James Christopher
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Are two knights generally worth less than two bishops?
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As with many things in chess, the answer is: It depends on the position. You touched on this by discussing open vs closed positions, but it can go much deeper than that. In high level play, the middle ...

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How do you analyze master games?
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Here is some commentary by IM Jeremy Silman, who is also well known for his work in chess instruction. http://www.chess.com/article/view/the-point-of-studying-master-games-part-one http://www.chess....

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How can a drawish opening be fashionable?
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Because an obscure variation is just that -- obscure. It is far less understood and analyzed, and so you cannot be confident in your ability to play lines that lead to the outcome you want. In a well ...

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Is a bishop less than half the value of a bishop pair?
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Who are these "some experts"? I was not able to find any IMs or GMs that value the pair at 1-2 pawns. Keep in mind that these values are not absolute. It depends entirely on position and how your ...

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What's up with the doubled pawns?
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It's always a matter of tradeoff. You can find plenty of IM & GM games where a player accepts doubled pawns because they feel it's worth it in that position. In this position, the doubled pawn is ...

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How many games should one play online per day or week?
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This is like asking "what is the ideal number of hours to read each week". The answer is: it depends on the person. The only solution is to experiment with different numbers and see what works best ...

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Can I win this Rook and Pawn vs Bishop endgame?
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Draw. The white king can never occupy g6/7/8, and thus there is no way to attack both h7 & h8 at the same time, thus no way to chase the black king off the h file, nor any way to support the ...

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Professional games that ended with mate
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Quite a few games here. There are many games with top players that ended in mate. http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chesscollection?cid=1001021

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Are there games between top computers which uncovered never-seen-before ideas?
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Computers are based on algorithms written by humans, which are based on knowledge and concepts known to humans. They do not work based on abstract chess ideas. Computers are not known for creativity, ...

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What is the required Elo to beat a Grandmaster with queen odds?
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It's hard to say for sure, but even a grandmaster wouldn't have a very good chance without a queen unless the opposing player made big blunders. GM Larry Kaufman estimates that Kasparov would "have ...

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How popular is chess?
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according to wikipedia, the USCF has experienced strong membership growth in recent times: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Chess_Federation However, another angle would be to look at ...

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What's a good way to learn opening theory?
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It's better to know a few good openings well, rather than a bunch of various ones. You might get thrown by some novel (to you) opening by learning a few basics, but unless you're a master who has time ...

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