Questions tagged [handicap]

Games with handicap to compensate for difference in playing strength. For instance "pawn and move" odds means the stronger player is black (move) and has f7 pawn removed (pawn) before the start of the game. "Rook" odds usually means the stronger player is white and has his a1 rook removed before the start of the game.These used to be common 100 years ago usually combined with gambling on the result but are much rarer today.

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Can we quantify the handicap for playing blindfolded?

Roughly how much ELO does it cost a GM or top player to play blindfolded? For instance, if a 2600-rated GM were blindfolded, against what rating of opponent would they be expected to score roughly 50%?...
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Is there a heuristic for how much time handicap to give players of different skill levels?

I was curious if there was general guidelines for time handicap ala how there is for piece handicaps (e.g. I've read 1 pawn ≈ 300 elo points for GMs). Is there a way to compute a rough estimate of how ...
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Puzzling phrases

While reading about Paul Morphy's games I have come across several instances of phrases like "playing his fellow townsmen at odds of Knight or Rook" or "he extended his offer of Pawn and move to any ...
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How big a rating difference between TOP GM and a patzer would be equivalent to odds games?

How big a rating difference would be needed to justify odds games of: 1 pawn and move 2 knight 3 rook These are odds that Morphy gave to weak players. Has chess improved that much since Morphy ...
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Equation for Handicap

Are there any sort of equations for how much of a handicap one should receive to make a game between two players with differing Elo ratings as balanced as possible? There might be a time equation to ...
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Is a "Strong King" handicap really as powerful as is claimed?

Wikipedia quotes an analysis by GM Harry Golombek (from Golombek’s Encyclopedia of Chess, Crown Publishers, 1977, p. 218. I do not have access to the source) where he lists possible handicaps, in ...
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What are the best opening moves and plan for a "pawn plus 2 moves" handicap game?

Our club runs a handicap tournament where handicaps are based on rating difference. I recently had to play a player rated about 300 lower than me and give him pawn plus two moves. That means I was ...