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Ding vs. Rapport, Candidates 2022: Why did Ding play 23.Qxe2 instead of 23.Qxd8?

From chess.com's coverage of the round: Well, if White takes that rook, Black will take on e4 with the queen and on g2 next, which does look scary to humans. Ding didn't like the complications that ...
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How do you analyze this position holistically?

Stockfish (especially recent versions) often gives evaluations that seem impractical to humans (even GMs in some cases). E.g., take a look at Anish Giri's reaction to this: https://youtu.be/...
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Ding vs. Rapport, Candidates 2022: Why did Ding play 23.Qxe2 instead of 23.Qxd8?

In addition to Allure's excellent answer, it's also worth noting that engines are far above even super GMs. Roughly speaking, Stockfish is to Ding what Ding is to a 2100-2200 player. So something that'...
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What do the dollar, plus, brackets and hash symbol indicate in chess moves notations?

Q1: The + means the move gave check to the enemy king. Q2: The brackets indicate variations. So 17...hxg6 is a variation to the main move 17...Rf7. It starts at move 18 after the closing bracket since ...
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White is up +7 in material, why is white still losing?

In addition to the other excellent answers highlighting the number of Black pieces aimed at White's King and Allure's correct analysis, it seemed concrete variations were the only useful thing to add ...
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How do you analyze this position holistically?

"I think that I am missing some aspects of the puzzle..." No, not really. The main purpose of puzzles is to train yourself in pattern recognition, so as to find the entry into a line that is ...
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White is up +7 in material, why is white still losing?

Without really analyzing this position in depth, Just at first glance. Black has four pieces aimed at White's king and White's pieces are mostly misplaced. White's rook on a1 is doing nothing and his ...
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Has anyone done a correlation of castling with winning and losing?

I calculated some statistics on games published by TWIC (issues 920-1437). After some cleaning and filtering of the database (see Methodological notes at the end), I had some 1.7 million games to work ...
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Online tool for chess analysis: comment, add variations, insert diagrams, print

Both lichess.org and Chess.com allow you to upload, save, and annotate games like you mention. The first website provides this service as long as you register, which is free. The second website ...
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