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The evaluation of a given position
the highest title awarded by FIDE. It is obtained by both acquiring a 2500 Elo rating, and achieving three "grandmaster norms," tournament performances of a sufficiently …
For all questions related to the World Chess Championship: its holders, contestants, history, etc.
Questions about the particular terminology used in chess
Questions relating to the Knight
Notation refers to any formalized method of recording chess games so they can be replayed and shared later. Common notations include algebraic, figurine algebraic, descriptive, and the digital PGN fo…
Questions related to techniques for promoting pawns, or the promotion itself.
an opening where one player sacrifices material - usually a pawn, but sometimes multiple pawns or even a piece - in order to gain some positional advantage, e.g. a lead in development or m…
A semi-open defense with a well-earned reputation for producing solid positions that are sometimes a bit stodgy. The usual move order is 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5.
The French Defense begins with 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5. Black plans to play a solid setup and contest white's center with moves like c5 and Nc6. The biggest drawback to the French Defense is that black's …
databases that contain complete, exhaustively calculated moves and variations for a given collection of chess positions. E.g. the Nalimov tablebases contain full solutions for all endga…
Questions regarding the written rules, or the unwritten customs, that concern proper behavior in the world of chess.
Questions relating to well-known chess players.
Questions relating to the Bishop.
White's most common first move (except at the top grandmaster level). It tends to produce open games.
Questions relating to check
the interface protocol used by most of the major chess engines.
For questions about various time controls. See also the tag time-management.
Questions relating to the Queen
Games played by demonstrably skilled players such as FIDE IMs and GMs, or those of similar strength pre-FIDE.
the chess opening which begins with the moves 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5.
a move that is a mistake that leads to losing material (e.g. a pawn or a piece) more or less without any compensation.
said to end in stalemate when the player to move has no legal move and his king is not in check.
For questions related to (world) records in chess, e.g. the longest game (in moves or in duration), highest obtained rating, longest mate in n puzzle, etc.
present on the internet, e.g. livestreams, opening books or endgame databases
Often, a puzzle type of problem in which a tactical or positional solution is required, like White/Black to move and win”, in what is often a middlegame of endgame-esqe position. But a puzzle can a…
one of White's two most common first moves. It tends to produce closed games.
Question relating to sacrificing material in chess
Questions relating to the Rook.
Questions relating to learning about chess or analyzing positions on the chessboard. Not to be confused with the concept of an "endgame study", a kind of chess puzzle which doesn't have it's own tag y…
a popular chess software for saving games, searching game databases and analysing games using a chess engine.
the opening given by the moves 1.d4 d5 2.c4. White offers a pawn in order to gain more central control.
chess played with very short time controls, typically 5 minutes per side or less.
Questions concerning the mathematics of the game of chess, or chess-related mathematical pursuits.
A concept in chess that involves targeting one of the opponent's pieces or a construct of them. For example, one can attack the opponent's king or pawn structure.
Questions related to the Norwegian Grandmaster and current World Champion Magnus Carlsen.