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Is it possible to compose a checkmate with king and any three minor pieces against bare king in the center of the board?

It is indeed impossible to construct a mating net with king + 3 minor pieces against a lone king in the center of the board. A mating net would require that all 9 squares in the 3x3 block which ...
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Is there an equivalent to “a knight on the rim is dim” in other languages?

German Ein Springer am Rand bringt Kummer und Schand. = (lit.): A knight on the rim brings sorrow and shame.
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Is there an equivalent to “a knight on the rim is dim” in other languages?

Russian Конь на краю — позор на голову твою. Literally, "a knight on the rim is a shame onto your head". Transliterated: "kon' na krayu — pozor na golovu tvoyu". The Russian ...
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Is there an equivalent to “a knight on the rim is dim” in other languages?

In French, I have heard "Cavalier au bord, cavalier mort" ("a knight on the rim is a dead knight").
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Why is en passant hardly heard of?

It is taught together with the rest of the rules of the game. You playing for years without knowing about it has nothing to do with that, either you learn the rules or you don't, you won't self-...
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Is there an equivalent to “a knight on the rim is dim” in other languages?

The Spanish version is not the most elegant one, but there it goes: "Con los caballos por los rincones vas a ganar por los cojones" Perfect consonant rhyme, which can be (liberally) ...
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Is there an equivalent to “a knight on the rim is dim” in other languages?

Italian Cavallo sul bordo, Spettacolo balordo Literally, “a knight on the rim is an awkward spectacle”
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Where to start with a child learning chess?

Does it make most sense to just start playing with setting up all the pieces, or are there smaller "games" that one can/should start with? It doesn't really matter the age of the person learning to ...
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Best method of remote tutoring?

Have you tried lichess studies ? They can be used exactly like that. Let me give you an overview of how it works. First you need to create a study, which you can do by heading to https://lichess.org/...
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Where to start with a child learning chess?

I tend to disagree with the other answers that suggest starting with just a few pieces. Kids absorb so much, so quickly. When my daughter was 4, she used to just watch me so she got some familiarity ...
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Is there an equivalent to “a knight on the rim is dim” in other languages?

Dutch It's similar to the German version (not a surprise given the familiarity between both languages) but the Dutch version, which made Wikipedia, is: Een paard aan de rand is een schand which ...
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Is there an equivalent to “a knight on the rim is dim” in other languages?

In Swedish, there is En springare på randen är en springare på stranden. — A knight on the edge is a knight on the beach. It seems real but not very common: searching, I find one usage in print, in ...
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Is there an equivalent to “a knight on the rim is dim” in other languages?

Norwegian "En springer på randen er en springer i sanden." A Knight on the edge is a Knight in the sand. One source claims this is a (bad) translation of the Dr. Siegbert Tarrasch's German ...
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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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Is there an equivalent to “a knight on the rim is dim” in other languages?

Danish "En springer på randen er en springer på spanden" This literally translates to "A knight on the rim is a knight on the bucket". Here, "on the bucket" is an idiom ...
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Giuoco Piano to Kids

I'd explain nothing about openings to a 6 year old, except maybe something about using all your pieces (but it'll fall to deaf ears, most likely). I assisted at a local school tournament recently, ...
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What sort of job opportunities fits well with a good chess player?

If you're question is: What job can I get if I put "strong chess player" on my CV, the answer is probably nothing. Although a difficult game to master, the skills you acquire with chess has very ...
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Why is en passant hardly heard of?

Quite frankly it's because most people don't care enough about chess to grasp the motivation behind the rule, so, because it comes into play so rarely, they forget the rule even exists. I would bet ...
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Play pawn-only chess vs a friend

The 'From Position' variant seems to require that both sides have a king. So, keep the kings on the board. In particular, create a new game with a friend, select Variant: From Position, and paste '...
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Is there an equivalent to “a knight on the rim is dim” in other languages?

A rhyming version in Chinese is: 马跳边,易被歼 (ma tiao bian, yi bei jian) Which roughly translates as "A horse that jumps to the edge is easily destroyed", where horse is the Chinese name for the ...
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Ideas for giving chess lessons at school for differing levels of playing strength?

You could record your lessons for class consumption. This would be useful for students who miss lessons. Please make sure if it's legal to record group lessons in your school though.
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Is there an equivalent to “a knight on the rim is dim” in other languages?

Japanese? ナイトの価値は縁の内。(Naito no kachi wa fuchi no uchi.) The knight's worth is (as a topic, somehow related to) the inside of the border.
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Games that illustrate attacking themes

When it comes to maneuvering pieces to an enemy's king in a position, the following famous game with a king walk comes to my mind. The position isn't quite closed, but it does illustrate an attacking ...
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What level of player is Kasparov's MasterClass suited for?

I have seen the materials in the program, and they are for players well below your level of play. I am not sure that they are even for a 1000 player since they are very basic. While he uses positions, ...
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Free offline demonstration software with arrows, sidelines and engine

Did you already give Scid a really good look? Drawing Arrows Arrows can be drawn in two ways. In the Main Board, hold Control and click on the start square and then end square. Or in the Comment ...
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Free offline demonstration software with arrows, sidelines and engine

I have asked a similar question before: Can I host lichess server to my local machine to use the study offline? Because I was obsessed with lichess-study, I had chosen to use it offline. If you are on ...
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What chess book or teaching approach is this from my childhood?

You can make it up yourself as you go along. You already know that chess is better learned with as few pieces on the board as possible, which puts you way ahead of the people who want to teach ...
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Chess-like games and exercises that are useful for chess coaching

Game: Race to the Finish I play this with the juniors at my local club to help them build their pattern recognition and endgame skills, not sure how it would work online Audience All levels Pros ...
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Who is the teacher of the game that has a lesson plan as follows:

Not in 3D and not super-fancy, but it should get across the point. I did not do it for the rook because as you note the rook always has 14 squares to go to (on an empty board). However if you want to ...
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Does chess help develop moral virtues or correct practical attitudes?

Chess definitely helps with intellectual development and education. Math is the most obvious area where chess definitely helps. There is a lot of research to back this up. If you think about it, chess ...
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