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What effects would being able to capture while castling have?

Capturing an enemy piece while castling has been illegal for many decades, and the concept has been solidified in chess history. But what effects would it have if it were allowed? First, some ground ...
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Mosquito Gambit?

[FEN ""] [startply "5"] 1. d4 e5 2. dxe5 Qh4 3. Nf3 I reached this position after following the line for the Englund Gambit. Lichess says that this is known as the Mosquito Gambit. Is it a joke ...
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Why don't we see more Kings Indian Defenses in top level chess?

One of the most interesting openings, in my opinion, is the Kings Indian Defense (KID). 2-4 decades ago it used to be very popular at the top level with Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov using it ...
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What is an “artificial” move?

Sometimes I see a move or serial of moves described as "artificial" What does this mean? Here is one example, comments by Kasparov on move 10. ..cxd4. Taken from "Garry Kasparov on Garry Kasparov, ...
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What do DTM, DTZ, DTC, DTR, DTZ50, and DTZR mean?

I need help clarifying the abbreviations and acronyms used in endgame tablebases. Just what do DTM, DTZ, DTC, DTR, DTZ50, DTZR mean?
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How to indicate that “I need more time to consider your draw offer” in a formal game?

When my opponent makes a draw offer, I will consider whether to accept this draw offer or not and this consideration could take very long, say 20 minutes or more. What is a good etiquette now to ...
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What is the longest wait before a draw offer is accepted?

If I understand correctly, once player A makes a draw offer, the opponent player B retains the right to accept the draw offer as long as player B does not rejected it verbally, or touch a piece with ...
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Why is offering draw not recorded but giving a check recorded?

In recording a game, one typically does not record offering draws (if yes, how and is it required?) while one does indicate that a particular move gives a check by using + (or ++ for double checks). ...
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Export KPvK endings positions (up to black/white symmetry) from ChessBase 15 using python-chess

I have the megadatabase 2020 from chessbase and chessbase 15. I am using chessbase 15 to search the megadatabase 2020, my seach criterion being all games ended through a KPvK (king and pawn vs king) ...
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Flexibility over solidity? Defending against 1. e4

When defending against 1. e4, I'm a French Defense player. I enjoy the French Defense very much, and my win rate with it is fairly good. Lately, though, I've been wanting to explore new defenses, only ...
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Chess variants-Anyone recall the name for one that has a “superpiece” with the movements of the queen and knight?

What is the name of the chess piece in a variant game where there is a piece that moves like the queen AND a knight? Is there a name for this variant?
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Is there a name for a chess variant where you are allowed to capture your own pieces?

I occasionally think it might be fun to play a chess variant that is exactly the same as regular chess, except that it is permitted to capture your own pieces as well as your opponent's pieces - so, ...
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Your time is up on an online correspondence game but your oponnent has only his king; is it a draw?

If your time is up on a timed game, but your oponnent has only a king, the game is drawn. Does this rule apply to online correspondence games?
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Has a woman ever defeated a reigning undisputed World Chess Champion in classical chess?

I know that the great Judit Polgar defeated Kasparov, but he was no longer World Champion at that point. She defeated Anand, but he was not yet World Champion at that point. She defeated Kasimdzhanov, ...
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What is right way to set up King & Queen In the beginning of game?

I know this is very basic question, but I just started playing and want to know. How do you set up king and queen the right way? Heading I generally get confused between the King and Queen and what ...
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What programs (preferably open source) offer play against a computer with fine-grained difficulty-related adjustments?

My last serious attempt to get into chess ran into a basic difficulty with the program: with a bit of work, I got to a point where I could beat difficulty 1 or 2 on a scale of 10, but got consistently ...
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Is there a method to efficiently generate moves for bishops?

I currently have a function which returns the closed off squares for a piece in a particular position based on pieces blocking it. This function iterates over the rays of a piece and is sufficiently ...
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How do I understand White's +6 advantage here?

[White "White (to move)"] [Black "Black"] [FEN "rnq1kb1r/ppp3pp/4pn2/4N3/2QP4/2N2P2/PPP3PP/R1B1K2R w KQ - 0 13"] In this position, White can still castle, but Black cannot (having moved the king ...
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Question on chess commentary in written form

This is my first post on this forum, and bear in mind that I'm new to chess notation in English and never have read or heard chess commentary in the broadcast or publication. I'm trying to decipher ...
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What are some of the most instructive positional games covered in Agadmator's YouTube channel?

I am on a path to improve my chess and as of now I have phased it out to tactics endgames Tactics I can say with confidence I had good improvement in the last 8 months or so. About endgame, I kind ...
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Franci de Castellvi - Narcis Vinyoles 18. … Qg6??, a blunder by black?

[Site "Valencia"] [Date "1475"] [White "Franci de Castellvi"] [Black "Narcis Vinyoles"] [Result "1-0"] [startply "36"] [FEN ""] 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qd8 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. h3 ...
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Can anyone recommend a positional book focused on preparing pawn breaks?

Feel free to share more than one book. I'm very interested in understanding better those preparatory moves.
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Advanced Pawn Structure books [duplicate]

Hello fellow chess players, I´ve recently returned to the learning of this game and as I forgot several ideas on deep mechanics, I read (again) My System , from Nimzowitsch and found it very useful ...
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Why not save the queen by playing Qa5-a4?

Why does Black take the knight on d5 on his 9th move instead of saving the Queen by moving to a4? Is it because then on the next move white plays Nxc7+ followed by NxR?
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What is the Dorfman method in chess?

On various occasions in commentaries or interviews, e.g. during the World Championship commentary with Peter Svidler and Anish Giri, I've heard the Dorfman method being mentioned. I then learned that ...
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VinczeSwiss - the new FREEWARE program for swiss pairing - help me please with the translation [closed]

all. My name is Roman Vincze. I play chess (https://ratings.fide.com/profile/324906) and I'm also a programmer. As for tournaments with swiss system, all computer programs are paid. That's why I ...
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How to play king's indian attack aggressively?

The King's Indian attack is my choice of opening. I choose this because more often I would prefer games where the actual clash between the sides is delayed (rather than outright in the opening). My ...
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How would I know why a move is good or not?

When I play chess on say lichess.org, I can see whether my move is good or not according to stockfish. I can see why some moves are obvious blunders or mistakes, but for some other moves I don't ...
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How long does it take to use opening preparation at top level?

A Chessbase report for the ongoing Cairns Cup gives this paragraph: The first game to finish was Humpy Koneru versus Ju Wenjun. Out of an English Opening, Humpy quickly found herself out of book ...
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How can I send a UCI command to a chess engine in Python?

I have a followup question to my previous thread: Python script to let stockfish selfplay 10 games from a given position There are some engines that allow you to set a command that imposes that the ...
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Analysis of a middlegame out of the Queen's Pawn Game: Zukertort Variation

What positional considerations must be made in order to come up with a plan for White in this position? What are the ideas behind the central squares and weaknesses that must be analyzed for both ...
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How to get stockfish to play a selfmatch without clearing the hash table between games

A while ago I asked a question about how to let stockfish play 10 games with itself for a limited number of moves: Python script to let stockfish selfplay 10 games from a given position This ...
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Is there a web version of a chess clock for mobile phones without (distracting) advertisements?

I am looking for a very simple Chess Clock (simple design - see picture) to use from the phone browser WITHOUT having to download an app. I already know apps who have this I am looking for a web ...
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What are the specific setups to avoid perpetual checks(Queen)?

I was wondering if there certain setups with pieces, pawns, or both which avoid perpetual checks. I know an important setup is the one below where it's essentially a fortress type of a position for ...
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Classical Time Control Armageddon?

The fate of chess has been discussed for a long time and in recent years it has become more and more common. Examples of this include the 2018 World Chess Championship(12 draws) and the 2016 World ...
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Has SALC-armageddon been seriously discussed?

People have been lamenting the draw-death of chess for ages, with various suggestions on how to get past that. SALC-armageddon comes from this website by a computer chess fan who's been playing ...
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How do GMs play the man not the board?

How do GMs "play the man, not the board" as some books say? Would that work for club level players or could they use other methods? Prepared variations? Trash talk? What are the ways one can play the ...
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Capturing (almost) free piece by King [duplicate]

Here's a position in a chess puzzle: [Title "White to move"] [fen "5rk1/p7/Q1n3pp/3q1p1n/2B2P2/4P2P/P5rK/R4R2 w - - 0 1"] The rook had captured a pawn, resulting in a check. The rook is supported by ...
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How to improve blitz chess rating?(Time management)

I have a blitz rating of 1900 on Lichess and I can't seem to improve from there. My road to 1900 was fairly quick, but I have been stuck in 1900. My Classical rating is higher than this, so I know ...
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Whats the difference between these chess tempo databases

Chesstempo seems to have two pages for database display. This one works at random: https://chesstempo.com/game-database.html Sometimes it shows the moves in sequence of most usage and then the ...
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Why does 4.dxc5 work well for white in the Advance variation of Caro-Kann?

[FEN ""] 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4. dxc5 I don't want to play 3...bf5 instead, but this 4.dxc5 line in the Advance Variation gives me so much trouble, whether they go with 5.Be3, 5.a3 or 5.Nf3. What'...
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How to be a better tournament player?

I have an upcoming tournament and I already started to prepare, but I have some questions about tournament play: How to do better in tournament games Should I adjust to my opponents' play Do I need ...
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Would an erroneous claim of mate be considered as annoying the opponent, cheating, an illegal move, or something else

Especially in kiddie games mates are often missed or supposed mates are not really mates. What would the TD declare such misguided claims of mate? What should a TD do if adults did the same thing?
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Inaccurate checkmates?

So, in a tournament, my daughter recently had a case where her opponent made a move and declared checkmate. She acquiesced, shook his hand, and then realized it wasn't actually a checkmate. They ...
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How big a rating difference between TOP GM and a patzer would be equivalent to odds games?

How big a rating difference would be needed to justify odds games of: 1 pawn and move 2 knight 3 rook These are odds that Morphy gave to weak players. Has chess improved that much since Morphy ...
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What is the 'combustion point' of a game? This was in an upvoted answer

Saw an answer and it had been upvoted. Person answering had a large rep on stack. The term used that was not explained is: 'Combustion Point' (of a game) My question is just what does 'combustion ...
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Top players have seconds to help them prepare. Do they also use engines looking to prepare lines for surprise value?

What just do seconds add to a players preparation for a BIG match? Do they use engines to help them prepare better surprising moves? Wouldnt a room full of powerful computers running around the ...
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Why does chess tempo fail at random; what is the biggest free database online that is reliable

Sometimes chess tempo works. Sometimes it does not. Seems random. Is there another database that is completely reliable that is as big as chess tempo? I am looking for a DB that gives the moves ...
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Doubt on how move as black after pawn in e5

I am still at the beginning in playing chess, and I often encounter the following situation. Consider this sequence of moves: [FEN ""] 1. e4 d5 2. e5 Presuming that I am the black player, how do ...
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Where to find cross table for 1956 Thanksgiving weekend Eastern Open?

Berliner won this tournament. Chess life/review reported it. Newspapers reported it. The Eastern Open in 1956 was Thanksgiving weekend in the YMCA in DC. Berliner won it. Rossolimo, Lombardy, ...

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