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When in Rome speak Roman? Yes, "Let's REN-dezz-voose at the high sih-CHOO-ell (as in choo choo train)" I think if you're an American player below 2000, it really doesn't matter how you pronounce fianchetto. But, once you become a really good player, then do as the international chess community does. At the master level, the only proper way to ...


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Yes; this is called attraction. In this position, the White bishop attracts the Black king to f7 in order for the f3 knight to give check on e5, forking the king and bishop. This combination wins White two pawns.


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"If you want to determine whether a player is in check", then consider each opposing unit in turn. If it observes the turn player's king, the turn player is in check. Andrew's answer goes some way to explaining how one might do this, but missed the subtlety that an enemy line-piece's line of attack on the turn player's king might be obstructed by ...


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According to the Saint Louis Chess Club: National Events. Co-sponsored by the USCF, these events offer official U.S. titles and most are open to bidding by USCF affiliates. (Meaning that any affiliate - such as a club or organization holding USCF affiliation - may make a bid to host these tournaments.) Grand Prix. Major events, usually open to all, ...


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In PDB the keyword "Lenkung" in German ("steering" in English) is used for the tactic of White forcing Black to move a unit to a specific square where White wants it to be. "Steering" has wider usage than what the OP seeks. For one thing, this square might or might not be a black king-flight. For another, in some cases the ...


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Your troubles might stem from the fact that all pawns are hookable, loosely speaking. I thus define strictly operational: A pawn hook is a pawn in a position that allows the opponent to advance an own pawn, and open a file for its rooks by a capture. Now consider D.M.'s two positions and the h hook exploited by storming with the g pawn. As soon as the hook &...


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We can ask how effectively the castled King is guarded by the pawns in front of it. For simplicity of notation consider only short castling, with White on the attack, but all the ideas apply to long castling and Black attackers as well. At the beginner level, the advice is often given to leave the f7,g7 and h7 pawns where they are. The logic is that this ...


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Here's a position from one of my games. I'm playing White versus a master: [FEN "r2qk1nr/pp2bp2/2p1p2p/3pPnp1/1P6/P1N2N2/2P2PPP/R1BQR1K1 b kq - 0 11"] [White "D M"] 1... g4 This position isn't great for me, but his pawn storm really isn't all that strong. But imagine if I had a pawn on h3 instead of h2. [FEN "r2qk1nr/pp2bp2/2p1p2p/...


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