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Standard for current position evaluation via UCIs

I am trying to interact with stockfish via UCI to get a current evaluation of the board. When you do a simple position startpos go depth 10 The board will helpfully return ...[previous depths] ...
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What is the highest number of possible forced checkmates in a legally reachable legal position?

Not a duplicate of, but inspired by: A position in which checkmate is forced (obligatory) That question has a bit of variation, and my question is far more specific. My answer to it was like this: [...
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Is 9…Nxe5 recommended in this line of the Short Variation of the Advance Caro-Kann?

This question relates to the following possible continuation of the Short Variation of the Advance Caro-Kann: [fen ""] 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 c5 6.O-O Nc6 7.c3 Bg6 8.a3 cxd4 9.Nxd4 ...
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PGN format and comments with tag pairs

Currently making a parser for PGN files. And wondering if there is any practice of using commentary in Tag pair section, like: [Event "Tournament X"];hosted once a year [Event "Tournament X"]{hosted ...
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What are some ideas for black in the Ruy Lopez when white plays an early d3?

If white plays an early d3 in the Ruy Lopez (presumably after c3 to give the light-squared bishop a retreat square) what are some ideas for black? I'm talking about those lines where white doesn't ...
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At what level would a player be able to correctly analyze how …a5 is superior to …Bc5 if LiChess puzzle 94536 arose in a tournament? [closed]

LiChess puzzle 94536 (from this game) begins with this position with black to play: [fen "r1b2rk1/ppq1n1pp/3p4/3Ppp2/1bP5/3B1N2/1B1P1PPP/R2QR1K1 b - - 1 13"] The fork 1...e4 is obvious, then white ...
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A master-level game in which one player did not move beyond the third or fourth rank?

Has there been a game of master level or above in which one player did not move any piece or pawn beyond the third or fourth rank?
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Studying why Gardner's Minichess Variant is solved?

I recently came across an interesting article that proves Gardner's Minichess Variant is solved (2013) and the theoretical result is a draw. Is studying why this is a theoretical draw might help me ...
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Comparing 9…a6 to 9…b6 in the Panov-Botvinnik Attack

This question is motivated by a recent LiChess game where I was black where I played the Caro-Kann and white played the Panov-Botvinnik Attack: [fen ""] [Site "https://lichess.org/J9cdDkL5"] [Date "...
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Can someone make a puzzle in which a KNN vs. K checkmate is forced in the end?

No, I am not asking if a KNN vs. K can be forced if those are all that's on the board. It is well known that this is impossible. (I wasn't quite sure om if I should have put this in here or in the ...
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Predicting color and opponent

Is there any way to predict, with some certainty, my next opponent and color for next round in a swiss tournement on chess-result: http://chess-results.com/tnr406767.aspx?lan=1
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A position in which checkmate is forced (obligatory)

I am looking for a position in which all possible moves are checkmate. This means, that if the player does not want to checkmate the opponent, because for example he feels sorry for him, even in that ...
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Do chess AIs still use old-style opening books?

(See also this related question and this related off-site discussion.) Do state-of-the-art chess AIs still normally start games in human-compiled opening books of master games? Years ago, as far as ...
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Is there a winning strategy for Losing chess?

Losing chess has been proven to be a win for white, with the opening move 1. e3 The proof consists of a number of huge game trees which show that each variation must end in a white win, but is there ...
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If you fail to move the king out of check (for any reason) what is the status of the game? [duplicate]

I will start by saying I am new at chess. The scenario is as follows. In a particular game you are in check, but fail to move out of check because you and your opponent did not realize this. Since ...
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Python and Stockfish [duplicate]

I am trying to get Stockfish to work in Python 3. Just to get started on my project, I tried to have Stockfish think until a depth of 20. However, the program instantly returns that Stockfish ...
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A question on a puzzle on chess.com

I am a beginner in chess. I am playing a puzzle on chess.com and the puzzle is like this: White to move [FEN "r4rk1/p4p2/1p2p2p/2p1P3/3p1q1n/1P1PR1N1/P3QP2/R4K2 w - - 0 2"] 1. Re4 Why is this the ...
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Is it improper etiquette to ask your opponent what his/her rating is before the game?

Suppose you're playing in a tournament. For the purpose of filling up your scoresheet, is it improper etiquette to ask your opponent what his/her rating is before the game?
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How can the Danish Gambit be exploited?

When dealing with gambits, especially ones where your opponent could have a lot more active pieces to pressure you. Is declining the best approach? A friend of mine usually always wrecks me with the ...
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Are there ever scenarios where more pawn islands are preferred?

In chess, it is usually advisable to have fewer pawn islands than your opponent. However, while I was watching a youtube video by someone called agadmator chess, he mentioned that multiple pawn ...
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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? [closed]

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? [closed]

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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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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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 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 analysis by GM Harry Golombek (from Golombek’s Encyclopedia of Chess, Crown Publishers, 1977, p. 218. I do not have access to the source) where he lists possible handicaps, in ...
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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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