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Can a tournament director nullify a game in progress?

Recently I was at a USCF tournament. Six moves into my first round game, the tournament director came to my board and had me stop my clock. It turned out that the person across from me had the wrong ...
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Guidance on a new idea for an engine design?

for my A-level computing project I was going to do an investigation into a type of engine design which incorporates Neural Networks that I haven't seen elsewhere; as part of this project I need to ...
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Compiling asmFish on MacOSX

I have been able to make a custom build of asmFish on Linux, however I have been unable to do so on a Mac OSX. I've seen a Mac version of the FASM compiler on the internet. However when I tried using ...
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Are there statistics on the results of armageddon games at the GM level?

I've tried finding statistics on the results of competitive armageddon games played at a high level (say, GM level), but to no avail. Evidently, these statistics must exist, as for example FIDE ...
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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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Are there any dicylic graphing programs for chess?

Although chess is frequently thought of as a tree structure, it is not because positions can be arrived at through different move orders and moves can be repeated. Are their graphing programs/...
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Is there an online chess evaluation engine with a REST API?

Is there an online chess evaluation engine with a REST API? I'd like to be able to send a game or position (with castling ability presumably) to a simple REST API and get back the positional ...
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Multi-Period Time Controls Online

All online services for playing chess that I am aware of allow the user to specify a time control with a single base time and an increment. I would like to find one that supports a multi-period ...
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how to use ending evaluation in UCI interaction with Stockfish

Playing with the Stockfish 8 UCI from the terminal, I've managed to make it compute move, set the position and load SYZYGY tables. But how can know if an endgame, that corresponds to a kind of ...
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Collecting principal variations during search and using them in ordering?

In an Alpha Beta search (Negamax framework), how does one collect principal variations to use in move ordering and how does one use them, without using a transposition table? And would it be different ...
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From a full board to a pawn endgame in the shortest possible number of half-moves

Is any game known where all the pieces (except the pawns) are still on the board and where a piece (not a pawn!) is captured at each half-move leading to a pawn endgame ? In other words, is there a ...
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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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Is this a sound elephant offer?

In the following dobutsu shogi position, is Gc3xc2 a bad move? ABC +---+ 1| | g 2|lce| 3|E G| 4| L | *C +---+
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Collusion in a simultaneous blindfold exhibition

When a blindfold expert plays several players simultaneously, there is a tacit assumption that the players will not collude. But suppose that the players are allowed to collude, and their goal is to ...
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Kasparov Quote on Boldness

I am looking for a Kasparov quote on boldness. Something along the lines of the following: I do less tactical training as tournament time approaches. Instead, I do more bold, daring things.
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What rating system does the Play Magnus app use?

I played a total of 261 games against the Play Magnus app at different ages. My overall score is 144 wins, 99 losses and 16 draws. My last game was against the 10-year-old Magnus. Prior to the start ...
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How to use masks in scid for opening training

I've been trying to understand how the "mask" feature works in scid and how to use it for training opening lines. So far I did the following: open a database of master games in scid open the tree ...
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How does the scid opening trainer work

I'm trying to use the opening trainer in scid. I've set up a filtered database of master games in a particular opening, as described in the wiki. I was expecting some kind of interactive experience ...
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How to slow down replay in Arena

I am using arena to play through pgn games. Unfortunately the replay feature is far to fast for me. I have tried to slow it down by changing the settings in levels but this does not work. Thank you ...
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Does Fritz “Blunder Check” mode respect “Side to Analyze” option?

I use Fritz 13, and in Blundercheck mode on a batch of games won by White, only want it to point out alternatives for the winner, that is white (I don't expect to have very many suggestions for ...
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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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Scotch 4 Knights with 4… d5

If black 'mirrors' whites 4. d4 in the Scotch 4 Knights and white wants to play sharp, aggressive moves. what would be the best move? I know that chess engines like stockfish, GNU Chess etc. would ...
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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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How to set up Armageddon game between 2 engines in Arena or Scid?

I want to create a tournament in either Arena or Scid between engines. The tournament shall be of Armageddon games only. If it is not possible is there any other chess GUI for Linux that allows to do ...
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Recording- and displaying time usage in Chessbase

When I enter my games into Chessbase, I would like to also enter the time usage. I noticed that there is a possibility of right-clicking on the notation and choosing "move time", but this feature ...
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I need help Identifying this chess set

I need help identifying this chess set, I got it from my father and he says it is from Poland and on the broken board it says it is made of crystal bohemia.
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Marshall vs. Queen Endgame

In a game of "Sort of Almost Chess", the variant from Mr. Betza that replaces one of the queens with a Marshall (the Rook+Knight compound, also known as the Chancellor, or the Empress in Fairy Chess ...
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Elo rating software with automatic random matchups

This question is not about chess per se, but I am looking for a software that could generate random matchups through a list of 200ish options/people, then I could choose the winner and it would rank ...
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Stopping Fritz from throwing away my position

I have Fritz 14 SE on Windows. If I set it to analyse a game or position, when I come back it has thrown away my game/position and is analysing some other position, which I think it has got from the ...
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Chessersizes Errata

A quick search didn't turn up anything, but I have been wondering if anyone has ever published an errata sheet or some other update to Pandolfini's Chessersizes books, listing the corrections. In ...
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Does the Chronos GX have a count up setting?

I've had the Chronos GX for a while now but I don't use it much because I need a count up setting. In other words, I'd like it to start at 0 and have it count up as time is spent. The regular Chronos ...
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Chess RSS feeds

Would anyone have any recommended RSS feeds for chess strategy? Specifically tactics, middle game and end game strategies. When I look on Google search I see a decent amount come up and would prefer ...
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Windows application to view online broadcast games

Are there some windows applications that can view online games? Ideally they should allow custom moves and analysis. Something similar to Chess24 or FollowChess app on android? Only no web browser ...
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Android apps to create chess videos

Are there any free Android apps to create chess videos? They must allow us to draw arrows on the board, highlighting squares or pieces as we discuss the game.
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How to play against an engine using Babaschess

I want to play against the computer using some engine with the Babaschess program (most used interface program in FICS). I want different levels of strength if possible. In this link they talk about ...
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How to reduce number of variants in annotate in Scid vs PC

I want to speed up analysis of games and disable calulation 4 variants - how can I do in Scid vs PC with Stockfish 7?
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Can a player play on more than one team in the USATE?

Can a Chess Player play on more than one team either as a regular player or as an "alternate" in the USATE 2016?
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Issues downloading the latest version of chess database on chessdb!

I downloaded the lastest version of chessdb but while trying to download the large database (about 3.5M games), I have got errors and the download does not start. I deactivated my firewall and my ...
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Blundercheck with tablebases does not work?

I tried to check games for blunder with access to the tablebase under chessbase (Engine was Houdini and in the second try Fritz8), but this did not work. In many cases mating values were shown ...
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Comfortable DTC - endgame database

The only online endgame database supporting DTC I know is http://chess.jaet.org/cgi-bin/mzugs But the positions can only be entered by FEN, it is not possible to drag pieces. Does anyone know a ...
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mutual zugzwangs and longest wins (DTM, DTC and DTZ) in the endgame KRPPKRP

Is there any survey on the mutual zugzwang positions and the longest wins (splitted to DTM, DTC and DTZ) in the endgame KRPPKRP (rook + 2 pawns vs rook + 1 pawn) ? Unfotunately, the 7 men tablebases ...
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Checking most played move in a position in Fritz

I have a series of about 50 games in a certain position in fritz opening database 2013. I want to check the most played move, but rather than checking which move was most played by checking them ...
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How do you save the “Level” in Arena Chess?

Is it possible to save the "Level" in Arena Chess PGN files? Whenever I save a game as a .PGN file, and the level is set as "Time Per Move", Arena opens the game and sets the level to "Blitz" ...
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polyglot bin file for closed ruy lopez opening

Does anyone know where I can get a polyglot bin file for the closed Ruy Lopez opening, such that I could use this with the Stockfish chess engine to learn / practice the related tabiyas.
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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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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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FIDE World Champions after 1993

Are FIDE World Champions after the 1993 Kasparov-Short match, i.e. Khalifman, Ponomariov, Kasymdžanov, Topalov, (not counting Karpov and Anand, for obvious reasons) to be considered actual World ...
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How do I start Chessbase Mobile from a tabiya?

It's getting annoying having to repeat the same six moves when I want to analyze 6.Bg5 in the Sicilian Najdorf.
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Adventures in the ODCL pt. 2 - How about this Endgame?

Another week, another match, this time as board 2 for the second team instead of bottom board for the firsts. Background: In the review my rating has gone up slightly to 142 ECF (~1765 Elo). My ...
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Longest period with each piece “hanging”

What is the longest period in a real game (can also be rapid, blitz or blindfold, but the players should both have at least 2000 ELO) with a position with all pieces "hanging". To clarify this : All ...

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