Questions tagged [odds]

For questions about games where odds have been given or about giving odds usually to handicap the stronger player. e.g. "pawn and move odds" means the stronger player is black and has the f7 pawn removed before play starts, "knight odds" means the stronger player is white and has the b1 knight removed before play starts.

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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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How bad a chess player was Alan Turing?

It is interesting that while Turing is considered a creative genius at a level I am not sure how to characterize but he was certainly very important and successful in the code-breaking efforts during ...
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Can you castle with a “ghost” rook?

I recently saw this mate-in-2 problem [title "White to mate in 2"] [fen "8/8/8/2B5/2p5/1kp5/8/R3K3 w - - 0 1"] This was posed with the hint that the player of the White pieces was a strong player ...