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Weird early f4 suggested by engine (English Opening: Reversed Sicilian)

I have played a game recently and at move 7 the engine suggested f4 as best continuation, but I failed to understand why. When I see the move, all I see is a super weakening move, especially with a ...
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To earn a direct title for coming first in an official FIDE tournament, do we include players who already have that title?

I'm intending to play in the Oceania Zonal tournament (brochure) and direct titles will be awarded in this tournament. I'm interested in the WIM title. The FIDE handbook says in regards to the WIM ...
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Is the queens gambit declined getting more popular than the slav?

Back when I used to study chess, like 10 years ago or so, all the text books and all the super GMs recommended either the slav or the semi slav against queens gambit, they said it's better than the ...
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What do advocates of the QGD exchange variation (from the white side) recommend against alternative move orders?

I've recently started to become interested in the exchange Queen's Gambit Declined (QGD) from the white side: [fen ""] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 Thematically speaking it's very ...
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What's the benefit of using books during correspondence games?

I'm playing daily games on chess.com and read that it's officially allowed to use books or databases during the game. My question is: How does it help me getting better (if it's the purpose of this ...
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Is there any software that will analyse games offline?

Usually I use Lichess to analyse games, but sometimes I am offline. Is there any software with the capability of providing offline computer analysis, giving the rate of inaccuracies/mistakes/blunders ...
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What is the longest professional chess game that ended in a checkmate?

The question pretty much sums up what I want to know. There is nothing else to add here.
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Importing and analysing games played on chess.com [closed]

How to import entire game from chess.com game to stockfish?
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Magnus vs Tomashevsky Blitz 2012 - why doesn't he take the knight on e7

I'm not sure if anyone is familiar with this game, I watched it a while ago and had just rewatched it now and cannot understand why Magnus didn't take the knight on e7. Here's the screenshot before ...
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How many possible two-move checkmates are there?

Yes, I am well aware that Fool's Mate exists. But how many other possible two move checkmates exist in chess?
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Regarding Chessbase softwares

I have bought Houdini 6 pro ( chessbase version ), for the primary purpose of practising by playing games against Houdini 6 pro (and other engines I own) I cannot figure out how to play a game against ...
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Why 7. Bd3 in the 3 knights opening?

In this line of the 3 knights opening [fen "start"] 1. e4 e5 Nf3 Nc6 Nc3 Bc5 Nxe5 Nxe5 d4 Bd6 dxe5 Bxe5 the best continuation according both to my engines and to databases is 7. Bd3. Why? For ...
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How good is this variant of the Sicilian defense?

I am relatively new to chess SE, so I am not sure how to include the chessboard thing. [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Bc4?! Nxe4 6. Bxf7+ Kxf7 7. Qh5+ ... 8. Qd5+ and ...
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Draw offer without executing move

Scenario: It's Player A's move, and without executing a move he offers a draw. Player B replies "Please make a move". Player A then makes a move, where upon player B says: "Ok, I accept". Is it now ...
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Questions about the beginning of this game

[Event "Live Chess"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2018.12.29"] [White "Leon_Likes_Chess"] [Black "SmojLee"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B47"] [WhiteElo "1625"] [BlackElo "2310"] [TimeControl "600"] [EndTime "14:...
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What opening is recommended if white is only playing for a draw?

If in a tournament game, white is only aiming for a draw, what openings and strategies will be recommended for him? I guess that the answer may depend on the following different mindset for black: ...
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Why in Four Knights, Italian variation the winning percentage favours black after the move 4…Bc5?

I was searching C46 Four knights, Italian variation at 365chess.com and here is what I found: I am curious why 4...Bc5 gives black a slightly higher winning percentage. It seems to me that after 4......
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Why do professional chess players point at the pieces with a middle finger?

I've recently heard and then actually started to notice more and more that professional chess players tend to use a middle finger when pointing at pieces on the board like in this Anand vs Caruana ...
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Which is better in the Rossolimo Sicilian, 3… e6 or 3… g6?

[FEN ""] [StartPly "5"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 In this opening is it better to do e6 to activate the dark square bishop which will protect c5 pawn. If the opponent plays Bxc6, it will have a ...
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Do engines remember previous analysis?

Suppose I let the engine analyze a given position (let's say for simplicity the starting position), and then I execute the move suggested by the engine (let's say 1. e4). Then I let the engine analyze ...
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What is the fastest possible checkmate? [duplicate]

What is the fastest/shortest possible checkmate? What is the minimum amount of moves to checkmate a side?
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In tournament chess, is the Traxler Counterattack just a dubious opening or a blunder?

In the level of tournament chess, is the Traxler Counterattack just a dubious opening or a blunder? In club or online chess it works just fine, but it is one of those opening rarely seen in ...
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What is 'Depth' in Lichess game analysis?

I have started analyzing my games in Lichess. I'm wondering what does Depth mean in the Stockfish analysis?
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About stalemate condition ( Unique interesting condition ) [closed]

Today i played a chess game is which at the last time.. Its my chance I have only one soldier which can not move it is stucked and my king left. But my king can move only a single block without ...
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Why do chess tournaments allow absolutely scandalous draws? [closed]

I am currently watching the Rapid World Championship and the amount of draws between players is absolutely shocking. I'm not talking about games where each player fights to the end and the game just ...
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Bronstein vs Winter

In this game, http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1365631 The engine says that 20. Na5 is a blunder. However, I fail to understand why it is. Also, I am surprised at White's choice of moves ...
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Is this a smart draw offer?

[Event "Live Chess"] [Site "Chess.com"] [Date "2018.12.27"] [White "SergioRamos2"] [Black "SmojLee"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B57"] [WhiteElo "1640"] [BlackElo "2175"] [TimeControl "600"] [EndTime "10:...
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Why do chess tournaments award so many points for a draw? [duplicate]

Nobody likes a draw. Why then do chess tournaments provide incentives for players to go for a draw by awarding significant points for a draw? Typically, a win is 1 point, a draw is 0.5 points for each ...
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Would studying the games of old players hurt my progress?

I was watching a video last night by Ben Finegold on Paul Morphy and some of his games. He mentioned that some current GMs would discount Morphy's ability since all of his opponents were "terrible". ...
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Is a gambit still a gambit if it's calculated through to the end?

I recently gambitted a knight (I call it a gambit as I gave away a knight without being able to take back). However I had calculated through all the possibilities and five moves or so later I have an ...
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Ideas for the English opening

I'm playing recently the English opening. specifically this line in the two knights variations [FEN ""] 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.g3 Nc6 4.Bg2 But I find it difficult to see when it's advantageous to go ...
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Amount of search per decision: GMs versus AlphaZero and Stockfish [duplicate]

In Demis Hassabis' presentation at the the Kinds of Intelligence Symposium in January 2018, grandmasters are compared to AlphaZero and Stockfish along an interesting metric: how many moves are ...
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Sicilian dragon classic games [closed]

I am trying to collect a list of Sicilian Dragon classic games, which every dragon player must be aware. I would really appreciate if you could share some classics and also highlight the most ...
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Node Cap for Stockfish [closed]

I discovered something quite unusual when working with stockfish 10 chess engine in arena. The discovery leads me to ask: Why does Stockfish_10_x64 have a Node Cap when searching moves based upon ...
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Why queen traps happen so frequently? [closed]

I am aware that in most chess games the king is the one to be checkmated. Yet when playing many online chess games I have found the queen is the the one being checkmated. Is this simply another ...
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What are unsolved problems in chess? [closed]

What I want to know is: are there any kinds of problems in chess that remain unsolved?
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How to disambiguate checking moves in descriptive notation?

Question: In general, is noting a check/checkmate sufficient to disambiguate moves in descriptive notation? If for example two of the same type of piece could move to the same square, but one giving ...
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Can't understand a sentence from Nimzowitsch's Chess Praxis

In the chapter "Centralization" of his Chess Praxis, Nimzowitsch writes The mechanics of centralization can be seen in the way that, after the necessary restraint of a possibly mobile opposing ...
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What's next after first 5 months and 700 points? [closed]

I started playing chess in July. I was at a 600 rating on Chess.com for a month. I started playing seriously in August and have played regularly (at least a few blitz and rapid games everyday). ...
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Do someone found if there exists a ever winning side? [duplicate]

Have chess science advanced enough to determine if there is a a chess side that always win if both sides are given unlimited time to think for the next move? Note the question Is not dumb as might ...
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Good follow up to 1.d4 Nf6 2. e3 for black

I play the nimzo Indian defence, and so in response to 1.d4 I play Nf6, planning on playing e6 and Bb4. However, if they follow up with any other moves, I am at a bit of a loss as to what to play. I ...
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Plans for black when White castles short in the Sicilian dragon

What are the plans for Black when White castles short in the Sicilian dragon? Very broadly speaking I am thinking of two plans. Go for a King's Indian like kingside attack with e5 played at a ...
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PGN-Extract output each game to a separate file with name like opponentA-opponentB.pgn

How can I use PGN-Extract to split a multi-game pgn into separate files with just one game per file. With the pgn being named for the opponents? Like opponentA-opponentB.pgn
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When and where was it decided that Kings cannot move next to each other?

It is well known that Kings in chess cannot be next to each other. There is always a wall between them. But something I wish to know is when was this rule first put in place and what is it’s origin? ...
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What types of pawns are there in chess?

I’ve heard of a few types of of pawns in chess gameplay. These include passed pawns, thorn/fawn pawns, promoted pawns, and and en passant pawns. But that is all I can remember. What other kinds of ...
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What is the least number of knights needed to cover the entire board?

I’ve seen the solutions to the lowest amount of queens, bishops, and rooks are needed to cover an entire board, as in they can attack all squares and are the only type of piece on the board. What is ...
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Why doesn't white play Bd2 after this …Qa5+?

I was looking at an analysis which shows this position ( from Bacrot - McShane 2018). At this point Black just played ...Qa5+, and the only moves that are analyzed for white are Kf2, c3 and Qd2. This ...
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Are a pair of bishops of the same colour usually worth less than a pair of bishops of different colours?

People have been discussing about the value of a pair of two bishops. I am wondering if two bishops are of the same colour, are they generally worth less than a pair of bishops of different colours? ...
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Is my representation of the Pirc Defense correct?

I tried to represents all the main lines of the Pirc Defense to play at a 2000 ELO level. Am I right with the following tree? What I mean by right is I wonder if I do not miss any popular line or ...
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Advancing the c6 pawn in the Caro-Kann

I am having trouble understanding when Black should move c5 in The Advanced Variation of the Caro-Kann. I have posted two games of mine below: In this first game, after the seventh move of White, ...

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