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Are there consumer-level game play analysis systems that overlay the analysis on the board real-time?

An example of what I mean would be Thinking Table, though the Thinking Table is not a consumer product: Thinking Table is a series of works that explore the invisible, elusive nature of thought. ...
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How can I generate legal random chess setups?

Is there a free online website that attempts to generate "legal" random chess setups X amount of moves into the game?
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Is game analysis based on “squares” instead of “pieces” of any value?

Most all analysis I've seen in chess focuses on pieces development, and not the development of unoccupied spaces. Is there any value in analyzing game play in this way, and if so, how is this done? ...
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Is the World Chess Blitz Championship for Robots going to be broadcast over the Internet? [closed]

Does anyone know if the World Chess Blitz Championship for Chess Robots in Moscow is going to be streamed over the web? Sounds really cool and I'd like to see it.
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Which is the World's largest chess club?

Most chess clubs in my area struggle to gather more than 30 federated members with only one club past the 100-member count in a territory of 8 million people. Which is the largest physical chess club ...
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What length of time should one spend looking for a combination, and what factors should one consider?

Taking time control into account, how long should one take when looking for a combination? Also, what factors should one consider when looking for a combination?
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What are some activities besides chess which help improve chess play?

What activities, be they physical or mental, do you use to improve your chess? Have you recently taken up something and noticed a positive change in your game? One thing I can think of is exercising ...
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How can one determine the opening or transposed opening from the existing pawn formation/structure?

I was once told that you can determine an opening or transposed opening just by how the pawns are structured on the board. Is this the method normally used to determine if an opening was transposed ...
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What is the easiest possible way to start teaching children how to play chess?

As a followup to What is the earliest possible age to start teaching children how to play chess?, I'm wondering: What is the easiest possible way to start teaching children how to play chess? The ...
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How did castling originate?

Castling to me has alwayes seemed like such a huge leap in terms of game play that I've always wondered how it came to be. Does anyone know the history behind how and why castling came to be?
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What is the last piece to be developed, and why?

Statistically speaking, for white and black, what is the last piece moved from its starting position, and why?
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How do I find players to play in person?

How do I find events (free/paid) that would allow me to play chess locally with other players?
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What are any USCF tournament rule changes since 1990?

I have not played competitive chess since 1990 and I plan to start playing tournaments again. Are there any rule changes I need to know about?
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Wedge pawn formation with slight differences

In the Nimzo-Indian Rubenstein, there's a solid line for Black that begins thus: [FEN ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 b6 5. Bd3 Bb7 6. Nf3 Ne4 7. O-O f5 Since I am Class A rated, I normally ...
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How should rooks be developed in the opening?

The opening is definitely a weak area in my chess game and I always feel like my rooks sit unused until well into the middle game (?). Is that just how things go, or is there a strategy that allows ...
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Playing Kb1(b8) immediately after O-O-O

I'm curious about this move duo. I see this quite a bit, and I'm trying to figure out under which conditions that playing Kb1(b8) is normally preferred. In some openings, such as the Sicilian Dragon,...
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How to organize a chess tournament?

I want to organize an amateur chess tournament inside the company I work for. I am looking for a convenient way of creating groups, keeping the scores and getting some statistics. Is there an online ...
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How should I deal with two siblings in the same section?

How can I deal with two family members who are playing in the same section? For example, my brother and I both played in the same local tournament (one section) fairly frequently. Usually, we could ...
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Is a DGT Bluetooth Wireless e-Board stable enough to use regularly?

I am considering purchasing a DGT Bluetooth Wireless E-Board for my school's chess club for exhibition games to be broadcast to a room without having everyone hovering over the board. Are these ...
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How to find the best websites for playing chess?

What factors are important when selecting a website to play chess on, including but not limited to features and community? Note: Since asking for the best chess websites does not fall within the ...
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Must a player play tactical openings to learn tactics?

As has been said, Chess in 99% tactics/calculation. So, if a player is aiming to increase his tactical abilities should he play tactical openings like the King's Gambit, or can he play something ...
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What is the earliest possible age to start teaching children how to play chess?

My daughter is 4 years old, and she plays checkers very well for her age. She asked me if she can learn how to play chess too. So I am interested in what is the best age to start teaching her. Is it ...
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Is taking the opponent's king an illegal move?

In competition blitz games, making an illegal move and then pressing the clock forfeits the game if the opponent claims the illegal move as long as he does not make a new move, as a new move would ...
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Why 8…Na6 was played in the immortal draw?

From the other question: Is there a "perfect" game? , an interesting game came up: [fen ""] [title "Hamppe-Meitner, Vienna"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Bc5 3.Na4 Bxf2+ 4.Kxf2 Qh4+ 5.Ke3 Qf4+ 6.Kd3 d5 7....
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What is the meaning of this chess opening theory table?

On this example chess opening theory table, what does "Σ%" and the number before it mean?
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Can a set of moves be a transposition and a variation?

I am confused about the differences between a transposition and variation. I know that a transposition is when you start of with one opening and a set of moves after that leads to another opening and ...
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What are the rules of blindfold chess?

Forcing players to maintain a mental model of the positions of the pieces by using blindfolds seems interesting, but I've been unable to find any official rules for playing blindfold chess. What are ...
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How much time should be spent on learning an opening?

I know this can be a subjective question depending on the opening, but in general, should on spend time on a few openings at once or should one concentrate on one opening for a while and play it every ...
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Should a beginner move from fundamentals to opening theory?

After learning the fundamentals, should one start learning openings or should there be something else in between?
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Pawn to Queen probabilities chart

Statistically speaking, which white and black pawns are most likely to be queened?
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Based on Elo rating, what percentile am I in?

How do Elo ratings compare with percentiles, and is there a chart breaking percentiles down by Elo rating ranges?
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Fischer: 1. e4 “Best by test”

Fischer famously scribbled "best by test" on one of his score sheets after playing 1. e4. Yet when I look at chess.com's database of games, 1. d4 yields a larger win %age for while than does 1. e4. ...
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Why does FIDE still use Elo?

I've been impressed with the way the Glicko rating system works. In particular: more games played recently cause your rating to stabilize fewer games played recently cause your rating to fluctuate ...
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How can I compare top chess players that were not scored using Elo?

Given that Elo ratings appear to only have been around officially since 1970, how do you compare top chess players that were not scored using Elo (e.g. their careers came before ratings existed)?
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What software can I use to self-assess my own Elo rating?

What software (preferably free) can I use to do a self assessment to determine my own Elo rating?
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How can I get Elo ratings?

How do I get Elo rating done for myself officially? Do I contact a FIDE area representative? Many of the users of this site mention their Elo ratings, how did you get these?
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What openings are recommendable for beginners to study?

I am a beginner. With reference to opening theory, which opening should I start learning? My friends are suggesting Ruy Lopez...
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Is there any website that generates and hosts board position with PGN as input?

Is there any website out there that takes PGN input and generates and hosts board positions (To show as image in the question or answer), till the time we get something like this done on this website ...
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In game 1 of the 2012 WCC between Anand and Gelfand, black ignored his passed pawn advantage. Why?

In the first game of the WCC 2012 between Anand and Gelfand, which was drawn, Gelfand had a passed pawn on a6. Could he not have exchanged the major pieces and then tried to win with it? Why was the ...
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How do I obtain statistics on openings?

I'm looking for statistics on the probability of a given opening being used in a game, and by what percent its use is growing or declining over some set timeframe, for example, over the previous year. ...
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What openings are closed and defensive?

Which openings would be regarded as leading to a closed position and being defensive? Specifically, openings that would be drawish, even against stronger players, but there is still always a ...
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How do chess openings officially get recognized?

With so many combinations of moves possible, how do openings get recognized? For example, what is to prevent me from playing a series of moves and declaring it the xaisoft gambit or xaisoft heart-...
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What counter-measures for cheating exist?

Given how huge an advantage real-time external feedback to a player during championship games would give the player, do any of the major chess championships deploy counter-measures to prevent the same ...
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How can one become a very good chess player without studying chess or openings?

I heard that Capablanca never liked to bother with openings, would never study chess or read books. Despite all this, he became world champion. Is this an exception to the rule? Have times changed ...
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How should one continue development against an unorthodox move by an opponent?

Let's say you have been practicing a certain opening such as the Ruy Lopez and you have all the main lines down and suddenly your opponent makes some unorthodox move that you did not encounter while ...
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Why is castling king-side more encouraged than castling queen-side?

I often hear that you should castle king-side first rather than queen-side. What are the advantages of castling king-side as opposed to queen-side. Sometimes I like castling queen-side because when I ...
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Is there any chess software that tutors beginners?

I am a beginning chess player, and I want to learn more about openings, the middle game, and the endgame. Can anyone suggest any good chess software that 'tutors' beginners?
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What are the names of the seconds for Anand vs Gelfand WCC 2012?

Who are the seconds for Anand and Gelfand in the WCC 2012?
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What are techniques to improve the number of moves thought through in advance?

I read somewhere that on average a GM can think up to 10-15 moves ahead in tactical positions. Is there any specific technique to improve this depth? Please do not provide a generic answer on how to ...
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How can I find good tactics problems?

Say you have a database of a lot of games. How would you go about finding good tactics problems? I suppose you would search until there was a spot where the score shifted, and there was only one good ...

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