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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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Why did GM Godena resign in this position?

Being an Italian, I am following my team at the Batumi Olympiad, and I was disappointed in seeing that GM Godena had just lost to a mere Candidate Master rated 500 ELO lower (Italy - Nepal). Then I ...
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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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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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Professional Databases and Historical Games

I have tried to look for historical chess games (i.e. 19th century to early 20th century). I usually use Chessbase online database and chessgames.com. I have never paid for a database or database ...
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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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How big is the “opening book” of a typical tournament player

How many openings does a typical (national/international level) tournament player usually know and play? For instance: in a tournament, can I expect that a player will either open 1.d4 or 1.e4 ...
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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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Leningrad Dutch against Reti

I like playing the King's Indian Attack against just about any black setup, except for when black plays the Leningrad Dutch style setup. I had a look at how white is dealing with this situation 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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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 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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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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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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Black only has pawns: Mate in what?

In a standard opening position in chess, imagine that all black pieces are removed except for the king and pawns as follows: What is the shortest forced mate, assuming white starts? I don't know the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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Changing Enigne Thread Count for Bulk Blunder Check in Fritz 16

I have a few games I want to run blunder check on overnight at a high depth. I have a 12 core CPU, but whenever I run the blunder check it always uses the default 6 threads instead of the desired 12. ...
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Need four chess softwares that support blindfold and mini window

I am looking for 3 more chess softwares that support blindfold and mini window. My plan is open 4 chess softwares on a desktop 2 by 2 simultaneously. Now I have found Winboard is an excellent: ...
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Android application to make two chess engines play each other

I have droidfish installed in my phone and it has stockfish along with it. I have installed komodo 9 separately. Droidfish has an option to load from various chess engines available in the device. ...
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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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Linux 64 Arena doesn't start

When I updated my system Arena wouldn't start, saying it needed the Adwaita theme. Now after installing updates when I open Arena in console, Arena doesn't show errors but the window doesn't open.
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What is the engine powering the analysis of the world championship event at worldchess.com?

I was streaming the game at FIDE's World Chess website London event and I was wondering what engine are they using. I couldn't find it. Here is a screenshot
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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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