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Correspondence chess was traditionally played using postal mail, nowadays it's more common to use dedicated servers. Time limits are usually measured in days.
Questions related to the Norwegian Grandmaster and current World Champion Magnus Carlsen.
Games played by demonstrably skilled players such as FIDE IMs and GMs, or those of similar strength pre-FIDE.
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.
Questions dealing with how to defend against attack, and how to choose moves that are defensive in nature. Note 'defensive' does not mean passive.
a standard notation for recording a particular chess position, including the location of pieces, which side is to move, what castling rights are available, etc.
a timing device used to keep games moving. When a player's time runs out, she faces some penalty, frequently the loss of the game. For questions about time controls or time management…
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…
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…
Best practice (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Best_practice) is the best way of doing something or the recommended way of doing something in a high-quality manner.
the ability of a chess player to calculate variations in a given position.
The practice of putting something together before a chess game or tournament into a state where it is ready for action. Preparation is usually used in reference to openings, as one can "prepare an ope…
a variation of the Sicilian defense. This defense is characterized by the moves 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6.
The pawn endgame arrives at the end of the game when there are only pawns and kings on board. The play focuses on trying to promote a pawn or preventing an opponent from promoting a pawn.
The chess pieces have been assigned point values to serve as a general guide as to their relative worth.
For questions about algorithms used in computer chess software.
For questions about the Alpha Zero chess engine, currently the strongest chess engine there is, using artificial intelligence rather than minimax algorithms.
Questions about the United States Chess Federation. The non-profit governing organization for US over-the-board chess.
For questions about annotated chess games and the symbols used when annotating chess games.
Questions concerning the mathematics of the game of chess, or chess-related mathematical pursuits.
the opening that begins with the moves 1. e4 e5 2. f4, an aggressive sacrifice less popular today than in chess' romantic attacking era.
Viswanathan Anand was FIDE world champion 2000-2002 and undisputed world champion 2007-2013.
In blindfold chess, players play without sight of the board. They state their moves verbally while a referee makes them on a board, checking for correctness etc.
Garry Kasparov was the World Chess Champion from 1985 to 2000. He is often cited as one of the strongest players in the history of the game, if not the strongest.
a chess variant in which the positions of the pieces are decided by lot. The point of Chess960 is to stress understanding and calculation, not memorization.
the chess opening that begins with the moves 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4.