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Carlsen-Caruana Game 12

Any online search about the recent game 12 in Carlsen-Caruana's WCC is filled with the surprise caused by Carlsen offering a draw when in a (possibly?) winning position. It was announced on chess.com ...
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Chess software for writing books

I am currently converting some of my chess books into electronic format by manually copying the pgn and making notes. I have found lichess study and chessable courses to be useful in doing this. ...
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super stalemate [duplicate]

Your challenge. Find a position such that one side cannot make any legal or illegal moves. I.E. Make it such that that even if you were allowed to move your king into check there would still be no ...
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At what playing strength level should one be able to mate with King Bishop and Knight vs King?

As in title above, at what playing strength level should one be able to mate with King, Bishop and Knight vs King without much effort (with reasonable time left for the game)?
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Is the Danish Gambit viable for Class D tournament play?

I've been recently playing the Danish Gambit online in blitz. It started as a dare from one of my friends, but I've had ludicrous success with it due to common mistakes from my opponents. Also, I ...
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Is there a GUI software that exports chess diagrams for chess authors?

Is there a program either Linux or a Windows program that can create a chess position and save it as an image. That image can then be used by the chess author in a book that is being written.
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Would a chess game go on indefinitely if both players played the absolute best move each turn?

Just as the title says: Would a chess game go on indefinitely if both players played the absolute best move each turn? (assuming there is no draw) Or is it white that's going to win? Is it even ...
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What was Fischer's preparation for tournaments?

Surely he didn't follow the old cookie-cutter formula of take a day off before game day, play blitz matches, or some other standard ritual? Any sources?
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Offline move trainer software

I am looking for an offline move trainer software like the one chessable has. I am currently looking at PGN's with same opening and I would like to practice these games. For instance, I am looking at ...
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1answer
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Can you take back a draw offer?

Is it possible to take back the draw offer if the opponent was not immediately replying to it?
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1answer
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Is a given time control per side or in total?

The Wikipedia page about Chess Time Control describes for example: ... 90 minutes for the first 40 moves ... A move in chess is defined as both White and Black side doing their separate move, so ...
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How to record these moves?

Suppose a complete hypothetical positions that white has 6 queens and they are at a1, a4, a7, g1, g4, g7, respectively. How to record the following move in the standard algebraic notation? Moving the ...
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1answer
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Does FIDE make any money from media coverage?

Unlike any other professional sports I know of, everyone seems to be able to broadcast chess world chess championship online. That raises the question, are they making any money from media coverage? ...
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How to deal with your opponent's queen if your opponent rejects any trades?

If my opponent brings out his/her queen early in the game, I usually attack it with my own queen. The opponent can either accept the trade or reject it. If he/she accepts, I have no questions at all. ...
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How to check mistakes, blunders and missed wins on Chess.com?

On Chess.com, when you play live chess, when the match is done, on your right hand, above the view analysis button, it says something like this How to check my mistake and can I do that without ...
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Ambiguity in Text

John Nunn mentions the following in Understanding Chess: Move by Move (2002): Pawn weaknesses vary in severity according to two factors: 1) whether there is any possibility of liquidating the ...
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1answer
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Oscillating Stockfish Evaluation on Laptop

I'm using stockfish-9-bmi2 on my laptop to provide me move by move evaluation of games. I've set Stockfish to evaluate to depth = 25 plys. I find that the evaluation provided oscillates move-on-move ...
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Is there any analysis of the Carlsen-Caruana World Championsip match by AlphaZero?

How cool would it be to have the world's most powerful computer analyzing games played in a match between the world's two strongest human players? Has it happened yet and is the analysis available?
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Blitz Touch Move Rule

In a "friendly" blitz game I got into an argument with my opponent in the following scenario: My opponent's knight was pinned to his king. He did not notice and touched his knight to move it. I ...
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Why is Carlsen criticized for poor preparation at World Chess Championship 2018?

As of 2018-11-24, 11 games have been drawn at the World Chess Championship (WCC) 2018. A lot of commentators (in particular Alexander Grischuk) have attacked Carlsen for poor preparation. But ... 11 ...
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Is there a live streaming of the WCC2018 of the players themselves?

I was able to find on YouTube several live streaming videos of GMs commenting the Carlsen-Caruana games. But I wanted to see the actual players and the real board! Is there any streaming of that? I ...
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Does the Scotch Game allow Black to equalise quickly? [duplicate]

Is it true that after the main line: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 the tension in the centre is broken too early, giving Black a good opportunity to equalise?
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How does black ensure a draw in this R+3P vs. r+2p endgame with all pawns on the same side?

From a recent world-championship game Fabiano Caruana vs Magnus Carlsen (2018), the players agreed to a draw here: [Title "Black to move"] [FEN "8/1r3kp1/7p/7P/4R1P1/6K1/5P2/8 b - - 2 54"] However, ...
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Leningrad Dutch against Reti

I like playing the King's Indian Attack against just about any black setup, except for when black plays the Leningrad Dutch style setup. I had a look at how white is dealing with this situation and ...
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What are the worst blunders ever committed in a world championship match (final)?

As title above, what are a few of the worst blunders ever committed in a World Chess Championship Match?
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What is the engine powering the analysis of the world championship event at worldchess.com?

I was streaming the game at FIDE's World Chess website London event and I was wondering what engine are they using. I couldn't find it. Here is a screenshot
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What is a good system to evaluate a Fairy-piece value? [duplicate]

I am creating a Fairy-chess game. Means a chess game with not classic pieces. What is a good strategy to evaluate chess values? What first comes to my mind is to value the pieces regarding to how ...
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What if threefold repetition occurs in WCC 2018?

It is not allowed to draw till move 30. Are the players forced to find another moves in case of threefold repetition?
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How is this not checkmate? I had loads of time to spare

See below my game last night, I am white and I got 3 queens. He only has the king left. We have loads of time left. It was a 30min game. As soon as I moved my original queen up one space and got him ...
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How is this checkmate … or does chess.com have a bug? [closed]

Playing as black against the chess.com computer, the following position was reached and chess.com declared checkmate in its favor. However, I don't see that the black king is in check. So is this a ...
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How much does time control affect ELO strength? [closed]

Suppose we cloned Magnus Carlsen and arranged a match between the clone and the real Magnus. I will give the real Magnus x minutes on his clock, and the clone will have y minutes. Is there any ...
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Is there a balanced chess system where players of unknown skill can have an equal chance of winning?

Is there a chess system where you can make players of differing skill levels compete against each other with an equal chance to win without using different chess variations? This system should give ...
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FIDE threefold repetition and possible moves [closed]

FIDE rules section 9.2 says: Positions are considered the same if and only if the same player has the move, pieces of the same kind and colour occupy the same squares and the possible moves of ...
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Blitz tournaments (time control around 5 minutes)

I want to know if any of you could help me finding results from strong Blitz tournaments where the time control is around 5 minutes per player. It's for research. I do not have Chessbase or any chess ...
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Can you improve a supercomputer evaluation on your own move?

While watching the Chess World Championship, a few news outlets provide updates on how supercomputers are evaluating the board position. The example I'm looking at is using the Sesse Supercomputer, ...
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Why is the Ruy Lopez a sensible opening for white?

As an amateur, I prefer the Scotch game as opposed to Ruy Lopez, since I feel that White loses tempo and Black seems to gain tempo with queenside counterplay in the main line. [title "Ruy Lopez"] [...
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Why is there a draw in professional chess?

I'm not a serious chess player, but I heard that about 80% of professional chess games end as a draw. In other similar abstract strategy games, such as Shogi and Janggi, when it is impossible to ...
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Website that decode chess moves?

I am a complete beginner and have started learning chess one month ago. I play online on lichess.com. I lose a lot of games which is understandable too. Many people advised me that I should analyze ...
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Response to King's fianchetto opening

Currently I am facing some difficulties playing as black when my opponent plays 1.g3. In the midgame actually my position gets cramped. Is there some strong response to 1.g3? I actually want some ...
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Whose games should I collect for Benoni?

I have been adopting the Benoni opening against 1 d4 recently with some moderate success. I would like to know whose games should I look at to have a good understanding. I see that Tal, and to a ...
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Whose games should I collect for Scotch Opening?

I have been adopting the Scotch opening recently with some moderate success. I would like to know whose games should I look at to have a good understanding. I see that Nakamura and Kasparov deploy ...
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Why did Carlsen play 7. dxc5 in Game 7 of the 2018 World Championship?

As a class A player, I have some understanding of opening principles. Relevant to the move played in the game, I know that it's advantageous to control the center, to have central pawns controlling ...
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What are the main plans for black and white in the main-line Slav after 5…Bf5 6.e3?

I'm thinking about adding the Slav defense to my opening repertoire. I'm looking at the following line, which I believe is the main line: [fen ""] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 ...
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How do I politely ask a spectator to stop watching my game?

I was playing a chess game with a highly rated person in a tournament, and his dad was watching over the game. Obviously, it didn't affect the game, but I would have felt better if he was not watching ...
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A piece preventing white king from occupying a square can't move for uncovering check on black king can the first king occupy said square anyway? [duplicate]

For instance Black king is on g8 black light coloured bishop is on g6 white queen is on g5 black rook on d6 and black pawn on c3 are checking White king on d2 white king captures black pawn on c3 ...
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What next after 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 for the White tactical player?

How should a tactical player as White play after 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6? The openings I am looking at are: Ruy Lopez Italian game Scotch game Three Knights I am currently playing Scotch since it opens ...
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wrongly accepted stalemate but game is a clear win?

What will happen when we wrongly accepted stalemate and thereafter 02-03 seconds we noticed it was not a stalemate but a clear win?
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Concentration during games

I've noticed that I lose sight of pieces' positions very fast during games, also, for some reason, I fail at having an "objective" view, some kind of an eagle eye, i.e I find myself concentrated on ...
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How does the last move in the Michael Adams vs Anatoly Karpov game result in the end of the match?

In the Michael Adams vs Anatoly Karpov (1994, Dortmund GER, rd 1, Jul-15 ) match (moves listed [here][1]), the last move is indeed a check to the black king, but why did the match end after that ? I ...

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