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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 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 …
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 …
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…
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 related to techniques for promoting pawns, or the promotion itself.
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 …
For questions about various time controls. See also the tag time-management.
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…
one of White's two most common first moves. It tends to produce closed games.
Questions regarding the written rules, or the unwritten customs, that concern proper behavior in the world of chess.
White's most common first move (except at the top grandmaster level). It tends to produce open games.
the chess opening which begins with the moves 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5.
said to end in stalemate when the player to move has no legal move and his king is not in check.
present on the internet, e.g. livestreams, opening books or endgame databases
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.
a move that is a mistake that leads to losing material (e.g. a pawn or a piece) more or less without any compensation.
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 which doesn't have it's own tag y…
Acronym for "Shane's Chess Information Database", an open-source application to view, edit, and manage collections of chess games.
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.
Robert J. Fischer (1943-2008) was an American grandmaster and world chess champion. At the height of his skills (1972) he was peerless. He was known for his meticulous preparation, deep understanding…