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What program/website shows the last captured piece in displaying the last move played in a position?

The following image appeared in the question Can anyone explain this sacrifice? You can see a pawn is captured. Sometimes a position will show the last move played or whose move it is but doesn't ...
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How to use massive advantage in early opening - need help on where to learn

Context: I am around 15-1600 in terms of Chess.com blitz. My question was motivated by watching a Ben Finegold video where as a joke he played Ng8 Nf6 Ng8 Nf6 repeatedly at the start of the blitz game ...
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What is the source of this famous quote often attributed to Mikhail Tal?

"There are two types of sacrifices in chess, sound ones and my own." I have often encountered this amusing quotation often attributed to Tal in my reading and in online discourse. I have ...
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Who is the most unfortunate player in chess history? [closed]

I'm interested in candidates for a "most unfortunate chess player award". A player qualifies, if he has had exceptionally bad luck (especially chess-related (e.g. coming second, losing due ...
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Chess fever (literarily)

Has someone tested how it is to play chess under the flu? (Perhaps online, as you don't want to infect the whole room.) I claim that with 40° fever, the only effect is that my brain processes speed up ...
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A possibility to beat a chess computer

Related, but outdated: Tips on how to beat a computer? How to beat a super Go computer: https://paperswithcode.com/paper/adversarial-policies-beat-professional-level This of course suggests that the ...
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Material that doesn't actually hang (Training)

(One of) My chess kiddie (U8!) is an aspiring grandmaster (I would lean that much out of the window), but we are just a small club. Still, I'm a life long chess kiddie trainer and want to give him the ...
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Can you suggest book references on chess theory?

as stated in the title I am looking for structured textbooks on chess. I have followed chess.com lessons and I have a rough idea of tactics (forks, pins, skewers, sacrifices, etc) but I feel like I am ...
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What are the [authentic] scientific studies conducted, which suggest that playing chess can cause weight loss by burning calories?

A video which conveys that playing a [classical] Chess game is equivalent to playing a singles lawn tennis when it comes to burning calories! [It also suggests that] Brain consumes a lot of glucose ...
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Books that explain fundamental chess concepts

I am a recreational chess player, hoping to understand the game a little more by reading chess books. I am looking for books that explain each and every move like Understanding Chess Move By Move by ...
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References: description of what it is to learn an opening

My question is not exactly about what advice you have for me so that I can learn openings better, although that is indeed a goal of mine. My question is more about wanting to have either an abstract ...
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Ultra-beginners mostly moving their pawns

I always wondered why ultra-beginners make so many pawn moves. (I don't have any recollection on my first steps, but I daresay after the first Scholar's mate I immediately added 1 and 1.) After all, e....
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Chess and aging

Chess playing strength, like IQ, is a multifaceted thing. To my best knowledge, it's at least commonly agreed that when aging, you rather lose tactical attentiveness than positional understanding. I ...
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What real world benefits are there to playing chess?

What are possible real world benefits to be gained by playing chess? Has this been studied?
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Literature on Accelerated London system

I (beginner) have been trying to shift from Philidor Defense (I still play it for Black) to the Accelerated London System for Blitz and Rapid. For eg: [FEN ""] 1. d4 d5 2. Bf4 Nc6 3. e3 Nf6 ...
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Endgame move frequency data?

If you want to know what moves humans play in a certain positions, any database with enough games in it can give you the answer. This obviously only works for opening positions, as the chance of any ...
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Hamppe-Meitner, the final verdict?

[FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Bc5 3.Na4 Bxf2+ For those of you who never heard of Hamppe-Meitner. Now I dimly remember that a super engine somewhere found a White win, but even the bringer of the ...
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Piece values on nonstandard boards

Inspiration. For the moment, a nonstandard nxn board suffices. Very obviously, with growing n the long-range pieces become stronger with respect to short range ones. (Also, other effects come in play, ...
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Actual cases of a "frivolous draw offer"

Having been inspired by a recent question here, here is another. FIDE §E11.5 prohibits "unreasonable offers of a draw". Some specific cases which might get frowned upon by your opponent, ...
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Utterly senseless move sequence

I noticed a game in my database with an utterly senseless move sequence , but approved from a database on the internet. I mean the game Viesturs Meijers - Roi Castineira Reinaldo , Pamplona 2008 Does ...
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Was White's last move actually Ne1?

[FEN ""] [Event "Ubeda op 6th"] [Site "Ubeda"] [Date "2001.01.25"] [EventDate "?"] [Round "5"] [Result "0-1"] [White "Comas ...
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Chessmaster: Modern version of lectures?

Thing 1: This lichess study says Examining positions from Josh Waitzkin's academy, Larry Christiansen's attacking chess, and other exercises or games from this (now) ancient chess program in light of ...
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Looking to improve my tactics and possibly develop an opening repertoire at the beginner/intermediate level [closed]

I am new to the game and I so far like it. I have watched people on the internet play, tried to copy their moves and have been maintaining an 800 rating on Chess.com and around 1000 on Lichess. I have ...
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Lasker (?) on strategy and tactics

Many years ago I read (in a Russian book) a saying Strategy is creating true values; tactics is refuting the false ones. which the book attributed to Emmanuel Lasker. Does anybody know where Lasker (...
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Franco-Sicilian Defense Theory [duplicate]

I am wondering what the main lines and point of the Franco-Sicilian Defense are for Black. I could barely find any theory about it online, and it' is my favorite opening as Black. As such, I am ...
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Chess in comics

Not sure if this is the right place... I would need no help in compiling a list of chess movies or even chess literature scenes. Comics, though, are a more fleeting medium, and here a list would be ...
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Patterns in Chess960 positions

I have two questions. Where can I find more studies like this Lichess one, please? I got it from this answer elsewhere on this site. The Lichess study is talking about this position [White "...
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