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How to store moves for a magic bitboard system?

I am currently trying to implement magic bitboards into my chess engine. Let's just talk about rooks here. Given a square, what I can currently do is: -Calculate the sliding moves on an empty board. ...
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Trapped Rooks: Does Stockfish penalize more if the king can't castle temporarily?

In this talkchess thread, they discuss trapped rooks and castling rights. In post #5, user @Lyudmil Tsvetkov posted: I would give at least some 10-15cps for temporary prevention of castling. Here is ...
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How can I save this game?

I was playing a blitz game and the time control was 2m+1s. The end game was KQ vs KR and I (with KQ) lost on time as it took roughly 2 seconds for me to make a move. I would like to learn a lesson: in ...
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Not able to use rooks properly

While playing a game, I observe that I am not able to use my rooks properly. The reason is that I am not able to bring them out earlier as they occupy the corner position. This gives a lead to the ...
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Queen against rook-drawn and won endgames [duplicate]

I played a game in which I had a queen against a rook but it seemed that my opponent’s king could protect his rook, and there were no pawns on the board. In the end, I drew the game. Are such games be ...
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Why move the queen’s rook to defend d-file instead of king’s rook?

In this position, why is it better to move the queen’s rook to defend the d-file instead of the king’s rook? Moving the king’s rook to the d-file becomes more challenging. Is it important to leave ...
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How should one decide which rook to put on a central file? [duplicate]

How should one decide which rook to put on a central file? I usually just move the one which is closer to the file, unless there are weak squares in my position that one rook is defending. In ...
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Can I place my rooks upside down at the beginning of the game?

Numerous times I’ve read that it’s illegal to use an upside down rook to represent a promoted queen because “it’s still a rook”. Does that imply that I can begin the game with my rooks upside down? ...
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What is the most suitable position for a bishop here?

Recently I played a game with White whose link is: https://lichess.org/pAoAUp4O/white#42 and reached this position: I am having a hard time finding why the moves I played next (22. Rxe8+? Rxe8 23. ...
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Is the exchange of a rook for two minor pieces really worth it?

I recently played a game with my friend I wish I had memorized the entire game, but, unfortunately, my memory isn’t too good. In summary, I was in a really tight position, and playing as black. I had ...
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What are the shortest possible games with a) 20 Bishops, b) 20 Knights, and c) 20 Rooks?

The fastest way to get to 18 queees is known. But what are the shortest possible games with a) 20 Bishops, b) 20 Knights, and c) 20 Rooks? Here are my own attempts. Can anybody find or create a ...
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Why didn't the White queen take the Black rook here?

I was seeing this match on chess.com. [FEN ""] [StartPly "18"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 h6 4. O-O d6 5. d3 Bg4 6. c3 a6 7. Nbd2 Nf6 8. Qb3 Qe7 9. Qxb7 Nd8 10. Qb3 Be6 11. Qa4+ Bd7 12. Qc2 g6 13. ...
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What kind of semi-open file is better for your rook?

What kind of semi-open file is better for your rook? One where your pawn is on it, or one where the opponents pawn is on?
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Why underpromote in this KNNP-KR endgame?

In the position below, I'm promoting my pawn. The app says promoting to a Queen is incorrect, but a Rook is correct? In this setup it doesn't make sense. [FEN "8/1P6/3N4/8/8/3k4/r7/4KN2 w - - 0 1"] ...
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Is a queen for two rooks reasonable in this position? What are the disadvantages?

Is Qxe8 reasonable? I always wanted to trade off a queen against two rooks and the engine likes this idea, but am I leaving my pawns unprotected in this situation? It would be hard to protect those ...
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When is a bishop stronger than a rook?

Usually the rook is stronger than the bishop. Are there situations (and obviously I'm not assuming equal material) in which the latter is stronger?
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Why wouldn't black take the rook here?

This puzzle starts on move 19 of the below game. In order to get the puzzle correctly, it seems that you have to believe that black would not take the rook with 20.. gxf6. But I don't understand why ...
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Is always possible to win King + Queen vs. King + Rook?

Does every situation (except where the Queen team gets mated or the Queen is captured immediately) result in a win for the Queen team? Or can the Rook team, by perfect play, force a stalemate?
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Is this rook sacrifice intended?

rnbqk2r/p1pp1pbp/1p2p1pn/4P3/2BP4/5Q2/PPP2PPP/RNB1K1NR w KQkq - 0 1 Is the rook sacrifice intended by the black to trap white's queen or is it just a misplayed move?
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Why is the rook worth 5 points while the bishop is only worth 3?

Why is the rook worth 5 points while the bishop is only worth 3? Rooks only move straight, but bishops only move diagonally. Is there something that makes moving straight more to moving diagonally?
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Is castling a king move or a rook move?

Most computer chess games consider castling to be a king move. You click on the king and it shows an option to castle. What do the FIDE's rules say about this though? Is castling a king move, a rook ...
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When is a good time to double rooks?

When analysing my games with an engine (Stockfish 8) I found that I quite frequently miss when the engine thinks it would be a good idea/time to move a rook to the second rank to double up (I guess). ...
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Is “Rdxd2” algebraic chess notation valid?

Is the algebraic notation Rdxd2 valid? If there is a problem with this notation, then how can it be corrected?
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Can you checkmate with rook vs knight? [duplicate]

Is it possible to checkmate if all you have is a rook and your opponent only has a knight? If both of you play without mistakes or blunders?
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Moving into check?

I will try to be specific. I was playing a game, and the only piece my opponent could move was their king. It was taking forever for me to checkmate the king. I had a queen, two rooks, and a few pawns,...
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Is there a name for a rook moving in front of the pawn on a particular file?

I have tried to make a diagram but cannot figure out how to do the FEN, sorry. In a game that I played online somebody has done a rather strange thing, they moved their rook in front of the pawn on ...
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Why sacrifice the rook?

[Title "White to move"] [FEN "1r3rk1/1p4bp/p2p1q2/2pPn1p1/B1PnRp2/PPN2P1P/2QB2P1/3R2K1 w - - 5 27"] This is a diagram from the game between Del Rey, Diego and Efimenko, Zahar on the Zalakaros Chess ...
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Rook and knight used together within the same move - legal?

This is my first question on chess beta and I don't know if I'm insane or if the cpu is broken. So I was playing chess against a CPU on the iPhone with the app 3D Chess Game, and the CPU (playing ...
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Trying to locate a historical game in which the win involves sacrificing two rooks

I can't remember whether White won or Black won, but I've been wondering for years where I saw this game. I remember toward the end, only heavy pieces and pawns were left, and the winner sacrificed ...
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How defend against rooks in 7th rank?

I find it hard to defend against rooks placed in 7th rank. What are the possible defense options? Please share your knowledge. [FEN "r4rk1/p1pRR1pp/1p6/8/8/P6P/1P3PP1/6K1 w - - 0 1"] 1.Rxg7+ Kh8 2....
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Why is this king and two passed pawns vs. king and rook endgame not drawable?

I aways thought that the king and passed pawn vs. king and rook endgame was always drawn. But I had two passed pawns in the below game,with Black to move, I was unable to draw the game. Why is that? ...
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Is the bishop pair and a pawn equivalent to knight and a rook?

In theory, rook (5) + knight (3) = 8 points. And bishop (3.25) + bishop (3.25) + pawn (1) = 7.5 points. For example, do you think black is better in the following scenario or do you believe white ...
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in silman's book, question about open files and global exchange

In a book from J.Silman, I found this position: [FEN "r1qr2k1/p2bppbp/3p2p1/1p1P4/3B1P2/1B3Q1P/PPP3P1/3RR1K1 b - - 0 17"] 1... Re8 2. c3 h5 * It deals with the rooks, white managed to semi-open ...
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Is it the right choice to lose the queen for two rooks?

Is it the right choice to lose the queen for two rooks for this situation?
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What is “Rook Box” and its use?

When I once watched a chess game on television, one player use a trick named "Rook Box" to draw a game. I didn't understand its move and so, I want to know what is "Rook Box" in chess. I know it's a ...
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Could you explain me this part of GM Larry Kaufman's article on “The Evaluation of Material Imbalances”?

This is a stupid question that has more to do with English than with chess, so if other people also think it's stupid I can delete it after I get the answer. Since English is not my mother's tongue I ...
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Does GM Larry Kaufman's “principle of the redundancy of major pieces” truly exists? Or could this effect be caused by the number of Pawns instead?

The following is an extract from The Evaluation of Material Imbalances by GM Larry Kaufman. I put in bold characters everything that was important for this question. https://www.chess.com/article/view/...
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How do you hold a draw with a knight against a rook?

Knight and King versus Rook and King is a theoretical draw. Yet, you might lose if you don't know the method. How do you hold a draw?
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How do you hold a draw with a bishop against a rook?

Bishop and King versus Rook and King is a draw. Yet it is easy to go wrong and lose. How do you hold a draw?
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How do you win with a queen against a rook? [duplicate]

It is considered that a Queen and King beats a Rook and King. Yet, the technique can be tricky. How is it done the best way?
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How do you castle in one smooth motion?

One time I saw GM Gawain Jones playing a blitz game where he castled by placing one hand on his King and Rook. With a quick twist, the pieces were in the castled position. It happened so quickly, I ...
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How do you checkmate with a rook?

How do you checkmate with a Rook and King versus King? Is there a good and fast method? Can you explain it in a good way? Thanks!
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When is a Queen stronger than two Rooks?

Two Rooks are stronger than one Queen. Let's assume that the material is equal, except that one player has a pair of Rooks while the other player has a Queen. In what situations is the Queen stronger ...
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Is this Rook versus Bishop endgame winning for white (white to move)?

[fen "8/8/5b2/5k2/8/3R4/4K3/8 w - - 0 1"] In this endgame can white win ? If so what is the plan here for white or how sould black try to defend this position
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Is it possible to checkmate with rook and knight against just king?

I have a pawnless game with a rook, knight, and king against just a king. Can I checkmate from this position? [FEN "8/8/8/8/1n6/8/2rk4/1K6 w - - 0 1"]
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Endgame: Rook + Knight vs Rook

What happens in the endgame Rook + Knight vs Rook? Is it a draw, or can the side with the knight win? I came across this a few days ago, and I managed to win with the Rook + Knight, but I am not ...
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Why can't I place the rook in front of the queen?

I was playing chess this afternoon on my mac, as human vs computer. In the position below: [FEN "6k1/5pp1/2p3bp/pqP1P3/2R3P1/PPQ5/4K3/8 w - - 0 24"] I tried to place the Rook in front of Black's ...
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How do you win with a queen against a rook?

What's the technique behind the moves of the stronger side in order to win? Are there situations where the side with K+R can force a draw against K+Q? I've read plenty of examples of K+Q vs K+R, but ...
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Trading off two rooks for queen and pawn

I have hardly if ever seen 2 rooks being traded off for queen and pawn (or for just queen) in common games. Under what conditions is this trade-off advisable? Why is it fairly uncommon?
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Can a rook win against a knight in the endgame?

Suppose we have a rook and the opponent has a knight next to his king. Is it possible to win this game theoretically? E.g., in the following position (white to move), is it possible for white to ...