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You have little chance in your dissertation of surpassing state of the art chess engines. Perhaps you could find a hook which hasn't been explored so much. One idea is to train your program to play amateur chess in a convincing way. Can a program pass a sort of chess Turing Test where a human-player couldn't tell if they were playing an AI or playing a ...


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The answer from SmallChess is good. There's also an illustrative tweet from Garry Kasparov on the subject: For beginning chess players, studying a Carlsen game is like wanting to be an electrical engineer & beginning with studying an iPhone.


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In the diagrammed position you have a material advantage but Black's position is a little bit better because his rooks are connected and he has a safer king position. His immediate threat is RxR, when you have to retake with the king followed by Qg1+ and after you move Kd2 he will play Bb6 and the pressure around your king will become intense. You are paying ...


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This is a very famous position. Well, here are some reasons, and there are quite a few: Since this was a Candidate’s Match to qualify to play Spassky, it comes down to exact calculation above all. Fischer calculated that it was good, and his judgement bore out since the game only lasted another 12 moves. Here are some things that probably contributed to ...


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White intends to play c5, which will gain space on the queenside and severely cramp black's position (The b6 knight has no good square). On the other hand, e5 weakens white's control over d5 and f5 (e.g. Black can then go ...Ne7-f5). Black could also take advantage of the weak c4 and d5 squares with ...Na5 and ...Bc6. Keeping the pawn on e4 seems better. ...


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There is no king on the kingside yet to attack. Black might very well castle long in which case your attack is aimed at nothing and might potentially weaken your own king's safety. 5....c4 is premature and unnecessary. It loses the pressure on the d4 pawn and loses a tempo for development. A very typical reply to such pawn structure is b3, which is based ...


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One of the problems with chess-analysis software for weaker players is that it just shows the strongest move per the computer, without any explanation why. There are some programs, like the ChessBase programs that, using their "Tactical Analysis" feature, attempt to give some explanation to the moves, but they are all wanting. That said, decodechess.com ...


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You might be interested in AlphaZero and its derivatives. AlphaZero is the original neural-network based chess engine; since then there have been various other attempts (Leela Chess Zero, AllieStein, the recent Fat Fritz ...) to replicate AlphaZero's ideas. The key paper to read is this one. The data right now seems to indicate that although these neural ...


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Paul Morphy's games are better resources for learning at your level. There's no use for you to get into deep positional understanding typically in modern GM games. You should get a book on Amazon. Don't try to analyze the games yourself.


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Short answer: Since after the bishop recapture on f8 (and not the rook recapture!) white is tactically and positionally completely busted, with 5 active black pieces against a completely exposed king in the centre and no foreseeable chance of consolidation in order to eventually benefit from the material advantage. First observations: 15...Bxf8 is with ...


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Brian Towers' answer is excellent. I'll just add this: if you play Rxe8, you are effectively trading your e1-rook for your opponent's a8-rook. A glance at the position should show that your e1-rook is a lot more valuable than your opponent's a8-rook. It is currently already developed and participating in the game, while the a8-rook (like your a1-rook) is ...


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I had an extra pawn and was closer to my pawns then White It seems you simply overestimated these two factors. An extra pawn alone is not a decisive advantage, it matters a lot where it is located. If the f7 pawn was on a7, you'd win. The kings are actually positioned to your disadvantage, White's is nicely centralized and yours is stuck in the corner. ...


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To be frank, I was a little surprised that this was a draw per the computer from move one all the way through to your stalemate. You did not make a mistake. My initial thought was to play the black king to g8-f8-e7, but the problem is that white can keep the K out of e7 with his own king, or keep you on the back rank, or force you to make pawn moves that are ...


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There are plenty of possible Phd-topics that connect chess and machine learning. The more interesing and feasible ones have nothing to do with building better engines. Here are some ideas: Human players have a particular playing style. Is it possible to learn to extract some metric of style from games that allows to assign games to players with a certain ...


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If you're a beginner then studying games from the old masters does more good, especially players like Morphy who emphasized the basics (quick development, attacking an uncastled king, etc). Once you get to the 1500 range, you'd do best looking at games from the GMs of the 20th century up until the 1990s. That was when classical chess theory "matured", so to ...


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When they're analyzing at a rapid pace, they tend to only need the thumb and index finger to pick up pieces and move them. Using the middle finger as well doesn't really help. So since that finger is freed up, they can use it to point (especially because pointing with the 4th finger or pinkie is awkward). Or they subconsciously despise each other.


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In short: Qa4 forces black to lose grip over central light squares as black is tactically being restricted to recapturing with a queen on d5 instead of a pawn, leading to: As opposed to any of the actually desirable and common setups for black, which might look like: (with Nf6 instead of Bb4, and quick Bb7 and castling being prioritized) It helps to try ...


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This is not a missed win for black, both Kb6 and Kb7 are equally losing for black as you are simply a full rook down without any real compensation. Qe3 move simply stops black's only way to breakthrough as it stops Bxh3. That is not white's only move either, Kh1 and Rc3 (though walks in the way of the knight) are sufficiently good for white too. So either: ...


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Losing an exchange is itself enough to make the move weak. You go from being up R+P for N, which is a winning advantage, to up just one pawn with opposite color Bishops, which could often be drawn. The move is also weak because you let White off the hook: you were on the attack against White's exposed King, so the trade of Queens made the position "easier ...


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I have been looking at this with a fairly strong computer for about 15 minutes (and the judgment of having been a Master for 30+ years and forcing in plausible lines), and I am convinced that this is a positional draw. White is obviously worse per the computer eval, but he can keep the position exactly as it is by either moving his K from e2 to d3 and back (...


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Pretty much all great players studied the games of the best players of the past, and it is repeatedly recommended that studying them is a great way to improve. Marin's book Learn from the Legends is pretty much based around his journey of doing that.


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It's really a matter of taste and style. One option may suit more your style than the other. But if you believe in a "moneyball approach", 3...e6 appears to be the "best" move for black based on a search on the 365chess.com website. Regarding the number of games, I guess that the difference in black's winning chances (30.2% for 3...e6) versus (26% for 3......


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This may be the horizon effect at work. I analyzed the position a bit with Lichess' Stockfish, which at depth ~20 likes 23. Rd1 (+8.0~8.5) even more than 23. Qd1 (+7.0~7.5). The idea is the same: White catches Black's knight, for an immediate material advantage (e.g. 23. Qd1 Nc2 24. Rb2 Na3 25. Qb3). After 23. d6 on the other hand, Stockfish still gives a ...


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I believe you mean this (correct me if wrong): This refers to time in seconds that it took to complete a move. So in this case (my game), it took White 2.5 seconds to make a move, and 0.9 seconds for Black to respond. Then it took 19.7 seconds for White to make a move, and 1 second for Black to respond. In your case, it took White 9.6 seconds to make a ...


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Well, I am amazed. I thought that it would be another case of a free online engine just not being that strong, but my Stockfish, and Deep Rybka, both like g4 there. I know I would never have played that move in a million years since the eval is very close to other more normal moves like Re1, but here is what it sees. It thinks that you can get in g5 when ...


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Definitely study classic Morphy's games. The fact that Morphy was so far ahead of his peers is a good thing. His opponents often missed Morphy's plan and the plan came out clearly, and it shows you what you should strive to do. In modern chess so much depends on opening preparation, where moves are often not intuitive and depend on engine backed ...


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The point here is that Bd2 blocks your queen's mobility and also leaves the defense of the d4 square. So after say Qb6 you pretty much have to go back with Be3, which will move closer to a draw by threefold repetition if blacks continues again with Qa5+. Also if after Qb6 you play c3 instead of going back with the bishop, now your bishop is not well placed, ...


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Nf3 is not horrible (it actually transposes into a position that Kasparov once had as White, and won.) I think the reason the engine doesn't like it is that after your proposed Nf3 Bb4 Bd2, Black may play Bxc3. If that knight is on f3, than after you retake with Bxc3 or bxc3, Black can safely take on e4. If instead the knight was on d2, then you just play ...


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1) After 7.Be3 Bxc3 8.bxc3, Black could have won the e4-pawn with ...Nxe4. The purpose behind 7.d5 would have been to block the b7-bishop, preventing Black from winning the pawn. 2) I don't think 6.Nf3 is that much worse than 6.Nge2. Lichess still says White's better by 0.7. But the advantage of Nge2 is that it protects the c3-knight and after 6...Bb4 you ...


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A couple of ideas: Does chess help kids do better in school? That question has long been debated. Do certain businesses with chess players, especially strong chess players, have an advantage in certain types of business, like finance?


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