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Scid vs PC Score Graph

Is it possible to modify the source code to change the display of the score graph so that you are always at the bottom. Currently, the player playing white is always at the bottom.
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Is it common for new players to focus their study on the wrong parts of the game? [closed]

I've recently joined a chess club, and I've noticed a lot of novices who have been playing for maybe a year, take the game very seriously, watch pro matches, pride themselves in knowing the names of ...
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Why is it not a checkmate?

I am new to chess. I have tried to learn checkmate from the video lesson in chess24 website. There, in one question, it marked my answer wrong and said that it was not checkmate. Can anyone please ...
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How should one play as Black vs. the Ruy Lopez Exchange Variation?

As the title above states, how should one play as Black vs. the Ruy Lopez Exchange Variation? In other words, after ` [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 (The Exchange ...
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Stockfish is considering a move in a book by GM Mihail Marin as a blunder

In the book English opening volume 1 by Mihail Marin at this position [fen "3nrrk1/bppq2p1/p4p1p/2Pp4/1P1P3N/P1BQ2P1/5PKP/4RR2 w - - 2 21"] 1. Qg6 (1. Ng6) He suggests Qg6 whereas ...
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Hanham Variation Philidor Defense

I want to find a way of transposing into the Hanham Variation of the Philidor Defense, without a way for White to deviate. For example, in the normal move order, White may have the move 3. Bc4 or 3. ...
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Engine vs Engine Database

Does anyone know of engine vs engine databases? Like stockfish vs leela vs komodo pgns for 1000s of games with a lot of time per move? I want data for how draw rate changes as engine rating goes up, ...
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Bird's opening versus the Dutch Defence [duplicate]

I have played Bird's opening for around a year now, but I don't understand why Bird's opening isn't played as much as the Dutch, even though it is a tempo up. Why is this?
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What is the name or origin of this opening for Black?

I was playing online, and I noticed some players go for this opening and I don't know its name or if it's a move order to another opening for Black. [fen ""] 1. d4 g6 2. c4 Bg7 3. Nc3 c6 4. ...
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King+Knight vs King+Pawn checkmate

How is it possible for a King and Knight to checkmate a King and Pawn? I've composed a working position, but I am not sure if this can occur through a series of moves.
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A castling variant-how would it change the game?

In chess, castling can't be done if the king or relevant rook have moved. How would the basic strategy of the game change if the king and rook could castle after moving? Also, how would the game ...
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Bishop and queen endgame from a computer chess game

[FEN "8/6pk/p4b1p/2B5/P3q2P/6P1/5P2/3Q2K1 w - - 0 1"] 1. Ba7 (1. h5) This position happened in TCEC Season 15 Superfinal Stockfish vs Leela. In the game Stockfish played Ba7 and the game ...
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What is the maximum number of checked squares on a board that delivers checkmate without a draw?

I’ve long dreamt of delivering a “super checkmate”. Imagine that as his dying wish, when in checkmate, the king can magically transport himself to any open square on the board. What is the board ...
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What is the longest checkmate problem a human has composed?

Well, I looked at some long checkmates, and I wonder, what is the longest checkmate a human has composed?
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A little chess joke

I've been studying the Bird's opening, and I wonder if I could launch a surprise with this line f4 d5 2. Kf2?! I can artificially castle, and I can develop naturally. Is this move playable, or just ...
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About solving Atomic Chess

Is it possible to weakly solve Atomic Chess as a win for White? I've analysed a few lines good for White, but I am not sure about a general solution.
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Is this queen endgame a win or a draw for White?

[FEN "6k1/8/4qp1p/7P/6P1/5P2/6K1/Q7 w - - 0 1"] I am unable to analyze this queen endgame in which it is White's turn. Is it a win or a draw for White?
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Is it possible to win this endgame?

Is it possible to win this endgame(either white or black)?I know the lucena and philidor positions which are the first things that popped when i searched rook endgames.But how will that help me win ...
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Building up a dataset for image recognition of hand-written scoresheets

I am trying to build up a training dataset to train a convolutional neural network (well, the pipeline will probably be a little more complex, but probably a CNN will be at its core) to convert ...
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Benoni Defence Theory and Ideas

I have played the Benoni for a while, and I frequently play bad moves in the opening. How could I play the Benoni - Pawn Storm Variation safely?
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Transposition Tables

Are transposition tables (in engines) used for one or multiple games? My current knowledge of transposition tables is that when an engine searches the game tree, there will sometimes be positions ...
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Is there a terminology for “the worst winning move”?

What do people call a move which maintains a winning position but is the worst among all such moves? For example, h8=N+ is such a move in the following game: [FEN "8/7P/6k1/8/8/8/B1K5/8 w - - 0 1&...
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Is one move considered as objectively better than another if they both lead to the same result?

Here is an example [FEN "8/3k2PB/q7/8/4K3/8/8/8 w - - 0 1"] One might intuitively say g8=Q is a much better move than g8=R. However, since they both lead to a draw, should we not conclude ...
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Is there a root tree of openings based on response by Black and vice versa?

I'm enjoying my study as a relative noob into chess (1000 rapid in Lichess and on Chess.com in the last month or so) and am getting very interested in openings. Is there a relative root tree that you ...
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A Black setup against White's Hippo Attack

If I'm playing as White against the Hippo Defense, I usually go with this setup. [FEN ""] 1. d4 b6 2. c4 Bb7 3. Nc3 g6 4. e4 Bg7 5. Nf3 e6 6. Be2 d6 7. O-O Ne7 8. Be3 Nd7 9. Qc2 O-O 10. ...
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The Bishop's gambit variation of the King's gambit

I've been investigating the theory of the King's gambit, and I found the variation in the accepted 3. Nf3 Be7. I didn't like the looks of that for White. I've started to play the Bishop's gambit, but ...
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Why is White's accuracy 99.7% instead of 100.0%?

Here is a short game played online at chess.com. [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 d6 5. d4 Bb6 6. dxe5 Black resigned for some unknown reason; maybe a mouse slip or he/she ...
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Chess Clock as Birthday Gift Advice

My boyfriend has an old beige/white Chronos II that needs repair. I've decided that perhaps purchasing a new clock for his birthday would be a better idea than my original idea (a chess coffee table ...
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Why can't I find any tactics in this game?

[fen ""] 1. e4 {0} c6 {0} 2. d4 {4} d5 {0} 3. Nc3 {3} dxe4 {0} 4. Nxe4 {1} Bf5 {1} 5. Ng3 {3} Bg6 {0} 6. Nf3 {6} e6 {0} 7. c4 {9} Nd7 {0} 8. Be2 {5} Ne7 {0} 9. Bg5 f6 {0} 10. Bf4 {7} e5 {0} ...
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Free offline demonstration software with arrows, sidelines and engine

I'm looking for a software where I can demonstrate games in a lecture. The software shall have these features: usable without internet connection on a Windows 10 PC free input and save a game as pgn ...
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Tournament Management and Conducting Web App [duplicate]

Does anyone know about a web based app to conduct and manage chess tournament all online? I have a web server to host but we need to conduct it for our locality with around 300 people participating to ...
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Looking for instructive examples on how to defend against the Giuoco Piano or Giuoco Pianissimo (?) opening from Black's perspective

e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 (The Two Knights Defence is my choice) 4. d3 and I am obliged to play the Giuoco Piano 4... Bc5. I am afraid of the middlegame positions that arise after this opening, ...
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Do you get rating points if the other player just leaves an online game and loses on time?

Some sites, eg chessbase, seem to have players that won't resign but either just leave for coffee until their clock runs out, or else they wait a minute then start another game so you have to ask the ...
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Is it possible to win with a king and one bishop vs a king?

Are there any possible moves to checkmate a Black opponent if we have a White bishop and king?
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When are games against engines drawn?

When two engines play against each other in a game of chess, when is it appropriate to declare a draw when clearly no progress is possible? For example: 8/6k1/8/R3K2p/2r3p1/6P1/7P/8 w - - 0 2 This ...
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Encyclopedia of Chess Openings: Learn in what order? [closed]

If I was to learn, by heart, the entire Encyclopedia of Chess Openings (ECO), as a sort of memory task, what is the best order to learn it? It starts with the English Opening, then the Benoni, then ...
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What am I supposed to learn from this puzzle?

I'm still in the learning stage of playing chess, and was a bit frustrated by this puzzle. https://www.chess.com/puzzles/problem/683680 After my initial attempt failed I tried all the moves I could ...
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What is the reason for 5…Bb4+ in this line of the Bishop's Opening?

After the opening moves [fen ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 c6 4.Nf3 d5 5.Bb3 one of Black's fashionable answers is 5...Bb4+ What is the aim of this seemingly useless check?
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Eye strain from playing online chess

How do you avoid eye strain while playing online chess? I wear glasses that filters UV light, take a 5-minute break every hour, play on a large screen monitor (23 inch with a refresh rate of 60 Hz), ...
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Does this process ever becomes a second nature?

I have started playing "real chess" but the problem is it takes too much time. How will I able to win in small time-controls? Does this process of searching the opponents threats and looking ...
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What are the most common checks in chess?

I read somewhere that to optimize move generation for a chess engine it's good to have fast detection of position where one side is checked (to eliminate illegal moves). The author suggested that ...
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Chess variant-Is it strategically good?

In this chess variant, the number of moves made both chess players are 1 & 2 alternatively. Here is a showing of it. White Black 1 2 2 1 1 ...
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Why is my theoretical knowledge is not coming to any use?

For the last few months, I have been reading "How To Reassess Your Chess (I expected at least this book to work), "Simple Chess," "The Art Of Attack," some ending book, "...
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Chess engine with no evaluation

One of the most difficult parts of a chess engine is the evaluation function. Handcrafted evaluation functions are very long and complicated, while NN evaluations are hard to make and train. That's ...
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Looking for analysis or games of top players in less known, perhaps a bit dubious but aggressive lines in the Ruy Lopez from Black's point of view

When my opponent plays 1. e4 I reply with 1... e5. When the game shifts to Ruy Lopez after 2. Nf3 and 3. Bb5 I respond 3... f5. Although this opening is to my taste, I am not reluctant to learn more ...
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Who was the first modern grandmaster?

According to Wikipedia, the modern system for awarding FIDE titles evolved from the "Dorazil" proposals, presented to the 1970 Siegen Chess Olympiad FIDE Congress. On the same Wikipedia page ...
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Why is the Budapest Defense considered not fully sound or even dubious? What theoretical difficulties arise for Black?

[fen ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ng4 4. Bf4 (4. Nf3 Bc5 5. e3) (4. e4 Nxe5 5. f4) (4. e3 Nxe5 5. Nh3) White can choose from multiple setups, most common are 4. Bf4, 4. Nf3, 4. e4 or even ...
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What is a good free interface to create and store positions?

I'm getting back into chess, and I'd like a way to create and store multiple chess positions to review. Specifically, I want to review and practice mating nets. There are a ton of chess tactics sites ...
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At what Elo level does one benefit from studying master games?

I commented to another player that I got nothing from studying master games. He replied: :Neither do I." One gains a little if the annotation includes mini-lessons. But terse comments are akin to ...
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Need help finding a tactics database with motifs

I am trying to make a neural network which could determine what chess tactic is present in a position. For this, I need to have a database of chess tactics labelled with correct motifs. A similar ...

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