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Is FIDE still using the same logo for world championship final?

I remember that this logo was used last championship, why are they still using it? Shouldn't every final have its own logo? Am I missing something?
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World chess championship final calendar [closed]

Is there a way to import World chess championship final match into google calendar? Can I do that for other major chess events?
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Rules: How does right to castle and en-passant get considered for the purpose of calculating a threefold repetition

I'm writing a chess app, and have some questions regarding the intricacies of the threefold repetition rules. As of 2018, the FIDE handbook has this to say about what constitutes identical positions ...
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Is it possible for a clock to show less than 30 seconds for a player in a game with a 30-second increment?

Is it possible for a clock to show less than 30 seconds for a player in a game with a 30-second increment when it is his opponent's turn? My answer: Even if one player has only 1 second on his ...
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Is there a binary of Scid vs Mac which works on macOS Mojave?

I had ScidvsMac 4.19 running on my Mac - ScidvsMac-4.19.dmg from https://sourceforge.net/projects/scidvspc/files/mac/ - but after upgrading to macOS Mojave (10.14.1) it doesn't run - the icon just ...
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What is the simplest method to win Queen vs Knight endgame?

What method requires the least amount of memorisation (doesn't have to be shortest path to victory) for the queen vs knight ending? I have looked at tablebases but the moves are somewhat bizarre and ...
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Online Resource for Opening Plans

I have been searching for a while for an online (preferably free) resource for opening plans. Up till now my study of openings has consisted of looking at popular lines and some master games. Is there ...
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Why don't we play different openings in chess?

Chess comes in many forms, both with respect to the clock and the board format. But why don't we have chess tournaments where we play different openings? That is, a certain list of openings is ...
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Where does the phrase “Botvinnik moment” come from?

In his analysis of the first game in the 2018 world championship, Antonio Radić says that on move 9. ... b7-b6, Carlsen took six minutes to make a move that he probably already knew: And now ...
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Why don't the ratings of Carlsen and Caruana change after 4 games in the WCC 2018?

By now there were 4 games and all were drawn. Should it not mean that Caruana should get points?
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Why is this a draw? [duplicate]

I just played a game of chess on my Mac and the Mac shows me this as a draw (I'm white). I can't get my head around it. Why is this a draw?
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Knight's opening move

I generally play 1.Nf3 as white . I actually wonder whether there would be any major difference if I play 1.Na3 instead of 1.Nf3 . I am a novice player . An illustration will definitely help me in ...
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Comparison between best defense moves

I am a novice player. I have just come across the Sicilian defense on the Internet which is also stated as "aggressive defense". The French defense (1.e4 e6) also is good. Does the French defense ...
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Queen's Gambit Accepted Nc3 VS Nd2

Usually I play somewhere around move 5-Nc3 but I might start playing Nd2 more instead to get a different dynamic in the game. Is this advised? Does this have dire consequences in QGA?
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If a player is significantly behind in time, does it mean he's bound to lose?

Let's focus on FIDE classical chess finals historically. Caruana is always behind in time control, thinks more, waste more energy. Statistically speaking, did the players who played faster won more ...
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Opening Systems for White which enable long castling

In general as White, I prefer to long castle and then start attacking with kingside pawn storm. Everytime, I hope that my opponent lets me do it. For instance, when I play 1 d4 (or 1 c4) I hope my ...
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Grunfeld Defense [closed]

I thought this was going to be a wild dynamic and fun opening to play. Database results show average results comparable to most other openings. Mainlines often lead to very drawish positions. ...
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How do chess websites relay the moves for tournaments?

I know the DGT boards are used for this. But, do they all do so? Does every chess website connect their server to the DGT board and relay the moves? Or do they simply "steal" the moves from another ...
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Daily Strategy Traing

There are many websites (such as chess.com and 365chess.com) which allow even a free account holder to practise a certain number of chess puzzles on a daily basis. However, I feel that most puzzles ...
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How is it like for live audience watching long classic chess?

For the live audience that's watching chess in person, not online, how is it like? Do they sit through it all, say 7h? Can they leave and comeback? Are their seats reserved if they leave? Do they ...
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How do I defend against players who keep pawn pushing in the Sicilian?

I recently played a Sicilian as black, defending against a pawn storm. Here is the game: [Event "Rated Classical game"] [Site "https://lichess.org/ZMFC6dP4"] [Date "2018.11.11"] [Round "-"] [White "...
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Where can I find the saved games or PGN files in the Play Magnus app?

I have completed games on the Play Magnus app and clicked on the option "Export game as PGN file " but I don't know where to find those saved games.
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Tactics to counter Queen's Gambit

I am a novice player. I have seen many White players using the Queen's Gambit (1. d4, 2. c4) which actually dominates the center and inflicts humongous damage at the expense of only one white pawn. ...
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How can I get multiple computer recommended lines in python-chess module?

In python-chess you can communicate with the engine on a given position. However the method presented in https://python-chess.readthedocs.io/en/latest/uci.html using the engine.go() function with only ...
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Is it better to move a pawn or knight first? [closed]

As stated in the title, I have always wondered whether it is better to move a pawn or knight first. Which one makes you generally more likely to win?
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Why are Mato Jelic's Youtube chess videos so popular? [closed]

As in title above, why are Mato Jelic's Youtube chess videos so popular? I like them a lot, but I must confess that I am a bit surprised (not unhappy, just surprised), to see nearly millions of views ...
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Why isn't Gata Kamsky considered the first American since Bobby Fischer to fight for the World Championship?

As in the title above, since we read it everywhere about Caruana... why isn't Gata Kamsky considered the first American since Bobby Fischer to fight for the World Championship? He played Karpov in ...
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How to set up Armageddon game between 2 engines in Arena or Scid?

I want to create a tournament in either Arena or Scid between engines. The tournament shall be of Armageddon games only. If it is not possible is there any other chess GUI for Linux that allows to do ...
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The London 2018 World Chess Championship live coverage sources

Which TV channels are going to stream the WCC? Preferably with English commentary. (With live video from the playing board, not only the moves).
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Are there statistics on the results of armageddon games at the GM level?

I've tried finding statistics on the results of competitive armageddon games played at a high level (say, GM level), but to no avail. Evidently, these statistics must exist, as for example FIDE ...
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Is this a sound elephant offer?

In the following dobutsu shogi position, is Gc3xc2 a bad move? ABC +---+ 1| | g 2|lce| 3|E G| 4| L | *C +---+
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When does a chess clock start?

Lichess.org starts the clock of each player after their first move. Chess.com starts the clock when the players agree to a match, before their first move. I think Lichess is correct, that's what we ...
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Decent Playing Strength Chess Engine

I'd like to make a chess program to play decent strength chess (say around 2100 ELO). What are the factors in Eval & techniques in Search that one would consider to achieve that rating?
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Why should I sacrifice Bishop?

I had a game with a friend, I obviously lost, but now I don't understand why, while reviewing my game, the CPU suggest that at this point the best move is Bishop in b5. If the Queen decides to take ...
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How do I determine the bye player in a Swiss tournament?

The FIDE basic rules for Swiss systems mention: (c) Should the number of players to be paired be odd, one player is unpaired. This player receives a pairing-allocated bye: no opponent, no colour ...
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FIDE ignores my case. How to proceed?

Last year, there was an incident where the arbiter ignored cheating, and I filed a report to register a case to FIDE Ethics Commission. The registration was made by email, in November 2017, and I have ...
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Why is 5…Be7 played before …b5 in the main line of the Closed Ruy Lopez?

Here is what I've seen described as the main line of the Closed Ruy Lopez up to move 7: [fen ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 (5... b5 6. Bb3 Be7 7. Re1 d6) 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 ...
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Move-order issue in the Grunfeld: …Nc6-a5 vs …Nc6-e7

My question relates to certain lines given by Avrukh (2018). [FEN "..."] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Nf3 Nb6 7. Nc3 Nc6 8. e3 e5 9. d5 Here 9...Ne7 is the most popular ...
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How to use crafty chess engine in the gui chess64.exe link provided

Given below is the crafty chess engine of xboard or winboard version free version. https://github.com/MichaelB7/Crafty/releases/download/25.2/Crafty-25.2-Win64.zip Given below is the book https://...
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What does it take to become a professional chess player?

I need to know how start to become a professional chess player so that I can participate in tournaments. I first tried to find someone who knows how to play, but didn't find anyone. So I started ...
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Perfect strategy for winning simple endgames by premoving [duplicate]

I am a regular bullet player, so I am looking for a perfect strategy in which you only premove to win simple endgames, given that you only premove one move at a time (i.e. you can see what your ...
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What should a chess beginner do with his/her knights after 2. Nf3 or 2. Nc3?

Let us suppose I am a chess beginner. I often lose my games. Well, it depends on the opponent but generally I can hardly win. My problem is I do not know what I should do with my knights. Usually ...
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Why is there a 50-move rule and a 75-move rule?

By number theory, if the 75-move rule has been reached, the 50-move rule will also be reached. This has no meaning. It is like saying "I would buy this book if it cost under $60 and it costs under $40"...
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Why is it allowed to request an increment in time trouble?

From the FIDE Handbook: III.2.2 These Guidelines shall apply only to standard chess and rapid chess games without increment and not to blitz games. III.4 If the player having the move has less ...
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Replacement for pgnscid

Last Scid versions come without pgnscid shipped with it. That happens since version 4.6.0, when it was removed because it was stated as obsolete, according to changelog. I guess that if pgnscid is ...
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Professional Databases and Historical Games

I have tried to look for historical chess games (i.e. 19th century to early 20th century). I usually use Chessbase online database and chessgames.com. I have never paid for a database or database ...
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Can a King and Queen mate a King and Knight or is this a drawn game?

White has a King and a Queen. Black has a King and a Knight. It is White's move. Can White win or is this ending a draw?
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How to stop Arena from making a move whenever a piece is clicked? [closed]

In Arena 3.5.1, whenever I touch a piece, it moves to a square other than that I want. This happens while playing a game, not while replaying a game. How do I stop this weird behaviour?
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In case of en passant, should I move my pawn first or remove my opponent's one?

I know that, according to chess rules, every move should be made with a single hand. However, this does not clarify if, when making an en passant capture, I should move my pawn first or remove the ...
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2 Knights against 1 pawn (endgame)

Why is it important to leave the opponent's pawn in this situation? From over 7kk games only 426 ends with KNN against KP, of which 286 games (67.1%) is draw. In the two knights endgame, how should ...

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