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King or Queen-Which piece is which?

In general, a chess set has the king as the tallest piece, followed by queen, bishop, knight, rook and pawn in that order. Notice in the starting position how the piece height decreases smoothly from ...
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Must one say "queen check" before capturing a queen?

The official FIDE laws of chess do not know about a queen check. Announcing a "queen check“ might even be considered a case of "to distract or annoy the opponent“ (11.5). Even announcing a &...
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How to deal with your opponent's queen if your opponent rejects any trades?

There is no need for an early queen trade. Just develop your pieces, if possible by attacking the queen. Here is an example from the Wayward Queen Attack also known as Patzer Opening. [fen ""] 1. e4 ...
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How to deal with your opponent's queen if your opponent rejects any trades?

Trying to encourage a queen trade in this sort of situation is usually the wrong strategy. The exaggerated version of the answer is this. Your opponent has just proved that they don't know how to ...
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Does a KQQ vs KQ endgame position with perpetual check exist?

The position given by Akavall is indeed a draw by perpetual, but it's a bit difficult to see because White has many different options at some moves. They can even choose to sacrifice the h2 queen, ...
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Must one say "queen check" before capturing a queen?

No. Some people think it is polite to say 'gardez' to alert a player that the Q can be taken. But no rule says you have to say check nor gardez and in serious games with good players it is not done. ...
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Has there ever been a grandmaster-level win where a queen did not move nor get taken throughout the game?

As noted in the first comment to your question, there are certainly a lot of draws. To narrow it down to reasonable games that were wins, I searched the Mega 2019 Database for games with both players ...
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Trading queens in the opening

There is not opening that usually paves the way for a queen trade. There are plenty of specific lines that allow for it, but it takes cooperation from your opponent. The first line that comes to mind ...
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Why does a knight combine better with the queen than a bishop does?

It is a fairly short and simple explanation: They can combine to attack any square, not just squares on one color. As part of that they can also shift the attack better from one square to another.
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King or Queen-Which piece is which?

At first glance, the taller piece with skinnier top would appear to be the King while the shorter, rounder piece would appear to be the Queen. There are a few reasons why this would appear to be the ...
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Losing the queen and then winning the game

Losing a queen early on without any compensation or counterplay means almost certain defeat against anybody except for absolute beginners. There is a certain "point system" which can be used to ...
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Countering The Wayward Queen Attack

First of all, despite the stigma attached to early queen moves Nakamura has played the white side of 1. e4 e5 2. Qh5 several times in top level play, so it is a move you should treat with respect. The ...
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Moving the queen early in the game - beginner

The main issue with developing your queen early is that it is a very valuable piece, so pretty much any time your opponent threatens to take it, he is threatening to win material. (Contrast with ...
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What is the earliest queen move in any strong, modern opening?

The definition is still a bit ambiguous, but here's what I found. The absolute soonest to move the queen is probably the French Defense: Chigorin Variation which begins with 1.e4 e6 2.Qe2. The ...
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What is the shortest possible game with 18 queens?

Here is a solution in 96 plies. Found by Friedrich Burchard & Friedrich Hariu, it was published in the German magazine feenschach issue #33 in 1976 on page 22. It can be viewed and downloaded as a ...
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Has there ever been a grandmaster-level win where a queen did not move nor get taken throughout the game?

Here is another decisive game where neither queen moved: [FEN ""] [Event "36th Olympiad"] [Site "Calvia ESP"] [Date "2004.10.17"] [EventDate "2004.10.15"] [Round "2"] [Result "1-0"] [White "Alexander ...
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Why does a knight combine better with the queen than a bishop does?

One of the ways I teach kids how knights move is to put the queen and the knight on the same square. The knight can go to the nearest squares that the queen can't go to. It is this unique ...
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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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Why is exposing my queen for capture better in this position (According to computer analysis)?

Your description of the computer's suggestions doesn't quite match the position, but if you mean the computer suggests Nxe5, that is correct, as Bxd1 leads to a variation of Legal's Mate. Nxe5 Bxd1 ...
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Has there ever been a grandmaster-level win where a queen did not move nor get taken throughout the game?

I just happened to be reviewing the 2013 World Championship match a few days ago and asked myself a similar question because in round 9 Carlsen won without moving his queen or bishop. Anand vs Carlsen ...
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Why does a knight combine better with the queen than a bishop does?

John Watson's "Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy" contains a section titled "Folklore or Reality? Queens and Knights" John lists some folks that say Queen and Knight are better Capablanca Shirov ...
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Forced mate: 2 queens vs king

The longest KQQ-K mate whilst maintaining optimality is a mate in 4. [FEN "8/8/8/3k4/8/5K2/8/4Q2Q w - - 0 1"]
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Two Rooks vs Queen endgame

Generally speaking, it's a draw. Most pawnless endgames are drawn, unless one side has a material advantage of more than a minor piece. Either side can win if there are short-term tactics. To check ...
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Must one say "queen check" before capturing a queen?

The important part is that you and your friend agree on what to say and when. If you both agree that queen check (or gardez) is a nice thing to say, then go ahead and say it. I suggest taking the time ...
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What is the most queens that have been on the board in a grandmaster game?

This sounds like a job for Tim Krabbé, who presents two games with six queens: Szalanczy - Nguyen, Budapest 2009 and Anton - Franco, XXI Elgoibar Magistral 2011. I don't know how many of the ...
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What did Benjamin Franklin mean in this quote?

You hold yourself to a higher standard than your opponent, for politeness' sake. So you let him play an alternative move after you kindly point out that it was perhaps not the best available, but you ...
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Moving the queen early in the game - beginner

It is true (per @dfan) that bringing the Queen out early invites attack and wastes the Queen-mover's time. In more advanced play, this is very very bad. But for beginners, it doesn't matter a bit. ...
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Why do players resign after accidentally giving their opponent a free queen?

Material (i.e. basically who has more and better pieces) is a very important factor in the objective evaluation of a chess position. The queen is the strongest piece on the board, roughly equal to two ...
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King or Queen-Which piece is which?

It doesn't matter. As long as you and your opponent are in agreement about which one is the king and which one is the queen, it doesn't really matter what they were "supposed" to be. That said, if ...
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