 instead (I find it is more interesting). When I played 1. d4, I constantly found myself transposing into a ...
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Is it ethical to spar against an engine when playing correspondence?

I started playing correspondence on chess.com purely for the fun of it and to gain some deep learning (i.e. there's no prize involved). We are about 10 moves in and coming close to me being out of ...
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Refutation of the Maróczy Bind, suitable for correspondence chess?

I've been meaning to develop my understanding of the Hyper-Accelerated Dragon (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6) as Black, mainly by playing a few correspondence games and working through deep positional analyses. ...
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Are there any websites that allow standard correspondence chess time controls?

I noticed that most websites that allow correspondence chess have time controls that are per move. I believe that historically correspondence chess was played with x days per y moves, which allows one ...
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Cmail/XBoard won't allow move

I've recently started playing e-mail correspondence chess and I'm looking at Cmail/XBoard as a tool to play these games. Looking at the docs, I managed to get the right PGN tags for the game to be ...
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What is the status of correspondence chess?

Considering the rise of the Internet for playing games online and the increasing strength of computers / engines for evaluation of positions and finding best moves, what is the status of traditional ...
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Positional play: Slav the way to go?

I'm working on my positional play. Exclusively playing correspondence chess at the moment. For white I play D4 and try for C4 after that. For Black I play Caro Kann against E4 but am not sure what's ...
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In online correspondence chess, are the ratings adjustments based on the pre- or post-game ratings?

When playing rated online correspondence chess, it's quite possible that the players' ratings change during the game. When the game is over, which rating will be used for rating adjustments? The ...
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Why would a correspondence chess player be accused of using a computer?

I play a good deal of online correspondence chess. On the website I use I sometimes see users being accused of using computers in correspondence chess, but without any evidence being presented. What ...
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Database of correspondence games?

Where can I find databases of correspondence games? I prefer freely available ones, but commercial products can also be suggested.
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What would approximately be the ICCF rating of a GM with no external help and of a computer with no human judgment?

I need some players who play at the ICCF (International Correspondence Chess Federation) to answer this question. What would approximately be the ICCF Elo rating of the two following players? Player ...
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Does anyone have the game De Groot - Simmelink, correspondence 1996

First 12.5 moves were: [FEN ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nc3 e5 4. d5 Ne7 5. h4 Neg8 6. a3 a6 7. Nf3 Ng4 8. Ng5 f5 9. Qc2 Bc5 10. e3 Ne7 11. Be2 Nf6 12. b4 Ba7 13. Bb2 Many thanks...
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Mate Prevails - Chess Rule

Is "Mate Prevails" not an FIDE rule? I couldn't see it in the FIDE website but I heard about it from many players. UPDATE: "Mate Prevails" is a claim some players make that they win the game after '...
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Does playing correspondence chess improve your game?

My rating is around 1200 and I want to improve my chess. Will playing correspondence chess improve my game?
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How do I find people to play chess with me through correspondence?

I really would like to play chess, nevertheless, I do not have access to physical chess players. My question is, how do I find people to play chess with me by email? I have not been successful in ...
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Is studying computer games legal in correspondence chess?

I have recently umm downloaded the Dragon Cookbook from Chessbase. It is filled with human and computer games in the dragon. The thing is, are previously played computer games allowed to be seen in ...
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Correspondece chess on agreed openings

I would like to play correspondace chess, but in order to use it as training for my openning repertoire, I want to agree with the oponent which opening to use. For example, We bith give a list of ...
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Is it legal to use a chess database in correspondence chess?

Someone told me that you can use a chess database for correspondence chess, but this seems a little like cheating. Does anyone has some information on this subject.
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Is that possible to know if someone is cheating in correspondence chess?

Consider a mobile chess app which allows to play correspondence chess. Some apps, like this one, state that they'll punish someone (e.g. disable their account) if they discover that the person is ...
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In correspondence games, is it considered cheating to get an engine evaluation of the current position?

Is it considered cheating to simply get an engine score for the current position in an ongoing game without looking at any of the generated lines? I'm guessing the answer is yes, but just curious (and ...
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Are world-class correspondence games more likely to be drawn than world class OTB games?

A games of chess with perfect play from both sides may be a draw. And while we don't have any perfect chess players it does seem that a match between two equally strong grandmasters is more likely to ...
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Best websites for correspondence chess? [closed]

I've had some bad experiences with Chess.com recently. What are some good alternative websites for correspondence chess? I'm particularly looking for: No time limit Email notifications when it is ...
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Computers in correspondence chess

In competitive correspondence chess, can humans win at all against computers? Do humans contribute at all to the game? Provided that it is allowed by the rules, I fail to see how it is not just ...
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When is it appropriate to use a program during games with a longer timeframe, such as correspondence chess?

Are there rules about when a player may use a chess engine to aid his game? Is it always frowned upon? Do you have to specially ask? Not that you can stop your opponent from using an engine, but is ...
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Skills required for blitz/bullet vs. correspondence chess?

I've started playing blitz/bullet (fast) games and felt like I was getting moderately good at it (1 - 10mn games), but then I switched to correspondence chess (1 - 5 days/move) and it seems to me that ...