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Questions tagged [handicapping]

Questions related to handicapping a player in chess

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How to apply handicap given ratings [duplicate]

Given a player with an ELO rating of 1200, and another with an ELO rating of 2100, how would you calculate an appropriate handicap? I know this can vary a lot depending on styles of play. I'm not ...
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How and why were the chess pieces given as “odds” predetermined?

For instance, "pawn odds" is really "pawn and move" odds. That is, the odds giver plays Black and removes his KBP. Why not allow an "intermediate" odds where the odds giver plays white? And why not ...
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How does “time odds” confer an advantage to the weaker player?

Ok, we set the clocks so that the weaker player gets 15 minutes on the clock, and the stronger player gets only five. In theory, that gives the weaker player three times as much time to think, which ...
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Does Deep Blue give handicaps?

IBM's "Deep Blue" computer can beat any human being, including a former world champion such as Gary Kasparov. Thus, it follows that Deep Blue must give a handicap to a human player in order for a ...
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Can Grandmasters beat computers when given time-odds?

For eg., if a grandmaster is given 10:1 time odds, will he be able to beat a computer? For eg, if the GM is given 120 minutes for the entire game and the computer is given 12 minutes? If not 10:1 ...
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What is the required Elo to beat a Grandmaster with queen odds?

I heard someone saying today that he would beat Garry Kasparov if Garry played without a queen. Were such handicap games ever played ? Can a Grandmaster give queen odds and win against a 2000 ranked ...
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Giving moves as odds, what's the least number of moves by White which forces checkmate by the time it's Black's turn?

If one player (Black) gives another player (White) odds of x moves, stipulating that White must not move any man beyond his fourth rank until Black has made one move, what's the smallest value for "x" ...
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Is there a way to use handicaps in chess to bridge the gap between players of different skill levels?

Handicapping is routine in the Japanese game Go (my best game). The basic strength unit is one stone, and a one-stone difference represents a full level of difference in strength. I (about a 1500 ...