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Bad Stockfish evaluation

Stockfish isn't a perfect chess-playing entity, and you've found a position where it's unable to tell is a draw (at least until the 50 move rule kicks in and helps it prune). These positions are ...
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How is mate guaranteed - Bobby Fischer 134

However, if black takes with Rook, then Knight takes' white's rook, white rook to take knight, then black rook to take white rook. This prevents the Qe8 mate, doesn't it? No, it accelerates it. Let's ...
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What are the advantages of keeping the identity of a second secret?

The main function of a second is to provide timely analysis and advice to the principal player, both before and during the match. If the second is being pestered by the chess press because their ...
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How can I make my child interested in playing chess?

In my experience it is likely that kids get interested in whatever you are interested in. So, play a couple of chess games with a friend or set up some chess problems and work on them yourself at a ...
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Are there rules for categorising all pawn-only endgames into won/drawn/lost?

Generally speaking, the side with the most pawns will win. The tempo provided by the extra pawn is usually enough to gain opposition and access to the key squares. Doubled pawns don't matter for this, ...
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How is mate guaranteed - Bobby Fischer 134

The objective is not to eliminate the rooks. The objective is to remove black's defense of the e8 square so that Qe8# can be played. After Nxd8, does black still control e8?
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Are there rules for categorising all pawn-only endgames into won/drawn/lost?

While there are general rules, these rules have many exceptions and nuances. In the following position with White to move, both sides have a passed pawn, but the fact that Black's passed pawn is so ...
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Balancing chess and work

20 years old is not that late to start. Any amount of time spent can help improve or maintain skills. Consider how much time you would like to spend and commit to it. Adjust to ensure you are ...
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Balancing chess and work

There is a lot of argument over the 10,000 hour rule, which is said to be the amount of practice required to attain mastery of a skill. With today's tools, learning can be accelerated quite a bit. ...
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Solvable studies that computers fail to crack

Here is an outrageous mate in 57 puzzle which none of the top 3 engines are able to solve: [fen "8/6pp/5p2/k7/3p4/1Q2p3/3prpp1/3Kbqrb w - - 0 1"] 1.Qc4 Kb6 2.Qd5 h6 3.Qc4 Ka5 4.Qb3 h5 5.Qc4 Kb6 6....
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Can one improve his chess without playing online?

I'd like to start with this comment of yours: "I fear that without this abusive online playing my abilities OTB will be damaged." I know where you are coming from, because I've been there, ...
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Bad Stockfish evaluation

It helps to understand that engines don't really go off of "strategy", so much as they look several moves into the future, evaluate the score of the position, and find the optimal move set. The great ...
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Why is it important to study classical games?

There are a variety of reasons: Regardless of when they were played, there is always a lot to learn in analyzing better players's games. Players from a century ago often used simpler strategical ...
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How to study chess?

There are a number of ways to study, the most efficient route isn't always the one most people can commit to though. It's best to do something you can sustain consistently for a long time. Generally ...
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Similar opening positions and structures

There are two paths you can choose and they both depend on the current pawn structure you play. You see, I understand exactly what you face here, as I have the same problem. When you work or have ...
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Is it possible to achieve this goal? Asking strong chess players

I feel that this is a troll post due to the language. I can say this immediately. The rating system that you are using is not a USCF or FIDE rated system with over the board play and/or you have a ...
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Solvable studies that computers fail to crack

Indeed such studies do exist, similar to the fortresses you speak of. In my experience timely underpromotions seem to be the Achilles' heel of most current engines, and I remember at least one example ...
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Is it possible to reach master level without studying theory?

Anything is possible. The real question is how likely are you and most people to do it that way. And it depends on what you call 'theory'. I read NO theory. But I read a lot of practical books on ...
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How can I make my child interested in playing chess?

I have grown up loving chess from 4 years old playing a video-game(for Windows DOS), which a lot of old school animations. The game is called "Battle Chess". You can play here: https://classicreload....
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Must chess studies be composed?

First, let's look at the origin of the term "study". In art, a study is a drawing, sketch or painting done in preparation for a finished piece, or as visual notes. Studies are often used to ...
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Are there rules for categorising all pawn-only endgames into won/drawn/lost?

There is no general rule for multi-pawn endgames as they are much too complex. However I believe that most of the pawn only endgames that appear in regular games are readily assessed correctly by ...
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How important is playing chess games while you are working on to improve your chess?

Personally, I think that you have a very solid plan. When I was up-and-coming, I would study a lot every day, but I would only play about two tournaments a year. Up to a certain point, I would pick up ...
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Is there some resource of non-tactical positions to practice analysing?

I looked at my library, and opened up a number of books. The old Dvoretsky books really do not do this much, but the "School of Future Champions" and "School of Chess Excellence" series do have many ...
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Which endgame manual?

A lot of endgame work is dry, and there is no getting around that. I learned endgames long before those books were available, and although it was a lot of work, I loved Ruben Fine's "Basic Chess ...
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How to master 1.e4 repertoire from scratch

The special feature of a 1.e4 repertoire is that transpositions are rare. You can have independent repertoires against each of black's replies. This is very different from 1.c4, 1.d4 and 1.Nf3 where ...
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Benefits of studying annotated grandmaster games

Tal vs Botvinnik 1960 is very good as Tal is quite verbose in commentary and what he was thinking about during the game. In addition to the benefits you mentioned, the annotations help you understand ...
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What is the solution to single-check chess?

If you trust Stockfish's evaluation on lichess.org, using the "three check" variant where both sides already have two checks, White wins in 5 moves with 1. e4, 1. e3, 1. Nc3, or 1. Na3, and ...
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Because of the distortion of the computer era, is it preferable to study mainly old opening lines?

I never played Sicilian Defense as Black for this reason. A quote from Larsen: Had I not played the Sicilian with Black I could have saved myself the trouble of studying for more than 20 years ...
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