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“A better move” recommended by chess.com but almost never played?

I played a game starting with d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. Nc3 a6 4. a4 Nc6 5. Nf3 Black's next move is 5... Bg4 and it was considered by chess.com as Inaccuracy (-0.28) A better move was 5... e5 (5... e5 ...
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What's the figurative meaning of this 1 black bishop, 1 black queen, and 1 white knight? [closed]

I stumbled on this chess position from Reddit. I know the movements of each piece beneath, but can't grok the figurative meaning?
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Why can't I use my stockfish engine with python chess? [closed]

I'm using python chess and I'm trying to use my stockfish 10 engine downloaded from the stockfish website. import chess.uci engine = chess.uci.popen_engine(r"stockfish-10-linux/Linux/...
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How bad is the Elephant Gambit?

I tend to think the Elephant Gambit is dubious, but what is the best path to a White advantage? [fen ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d5 Update: RemcoGerlich's comment of an upcoming book is quite relevant! ...
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Can one win with two dark square bishops and two light square bishops and his opponent has only one queen?

Can one win with two dark square bishops and two light square bishops and his opponent has only one queen? I remember seeing this endgame being analyzed in a video around 10 years ago (and I think ...
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LiChess puzzle 82753: can white win with a queen and two pawns vs. rook and four pawns?

LiChess puzzle 82753 involves a rook and pawn endgame where white sacrifices their rook to queen a pawn. The final position is the following (with black to move): [FEN "2Q5/6p1/1K3pkp/8/8/4p3/r5PP/8 ...
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Why does AlphaZero evaluate on the order of 1000 times less moves than Stockfish?

According to Deep mind's article, Alpha Zero searches roughly 10,000 moves per decision, while Stockfish is around 10,000,000 moves. I'm aware that Alpha Zero uses Monte Carlo Tree Search while ...
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Can GMs use computers to beat their opponents?

For example, suppose it's game 12 of the Carlsen-Caruana match last year. Caruana has white, and he wants to win before the tiebreaks. Now if instead of Caruana playing white, Stockfish were playing, ...
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what is the shortest allowable time control for a FIDE rated standard tournament game?

My chess club wants to host a FIDE tournament in a couple of months with 3 FIDE rated games in one day. What is the shortest allowed time control for FIDE rated standard tournament games so we can ...
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Establish Rating System for My Community

I want to establish a rating system for my community. I've decided to publish the rating every 1st January, April, July and October. Every new player will be given a rating of 1200. Using result ...
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Most drawish and least drawish opening?

Based on statistics (drawing percentage), which opening is the most drawish and which one is the least drawish? I am aware of questions such as this one, but my question is different. Criteria: ...
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AlphaZero’s search procedure

I am aware of related questions and great answers on the same topic such as Understanding AlphaZero. My questions are related to the following figure on AlphaZero's search procedure This figure ...
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Why is this gambit also known as the Maltese Falcon Gambit?

Why is the Gibbins-Wiedehagen Gambit (1.d4 Nf6 2.g4) also known as the Maltese Falcon Attack (or Gambit)? Is there any specific reason for that?
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What is one quick way to reach a mutual, symmetrical stalemate position?

I’m just wondering what one quick way, not the fastest, is reach a position where both sides have worked together to create a mutual stalemate here neither side could move on their turn, and the ...
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Can a tournament director nullify a game in progress?

Recently I was at a USCF tournament. Six moves into my first round game, the tournament director came to my board and had me stop my clock. It turned out that the person across from me had the wrong ...
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What plan should white play with?

It's black's turn. What plan should white use so as to confirm it's win? Thanks! [fen "r1b5/ppkn3R/3p2p1/8/N2b1B2/8/P1P2PPP/5RK1 w - - 0 50"]
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Can we say for sure Black's King has not moved?

The following position appears as the 7th puzzle of Raymond Smullyan's Arabian Knights, a book of retrograde analysis: [fen "3qk2r/p2pp1bp/bpp2n2/8/3N3Q/1PN1P1P1/P1PPP2P/3K1n2 w - - 0 50"] The ...
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The computer said a game was drawn but I think it is won for me [duplicate]

It's white's move and the king can't move. Why was this game drawn? I should have won it I think.
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At what handicap are humans as good as computer?

It is well known that the best chess engines are now far stronger players than the strongest human players. But is it known what the smallest handicap is that makes them roughly equal?
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Can a win be claimed on the second illegal move if the first wasn't raised?

First of all, I don't think this is a duplicate of what happens on the first illegal move in a game. This is what happens after the second if the first is unclaimed. The setting is a tournament under ...
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Weird early f4 suggested by engine (English Opening: Reversed Sicilian)

I have played a game recently and at move 7 the engine suggested f4 as best continuation, but I failed to understand why. When I see the move, all I see is a super weakening move, especially with a ...
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To earn a direct title for coming first in an official FIDE tournament, do we include players who already have that title?

I'm intending to play in the Oceania Zonal tournament (brochure) and direct titles will be awarded in this tournament. I'm interested in the WIM title. The FIDE handbook says in regards to the WIM ...
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Is the queens gambit declined getting more popular than the slav?

Back when I used to study chess, like 10 years ago or so, all the text books and all the super GMs recommended either the slav or the semi slav against queens gambit, they said it's better than the ...
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What do advocates of the QGD exchange variation (from the white side) recommend against alternative move orders?

I've recently started to become interested in the exchange Queen's Gambit Declined (QGD) from the white side: [fen ""] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 Thematically speaking it's very ...
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What's the benefit of using books during correspondence games?

I'm playing daily games on chess.com and read that it's officially allowed to use books or databases during the game. My question is: How does it help me getting better (if it's the purpose of this ...
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Is there any software that will analyse games offline?

Usually I use Lichess to analyse games, but sometimes I am offline. Is there any software with the capability of providing offline computer analysis, giving the rate of inaccuracies/mistakes/blunders ...
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What is the longest professional chess game that ended in a checkmate?

The question pretty much sums up what I want to know. There is nothing else to add here.
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Importing and analysing games played on chess.com [closed]

How to import entire game from chess.com game to stockfish?
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Magnus vs Tomashevsky Blitz 2012 - why doesn't he take the knight on e7

I'm not sure if anyone is familiar with this game, I watched it a while ago and had just rewatched it now and cannot understand why Magnus didn't take the knight on e7. Here's the screenshot before ...
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How many possible two-move checkmates are there?

Yes, I am well aware that Fool's Mate exists. But how many other possible two move checkmates exist in chess?
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Regarding Chessbase softwares

I have bought Houdini 6 pro ( chessbase version ), for the primary purpose of practising by playing games against Houdini 6 pro (and other engines I own) I cannot figure out how to play a game against ...
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Why 7. Bd3 in the 3 knights opening?

In this line of the 3 knights opening [fen "start"] 1. e4 e5 Nf3 Nc6 Nc3 Bc5 Nxe5 Nxe5 d4 Bd6 dxe5 Bxe5 the best continuation according both to my engines and to databases is 7. Bd3. Why? For ...
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How good is this variant of the Sicilian defense?

I am relatively new to chess SE, so I am not sure how to include the chessboard thing. [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Bc4?! Nxe4 6. Bxf7+ Kxf7 7. Qh5+ ... 8. Qd5+ and ...
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Draw offer without executing move

Scenario: It's Player A's move, and without executing a move he offers a draw. Player B replies "Please make a move". Player A then makes a move, where upon player B says: "Ok, I accept". Is it now ...
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Questions about the beginning of this game

[Event "Live Chess"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2018.12.29"] [White "Leon_Likes_Chess"] [Black "SmojLee"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B47"] [WhiteElo "1625"] [BlackElo "2310"] [TimeControl "600"] [EndTime "14:...
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What opening is recommended if white is only playing for a draw?

If in a tournament game, white is only aiming for a draw, what openings and strategies will be recommended for him? I guess that the answer may depend on the following different mindset for black: ...
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Why in Four Knights, Italian variation the winning percentage favours black after the move 4…Bc5?

I was searching C46 Four knights, Italian variation at 365chess.com and here is what I found: I am curious why 4...Bc5 gives black a slightly higher winning percentage. It seems to me that after 4......
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Why do professional chess players point at the pieces with a middle finger?

I've recently heard and then actually started to notice more and more that professional chess players tend to use a middle finger when pointing at pieces on the board like in this Anand vs Caruana ...
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Which is better in the Rossolimo Sicilian, 3… e6 or 3… g6?

[FEN ""] [StartPly "5"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 In this opening is it better to do e6 to activate the dark square bishop which will protect c5 pawn. If the opponent plays Bxc6, it will have a ...
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Do engines remember previous analysis?

Suppose I let the engine analyze a given position (let's say for simplicity the starting position), and then I execute the move suggested by the engine (let's say 1. e4). Then I let the engine analyze ...
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What is the fastest possible checkmate? [duplicate]

What is the fastest/shortest possible checkmate? What is the minimum amount of moves to checkmate a side?
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In tournament chess, is the Traxler Counterattack just a dubious opening or a blunder?

In the level of tournament chess, is the Traxler Counterattack just a dubious opening or a blunder? In club or online chess it works just fine, but it is one of those opening rarely seen in ...
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What is 'Depth' in Lichess game analysis?

I have started analyzing my games in Lichess. I'm wondering what does Depth mean in the Stockfish analysis?
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About stalemate condition ( Unique interesting condition ) [closed]

Today i played a chess game is which at the last time.. Its my chance I have only one soldier which can not move it is stucked and my king left. But my king can move only a single block without ...
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Why do chess tournaments allow absolutely scandalous draws? [closed]

I am currently watching the Rapid World Championship and the amount of draws between players is absolutely shocking. I'm not talking about games where each player fights to the end and the game just ...
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Bronstein vs Winter

In this game, http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1365631 The engine says that 20. Na5 is a blunder. However, I fail to understand why it is. Also, I am surprised at White's choice of moves ...
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Is this a smart draw offer?

[Event "Live Chess"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2018.12.27"] [White "SergioRamos2"] [Black "SmojLee"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B57"] [WhiteElo "1640"] [BlackElo "2175"] [TimeControl "600"] [EndTime "10:...
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Why do chess tournaments award so many points for a draw? [duplicate]

Nobody likes a draw. Why then do chess tournaments provide incentives for players to go for a draw by awarding significant points for a draw? Typically, a win is 1 point, a draw is 0.5 points for each ...
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Would studying the games of old players hurt my progress?

I was watching a video last night by Ben Finegold on Paul Morphy and some of his games. He mentioned that some current GMs would discount Morphy's ability since all of his opponents were "terrible". ...
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Is a gambit still a gambit if it's calculated through to the end?

I recently gambitted a knight (I call it a gambit as I gave away a knight without being able to take back). However I had calculated through all the possibilities and five moves or so later I have an ...

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