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Alpha Zero vs Stockfish, French Defence, is this move for Black better?

I'm referring to the French Defense (C11 ECO code) game where Alpha Zero played 30. Bxg6 ! , sacrificing a bishop for a better position. After Alpha Zero's move 30. , I couldn't find any good moves ...
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What happened with the Fide online arena

About a year ago I stumbled on arena.myfide.net which looked promising , and unique in the ability to get an actual Fide rating. But in that year no progress has been made with the site, and mobile ...
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Pawn Structure database

I wonder if there is any existing or a way to create a chess database organised only according to pawn structures, where the notion of a pawn structures is crudely defined by GM Andrew Soltis in his ...
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Using the king to prevent castling

What is a more difficult problem which involves using the king to prevent castling than the following problem? White to play and win: [FEN "r3k3/5p2/2K2P1P/b1N1P2P/8/8/4n3/8 w q - 0 1"]
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Does the chick promotion rule in dobutsu shogi really matter?

In dobutsu shogi, the chick (Japanese pawn) promotes to a chicken (Gold general). In my experience this promotion occurs only rarely and I suspect after much blundering. Does the chick promotion rule ...
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Are there any dicylic graphing programs for chess?

Although chess is frequently thought of as a tree structure, it is not because positions can be arrived at through different move orders and moves can be repeated. Are their graphing programs/...
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Human and computer vs computer alone

How much stronger are human/computer teams vs. computers alone? My understanding is that that advantage is enough to be decisive, especially in correspondence play, but just how large is it?
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Blind and Visually Impaired Chess Players

Answering this question, I was wondering how visually impaired or blind a player should be to participate at the IBCA Chess Olympiad for Blind and Visually Impaired Chess Players.
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how to use ending evaluation in UCI interaction with Stockfish

Playing with the Stockfish 8 UCI from the terminal, I've managed to make it compute move, set the position and load SYZYGY tables. But how can know if an endgame, that corresponds to a kind of ...
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adjusting parameters in the engine stockfish 6

I downloaded stockfish 6 (a binary file for windows). It works, but I miss two things : The depth seems to be rather low. How can I increase the selectivity ? How can I achieve that the engine uses ...
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Collecting principal variations during search and using them in ordering?

In an Alpha Beta search (Negamax framework), how does one collect principal variations to use in move ordering and how does one use them, without using a transposition table? And would it be different ...
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Traps in the Jobava Attack

Are there any known early tactical traps in the so-called Jobava Attack (1.d4 d5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bf4) for both sides? Leaving out the Barry Attack (early g6 by Black).
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What's a fun troll bughouse opening?

Been playing e3, ke2, kd3 in bughouse on chess.com. Got to 1800 pretty easily. Looking for other openings to play. Pushing down a4-a5-a6 is actually pretty strong.
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Four player chess (team): is there some opening theory written somewhere?

I am an active player on four player team chess on chess.com (my Elo is currently 2095). I am planning to write something about theory of opening of this chess variant. Question is, do you know if ...
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Fritz Online will not finish game?

Fritz Online will play all the way to the point where there's mate in one move. In other words, if you are white and Fritz is black it will stop playing (moving) at the point any black move will be ...

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