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Is it ethical to spar against an engine when playing correspondence?

Chess.com's site rules have the following to say: You can NEVER use chess programs (Chessmaster, Fritz, etc) to analyze current ongoing games unless specifically permitted (such as a computer ...
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Are world-class correspondence games more likely to be drawn than world class OTB games?

Yes (actually, hell yes). World class correspondence chess is very close to the infamous "draw death" of chess. If you thought 70-80% draw rate among the world elite at classical chess was ...
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Pros and cons of playing correspondence chess

According to friends who play correspondence chess they report the following benefits: Variety - you play lots of games all at the same time. Although you might not match Claude Bloodgood, who ...
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Is analysing moves on separate board in correspondence chess ethical?

Your question is a bit paradox: analyzing is the whole point of correspondence chess (and since strong engines exist, it is sort of a zombie). It is very unfortunate (and not your fault) that Lichess ...
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Is it ethical to tell your opponent how you are going to checkmate them?

I don't know why anyone should be offended by this. We are talking about correspondence chess here, even if you play it using a web server instead of through the postal service! The rules of ...
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Can you use the copycat strategy in correspondence chess?

According to the USCF correspondence rules: You may consult chess books and periodicals but not other players. I would interpret this to mean that playing two opponents against each other would not ...
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Pros and cons of playing correspondence chess

Frankly, the biggest con is that today's correspondence game has turned into computer vs. computer contests. So yes, you learn how to use the computer well, but you may as well play your own computer ...
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Is analysing moves on separate board in correspondence chess ethical?

In its FAQ, lichess explicitly states their rules for what they call "correspondence chess": Is correspondence different from normal chess? On Lichess, the main difference in rules for ...
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Is it ethical to spar against an engine when playing correspondence?

In chess we have to find the best move to play. In order to achieve this, we calculate several moves ahead. By using a computer 'only for sparring' you're effectively limiting the depth of your search ...
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Does playing correspondence chess improve your game?

A standard structure for a chess training program is broken down as follows: Use a 4-day cycle. Divide each day's chess time into 4 time units (the total of whatever time you can afford each day). ...
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In what ways is it the best to use a computer in correspondence chess?

Obviously, as long as they are permitted within the rules of the organization, here is how I would use a computer. First, realize that different programs are better at different things, and I will ...
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Pushing for Advantage with White in Correspondence chess

There is no doubt that this position is currently equal, and should end in a draw, but white has two pluses that are might make it worth playing on, at least for a while. First, there e5 square, and ...
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What is the status of correspondence chess?

Correspondence chess is still alive and well. Just as in the pre-engine days it is the branch of chess which comes closest to chess "truth". Before the internet and strong chess engines ...
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Which is better for an improving amateur to play even better: correspondence chess or faster time controls[both online]?

Correspondence chess will do more to improve the quality of your game. That is, your moves will be a lot more thoughtful and deliberate, and so will your opponent's. When you lose, it will probably be ...
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Recommended software for ICCF play?

The best engine to use for analysis is most likely stockfish. Works with multiple procs, probably the strongest tactically. And as a bonus, it's free (but you should get a good UCI. I use Fritz UCI ...
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Is it ethical to refer to opening book for the first few moves of a correspondence game?

Yes. ICCF: Says nothing about it, or assistance of any kind, and you can even use computers legally. Here are their rules. USCF: "3. You may consult chess books and periodicals but not other players....
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Are there any websites that allow standard correspondence chess time controls?

ICCF is a non-free site that offers 'standard' correspondence chess. I believe they have free 'friendly' (non-rated) matches. Typical fees for 7 player tournaments are around $11USD last time I ...
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Are there any websites that allow standard correspondence chess time controls?

http://ChessTempo.com offers a wide choice of correspondence time controls including a fixed number of days per game, or increment after a move. Just check it out.
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Could I have improved my position in this pawn up exchange Slav?

Your play was good, and you managed to slowly gain the upper hand from the more or less dead equal opening. At the end Rxe3 is forced, but after Qd2 I would have definitely considered Re4. You ...
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Is it ethical to refer to opening book for the first few moves of a correspondence game?

Yes. All correspondence chess always allowed written materials. Now they may also allow computers, and AFAIK also do so as it would be impossible to know if someone was using one or not. Many ...
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Your time is up on an online correspondence game but your oponnent has only his king; is it a draw?

Note: This was answered before the OP edited the question, and specified it was an online competition. According to ICCF (international) rules, yes, it is still a draw. 6.7 Except where one of the ...
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How do correspondence players keep track of ideas during games?

Although it's been many years since I participated, I used to play postal chess by snail mail. For each game I would write down and keep analysis of significant lines each time I moved so I didn't ...
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Which is better for an improving amateur to play even better: correspondence chess or faster time controls[both online]?

Some combination of both. Rapid/Blitz helps a lot on opening to middlegame play. You play a lot of games, see many variations and be familiar with your choice of opening and their middlegame plans. ...
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How to play against somebody using the book

The rules set by chess.com and lichess are basically the same (see this and this): Use of computer programs or chess engines is not allowed for any kind of games. Use of (paper/e-book) opening books ...
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Are today's top correspondence chess players stronger than those from 5 years ago?

Yes, mainly due to more advanced theory that wasn't known five (or more) years ago. Also, while top Correspondence players do indeed combine engines with their own ideas, having an Engine that is a ...
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Pros and cons of playing correspondence chess

My understanding of modern correspondence chess is that it's mostly a computer vs. computer slugfest. Everyone will be using computer assistance - in arenas where computers are "banned", ...
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In what ways is it the best to use a computer in correspondence chess?

This is by no means complete, but here's a few things. Use at least 2 engines. More different is generally better. Lc0 and SF would be an obvious pair. Especially with leela, look at the point of ...
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Daily game -- Is my opponent playing honestly?

I have no way of knowing for sure whether your opponent cheated - however, I suspect he did not. In the first game, Qc1 could easily have been luck. Keep in mind that your opponent isn't choosing from ...
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