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The bishop on c2 can be moved to h7 to block the check.


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Mihail Marin simply missed that 1.Ng6 is winning, even faster than 1.Qg6. During opening analysis, and even during a game, sometimes when you find a satisfying continuation you forget to follow Lasker's advice and look for an even stronger one. This is a slight mistake in his analysis, but his evaluation of the variation remains correct (White is winning, ...


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I can copy the diagram on a board or simply on my computer (and do not move the pieces), but I wonder whether I should. It is very much worth while setting up a board and following the game on the board. But you should go beyond just passively playing out the moves on the board. You should stop after each move and actively consider what you would play next ...


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the rule is to make a square or rectangle in which each color is the same color with the other guy to move. I'm not quite sure how this sentence makes sense other than there is a typo, and it actually says "...rectangle in which each corner is the same color with the other guy to move". If this is indeed the case, then obviously b4-d4-d8-b8 works ...


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The best uses for out of date opening books are - Doorstop Decoration Emergency toilet paper supply when Covid means the supermarket has sold out how far in terms of opening knowledge and building my opening repertoire will memorising every line of the book get me? You will be an expert in historical opening lines, but you will understand nothing. MCO, ...


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You should check out books by GM Jonathan Rowson. As well as being a GM he is a philosopher. After his first degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University he spent a year at Harvard University before doing a PhD in Wisdom at Bristol University. He is currently director of the Social Brain Centre at the RSA (UK Royal Society for the ...


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You made a mistake when transcribing move 7. It is 7. Qh5+, not 7. Qf3+. Move 10 is then Qh5f7, which is not blocked by the Nf6. [FEN ""] 1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. Nf3 dxe5 5. Nxe5 Nd7 6. Nxf7 Kxf7 7. Qh5+ Ke6 8. c4 N5f6 9. d5+ Kd6 10. Qf7 Ne5


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well my 2 comments got upvoted, so who knows, maybe i can turn this into an answer. (Note: I wasn't really into chess or chess960 at the time I read the book (except that I played a few tournaments as a kid), so wow this was a little nostalgic. When I did get more into chess/chess960, I read about the silman position. That's about it.) jeremy silman talked ...


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The columns represent the main variants which continues the movements at the head of the table. White's moves are followed by Black's in the same column. The numbers to the left of the table are the movement numbers. The ellipsis are there to group the variants. For example, after 3 Nf3 g5 you can play 4 h4 or 4 Bc4. If White chooses the continuation 4 Bc4 ...


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In reference @Rewan Demontay's answer, I know that Augustus, Duke of Brunswick published Das Schach- oder Königsspiel under the pseudonym Gustavus Selenus in 1616. I can't confirm that this work actually mentions Fool's Mate (I don't speak German, and I can't find the full text in online references) or that there is no earlier reference.


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To my knowledge there is no book on chess engine programming because there is no market. People study the source code simply by reading it. If you have any question, please join Stockfish/LC0 discord. It worked well for me, I just ask online anything I don't understand. I would suggest the following on learning. Many more I may have missed. https://www....


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You can make it up yourself as you go along. You already know that chess is better learned with as few pieces on the board as possible, which puts you way ahead of the people who want to teach newcomers with all 32 units. At the first meeting of a 10- or 12-week class, I teach the kids a game with eight white pawns and the black queen. If a pawn reaches the ...


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Capa's books are very good for your level especially the one you mentioned. My System is probably too advanced for where you're at. It's a great book but probably better for someone around 1800. Beginners should focus on not making huge tactical mistakes. Positional play like My System teaches you how to plan what to do when you can play a game without ...


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Hold on, the translation is coming out in December! https://www.amazon.com/Zlotniks-Middlegame-Manual-Structures-Manoeuvres/dp/9056919261/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&qid=1595944036&refinements=p_27%3ABoris+Zlotnik&s=books&sr=1-1


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You aren't going to learn much that you couldn't learn from a database. MCO has very little explanation. I will say though that it is useful to quickly run through an opening and get a feel for the types of typical positions that come up. Also, sometimes the positional evaluations might be interesting especially if they contradict the engines and databases. ...


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This book is a reference manual. Each page shows a diagram position from 2 to 10 moves deep. Beneath the diagram columns of chess notation denote how different games have proceeded from that position. The next page will usually contain the many footnotes referenced from the columns. These include source games or mentions of interesting alternatives. Is it ...


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FM Bill Jordan has written several, including: How to Write a Chess Engine The Joy of Chess Programming: How Chess Engines Work How to Write a Bitboard Chess Engine: How Chess Engines Work The first is basically a printout of his engine's code, with an explanation of each code segment.


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By a stroke of luck, Tim Krabbe made a mention of an earlier occurrence on his site. It's in his AD Magazine, issue #135 entitled "LOYDS MOOISTE VERGISSING," meaning "LOYDS MOST BEAUTIFUL MISTAKE." The Dutch text says "Wit en Zwart helpen elkaar daarin om tot een mat te komen, zoals in het snelst mogelijke mat vanuit de beginstelling,...


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There are YouTube videos covering these specific areas but I'm not convinced I could recommend them. Nevertheless, here are 3 for you to try and make your own mind up. They are at least free. Mastering the Middlegame with Atul Dahale : Aaron Nimzowitsch : Prophylaxis! (link at about 15 minutes in because before that it is mostly irrelevant drivel) Tigran ...


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Each column corresponds to a line of play. A row corresponds to a move; the dashed line indicates where columns diverge from previous columns. For example, column 3 gives the line 1 e4 e5 2 f4 exf4 3. Nf3 g5 4. h4 g4 5. Ne5 d6 6. Nxg4 Nf6 ... The letters are footnotes which should be at the bottom of the page (sometimes they overflow to the next page). They ...


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There is a crucial part missing from the definition. To have the opposition you must have an odd number of squares between the kings when it is your opponent's turn to move. This is obvious when you think about it. Suppose you move your king to be diagonally opposite your opponent's king on a square of side 4. The two kings are on the same diagonal and so on ...


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One book which I liked, when I was a child, is Chess for Tigers by Simon Webb. However, this book is pretty old (the first edition was published in 1978), and at least the tip to write moves down before moving isn't allowed today anymore.


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You will probably find interesting the chess books of David Bronstein, specially The sorcerer´s apprentice. He was an interesting person, and has dissertations about different topics in his books. Even though most of them are chess analysis, he enjoys explaining about psychology, artificial intelligence game style and such.


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BCE (Basic Chess Endings) by Fine was the one I used. It is long out of print. There are some newer books but I can't say which of them might be good now. Also online has the sort of info you want and would be easier to find what you think is good for you.


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MCO is an excellent source of information. In fact, opening encyclopedias actuality are not related to the existence of chess engines or to the latest that has been played. Rather, the variants selected by the encyclopedia are important because the players who selected them are people with extensive experience in the field. The time that has elapsed since ...


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There are so many definitions of “beginner” :-) So i can only try some general advices. Beginners should start with tactics and easy endgames. In Europe, the Stappen method is quite popular and has a lot of materials for beginners and intermediates, but any book with explanation of tactical motives and a LOT of examples will serve. An app with chess puzzles ...


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I don't know there's a book that covers all of those openings well. The Pinski book tries to but I don't think they do a good job. My favorite book on the Evans is Harding's book. The two knights can go in a lot of different directions so you might look into how you want to play it first. The Giuoco Piano and modern bishop's opening may look similar but are ...


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The binary file consists of a number of 16 byte entries, formatted as follows first 8 bytes the position hash, next 2 bytes encode the move as mentioned in the previous post, the next 2 are the move weights and the final 4 are the move learning. The main problem you'll have is matching the position hash you generate with that used in the book, so you'll ...


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I can't speak on the usefulness of ECO for serious study. However, I can tell you that https://www.openingtree.com/ (which is not a printed reference, but is relevant to the title) is much easier than a book to search: just play the moves, and the most common lines with white/draw/black percentages are displayed. You can search by Lichess players, chess.com ...


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