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Tom Au
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30 votes
10 answers
7k views

Is there a way to use handicaps in chess to bridge the gap between players of different skill levels?

21 votes
2 answers
2k views

In Chess, are there simple "mechanics" that amateurs can learn to improve their game?

19 votes
7 answers
2k views

How can one get the best possible result against a player of very different strength?

18 votes
2 answers
1k views

Why is the Alekhine Defense named after Alekhine?

13 votes
4 answers
5k views

Are there good variations for White against the Sicilian that do not involve an early d4?

10 votes
3 answers
651 views

Did it make sense for Lasker to play the Exchange variation of the Ruy Lopez in 1914?

9 votes
3 answers
5k views

Has any other grandmaster gone as long undefeated like Capablanca?

7 votes
2 answers
713 views

Did Richard Teichmann fail to take his "bishop pair" idea to its logical conclusion?

7 votes
1 answer
1k views

Why did non-Russian masters allow Capablanca to play "standard" openings against them?

5 votes
4 answers
8k views

Are two knights generally worth less than two bishops?

5 votes
4 answers
6k views

Can White play e4 followed by f3?

5 votes
5 answers
960 views

Do sacrifices work mostly for masters?

5 votes
2 answers
316 views

Is this position lost for White?

4 votes
4 answers
2k views

Why and when should one make a zwischenzug (in-between move)?

3 votes
3 answers
2k views

Is c5 a key move in an opening where white begins with d4?

3 votes
1 answer
559 views

Is it true that a good "flanker" (flanking position) is worth more than a pawn? If so, why?

3 votes
2 answers
457 views

Is a bishop less than half the value of a bishop pair?

3 votes
2 answers
195 views

How is a player rated who has similar results against a wide range of players?

2 votes
3 answers
263 views

Does it make sense for White to play as "Black" when he's lost the initiative?

2 votes
2 answers
882 views

How does "time odds" confer an advantage to the weaker player?

1 vote
2 answers
233 views

How and why were the chess pieces given as "odds" predetermined?

0 votes
2 answers
137 views

Does Deep Blue give handicaps?