Rauan Sagit
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Is there any obvious disadvantage of not castling in a game?
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There are openings where you can keep your King on its initial square for more moves. I personally prefer to castle relatively quickly. Castling has a good psychological advantage of taking care of ...

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Is there an aggresive opening for black if white does not accept the Traxler's counterattack?
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The Traxler counter-attack starts if White plays Ng5 in this position. [FEN "r1bqkb1r/pppp1ppp/2n2n2/4p3/2B1P3/5N2/PPPP1PPP/RNBQK2R w KQkq - 4 4"] 1. Ng5 Without Ng5, there is no Traxler ...

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Is the Four Pawns Attack against the Alekhine opening promising for White?
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As far as I know, the short answer is no. I am no expert on the theoretical part and I will not go into it because it will require more research. What I do assume is that any player who plays the ...

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Looking for an aggressive opening for black vs 1. d4
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On top of the exciting Benko gambit, you can consider the Albin counter-gambit. Also, check out the Botvinnik variation. The Grunfeld variation is also an interesting option for sharp play. Here are ...

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How many points is each chess piece worth?
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22 votes

Individual pieces: Pawn - 1 point Knight - 3 points Bishop - 3 points Rook - 5 points Queen - 9 points Piece combinations: Rook and Knight - 7.5 points Rook and Bishop - 8 points Pair of Rooks - 10 ...

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What would happen if a game lasted for more than 24 hours?
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Well, a game that lasts more than 8 hours would make everyone involved in the tournament tired and angry. Under the assumption of today's normal time controls with 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by ...

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I lost a game without making tactical mistakes; how can I avoid this happening in the future?
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Losing is one of three possible results in a chess game. My point is that you cannot avoid losing in the future. Having said this, I think that I understand your point concern. You worry about losing ...

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Why is stalemate a draw?
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Stalemate is a draw by definition. Why is it a draw? Because this is the rule that was agreed upon in the 19th century. Before the 19th century, the stalemate rule was not standardized. By defining ...

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How quickly must a move be completed?
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According to the rules it is allowed to first remove the opponent's piece and then move your own piece to that square and then press the clock. Ideally, placing your own piece should be done directly ...

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Strategy in Isolated Queen Pawn Positions
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Positions with the isolated d-pawn (d4 for white or d5 for black) are indeed an important case to study. For the side with the isolated d-pawn You and your opponent should have 3 or 4 light pieces ...

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Why is the "Queens Gambit" referred to as a gambit?
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A Gambit is a chess opening where a pawn is sacrificed in order to grab the initiative. The Queen's Gambit is called a Gambit because White sacrifices the c-pawn in order to get a better control over ...

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Knight constrained in advance Caro-Kann
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Where the knights go depends on your pawn structure. One option is to do the following, at some point e7-e6 Nb8-d7 Ng8-e7 c6-c5 Ne7-c6 You get a French defence pawn structure with corresponding ...

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Moving pawns which are defending the king
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Moving f2-f4 will make your King weaker since it opens g1-a7 diagonal as well as weakening control over squares e3 and g3. Advantage of making f2-f4 is that you increase control in center by ...

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What is the etiquette (or tournament rule) for the act of capturing a piece?
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Updated answer on 5 March 2016: Take the opponent's piece into your hand. Place your capturing piece on this square with same hand. Press clock with same hand. Place captured piece next to board. ...

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B+N worth R + how many pawns?
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As a general rule of thumb I would say Knight + Bishop = Rook + 2 pawns Following factors influence evaluation of this material imbalance Static position of King Whether Queens are present Number ...

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How to learn e4 e5 as black?
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One useful strategy of learning any opening, be it 1.e4 e5 or any other system, is to read books, study games and play games. Having said this, I would say that up until Elo 2300, opening theory is ...

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Resigning (Inevitable Checkmate)
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I think the answer to this question is bound to be subjective. You cannot expect someone to resign just because you think it is a sportsman-like act to resign a clearly worse position. Especially in ...

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how do some players focus better by thinking on the first move?
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A good question. I tried to understand this strategy and use it in my own games. Today, I don't use it at all. Because I find it completely useless. Well, I know what I will play, because I have ...

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Accidental moves in online chess
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If my opponent makes a mouse slip, I either offer a draw or continue with the best available move. It depends a bit on my mood. If I make a mouse slip, I just continue as usual and don't expect any ...

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In the Pirc, bringing a dragon pawn structure fails
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I play like this with the white pieces [FEN ""] 1. d4 d6 2. e4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4.h3 Bg7 5.Nf3 O-O 6.Bd3 As far as I understand, black already has a "dragon structure" because the dragon pawn chain is ...

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Is chess a sport? If yes, then why?
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According to Wikipedia, sport is defined as follows Sport (or sports) is all forms of usually competitive physical activity which, through casual or organised participation, aim to use, maintain or ...

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Is a King, Rook and Knight vs King and Knight end game generally a win for the player with the rook?
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King + Rook + Knight versus King + Knight. Win? Yes! My spontaneous thought is to win in two stages. Catch and win the enemy knight or exchange knights. Checkmate the enemy king The first stage ...

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What is sufficient mating material?
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The quote The game is draw when a position is reached from which a checkmate cannot occur by any possible series of legal moves Is a good summary in itself. It is not just how much material e.g. ...

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Is this Sicilian opening dubious?
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After a quick check, the final position after [FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.Qd4 Nf6 7.e5 Ng8 8.e6 Nf6 9.exf7 Kxf7 is evaluated as equal by the engine (Komodo 6). ...

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Can a human defeat an engine in a 10-game match if he is given the White pieces and draw odds in every game?
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Yes, a strong Grandmaster can beat the strongest chess engine given these conditions. Still, these conditions highlight the fact that today, the best engine is much stronger than the best human player....

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Is it important to have pawns at the centre of the board?
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Let's imagine a white pawn on e4. It has the following functions Control the central squares e4 and d5. Create two posts on d5 and f5 for light and heavy pieces. Close the diagonals h1-a8 and b1-h7 ...

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Is Bg4+ good in this position in the Alekhine Defense?
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[FEN ""] 1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. Bc4 Nb6 5. Bb3 Nc6 6. Bf4 dxe5 7. dxe5 Qxd1+ 8. Kxd1, Bg4+ 9. f3 Bh5 10. g4 Bg6 I think that the position after 10...Bg6 is better for black. The white ...

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Illegal move or forfeit on time - who wins this 5-minute match?
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I think the illegal move has to be noticed by the opponent who should then immediately stop the clock and call the arbiter to claim and get the victory. Yet if the opponent fails to notice the illegal ...

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Carlsen-Anand, Game 2. Could Black hold if not for 34...h5?
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Anand could have chosen [fen "5rk1/4R1pp/3q1p2/p1p2P2/P3Q2P/5p2/2P2PPK/8 w - - 0 1"] [Event "WCC"] [Site "Sochi"] [Date "2014.11.09"] [Round "2"] [White "Magnus Carlsen"] [Black "Viswanathan Anand"] [...

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Is there a "perfect" game?
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You could define a game as perfect when the engine evaluation of the position stays within some boundary (e.g. between +0.3 and -0.3) the entire game. It should be possible to find at least one game ...

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