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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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What are the pairing regulations for round-robin tournaments?

I am writing a pairing program for round-robin/double round-robin/swiss tournaments. I am looking for the rules to follow while generating the pairings. There seem to be no rules in the FIDE handbook. ...
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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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How do opening books in engine chess work?

I thought opening books were just big compilations of opening moves that engines have access to, and they choose at random which move to play from the list of moves that the opening book says is good. ...
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What is the official record for most pawns on a file in a professional chess game (whether for one color or for both)?

Some of us have heard about the famous game with the longest surviving quadrupled pawn structure (Kovacs - Barth, Balatonbereny 1994.) But my thought is this; is 4 the record for pawns on a file, ...
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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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Playing Ba4 in this position

Recently, I played a game and after running the computer analysis, it seems like playing 5. Ba4 was a mistake, being better Bxc6. However, I cannot find the reason why. By retreating the bishop, ...
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Why is c4 a better move in this position?

The computer analysis on a game I played tells me that in the following position, White should have played c4 instead of e5: [fen "r3qrk1/pppb1ppp/1nn1p3/6B1/3PP3/P1P2N2/4BPPP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1"] ...
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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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En passant for beginners

When I started playing chess, I learned many of the rules of chess on my own. I was playing chess online, and then I realised that pawns can capture in such a fashion. At first, it was weird to me. ...
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Is this the quickest way to clearing the board to two kings?

Is 21 moves the least needed to get board down to 2 kings? My findings: https://www.apronus.com/chess/pgnviewer/?m=...
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Caruana vs Carlsen game 10 (WCC) why not 18…Nxb6?

In game 10 of the Caruana-Carlsen WCC, why did Carlsen (black) not take the terribly annoying and strong dark squared bishop on b6 on move 18 when given the chance? Instead, Carlsen moved the queen ...
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Is there a faster way to do horizontal castling checkmate?

See my former question about vertical castling here. Horizontal: wherein the rook attacks down a rank. I have composed horizontal castling checkmates for both the queenside and kingside (links below....
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What is the fastest vertical castling checkmate for both the kingside and the queenside?

Vertical: wherein the rook attacks down a file. Since I like to know fast ways to do theoretical objectives in chess, I wish to know the fastest possible castling checkmate, for both queenside and ...
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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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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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Rated Tournaments in France - For a Poor French Speaker

My wife and I are relocating to France this year. As a very poor French speaker, I was wondering how I would cope with entering rated tournaments in France. Any advice from a native English speaker? ...
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What should be defined as an en passant checkmate?

Is there a general consensus amongst top chess players, composers, analyzists, and organizations, such as FIDE, for what exactly defines an en passant checkmate? Is there any history for it? As far ...
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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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Are there some rules on when you should resign, vs when you stick with it should fight? [duplicate]

Are there any hard-fast rules for when you should resign a game or when you should fight for it? For instance, in timed games I've realized if they are destroying me, but running out of time to do it (...
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Is 6 the limit for the most pawns possible on a single file?

As far as I can calculate, 6 is the limit for the most number of pawns on a single file possible. Is 7 possible at all, ignoring promotion? I only took into account using the edge of the board, not ...
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What is the draw frequency for 3 consecutive games (same players; amateur level)?

In Mr. Robot (TV series) episode "eps2.2_init_1.asec", Elliot and Mr. Robot drew 3 consecutive chess games. They remark it's impossible. The odds of that are Impossible. As far as TV shows go, Mr. ...
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On the board: white king vs. black king with knight and rook. Could checkmate be done without the black king’s help?

Just something I randomly came up with. Sorry if it is a duplicate.
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What's the winning box for the King in a Queen against 7th rank Bishop-pawn endgame?

In a Queen vs Pawn endgame where the pawn is a Rook pawn on the 7th rank, it is a draw unless the King is inside the winning box, as shown here: My question is what is that winning box if the pawn is ...

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