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The grandmaster (GM) title is 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 …
PGN stands for Portable Game Notation. This is a file format for storing chess games (both the moves and various header data such as players' names) that is easily read by people while also easy for …
For all questions related to the World Chess Championship: its holders, contestants, history, etc.
Questions about the middlegame. The middlegame is the stage of the game after the opening has been completed and most of the pieces have been developed, but before the endgame. In the middlegame…
Questions relating to castling
For questions about various time controls. See also the tag time-management.
Questions concerning the overall configuration of pawns in a game, e.g. what pawn structure features should be sought or avoided, when to alter the structure, how to work with one's pieces in a given …
Questions relating to the Knight
Questions concerning the mathematics of the game of chess, or chess-related mathematical pursuits.
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…
A gambit is 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.
Questions relating to the Bishop.
Questions related to techniques for promoting pawns, or the promotion itself.
Questions relating to check
Questions regarding the written rules, or the unwritten customs, that concern proper behavior in the world of chess.
Tablebases are 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…
Certain games are famous and well known among chess players, e.g. the Immortal game.
A blunder is a move that is a mistake that leads to losing material (e.g. a pawn or a piece) more or less without any compensation.
Games played by demonstrably skilled players such as FIDE IMs and GMs, or those of similar strength pre-FIDE.
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Questions relating to the Queen
Questions relating to well-known chess players.
A chess game is said to end in stalemate when the player to move has no legal move and his king is not in check.
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 …
1. e4 is White's most common first move (except at the top grandmaster level). It tends to produce open games.
The Ruy Lopez (or Spanish Game) is the chess opening which begins with the moves 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5.
Question relating to sacrificing material in chess
Universal Chess Interface (UCI) is the interface protocol used by most of the major chess engines.
Chessbase is a popular chess software for saving games, searching game databases and analysing games using a chess engine.
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.
Questions relating to the King
Questions relating to the chess pieces in a general, abstract sense; questions about physical pieces (e.g. identification questions) should be tagged [chess-set] instead.
Retrograde analysis is the method of deducing information by working backwards from a given position or outcome. This information can be about past positions of the same game, or may contain forward c…
Blitz chess is chess played with very short time controls, typically 5 minutes per side or less.
Questions related to the Norwegian Grandmaster and former World Champion Magnus Carlsen.