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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 …
The evaluation of a given position
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…
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 …
For all questions related to the World Chess Championship: its holders, contestants, history, etc.
Questions relating to the Knight
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…
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.
For questions about various time controls. See also the tag time-management.
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.
Questions relating to check
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 concerning the mathematics of the game of chess, or chess-related mathematical pursuits.
Questions relating to the Bishop.
Questions relating to the Queen
Questions relating to well-known chess players.
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…
White's most common first move (except at the top grandmaster level). It tends to produce open games.
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 …
Questions regarding the written rules, or the unwritten customs, that concern proper behavior in the world of chess.
the interface protocol used by most of the major chess engines.
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.
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…
said to end in stalemate when the player to move has no legal move and his king is not in check.
Questions relating to the King
Question relating to sacrificing material in chess
the chess opening which begins with the moves 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5.
a popular chess software for saving games, searching game databases and analysing games using a chess engine.
one of White's two most common first moves. It tends to produce closed games.
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.
present on the internet, e.g. livestreams, opening books or endgame databases
famous and well known among chess players, e.g. the Immortal game.
Questions relating to the Rook.
chess played with very short time controls, typically 5 minutes per side or less.