Dag Oskar Madsen
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What are some good books for chess openings?
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It depends on what you are after and what your level is, but John Watson's Mastering the Chess Openings series has a good reputation.

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Why does Black play 10...a6 in the A39 variation of the English opening?
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This position is discussed in many books, the consensus being that 10... a6 is the best and most flexible move. As you say, black waits for white to reveal their hand, and a6 is generally useful. Play ...

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What was the biggest chess tournament held in the world?
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According to the USCF, the record holder for largest attendance at a rated chess competition is the SuperNationals V with 5335 participants. Link The SuperNationals III also had over 5000 ...

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Which chess variant has the largest board?
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Taikyoku shogi should be a good candidate. It was created in the 16th century, so it's a variant that has actually been played. The board size is 36x36, and it has 209 different types of pieces.

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How could I have extracted an opening advantage in this Owen's defence game?
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Black's opening play doesn't look good. This is more passive and dubious than a normal Owen's. The suggestion of 10. Nf1 followed by 11. Ng3 is a good one and should give white a nice advantage. But ...

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Which gambits get good results if they're accepted, but lead to poor results for the gambiteer if they're declined?
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In the Blackburne Shilling Gambit 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nd4, [StartPly "6"] [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nd4 4. Nxd4 (4. O-O) (4. Nxe5 Qg5!) black gambits the e5-pawn, but white ...

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Trying to locate a historical game in which the win involves sacrificing two rooks
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Could it be this game? [FEN ""] [Event "Living Chess Exhibition"] [Site "Los Angeles, CA USA"] [Date "1933"] [Result "1-0"] [White "Jose Raul Capablanca"] [Black "Herman Steiner"] 1. e4 {From "Viaje ...

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Why not 1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 Nf6 against the Reti opening?
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This is identical to the position that occurs after the move order 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 d5. The central push d5 is common in many openings, for instance the Grunfeld, but here the timing is bad. The ...

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Why does the Hyper Accelerated Dragon avoid the Rossolimo?
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In the Rossolimo proper, [FEN ""] [Title "Rossolimo variation"] [Startply "5"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 white usually holds back pawn to d4 and doubles black pawns with Bxc6, or later builds a ...

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Openings for pawn storms
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Since your opponent is most likely to castle short, you have to choose lines where long castling (for you) is reasonable. With white I would suggest 1. e4, and against 1... e5 the Center Game 1. e4 ...

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In the Delayed Open Catalan, after 1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. g3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Ne5 c5 8. dxc5 Bxc5, which move should I play?
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First of all, 7... Nc6 is a good move and is the reason why 7. Ne5 isn't played so often anymore. If black plays 7... c5, the books recommend 8. dxc5 Bxc5 9. Nc3 Qc7 10. Nxc4 Bxf2 11. Rxf2 Qxc4 12. ...

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Paul Morphy vs Henry Bird missing games.
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The five games mentioned might be the only games between Morphy and Bird that are preserved. Collections that claim to include all known Morphy games, only contain those five between the two, see for ...

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What are the qualification criteria for the world team championship?
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From the FIDE Handbook: 1.4.1 Teams Qualification for the FIDE World Team Championship according to the following criteria: a.The previous event's World Chess Team Champion b.The three ...

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Queens Gambit Declined vs Slav: Exchange Variations
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Short answer: In symmetric positions it's difficult to get an advantage if there's nothing concrete. In the Exchange Slav white only has an extra half-move against black's very solid position. Compare ...

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Is this an example of a backwards pawn?
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The pawn on d3 is not backwards since (as you say) it is protected by another pawn. There must be something missing from Wikipedia's definition. Later on the article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

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Who was A. Karu? (played Paul Keres)
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Investigating a bit further, we find that A. Karu wasn't quite an "ordinary Joe", he was actually one of Estonia's strongest correspondence players at the time. He finished shared 6.-7. ...

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Can solving lots of mate in one (or two) problems be beneficial?
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There is one aspect to this that the other answers only touch upon but not really discuss: mate-in-2 problems are constructed to have non-standard solutions. That's precisely why it's beneficial to ...

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KID fiancetto variation - reason for c6 after Nd7
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First of all, to sit back and wait isn't a good strategy for black, as white has many useful moves to make: h3, Be3, Qc2, Rfe1, Rad1. If white can get these moves in with black doing nothing, white ...

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Tarrasch defense with 6. dxc5
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6. dxc5 is just a good move, and you cannot really hope to refute it. It was given an exclamation mark in Grandmaster Reportoire 10 by Ntirlis and Aagard, and their main line starts as in your diagram....

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Which webpage broadcasts a single chess game, usually Carlsen's, in infinite analysis?
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You are probably thinking of analysis.sesse.net.

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Shocking queen sacrifices?
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There are so many games to choose from! The following queen sacrifice was quite shocking, at least the opponent didn't anticipate it. [FEN ""] [Event "Zurich Candidates"] [Date "1953.09.23"] [Round "...

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What was the last open tournament Anand participated in before this Gibraltar 2016 event?
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The 1993 Biel Interzonal according to The Hindu.

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How would you evaluate this king and pawn endgame for white, and what's the best book to study King and pawn endgames?
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You made this endgame too exiting, when it should have been a simple win for white. The simple way to win was 46. dxe5, as have already been mentioned. After 50. c4?! chaos started, and I think you ...

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Endgame improvement books
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If you want to learn more than just endgame theory, but also some strategy, then I can recommend the book Endgame Strategy by Mikhail Shereshevsky. I learned a lot from this book. Here is a nice ...

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Why are tablebase files so large?
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A tablebase contains information about every possible position with a certain material balance. The number of possible positions grows exponentially with the number of pieces. So while a tablebase ...

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Why is it said that beginning with 1. Nf3 2. c4 avoids the Benoni but beginning with 1. d4 2. c4 does not?
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With both move orders white can avoid the Benoni. The difference is all about which sidelines you allow and which ones you don't. 1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 is generally considered the most flexible move order ...

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Is there an opening where both knights get behind c4 and f4 pawns?
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The set-up with early c4, f4, Nc3, Nf3 can seldom be played successfully. Most often black's central pawns will stop this plan or chase away one of white's knights. For example 1. f4 d5 2. c4 d4 or 1. ...

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Instructive chess positions (and famous games/studies containing these) that engines do not understand well
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Besides fortresses, another type of position the engines tend to get wrong is when the weaker side is about to promote a pawn but the promotion can be delayed indefinitely. [FEN "5Q2/8/8/8/2k5/7P/...

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Openings that keep the king in the center on purpose?
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There are many respectable opening lines where the king stays in the center. A popular opening at the highest level is the Berlin Defense: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 ...

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Fried Liver Attack in the Scotch Gambit - Two Knights Defense?
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It's better to castle on move 7 and sacrifice the knight next move. Black will have a hard time defending against this. The variation with 5.Ng5 is called the Perreux Variation and is extensively ...

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