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Discovered attack in quiescent search

I'm implementing quiescent search in my chess engine, although just capturing moves have been generated. In the below position, at 1 ply, the white queen captures the pawn, but the quiescent search ...
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If the only move is to move your king into check is the game a draw? [duplicate]

If the only move is to move your king into check is the game a draw? does this mean the game is a draw?
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Theoretically, why is 4. Bd3 NOT one of the best candidates in Caro-Kann?

I seem to find 4. Bd3 to be one of the best choices in Caro-Kann. [FEN ""] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Bd3 My reasoning: White's light bishop can only develop to Be2 or Bd3. Be2 seems passive. ...
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What is the rationale behind Black playing e6 in so many openings?

I am new to this stack exchange, so apologies if this question doesn't fit here. Though I have advanced through the game, and now have a somewhat respectable rapid rating of 1550, I have always found ...
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Why do points matter in trading pieces?

I am a beginner in chess and I am following the tutorials on Chess.com and reading The Complete Idiot's Guide to Chess. In the tutorials about capturing pieces, it is common to count the points in ...
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Knight and King Vs Queen and King

Can the Knight and King in anyway mate the King and Queen? The player with the King and Queen is playing sub-optimal. I was recently playing a game which I lost. In the last move I captured a pawn ...
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Queen against rook-drawn and won endgames [duplicate]

I played a game in which I had a queen against a rook but it seemed that my opponent’s king could protect his rook, and there were no pawns on the board. In the end, I drew the game. Are such games be ...
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Help needed to find a Swedish opening

It appears that openings are named after almost any country or city in the world. Spanish opening, Italian game, French defense, Hungarian gambit, London system and so on. Because I am from Sweden I ...
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What are some good chess calendars?

I am having a hard time keeping up with recent tournaments. Are there any good online calendars?
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Why move the queen’s rook to defend d-file instead of king’s rook?

In this position, why is it better to move the queen’s rook to defend the d-file instead of the king’s rook? Moving the king’s rook to the d-file becomes more challenging. Is it important to leave ...
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Most pieces involved in checkmate in actual game?

I recall seeing a number of chess games where a lot of pieces are involved in the final checkmate, and was curious to know what is the maximum number of pieces of one player A that have been involved ...
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Why do people even play chess?

Why do some of the world's best intellectuals spend their whole lives just on a wooden board, rather than working on the betterment of society ?
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Resources for annotated or commented games by level of audience

Similar questions have been asked before here or here. Still I think it would be more useful to have these resources listed by level. There is not much point for a beginner to listen to a GM ...
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Play against a computer, but only with a few pieces and without the kings

I would like to practise playing chess against an chess engine/program, but only with a few pieces, without the kings. For example, 3 pawns against one knight. Does exist any chess engine/program ...
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How to build a good opening repertoire?

I am struggling to build a good opening repertoire. I have tried a few chessable courses. None of them have worked. My opponents counter my opening pretty easily. What is the best way to build a good ...
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Checkmate possibility for Black

In this lichess game, in the given analysis line for move 32, is it possible for Black to win in two moves after 35... Kc7? [FEN "8/R4k2/2p3p1/2N4p/3n4/3P1pPb/PP3P1P/6K1 b - - 0 1"] 1... Ke8 2. Ra8+ ...
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Which openings lines are both sharp and drawish?

Two knights defence, Wilkes Barre (Traxler) variation seems to me to be a sharp line which is quite drawish: After 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 Bc5 5. Nxf7 Bxf2 6. Kxf2 Nxe4 7. Kg1 Qh4 8. g3 ...
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Scid chess can not save

I try to save color marking, etc. but the program gives error messages. “The requested function is not supported by this type of database.” Can I save this? So far it doesn’t save, amd when I save ...
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What moves solve this mate in 2?

It’s White to move and mate in 2 moves. [FEN "7r/1p3Q1p/2q5/3bk3/1Q2p3/2P5/r2P2PP/2KR4 w - - 0 1"]
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Any website that shows which opening a certain player struggles against?

Just thought it would be an interesting statistic to know which openings players like Carlsen and Fischer lost most against? Any suggestions?
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Stockfish draw value randomization and “3-fold blindness”

In this commit, a change was made to the way Stockfish scores board positions that are draws due to 3-fold repetition or 50-move limits. Prior to this commit, a drawn position was assigned a score of ...
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Free opening name database?

Is there a database available that the gives you the names of common openings? "Ruy Lopez", "Sicialian", "Queens Gambit", etc. Ideally it would just be a simple map of the opening PGN to the common ...
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Blundering phase

I have played more online Blitz recently and it was quite some fun, until I encountered what I would call the "blundering phase". Every once in a while, my chess ability takes quite a hit when I ...
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ICC - How to Create/Custom Board and Pieces?

I wanted to be able to customize my board and pieces on possible blitzin from the ICC and ICC for Windows. Can anyone show me how?
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Why does the FIDE rating table go beyond 400?

The FIDE rating regulations say: 8.5 Determining the rating change for a rated player 8.51 For each game played against a rated player, determine the difference in rating between the player and his ...
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How does Elo rating gain scale with games played?

I only take two players starting out at 1500 Elo and have them play against each other with one player winning all games. Also I leave out any artificially introduced cut-offs. So the winner is ...
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Stalemate v/s Checkmate

I am unable to understand why Photo 1 a stalemate and Photo 2 a checkmate. PHOTO 1 PHOTO 2
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How should one decide which rook to put on a central file? [duplicate]

How should one decide which rook to put on a central file? I usually just move the one which is closer to the file, unless there are weak squares in my position that one rook is defending. In ...
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Why does Stockfish undervalue pawns when compared to the classical “a piece is worth three pawns” approach?

I was taking a look at values engines give to pawns and piece and was quite shocked by Stockfish values for middlegame (Mg): PawnValueMg = 128 KnightValueMg = 721 ~ 5.6 pawns BishopValueMg = 825 ~ ...
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Is 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 d5 called Queen's Gambit Declined when there is no gambit offered, let alone declined?

I understand that the opening 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 is called Queen's Gambit Declined. But how about 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 d5? There is no gambit offered, let alone declined. Is it still ...
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Is there any website that allows you to check if a position has been played before?

Is there any website that allows you to check if a position has been played before? I want to analyse a game and I want to check if it has been reached before. Any suggestions?
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Which book should one read if they want to play like Tigran Petrosian?

According to Wikipedia, the former world champion Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian has "almost impenetrable defensive playing style, which emphasized safety above all else". Here defensive is by no ...
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How to understand Stockfish’s source code?

I am a newbie. I want to code a chinese chess engine, and I want to modify Stockfish source code to do so. But the Stockfish source code is too hard to understand. There are no document to explain ...
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I read that Mikhail Tal claimed to have been able to see 50 variations ahead in a game. Any thoughts on this possibility?

Mikhail Tals' books on chess. Learning/analytic chess theory. Perception and intuition in the development of strategic and tactical chess play.
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How to visualize in chess?

Skip to 2:08:27 in this video https://youtu.be/nK4SNEbMn7s. What exactly is GMHikaru doing that?How can I be able to do that?Does it comes naturally with practice or their are exercises?
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Can anyone please explain why this position isn't a draw?

I was watching this game on lichess. Both of the players have the same resource i.e., the king and only a bishop. The bishops on the board are of the opposite color. But the game was continued and one ...
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Is chess a zero sum game?

"Chess is a zero sum game" is a claim you see often, even on this forum. Game theorists will tell you that it is just obvious. Either the game is a draw, nobody wins or loses, or one side wins and ...
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How can I set up xboard with an engine in Linux?

I'm trying to use xboard in Fedora and have only been able to get it to work under very specific circumstances. I installed it through my package manager and installed Stockfish as well. Without ...
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How to proceed with the book “Pawn Structure Chess” by Andrew Soltis?

Should I memorize everything in the book, or use it in some other way?
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Stockfish: different nodes numbers with identical calls

I ran Stockfish 2 times with the command go depth 1. First time info depth 1 seldepth 1 multipv 1 score cp 114 nodes 20 nps 10000 tbhits 0 time 2 pv e2e3 Second time: info depth 1 seldepth 1 ...
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Identifying “big pawn” bishops

I use to trade my bishop pairs for opponent’s knight pair most of the time. But since my recent peak of interest in the game, I have been doing studying and learning. Thus, the bishop is one of my ...
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How to prepare for a handicap game (queen odds) / strategy?

I made a bet with a non-neglegible stake that I will win a game against a friend without queen. My Elo rating is about 2000-2100, my friend's should be around 1400. Today I played with the black ...
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Take my Queen, Please

I find the conclusion of the following game very aesthetic. White could have won by taking in d3 or in f5, but played the cute Qe5, which sacrifices the Queen, puts Queens side-by-side (in the middle ...
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Will FIDE extend time limits on certain qualifications given the suspension of chess during Covid-19?

We already know that there has been very little FIDE rated chess played in April. There are a number of areas where FIDE has time limits. For example: Unrated players have 26 months to get results ...
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Are there illustrative examples where a conventionally “bad bishop” leads its side to a win?

I was looking the Chess glossary and two words brought curiosity : bad bishop and big pawn. Where the later being the condition that occurs when you have a bad bishop. One thing i noticed was bad ...
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Is it possible that a radically different but equally effective playstyle exists?

There seems to be an established "chess canon", whereby general principles exist for long term strategy in the game. There is a well-characterized set of openings, a small subset of which are even ...
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Online resource for estimating my elo rating using my games?

There are resourses that can estimate your elo rating such as this one. Usually I need to solve some puzzles and the system will give me an estimation of my elo rating. Here I have a different thought:...
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How to minimise your opponent's fun in a game?

I play numerous online chess games and in this question I am self-centred: I play for two purposes: to win the game, or when winning is unlikely, to draw the game. to improve my chess skills, which ...
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Is this implementation of Killer Move heuristic correct?

I implemented the killer move heuristic based on my understanding, but is it correct? Inserting a killer move when a non-capture causes a beta cutoff (i is a Move pointer) // Stuff if(val >= beta){...
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I like to play 1. e4 but I dislike 1. … c5. Can I continue with 2. c4?

I read a related but closed question here and I share a very similar feeling. I would love to play 1. e4 but I only feel comfortable when my opponent replies with 1. ... e5, or French, or Caro-Kann. I ...

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