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How to balance the game for uneven players

(Disclaimer: this is my first post on this network, and in all honesty both you and your wife could probably beat me at a game. But I do have years of experience of finding handicaps to make chess ...
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What rating point advantage does playing White equate to?

I do not know whether any statistical analyses have been conducted using real games, but let me suggest the following (theoretical) estimation: My Stockfish 15 gives White an advantage of 0.3. ...
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What rating point advantage does playing White equate to?

Kaggle held a contest called the "Deloitte/FIDE Chess Rating Challenge". As part of the benchmarks for the challenge, they say the following (emphasis mine): (2) White Advantage Benchmark -...
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How to balance the game for uneven players

For several years I organized an odds-giving tournament for my club during the summer months with a sliding scale from pawn-and-move to queen based on rating difference. For good measure we added a ...
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How to balance the game for uneven players

In addition to other suggestions, you could consider a chess variant that may even the playing field. Chess960 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess960) [previously called Fischer Random, but renamed ...
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How to balance the game for uneven players

I don't believe chess really lends itself to such handicapping. She could have a time advantage but it probably wouldn't help since beginners lack ability, not time. More time spent analyzing ...
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How to balance the game for uneven players

A solution I have employed with my girlfriend, who is interested in improving at chess, is to begin with the endgame. Setting up a winning late-game position such as a rook, bishop and three pawns vs ...
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Giving moves as odds, what's the least number of moves by White which forces checkmate by the time it's Black's turn?

I think something like this is the easiest solution. The set-up takes 16 moves, but then it's only two more moves to checkmate and you don't need a computer to verify it. This is almost the same as ...
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How to balance the game for uneven players

You can try switching sides every 5 moves or so - a good workout for you too: to try and improve a poor position.
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Is there a way to use handicaps in chess to bridge the gap between players of different skill levels?

I have been handicapping student games for over 15 years, and my two favourites, if the relative strengths allow, are these: 1) White replaces queen with rook (about 4 points) -OR- 2) White replaces ...
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How to balance the game for uneven players

The way I have always done this is with time. Start with 5 minutes each on the clocks, no increments. Then the winner gets one minute less and loser one minute more for each subsequent game until ...
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Equation for Handicap

Are there any sort of equations for how much of a handicap one should receive to make a game between two players with differing Elo ratings as balanced as possible? The short answer is "No", ...
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At what handicap are humans as good as computer?

No scientific studies on this that I know of, but chess.com has hosted some online matches between super GMs (like Nakamura) and top engines in the world (esp. Komodo if I recall correctly). In these ...
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How to prepare for a handicap game (queen odds) / strategy?

Years ago my club in England ran a handicap tournament in the summer, which I organised and also played in. Had you and your friend been members, I think you would have played at Queen odds, or maybe ...
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What is the required Elo to beat a Grandmaster with queen odds?

I'm a senior master (2400+), and I've played thousands of odds games with players up to expert level (2000+). In the 90s I was able to give a local 2100 the odds of piece-for-pawn (White removes his ...
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What is the required Elo to beat a Grandmaster with queen odds?

I have played against computer engines with material odds for myself. At queen odds I win easily. Minor piece odds gave me a lot of good practice. I was losing them to start off but managed to ...
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How to prepare for a handicap game (queen odds) / strategy?

makes no sense. Opening theory is thrown off the window the moment you give material odds. All considerations about "knowing the opening" do not apply. Play the type of game that allows you to put ...
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What rating point advantage does playing White equate to?

I don't know of an empirical analysis either. Some years ago I attempted to do one on my own but ended up frustrated. The 54% advantage mentioned in the answers above is just an average from all ...
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Is there a heuristic for how much time handicap to give players of different skill levels?

we have even odds when poor player myself (1200 lichess) gets 5 minutes and stronger player him (1900 lichess) gets 1 minute That's probably not too far out. As I wrote in this answer about some of ...
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How to balance the game for uneven players

Chess doesn't seem to handicap as well as other games. This is why my wife and I don't play chess together (even though we both play chess). We play other games instead, where we are much more even (...
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How and why were the chess pieces given as "odds" predetermined?

The queenside pieces are less missed than their kingside equivalents, not only in defense but also in attack. Giving the kingside piece amounts to increasing the handicap. This would be most ...
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How does "time odds" confer an advantage to the weaker player?

This question raises a couple of topics: What is the minimum amount of time per move a player needs in order to avoid blunders, displacing the pieces, fingerfehlers, etc. When the time handicap is ...
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