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Is my low blitz game drawing rate at www.chess.com an indicator that I am weak in chess?

I have played 630 blitz game at chess.com and only 10.3% of my games are draw; see the diagram. When I play black, my drawing rate is slightly higher than my drawing rate playing white. This is ...
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Is 6…Bf5 inferior to 6…Bd6 in the Caro-Kann Tartakower after 6. Bc4? And if so, why?

I'm trying out the Tartakower variation of the Caro-Kann. It begins [fen ""] [startply "11"] [startflipped "0"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nf6 5. Nxf6+ exf6 6. Bc4 Bf5 (6... Bd6) I have ...
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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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Solvable studies that computers fail to crack

Are there chess studies that require an outside of the box thinking that goes beyond the concrete calculation capabilities of today's engines (e.g. Stockfish)? I have sometimes seen certain endgames ...
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Understanding Kramnik's play in game 1 of Candidates 2018

The position I'm studying is the middlegame part of the game 1 of Berlin Candidates 2018 between Kramnik and Grischuk, which Kramnik won with the white pieces. In particular, I'm interested in ...
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Did Stockfish have access to an opening book in its games against AlphaZero?

I have seen some commentary that implies that Stockfish did not have access to an opening book in its much-reported match with AlphaZero, but I cannot find a conclusive citation, and my inability to ...
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How big is the “opening book” of a typical tournament player

How many openings does a typical (national/international level) tournament player usually know and play? For instance: in a tournament, can I expect that a player will either open 1.d4 or 1.e4 ...
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Reason why a kingside attack is not justified

Given my lead in development in this game, the presence of an advanced pawn on the 5th rank and the arrangement of the pieces toward Black king, I think that an immediate kingside attack is justified. ...
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List of how AlphaZero evaluates openings

In his process of learning Chess and getting stronger and stronger each second AlphaZero learned openings. Some were played often at the beginning, but lost in AlphaZero's popularity over the time (e....
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Are AlphaZero's openings objectively better than the others? [on hold]

Are AlphaZero's openings objectively better than the others? If so, why haven't top grandmasters like Carlsen exlusively adopted them in their own games?
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In the Berlin Defence, why is 4.0-0 prefered to 4.Nc3?

In the Berlin Defence, why is 4.0-0 preferred to 4.Nc3, as then White can transition into the four knights?
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Custom icons/designs for online with other people?

Somewhat of a peculiar question/request/search. Basically, I'm looking for any software/website/etc. where I can play chess with friends however the only caveat is that the icons/designs/board pieces/...
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Will quantum computers solve chess?

The theory is that there are more that 10^40 positions, and a computer that works with an atomic scale has to be impossibly large(As in galaxy-scale large), and well beyond our current level of ...
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How do I make the right move after an opening? [duplicate]

I'm slowly getting better at my chess skills, but the one thing that bugs me the most right now is not knowing which piece to move after many of my pieces have been developed and the king has been ...
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Chess strategy versus positional chess

If one master writes a book on chess strategy (example here) and another writes a book on positional chess (example here), are they writing more or less on the same subject? Do other major chess ...
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Chessbase training annotation

I am using the training annotation function of Chessbase quite extensively but have now encountered a problem. I am using Chessbase 11. When I save a game with training annotation as a pgn-file and ...
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When exactly does a checkmate or stalemate take effect?

I'm not enthusiastic about chess in particular, so if I use terminology incorrectly please correct me. I use "phase 1 & phase 2" for each player's move, and "turn n" for each pair of phases. I'm ...
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Chess clock android app

I play chess using my board with friends from time to time. I don't have a clock. Since I don't play chess that much with friends, I'd rather not to buy a clock, I mostly play online. Lucky me I ...
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Nimzowitsch specific game with Nf6-g8

Is there any way to search for games by a player where the move "x...Ng8" took place? I'm looking for a specific game. And no, it's not Saemisch - Nimzowitsch, Berlin 1928.
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Why is castling through and out of check prohibited?

Why is castling disallowed when the king is in check or when the square the rook will be placed on is under attack? What is the rationale behind this ruling?
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Does threefold repetition take into account the side to move?

To be more clear, here is a fragment of a game: [FEN "4k3/R7/6r1/3KP3/8/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"] 1. Ra2 Rg5 2. Ra7 Rg6 3. Ra2 Rg5 4. Ra7 Rg6 5. Ra4 Rg5 6. Ra2 From the FIDE Laws of Chess: 5.5.1 d. ...
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Human-like engine for endgame training

I am doing endgame training with LucasChess (LC), but the problem is not really related to LC, but to chess engines in general. I have this problem: See picture. When I move Kh6 in this position, ...
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What is the best way to respond for white? [on hold]

It’s move seven I’m playing white and I’d like to know if anybody has any thoughts on what my best next move would be from this current position because I feel this next move is very crucial.
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Piece And Pawn Only Massacre Games

Just another theory thought of mine. I believe I have found the fastest way for each variation. Am I right or am I wrong? EDIT: Now a sub-category of Piece Massacre is open in which pawn captures are ...
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Can these chess terms be used interchangeably?

I am confused by the usage of the following chess terms: 'positional advantage', 'initiative', 'attack', 'pressure', 'aggressive/active moves' and 'play/counterplay'. Do they mean the same thing? Can ...
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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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Is there an engine which can give a breakdown of its evaluations

Engines evaluate a position based on a number of factors - material imbalance, king safety, control of the center, pawn structure etc. My understanding is that they then combine these separate ...
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Is there a record for threefold repetition for when the claimed positions are the farthest apart, in terms of moves?

That’s one long question, so let’s break it down. Threefold repetition, as many know, is when a draw occurs, after the same position, with all piece types on the same square, all possible moves and ...
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What is the logic for not being allowed to castle while in check? [duplicate]

I can understand not being allowed to castle if it means passing through a check. But, I’ve never understood why it’s not permitted to castle while in check. The act of castling could, and probably ...
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Countering the Wayward Queen Attack

I'm a really new Chess player - I just started playing again after an over 10 year hiatus. I'm (sadly) in the 600s. I've been studying openings and I seem to do better in games where I can use the ...
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Rating calculation problem

Firstly I got 1018 rating last year. Then next tournament deducted 25 and my FIDE rating became zero. Then I faced next tournament opponent 03 players 1352, 1255 and 1174 respectively. All 03 games ...
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Threefold repetition in view of castling rights

In view of castling rights, an aspiring rules lawyer could ask: when does threefold repetition support a draw claim? Technical example: [fen ""] [title "Illustration of castling rights"] [startply "...
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What's the point of attack board inversion?

In tri-dimensional chess some rule sets allow for the attack board to be moved from the peg on top of the main board to the peg on the underside (as long as the attack board is unoccupied). What is ...
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How to improve my chess skill and how to study chess (considering my level) [duplicate]

This is my first question here, I hope my question is suitable for here. I play chess regularly with my friends and online on (lichess.) I haven't studied any chess books and do not use any chess ...
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Acknowledging a check mate

Do you have to tell someone that they set them selves up for a check mate? For example if the queen is guarding the king on both ends and one person moves there queen to the left. Does the opposite ...
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How to arrange a game between chess engines? [duplicate]

How to arrange a game between chess engines? For example Stockfish vs Komodo. OS Linux.
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Bullet tips and tricks [closed]

Nowadays with speedy Internet and in order to play lots of opponents and to decrease the chance of cheating, people are opting for Bullet or blitz. Generally I prefer to play Larsen opening or ...
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Why does white sacrifice their queen in this exercise?

I was doing this exercise on lichess, but I don't see why the best move for white is to sacrifice their queen in exchange for a knight (after Nh3+): [title "lichess puzzle 61517"] [fen "4r1k1/...
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Chess program that will play an opening against me?

Is there a chess program that will play a specific opening against me? The reason being is that I want to practice against the Ruy Lopez, for example and I want a computer to play up to Bb5. Is ...
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Why doesn't Promotion restrict choices to Queen and Knight only?

Queen, in a sense, is equivalent to Bishop and Rook. What is the logic behind "putting Rook and Bishop" in the promotion move's options? Why doesn't it (Promotion move) provide the choice between ...
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Touching a captured queen — must I promote to it?

Playing a friendly game against my son (but with Touch-and-Move in force), I was going to promote a pawn to a queen, so I fished out my queen from among the captured pieces, and placed it on the ...
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What a good substitute for e4 [duplicate]

What opening as white is good besides e 4, d 4, or KIA? What are good places to find how to play your opening,and how is your experience on your suggestion? Please feel free to share your opinion I ...
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What are good resources for how to play against the french as white? [closed]

I have been looking all over the web for a good way to counter the french defense, but nothing really helps. If you have any suggestions please tell me.
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Resource for Chess Problems about particular topics

Most puzzles I find are where payout is relatively high. e.g mate in 2-3 moves, play right and get a piece etc. However, I needed a resource which gives me some puzzles/exercises about particular ...
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When checkmate is impossible in a position

Edit This question is not a duplicate, as mentioned in my comment. The linked supposedly-duplicate question addresses neither my below question #1, nor question #3, nor question #2 except tangentially ...
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Would certain checkmates be possible if the king could move into check? [closed]

Similar to a previous question of mine, let's suppose there's a piece that moves like the king, but isn't restricted from moving into check. While a normal king and two knights can't force checkmate, ...
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Why did GM Godena resign in this position?

Being an Italian, I am following my team at the Batumi Olympiad, and I was disappointed in seeing that GM Godena had just lost to a mere Candidate Master rated 500 ELO lower (Italy - Nepal). Then I ...
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How come Paul Morphy has lots of weird and wonderful games? [closed]

Paul Morphy, from what I’ve seem, seems to have been a master of making weird and wonderful games, such as his famous kingside castling checkmate game. Are there any particular reasons for this?
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What endgame has the longest known forced checkmate?

I am wondering what endgame has the longest checkmate with optimal play? Right now, the longest I'm aware of is the two knights versus one pawn endgame, which in certain positions can take up to 115 ...
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Is a “Strong King” handicap really as powerful as is claimed?

Wikipedia quotes an article by GM Harry Golombek (from Golombek’s Encyclopedia of Chess, Crown Publishers, 1977, p. 218) where he lists possible handicaps, in order of increasing severity. The last ...

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