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Black only has pawns: Mate in what?

In a standard opening position in chess, imagine that all black pieces are removed except for the king and pawns as follows: What is the shortest forced mate, assuming white starts? I don't know the ...
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Chuzhakin's System Hazardous Elements and Rules

A short time ago, I ran across some short texts and a short video about Chuzhakin's system to spot tactics and avoid blunders. What little I've seen seems really to help me. And so I'm looking for ...
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Story of unexpectedly high (400+) Elo rising in few months (reaching 2500 Elo mark)

I'm sorry for being vague, but that's exactly my problem: I can't find an online blog post of a German/Scandinavian master anymore which illustrated a case of a young boy from Eastern Europe who ...
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Caro-Kann 3.Nd2: is it worthwhile delaying or avoiding 3…dxe4 to exploit the poor position on the d2 knight?

In the Caro-Kann where white plays 3.Nd2, it seems like the d2 knight is misplaced: it's on a worse square than c3, and it blocks the c1 bishop. Black playing 3...dxe4 relieves white of both these ...
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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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Reason why Kasparov resigned in the “Enrage the Beast” game

[White "Garry Kasparov"] [Black " Vassily Ivanchuk"] [fen ""] [StartPly "62"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 b6 5. a3 Bf8 6. Nf3 Ne7 7. h4 h6 8. h5 a5 9. Bb5+ c6 10. Ba4 Nd7 11. Ne2 b5 12. ...
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Does the winner of the women's Oceania Zonal qualify to play in a world championship match?

The brochure for the upcoming Oceania Zonal in Guam states: The winners of the 2019 Guam Zonal qualify and are entitled to advance to play in the World Cup and the World Chess Championship. I'm ...
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Are there moves in chess that are considered unsporting?

In many sports, you often find legal tactics that are considered unsporting by fans, spectators and/or opponents. For example, in football (soccer), it is often considered unsporting to simply pass ...
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Expected score in my first FIDE tournament

Going to play my first international tournament next week. As this is my first I do not have a FIDE ELO (I have national rating however). How will my games be rated and how is my expected score for ...
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Are there starting positions in dobutsu shogi that are farther from a win/loss than the standard one?

In dobutsu shogi, the usual starting position is a loss for the beginning player in (at most) 78 turns (from first move until (and including) lion capture or ascension). But are there perhaps other (...
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When (if ever) was it a rule that pawn promotion was optional?

I'm reading a very old chess book ("The Chess Pocket Manual" by G.H.D. Gossip, copyright 1894), and I find this passage in it's section on "The Laws of Chess": When a Pawn has reached the eighth ...
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How does one know if a position is not reachable from a series of legal moves from the starting position?

If one of the following is true, a position is not reachable from the starting position by a series of legal moves: One side has two or more kings or one side has no kings; One side has a total of ...
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Searching for a “where is the black king” puzzle?

Sometimes ago, a friend showed me a position where he had the black king removed. The goal was to find where is the black king using some pretty weird reasoning. I tried to remember the puzzle but I ...
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In King's gambit, is Fisher's conclusion that “3…P-KN4 … is inexact” inexact?

I was reading A Bust to the King's Gambit by Bobby Fischer. The game starts with 1 P-K4 P-K4 2 P-KB4 PxP 3 N-KB3 [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppp1ppp/8/8/4Pp2/5N2/PPPP2PP/RNBQKB1R b KQkq - 0 3"] Bobby ...
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Finding a mating net in a RRN vs RRN endgame

This question relates to a game I played on LiChess (link), from which we have the following position: [FEN "8/2rn4/2pN2k1/r1Pp2p1/p2P4/3KPP2/R7/7R w - - 4 42"] In this position with white to move, ...
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Sicilian Najdorf 6. Bg5 Nbd7 line

[fen ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 Nbd7 1) Why 6... Nbd7 is not played by many players? Why they prefer 6... e6 only? I could not get the answer for this. Requesting ...
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What is the theoretical maximal material difference of a dead draw which is not a stalemate?

I have noticed the following example, which should be a dead draw: I am wondering what is the theoretical material difference of a dead draw which is not a stalemate? (I am not asking about agreed ...
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Why is the FIDE name in French?

I noticed that FIDE stands for " Fédération Internationale des Échecs". Shouldn't it be in English as 'World Chess Federation'? I noticed, though unrelated, that it is the same for SI Units (System ...
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Why bother with human chess when AI is superior? [closed]

Before I get to my question couple things to get out of the way: This question is a sensitive subject. But I assure you that I'm not a troll, I have deep respect for your community. It is my first ...
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What rule changes are proposed to minimize the incentive to draw a game?

Many world champion games are drawn, and people in the general public think that is disappointing. Not to debate that opinion here, but the question seems to be out there. So what would a rule change ...
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Which side has the advantage in an Armageddon tiebreak game?

It is generally considered that white has better chances of winning in chess. This is due to white's initiative, since white gets to move first. The difference in chances seems to get more significant,...
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CLI tool to let chess engines play each other [duplicate]

I'm looking for a command-line tool to let two chess engines play a game or a tournament against each other. The tool should support UCI and/or the xboard protocol and it should allow to save the game ...
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How to check mate in 5 moves. First move is e4 and knight takes a rook before mate

The problem is to find an example of a chess game, which begins with 1.e4 and ends in the fifth move with knight takes rook mate (determining which side gives mate is part of the problem). This is a ...
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Changing Enigne Thread Count for Bulk Blunder Check in Fritz 16

I have a few games I want to run blunder check on overnight at a high depth. I have a 12 core CPU, but whenever I run the blunder check it always uses the default 6 threads instead of the desired 12. ...
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Websites for creating tournaments with different starting positions

I'd like to create tournament for my students where I specify the starting positions. Which websites allows users to create tournaments with different starting positions?
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Is it possible for a move to be recomended by engines but rejected by professional human players?

Am wondering if it is possible for a move to be considered "good" by engines but is rejected by professional human players. One possible reason that I can think of is that the in order for this move ...
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AlphaZero and the revenge of the Artificial Intelligence

Answering this question, @SmallChess offered this answer: Before Google's chess journey, the chess engine community believed: AI chess will not beat classical programming because neural networks ...
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Need four chess softwares that support blindfold and mini window

I am looking for 3 more chess softwares that support blindfold and mini window. My plan is open 4 chess softwares on a desktop 2 by 2 simultaneously. Now I have found Winboard is an excellent: ...
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Position with the largest material imbalance that is a draw, no matter whose turn it is?

I am curious if there is a known position with the largest material imbalance that, no matter who it is to move, the weaker side can hold a draw.
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Alpha Zero vs Lc0 - time for self-play

Alpha Zero defeated Stockfish after only 9 hours of self-play. On the other hand, Lc0, has been training for several months and while attaining impressive strength (to say the least...) it's still not ...
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Is any tool which allow analyse EPD file and add evaluation score per I want specify depth/multi PV

I tested some tools which allow analysis EPD files but they not work like I want: I can use Arena but it will not annotate back EPD - it create protocol file. I can use SCID vs PC but it will not ...
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Why are Leela's fans so passionate? [closed]

The neural-network engine Leela is a relatively new one. It's also got some extremely passionate fans. For example they write things like this: Wait 5-6 months, and we will see SF8 on uber-duper ...
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Have engines refuted any established openings?

Before engines were introduced to chess in late 20th centry, there were many established openings that were played by the top players at that time. I am wondering if any of those openings were refuted ...
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Improving game 1500~ rating [duplicate]

I don't know how can I improve my games. I know there are many tips for beginners and I've tried them all (almost, except the ones below) I am 1520~ chess.com and 1730~ on lichess at blitz games (5-7 ...
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Daily chess self-training plan? [duplicate]

Here I am asking suggestions on plans to systematically improve one's chess skills. I am aware of questions such as this one, but I am seeking advice based on the following criteria: I am willing to ...
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In terms of rating points, how much stronger should a coach be than their student?

I'm considering getting a chess coach with the general goal of reaching the WIM title (2200 rating, plus norms; or get lucky in an Oceania Zonal). I'm not sure how realistic this is. However, almost ...
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How do FIDE rated players perform on lichess?

I have been playing on lichess for a while and it strikes me how low ratings are compared to other rating systems. This is not to say that players are weaker, I have quite the opposite feeling, but ...
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Android application to make two chess engines play each other

I have droidfish installed in my phone and it has stockfish along with it. I have installed komodo 9 separately. Droidfish has an option to load from various chess engines available in the device. ...
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What is the value of most starting positions in dobutsu shogi?

In dobutsu shogi, the usual starting position is a trébuchet or full-point mutual zugzwang position, but other likely (starting) positions can have a completely different value. If we arrange the ...
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Is there a Trébuchet starting position in dobutsu shogi without chick promotion rule?

In dobutsu shogi, the usual starting position is a trébuchet or full-point mutual zugzwang position, but if we remove the chick promotion rule it is a draw. But are there perhaps other (starting) ...
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Knight moves which way? [duplicate]

Does the knight move two steps forward and then to left or right or does it move one step forward and then diagonally to left or right? I was taught move one square then to right or left My partner ...
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Does the chick promotion rule in dobutsu shogi really matter?

In dobutsu shogi, the chick (Japanese pawn) promotes to a chicken (Gold general). In my experience this promotion occurs only rarely and I suspect after much blundering. Does the chick promotion rule ...
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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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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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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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Three Pawns for a Knight - Why Doesn't Stockfish Like it?

In a recent game I swapped off a knight for 3 pawns: [Event "County Match"] [Site "Deepest Darkest Southern England"] [Date "2018.01.20"] [White "English Player"] [Black "Ian Bush"] [Result "0-1"] [...
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Is it too late for me to start professional chess?

I am 25 years old. I play online chess regularly and I am rated about 1900 on chess.com. And I recently won a local tournament. Now I want to start playing professional chess. Here are some of my ...
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Scid vs PC, how to get ECO data ?

Installed SCID vs PC. Can this give a count or frequency distribution of the ECO codes of the games ? So far unable to do this. Under the Tools tab there is a selection "Opening Report". This gives a ...
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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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