ToddM
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Can you objectively determine who was the best chess player of all time?
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I'm posting a sample answer to my question to give others an idea about what I'm thinking about. First, you have to define what you mean by best. For example, does best mean you are the most ...

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Why is the French defence not played at the highest level?
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The French is played at the highest levels today. For example, the number # ranked player in the world Caruana uses it. There is no refutation of the French. It's a sound opening. However, it may ...

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Who are the seconds of famous players?
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Wesley So → Vladimir Tukmakov Bobby Fischer → William Lombardy Viswanathan Anand has used Peter Leko, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, Sandipan Chanda and Krishnan Sasikiran. Hikaru Nakamura → Kristoffer ...

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The strength of blind chess players
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I played a blind player with a high expert rating in the 1970s. He said that going blind cost him about 200 rating points. His play was very strong but then he would miss things that I don't think a ...

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Good master games for learning how to win from a superior position
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I would add Paul Morphy to the list as he mostly had to play against weak players so you can get a good understanding of what to do against weak moves. Bobby Fischer played over all of his games as ...

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How to use TWIC files for study
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Grandmaster Larry Christiansen recommends studying 200 recent games per week from games that relate to your opening repertiore. TWIC is ideally suited for doing that.

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Mathematical formula to get how broad opening repertoire is
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I don't believe your approach works because you're counting every position as an opening repertiore what you're actually measuring is the degree to which they play openings where theory has prescribed ...

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Which international tournament game has the record for the longest sequence of forced moves until checkmate?
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Alekhine - Yates http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1012179 19 moves. Alekhine resigned a couple of moves before mate.

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Which online database is the best?
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chessgames.com because there are many comments on each game. Has a good selection of top level games.

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Does the Yugoslav Attack refute the Sicilian Dragon?
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GM Gawain Jones (who plays this opening) just published a huge two volume work. His conclusion, of course, is that it is quite playable.

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Is the Grand Prix Attack a poor response to the Sicilian?
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If Black knows what his doing, he can obtain easy equality. It's not an opening where White is likely to gain an advantage.

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Which openings give a winning pawn-structure in the endgame?
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Generally, openings that result in compact connected pawn structures are known to result in good positions when pieces are traded but can be cramped and too defensive if pieces are not traded. For e4,...

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How can someone become the greatest chess player like Magnus Carlsen?
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Having great coaches. Peter Heine Neilsen and Kasparov. He started young and studied a lot. I heard he used a standard Russian approach of learning two openings for Black and White which he would ...

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Stockfish: How to do so it only gives hints to one color
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Just use Stockfish within a database program and pick the "play against engine" option.

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White openings for counter-attacking players
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Larsen's opening b3. aims and counterattacking the center and aiming that bishop at the opponents kingside. Bird's opening 1.f4 is basically a reverse Dutch. You can play a reverse Alekhine's ...

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Refutation of the Maróczy Bind, suitable for correspondence chess?
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The correspondence chess database includes many wins for Black. Black typically wins by queenside attack or because his pawn structure is superior to Whites for the endgame because it is a bit over ...

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Which currently active chess player tends to play complicated positions?
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Nakamura, Mamedyarov, Topalov, Svidler, Shirov, Jobava

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Is it disrespectful to pay attention to other things while playing?
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I would say no. There was some training school in the 80s where you were not supposed to look at the board much but try to look anywhere else. The idea was to only see the board in your mind. Some ...

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What's a good way to learn opening theory?
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Write the various ideas that you discover in the opening. For example, in the Taimanov Sicilian against the English Attack when White attacks the Knight with g5, Black should consider playing Nh5 and ...

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Alekhine's defence: Exchange variation 5.e5?
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It's losing for Black because 6.c5 N(6)-d7 7. dxe! Black can't capture the pawn on e5 because 8. f4! wins a piece (e.g., 8. ... Nd7 9. Qe2+) so Black must play 7. Nxc5 and after 8. Bf4 White's pawn ...

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The Urusov Gambit
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It suggests that strong players believe it doesn't give White much of a chance for an advantage.

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How can I analyze and annotate multiple (500) games with stockfish?
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Chess Assistant and Chessbase would do it but of course you have to pay for the software.

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Is there a Windows based command line tool to convert cbh to pgn?
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If you have Chess Assistant (CA), it will do the conversion for you. For example, within CA just right click game on the game and go to Edit --> Copy to Clipboard and pick pgn.

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Is ECO still the best reference for all chess openings?
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IMO, this is an area that needs work. I developed a small computer program to check for duplicates in openings and found that most opening categorizations contain duplicate positions. For example, ...

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Why did the Berlin Defense of the Ruy Lopez disappear from the play of World Champions before Kramnik revived it?
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It was considered unsound and unplayable before Kramnik revived it by introducing a number of improvements in Black's play. Before that, people believed that White's kingside majority was a winning ...

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What does "master" mean?
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A USCF master has a chess rating of at least 2200. You used to be able to become a Life Master by playing 300 games where the rating you achieved was over 2200. In subsequent years the requirements ...

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As a Beginner, is playing a lot of tactics chess (puzzles) a good way to improve?
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I agree with other comments but I also believe you should have an approach to studying tactics such as recommended by Alexander Kotov in "Think Like a Grandmaster" (I skipped a rating class after ...

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What should you do when opponent opens with excessive pawn moves?
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Spassky gave the advice that against such place you should develop your pieces and strive for central control. Sorry I can't find the quote but he was playing against Petrosian who adopted an opening ...

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Which chess players are/were best at the endgame? Can you refer me to their exemplary games?
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IMO all the world champions were great endgame players. Rubinstein has been called the greatest player in Rook and pawn endgames. Check out his games http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chesscollection?...

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Which notable players in chess history successfully used dubious openings?
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Baadur Jobava http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1782733, Richard Rapport Odd Larson sidelienes, Baskaran Adhiban (every third game he tries to play something new and crazy http://www....

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