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What is the strength of the Shredder Chrome app?

Today, for the first time, I played against the Chrome app Shredder Chess, and at the "Hard" playing strength of the engine, I was easily able to beat it. I am just about 1850-1900 Elo. My question ...
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Is it permitted to stare at a blank chessboard during a tournament game?

Long-winded Motivation I have recently noticed during my own tournament games that I am not infrequently closing my eyes, or at least looking away from the board, when engaged in in-depth calculation ...
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Free chess computer game

I am a chess novice. Can someone suggest a good, free chess computer game that I can use to start to learn chess by playing against the computer? Maybe with some different difficult levels...
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Is there a good example of a paper chess book converted to an ebook?

With Epub, or other ebook formats, one can take advantage of the format and do things that are difficult to do in a paper book. Hyperlinking, extra diagrams, more page breaks - what else? Most books ...
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Is there any software or web service for club-level Elo ratings?

Is there any software (or web-based service) that allows you to keep track of local, club-level Elo ratings? These ratings would not have any connection with official Elo ratings, it would be just ...
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Castling during the endgame

Are there any famous games where castling occurred during the endgame?
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At what time control do you stop recording your moves?

I've been to a 15|2 (Fischer) tournament where it was not necessary to record your moves and I've also played in longer games where it was expected. My question is at what time limit are you no longer ...
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Best ways for improving “tactics”

I have been playing chess for a long time, and I have been around 1850-1900 ELO for quite some time. I have always wondered which are the best ways to improve the tactics. Does playing more and more ...
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In Spassky v Fischer '72 game 11, why is 14. Nb1 considered such a great move?

In game 11 of the 1972 World Championship, Spassky as white moves his Knight back to its 14. Nb1 starting position. Apparently, this moved was received as 14. Nb1!!. But to me, it seems as a simple ...
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Are certain foods or drinks better to consume than others when playing chess?

Whenever I play long tournament games, I find that I drink simply enormous amounts of water, far more than my typical rate in daily life (and maybe even more than when I am unusually physically active)...
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How do I stop blundering my queen?

I have a particular bad habit when I play chess. I play reasonably well (at least by the standards of people I play with), and am quite careful with my pieces. But in about 80% of games I play, once I ...
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Is there a chess software that allows to generate and store engine evaluation graph for a chess game?

A software like Fritz or Arena typically shows a graph for a game that is currently being analyzed/played. Fritz 5.32 also generates those graphs as it does automated analysis of several games in DB. ...
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Is there a common list of steps to analyse/annotate one's game?

What is the best way to annotate one's game to derive the most instructive value out of it? In the search for critical positions - do you start from the beginning, or from the end (last move)? When do ...
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What Chess Software allows creating a chess Ebook?

I would like to take an annotated pgn file, and convert it into an ebook I could conveniently read on amazon kindle (or its pc version), or android/Ios device. It might have to create diagrams where ...
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Is there chess software that allows storage and replay of media annotations?

I would like to annotate my game not only with textual comments like 6. Be5 "This move brings the bishop to a long diagonal", but also record such comments with voice. Is there any software package ...
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What are some good quality magnetic chess sets?

I'm looking for an attractive (probably all-wood external) magnetic chess set that has reasonably strong magnets and pieces of relatively normal size; I've had enough of the chinsy plastic ones with 1/...
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Early-game Principles

I am a novice player who is trying to brush up on the core principles for successful chess. Instead of focusing on specific openings in the beginnings of a game, I am trying to play to certain ...
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Free learning material

I'm aware of several excellent youtube channels that are free and provide some great insight into the game, such as: Chess Network Online Chess Lessons ChessFriends.com Kings Crusher Mato Jelic YM ...
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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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What does ELO stand for?

What does the acronym ELO stand for in the context of chess, as in the ELO rating system?
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Are the board positions of the 4 players of each country determined by Elo rating in chess olympiads?

Are the board positions of the 4 players of each country determined by Elo rating in chess olympiads? Or is this something arbitrarily decided by the countries? By board positions I mean, 1st seed/...
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Is there chess software to play against that rates your skill through actual games?

Is there chess software out there that will try and rate your play? I vaguely recall an old Chessmaster software that did something similar, though by having you play through puzzles. I was looking ...
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Any chess software with “force move” facility?

Does anyone know if there is a chess program on the market (PC or iPad) which provides force-move functionality while it is the computer's turn to play (the opponent tells the computer program which ...
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Strategy in middlegame from boring positions

I get into these rather vanilla, or as I call them, boring positions. Not much is happening tactically, and I can't fathom what the right course of action should be strategically. Here is an example....
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Weighted adjustment for relative Elo

I was looking at my biggest upsets the other day and realized that the result was unsatisfying. Most of them were 500-600 point upsets when I was still really low rated (i.e. 800 beating a 1300), ...
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Bird's Opening and the Dutch Defense

A naturally positional class-C player (c. Elo 1500), I have learned in recent years to push my f-pawn two squares early in the opening, to force myself to play tactical chess. The King's Gambit (...
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A chess story about three sailors

There was a book of chess stories that I had read some time ago. In one, there were 3 sailors who had made a deal with Devil for a crystal because of which they were unbeatable at chess. They saw the ...
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Is there a USCF API?

A while ago there was a site made by NM Jonathan Hilton's father that did some analytics on player's USCF rating histories. I thought it was a pretty good site, but it disappeared. There are still ...
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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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When was the term 'Super Grandmaster' first used?

According to the following wiki link, The unofficial title, "Super Grandmaster", is often used by players to refer to those with a 2700+ rating to distinguish the most serious world champion ...
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What was the first chess-playing automaton?

One well-known automaton is The Turk. But which was the first one and when was it constructed? EDIT : I'm also ok with fake automatons (as the Turk was)
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Is it possible to improve by playing mostly blitz?

Can you improve significantly in chess by playing mostly blitz (say, 3 0) games? Or will you eventually reach a wall where the only way to advance is by sitting down for lengthy periods analyzing ...
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In Chess, are there simple “mechanics” that amateurs can learn to improve their game?

In the board game Go, for instance, it is often of great importance whether or not a stone can be captured in a so-called "ladder" (an often complicated formation). One of the things that separates ...
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Elements to take into account when evaluating 'board strength'

As part of a demo for a rules engine I'm dreaming up, I'd like to do an evaluation of a chess board that communicates each side's general strength at that point in time. Advanced things like ...
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How much time should be spent playing versus studying?

I have been learning fairly rapidly lately (will probably go about 400 points in about a year), although I am sure that pace will slow with time. However, my learning is actually slowed down because ...
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Recent research, or analysis sites, about some chess variants?

I would appreciate some links to recent (within the last 8 years) chess variant analyses and research. As to standard chess it seems like the source code for a lot of the computer chess programs ...
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Glicko-2 Rating System: Bug or exploit?

I originally had this posted on StackOverflow as it could be a bug in the implementations, but some suggested I post to math. I just found this stackexchange, and I thought who better? Some of you may ...
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How do I get a well-rounded understanding of chess openings?

So, it was inevitable. I am making progress in the middle-game. I understand positions better and my tactics continue to improve. My end games are still solid/superior for my skill level so I ...
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Suggestion for a good chess engine on Linux

I'm using GNUChess with the Knights client (Knights doesn't seem to be THAT mature; crashes are common). Is there any equivalent of Chessmaster on Linux? What about good clients to play on servers ...
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Is it possible to checkmate with knight and king against king?

I would like to clarify two things: Is it possible to checkmate with only a knight and a king against a lone king? What will happen when one side has a king and knight and the other has just a king, ...
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Is there an objective measure of how “complicated” or “tension-filled” a chess position can be?

Probably most chess players will have the intuitive notion of what kind of positions are not "tension-filled" and what kind of positions are. Usually these are middlegame positions. Here's an idea of ...
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Who did Nigel Short really play on the ICC in 2001 when he thought he was playing Fischer?

In 2001, Nigel Short went public with the opinion that he had in fact played Bobby Fischer on the Internet Chess Club. This was denied by Fischer himself, and the consensus seems to be that it was ...
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Sicilian Scheveningen versus Najdorf: What are some of the characteristics that differentiate the two openings?

I would like to compare the Sicilian Scheveningen [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 with the Sicilian Najdorf [FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 ...
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How many such positions are there? (chess/math checkmate puzzle)

I'm interested in this kind of position: There are only 4 pieces on the board. If Whites goes first, they can checkmate in one move. If Blacks goes first, they can checkmate in one move. For example: ...
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To what extent should you prevent your opponent from castling?

I normally try to prevent my opponent from castling if possible, by forcing their king to move or keeping an attacking piece on a diagonal or file. I tend to make this a priority, giving up the ...
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What is the best automatic chess playing app for a beginning level player?

I play chess very infrequently. Whenever I restart, I take a bit of time to get up to speed. Which chess playing apps are best for a beginner? I would prefer apps that scale up in diifficulty ...
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Chess games that advanced endgame theory

Single games of chess can routinely have a significant impact on opening theory, of course, but it should be quite uncommon for a single game to significantly advance endgame theory, since that's a ...
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Is allowing takebacks in friendly games a bad practice?

When I am playing friendly games with my brother, if one of us makes a big blunder that would make it pointless to continue playing, instead of quitting, we undo the move(s) to give a second chance (...
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How can I prevent games from dragging on?

How can I prevent a game from dragging on, taking 60+ moves to get anywhere near finishing? I mainly encounter this when playing people at or below my level (~1400). This never happens when playing ...
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Experiences with the Steiner Variation 1.e4 e6 2.c4!? in French?

How sound is 1.e4 e6 2.c4!?, the Steiner Variation in the French Defense, and would you actually recommend it? Does it work well in normal games, or is it more a surprise weapon for blitz?

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