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Why is the King's Gambit not played often?
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One of the more common lines for the King's Gambit is accepting, followed by 3. Nf3. That is, 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3. After this, black can follow with 3... d6, the so called Fischer defense. ...

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What is it about Magnus Carlsen?
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I just wanted to add a bit more to Ed Dean's Answer. These are some fun facts: In October 2005 he took first place at the Arnold Eikrem Memorial in Gausdal with eight out of nine points and a ...

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Why is the light-squared bishop considered White's best bishop?
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The black king, will occupy e8 and g8 (before and after castling, respectively), both of which are white squares. Also, the weakest point on the black kingside is f7, again a white square. Because ...

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What are the possibilities for checkmating with two bishops here?
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This likely is not the answer you are looking for, but Jerry (A 2200+ USCF National Master) from the Chess Network has a nice video explaining the algorithmic approach to checkmate with two bishops. ...

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The moves leading to the winning combination
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One idea which helps a surprising amount when considering tactical possibilities is to look at what you are thinking about, and reverse the order of the moves. If you think you can checkmate the ...

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Why is Byrne vs. Fischer (1956) regarded as the "Game of the Century"?
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I just wanted to add, Jerry aka ChessNetwork, a USCF Master, did an analysis of this game. It is worth watching. When this game was played, it was the best game of chess ever by a 13 year old. The ...

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Theoretical relationship between Caro-Kann exchange and Queen's Gambit exchange
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I heard a master talk about exactly this yesterday. The essential differences he highlighted were regarding minority attacks and using the open files. In the exchange Caro, black has a central ...

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