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How did a pawn appear out of thin air in “P @ e2” after queen capture?

You were playing the chess variant called Crazyhouse. In this variant you can place pieces you captured, as one of your color anywhere on the board, instead of a normal move. I don't know the software ...
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Why not take the bishop with the knight (Guseinov vs. Bauer)?

There is no hurry. After 8. Bb2 the bishop on b6 is not going anywhere. NxB continues to be available to white until black does something about it like a6. That means that delaying NxB gains a tempo ...
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Can a player capture en passant two times in a row?

Yes, given that the opponent helps the capturing side, it is possible to capture en passant two times or more in a row Here is a famous example from a real game. The score came from chessgames.com You ...
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Chesscademy Tactic: Is my alternative as good as the right answer?

The problem is that 5. Qxh5 isn't check, so Black has time for some back rank tricks (instead of capturing the rook on f6): [FEN "r1r4k/1p5R/3b4/4q3/B3P1Q1/1n1P3P/6P1/5R1K b - - 0 1"] 1... Kxh7 2. ...
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What is the correct hand movement to capture a piece?

According to the FIDE Laws of Chess: 4.1 Each move must be played with one hand only. In other words, the "correct" hand movement is one which uses only one hand. The order in which the opponent's ...
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Why didn't the Black rook capture the White bishop?

When a "total newbie" achieves such an overwhelming position against a computer, it most probably means that the computer was forced to make a "sub-optimal" move from time to time -...
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Notable decisive grandmaster-level games where only pawns were captured?

Last week GM Nigel Short tweeted: Not sure I have won too many games without a single piece or pawn being captured. Short-Derakshani, Beautiful Minds Krulich Cup, rd 10. I can't find PGN of that ...
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How to quickly calculate two pawns facing two pawns

Since this is happenning so early in the game, the best idea is probably not to get involved in deep calculations, but rather to get some knowledge about the pawn structures that could arise from ...
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Why doesn’t the computer like my odd queen trade?

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. ...
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Capture towards the center vs. undoubling

In this particular position both ...ab6 and ...cb6 are reasonable. Generally speaking I would prefer to take toward the center because the doubled pawns are not weak at all when they have neighbours ...
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What is the correct hand movement to capture a piece?

Short answer: Their movement is cleaner than yours, but not more legal. Longer: When you shove aside a piece with your capturing piece, it risks affecting the placement of the pieces around it. It ...
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Why not take the bishop with the knight (Guseinov vs. Bauer)?

One way of thinking in these situations in the opening is the following: while white gains the bishop pair after taking on b6, it also opens up the a-file for black's rook. Moreover (as Brian Towers ...
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Longest period with each piece "hanging"

Since a game with all 14 pieces, as kings are excluded, hanging has probably not happened yet, and will not for a long time, I will answer as best as I can. Under these circumstances, I think that the ...
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Can the king capture his attacker?

As long as the queen is not protected by another piece, the king can capture it. The king can in fact be a strong attacking piece, particularly in the ending, when it doesn't have to worry as much ...
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Was there ever a time when the goal in chess was to capture the king?

I think you may be right, but I can't find anything to support it. However, if the goal was originally to actually capture the opponent's king, this raises another interesting question: What happens ...
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In the case of en passant, should I move my pawn first or remove my opponent's one?

Both methods are legal. There is, however, one difference between the two options. If the en passant turns out to be illegal, then you must make a move involving the first piece you touched, if it is ...
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Piece And Pawn Only Massacre Games

In the pawns only, you don't need to move so many pawns. Getting the major pieces involved early seems to be fastest: [FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Qh5 Qa5 3.Qxh7 Qxa2 4.Qxg7 Qxb2 5.Rxa7 Rxh2 6.Rxb7 Rxg2 7....
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Touch move and capture sequence

Here is what the FIDE Laws of Chess have to say: 4.3 Except as provided in Article 4.2, if the player having the move touches on the chessboard,with the intention of moving or capturing: 4.3....
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How can I improve my evaluation of exchange positions?

A very good and old book is Think Like a Grandmaster by the Grandmaster Alexander Kotov. He was first to put forth the idea of candidate moves. Kotov recommended looking for several moves that seemed ...
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Can I capture my own pieces?

From the FIDE Laws of Chess, §3.1: It is not permitted to move a piece to a square occupied by a piece of the same colour. If a piece moves to a square occupied by an opponent’s piece the ...
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Only being able to move and not capture while in check

Below is for regular chess. I don't know about any chess variant which would have a rule like you describe. If you are in check you have to deal with it somehow, i.e. after your move you should not ...
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What is the longest possible series of consecutive captures?

Here's an example of 30 successive captures (White's 3rd to Black's 17th). It is the solution (from White's 3rd onwards) of a massacre proof-game found by Gerd Wilts & Norbert Geissler. [Title "...
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When is it a good idea to capture the fianchettoed bishop?

[FEN ""] 1. d4 c5 2. d5 g6 3. c4 Bg7 4. Nc3 d6 5. e4 Nf6 6. Bf4 O-O 7. Qd2 Re8 8. Be2 e6 9. Nf3 exd5 10. exd5 a6 11. O-O Bg4 12. h3 Bxf3 13. Bxf3 Qc7 14. a4 Nbd7 15. Rfe1 Bf8 16. Ne4 Nxe4 17. Rxe4 ...
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Why taking the bishop with queen is better here?

Your queen then attacks the undefended white d-pawn. Also, white is threatening Ne4 (attacking the black squared bishop), and after e.g. Bg7, taking on c5. If black took with the bishop, this would ...
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Why isn't the objective of chess to capture the opponent's king?

Short of tremendous blunders of moving into check, chess would be completely the same But it wouldn't be the same. There is one case where moving a king into check would not be a blunder. That case ...
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Piece And Pawn Only Massacre Games

Thanks to @DM, I managed to beat off another move by opening with a pawn capture and having one less check. Sorry mate! [Title "me, chess.stackexchange.com 3/3/2019, Non-Unique Proof Game In 10.0 ...
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What is the correct hand movement to capture a piece?

I believe either way is fine. I have seen both, but not in blitz. FIDE 4.6 When, as a legal move or part of a legal move, a piece has been released on a square, it cannot be moved to another ...
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Openings that reach endgames?

There's a "drawing line" in the Petrov Defense for White: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Qe2 Qe7 {Black has to play this or 6. d3 wins a piece} 6. d3 Nf6 7. Qxe7+ Playing 7. ...
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How much material is needed to force the capture of a lone queen (for example in horde chess)?

This is not quite definitive, but I claim that three queens plus any other piece is enough, while it appears that three queens alone is a draw. To determine this, I let Stockfish run on lichess for a ...
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