Questions tagged [material]

Questions about material, i.e. all of the pawns and pieces that both sides have on the board.

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Earliest 2Q on board

[FEN ""] 1. d4 d5 2. Bf4 Nf6 3. e3 c5 4. dxc5 e6 5. b4 a5 6. c3 axb4 7. cxb4 b6 8. Bxb8 Rxb8 9. Qa4+ Ke7 10. c6 b5 11. Qa7+ Ke8 12. c7 Bxb4+ 13. Kd1 1-0 Let's not analyze this horror too ...
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Material vs positional advantage: does Stockfish give good advice?

This is from Yusupov's "Build up your chess" volume 1, chapter 11 (pins). [Event "Munich"] [Site "Build Up Your Chess"] [Date "1994"] [Round "Diagram 11.4&...
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Insufficient material draw on

[FEN "8/8/1k5K/8/1p1N4/8/p7/8 w - - 0 1"] I had KPP material and my opponent had KN. My time ran out and I lost the game. Shouldn't this have been a draw?
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Why is this position considered to give white a significant advantage?

In this position, black's king is safe, has a secure queenside pawn structure, and has taken out white's left pawns and is up 2 points of material. Despite this, lichess evaluates this position at +3....
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Increase in pawn value towards endgames

I’m writing my own chess engine where I’ll be implementing something called a tapered eval which is one that evaluates the position with an endgame specific evaluation function and a middle game ...
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Material score in analysis report

Is it possible to do an analysis using Scid vs PC or any other major chess program where it shows material score after each move in addition to showing the normal evaluation score? So for an endgame ...
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Sufficient mating material, less a king?

As an extension to this question about can a rook and knight without a king stalemate a opposing king, and the traditional minimum-mating-material question, I had a puzzle question: What are the ...
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How do I become less materialistic?

I've identified that the weaknesses in my game are: Materialism: Most of my wins are where I've won some material and converted the advantage in an endgame. However outside of this plan, e.g. ...
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