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Is endangering the king a good strategy in some positions?

Whereas "sacrifice" is a bad word, as already was pointed out ("endangering" maybe), from the standpoint of game theory this strategy may be completely rational...if the players ...
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Is endangering the king a good strategy in some positions?

What checkmate in 1 might be tricky to spot? One possibility: promoting a pawn to a knight. This might work better online than over the board: the software your opponent uses might make it easier to ...
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What is the required material to force a king move checkmate?

As you noted, no "K + single piece" can achieve this. Here is an overview to the "K + two x" cases, of which only three cases don't work. Note that these base cases allow for any ...
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With regards to the safety of the king when castling kingside

In praxis, a nonissue. You see a backranker coming from miles ahead. Unless you are really a beginner. But in this case, as you observed, the weakening of the king position is even worse: The backrank ...
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History of convention for king & queen placement

According to this translated version of Libro de los Juegos ("Book of Games"), page 7: And of the other pieces which are greater one resembles the king, who is the lord of the army and he ...
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If I remove a king from one side, which side has an advantage?

Removing one player's king would have two effects: In the endgame the king is notionally worth 4 points as an attacking piece, more than a knight or bishop and almost as much as a rook. That is a ...
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What is the required material to force a king move checkmate?

I also looked a bit into "king discovered mates that can be forced from any nonspecial position", and the following material suffices: RR (obvious) RXY where X and Y are light officers (Ka5 ...
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Is endangering the king a good strategy in some positions?

Yes! It is absolutely a valid strategy in online play with fast time controls. Here (youtube link) is an example in online play between two international masters: [FEN "K/8/1R/8/8/5k/8/4qqqq w - -...
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Is endangering the king a good strategy in some positions?

A maxim in chess is not to play a move while thinking "I hope he doesn't see it". This doesn't mean that your opponent will always spot the threat - and if they don't then congratulations on ...
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Can a king capture a piece in front of the enemy king

No. Kings cannot move into a position to be captured by another piece. Said differently, Kings may not move into check. See also the FIDE Laws of Chess which clearly state: 3.9.1 The king is said ...
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Is endangering the king a good strategy in some positions?

Further to existing answers, another sort of checkmate in 1 that might be tricky to spot is checkmate by discovered check.
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