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Determining trusted chess sources?

When reading chess articles or watching videos online, my criteria for often determining if it is worth reading or watching is if it is made my someone with a FIDE title (IM, FM, GM, etc), but what ...
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How to recover from a blunder?

I have been in a situation where I have not been paying attention and suddenly I move my queen to an unprotected square and it is taken. My initial thought is: Oh $*%! :) But if the blunder is ...
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What thought process should one use to find candidate moves?

Do you have a thought process for finding candidate moves? Once you find all possible candidate moves, how do you narrow it down to your final choice? Regarding the process, do you have a ...
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What to consider before making a move?

What questions do you ask yourself before making a move? Do you have a mental check-list that you go through before deciding on which move is the best move in the current position? The move does not ...
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How to get opening analysis published and in ECO?

My friend and I have done substantial research on a number of various lines over the years, and now that we are not really active anymore we were hoping to publish some of the gems. Most of the ...
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Sacrificing Bishop for Two Pawns against Queenside Castling

Though queenside castling is less common, it is important enough to study. If your opponent has castled queenside, sometimes you have an opportunity to expose their King by sacrificing your Bishop for ...
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Chess program for Linux/Unix console

For reasons I'd rather not get into, what chess programs work well on the console (ie. does not require X Windows)? Something with an ASCII visualization of the board would be incredibly helpful (I'm ...
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Can doping increase/decrease a player's level of play?

The reason I ask this is because according to this article, Magnus Carlsen is going to participate in FIDE's pilot project on doping test. FIDE says the reason behind it is that the organization ...
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How should black meet the Halloween Gambit?

Although the Halloween Gambit is generally considered bad (and nearly losing for white), it is tricky to meet over the board, especially at the club level. How should black play in order to refute ...
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Giving up Knight and Bishop for castled Rook and Pawn

The opening showed here is quite common. Is it generally a good or a bad idea to give up a Knight and a Bishop for the King-side castled Rook and the f-pawn? In terms of their "standard" value, both ...
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Teaching endgame ideas to children

I am looking for some advice and pointers on teaching young kids about endgame ideas. (Say for children ~8 years old). I am asking specifically regarding my nephew, but I have seen this happen to ...
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Is it possible to get a professional degree in chess?

I am a software engineer by profession, and a chess enthusiast (around 1600 rated). I would like to know is there any professional university certified course like Masters etc. in chess? Can someone ...
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Why and how do great chess players become “crazy”? [closed]

I know that this question may be for a more psychology-focus forum, and "great" is an understatement for players such as Fischer; yet, I want to know your opinion on this question. Is it intelligence? ...
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Annotated games in the Makogonov Grünfeld?

I would appreciate references to sources, be they books or any other sort of media, that contain annotated games in the Makogonov Variation of the Grünfeld Defense (two possible move-orders for which ...
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How do I learn a new opening?

Often times, when I find myself going through the lines of a new opening, one that I would like to start using in my games I hit the concrete wall after a couple of days of studying it. Due to the ...
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Psychological tricks in chess?

Are there any psychological tricks that can be used in chess to throw off an opponent regardless of rating? It also does not matter if it is the opening, middle, or end game. By psychological, I ...
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Do you find websites like chesstempo useful for improving tactical skills?

I've been using chesstempo for quite a while solving lots of problems per day. What I noticed is that I don't feel that my tactical skills were improving. My results in tournament games were not ...
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Creating the current position having the rest of the game

It's a question a friend of mine brought up and I found intriguing. Let's say you have the records of a game from a certain move to the end, using standard notation (i.e. Qf6). Either assuming random ...
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How come chess prodigies seem to start at a young age?

I started looking into the history of a few grandmasters such as Fischer and Carlsen, so I wondered: why does it seem that chess "kings" and queens" start playing the game from a young age? Can anyone ...
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How will the World Championship work in 2013?

How will the World Championship challenger be determined, and then how will the actual championship match between Anand and the challenger work? I realize that some of the details might not yet be ...
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Distribution of time per move

I am interested in the distribution of time (in seconds) that players take per move. To this end, I am looking for game traces that contain timing information. I have found a number of chess ...
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Fritz: Full analysis Vs Blunder check

In Fritz, I am interested to know the differences between the Full Analysis and Blunder Check. The differences at the first look seem superficial. For example, I wouldn't mind if there is no natural ...
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What are the setups/patterns useful in defence?

We have typical checkmating patterns (e.g. smothered mate). Similarly are there any standard setups/patterns useful specifically for defense? I am not looking for standard tactics like pinning/...
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How would you determine that the player is cheating in online chess?

There are a lot of online websites, where players can play chess in real time with each other. Most of the games are 5-10 minutes long. With the availability of chess software one can take an ...
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Resources on chess variants

While posting this question, I stumbled on this list of variants from Wikipedia, which I must admit is totally awesome. I know a few online servers allow a few variants, but am not aware of places ...
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Bizarre pin rule: pinned pieces do not attack

I found this guy who likes playing chess, but not enough to bother reading the rules; he only plays using a physical board with his sister (she doesn't know the rules either). The made up rule was ...
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When and why should I move the pawns in front of a castled/non-castled King?

I have always struggled with this and I believe there is some rule that someone defined at some point, but I am not sure who (Maybe it was Steinitz). When and why should I move my pawns in front of ...
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Why isn't the active color allowed to be in check in a FEN legal position?

The title says it. Reading up on how to describe the position of a board, all of the requirements make sense (like two kings not being on adjacent squares and so on) except for the active color being ...
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Why would a player throw a game?

So I am kind of new to chess and I have been playing online. I have been playing for a year and I consider myself a mediocre player, not too good and not too bad. Recently I got this invitation from ...
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Electronic gadget chess opponent for children

I am looking for an electronic gadget that is a chess opponent, designed specially for children. I want to it be touch screen, where the pieces are large enough so you don't need to use a special pen ...
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Free, simple chess program for beginners

I can't play chess very well, and want a computer game to play against. I've tried two so far - Chessbase (Fritz 5.32) and Crafty Chess. Both had the same problem that even on the lowest difficulty ...
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Does the first-move advantage for White have real meaning apart from the highest levels of play?

Most games that involve taking turns, with one player going first by lot or agreement, have some sort of advantage to going first. Tic-tac-toe, for instance, is a guaranteed draw for player 1, ...
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Chess as a De Jure National Sport or Pastime

Capoeira was declared the national sport of Brazil by law in 1972. Sri Lanka legally declared volleyball its national sport in 1992. I'm interested to know more about which countries have (or have ...
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Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess - Visual Teaching of Chess

I have severe dyslexia which means that for the majority of chess books I find it very difficult to accurately read games (although having a board does help). My favorite chess book when I was younger ...
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Sharp pawn endgame - can it be calculated to the end? With Computer engine?

White to move, here is a brief summary of my analysis where I attempted to determine exact evaluation. Number of pawns is equal but White's 2 pawns on the queenside are held by one Black's pawn, so in ...
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How to know when a FEN position is legal?

I am doing a personal project, where at one point I need to validate the FEN position, I started with some basics checks, such as check if there are kings and making sure there aren't any extra rows ...
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Where can I find a large collection of random chess positions?

Does anyone know where it is possible to find a large number of chess positions in PNG, JPEG or any other image format? Quality, colour, size does not matter. The only thing that matters is that I'd ...
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Chess engines for analysing games

Up untill now, I have used Rybka for analysis of my games. What other chess engines have you used, and how helpful are they? I am not interested in a list of chess engines with their respective ...
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Typical Good Bishop vs. Bad Bishop endgame - how to decide if stronger side has a definite win

Black here has 3 weak pawns; if any one of them falls - he will very likely lose the game as well. If he lets White king break through via c4-c5(d5) - White will also likely win. c5 pawn is a passed ...
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How does White justify giving up the bishop in ECO C36 - King's gambit declined

What are the strategic benefits to compensate for the fact that White's giving up the bishop voluntarily and so early in the game in the below variation? What does White hope to get back out of the ...
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Can a chess book (or ebook) have too many diagrams?

It is considered that diagrams make chess books easier to read, but there are obvious space limitations to how many of them can be included - mostly in printed books. An ebook has less of a concern ...
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Is there a tool to automatically download a player's latest ICC games (history) into a pgn file?

ICC stores your last 20 games, some of the clients also allow storing them into pgn files as you play. But if you use a client that does not support it, you then have to manually go and get each game ...
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Does ECO openings classification have an established more detailed specification - by sub indexes?

For example an ECO index B33 can be used to describe opening theory that barely fits into a thick book. Is there an established system to classify variations further? I have seen examples of indexes ...
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Are there any good instructional chess videos in German with captions?

I would like to watch chess videos, and improve my German at the same time, and youtube has a a few videos with captions, but I can't find any videos that are chess-related AND in German AND with ...
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Does swapping the colors of the squares affect the gameplay?

If for example, the bottom-left square is light instead of dark AND we place the queens in their colors: By affect I mean psychologically, etc., because it is pretty obvious that everything you can ...
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How bad is this reverse Trompowsky?

Chigorin played this opening five times in his match with Steinitz, 1889: [FEN ""] 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Bg4 It looks like black is playing a Trompowsky attack. I never seen this line except in these ...
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Theoretical relationship between Caro-Kann exchange and Queen's Gambit exchange

Is there a book, or an article, which examines the relationship between these two openings? The Caro-Kann exchange (non-Panov) is 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5, and the Queen's Gambit exchange is 1.d4 ...
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Computer endgame strength without tablebases

I have seen that engines aren't particularly strong in the openings without access to a book. How strong are modern engines in the endgame when they are not allowed access to tablebases? E.g., can ...
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KBN vs K checkmate on nonstandard boards

I know how to win the endgame with bishop and knight, but it is a slippery process and seems to be just barely a win, with the enemy king very nearly escaping. For this reason, I am curious about the ...
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Is there an online chess game or app that allows for custom setup of pieces?

Question arose with a friend when he he posted this picture on his blog. Is there a game where you could configure a game with the pieces like this? I know it is a bit odd, but he and I suspected it ...

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