Rauan Sagit
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Do any openings result in a lost game for black?
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If you define an opening as "any moves that you can play during the first 10 moves" then there are plenty of openings where both white and black can get a lost position after 10 moves. Assuming that ...

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Conversion of Shredder elo rating to FIDE elo rating?
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I don't think it is possible to convert the Shredder rating to a FIDE Elo rating. In general, the rating system has the purpose to create a relative ranking of all players based on their results ...

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Is chess a game of skill or chance? To what extent?
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Chess is about using your resources in a clever way. As a human body, you have limited resources and planning is needed. A game at classical time controls can take up to 6 hours and being focused for ...

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Tools for automated notation: webcam movie to PGN
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It is clearly interesting and relevant to automatically record chess games (live boards are more or less tackling the same problem). As far as I know, there is no software for this purpose that exists ...

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Willingly giving up castling rights in the opening?
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Giving up castling rights with Queens still on the board can be far more dangerous. Once the Queens are exchanged and the enemy does not have a considerable activity to attack your King, then the pawn ...

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Do the rules of blitz chess allow a draw to be claimed if the position is dead drawn?
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It is important to know the difference between "dead drawn" which can be a subjective evaluation and "definitely drawn", for example King versus King and no other material present on the board. Other ...

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Why does Black play 10...a6 in the A39 variation of the English opening?
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The starting position is the following (including the two options 10...a6 and 10...Bf5) [FEN ""] 1. c4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. g3 Bg7 7. Bg2 O-O 8. O-O Nxd4 9. Qxd4 d6 10. ...

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How should black develop the dark squared bishop in the advance variation of the French Defense?
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The starting position is [FEN ""] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 White has committed with e4-e5 since the e4-d5 tension is lost. In return, white controls the vital squares d6 and f6 for a future attack as ...

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How can I automatically extract features from a position?
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To evaluate a chess position, you need to add code that understands different (e.g. dynamic and static) aspects of chess positions. Small changes (e.g. a blunder) will cause a big change in the Engine ...

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Do symmetric positions have a higher draw ratio?
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Symmetric positions tend to lead to more piece exchanges which in turn increases the chances of entering a completely equal endgame. I would guess that sharp positions have a lower draw ratio than ...

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How should black play to save this endgame?
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White to move in that position? It looks pretty lost for black. White should probably choose 1.Rxa7 to grab the pawn and retain the control over the vital seventh rank. I guess that blacks best option ...

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Is there a single best move in every position?
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My guess would be that every position has a single objectively best move or two moves that are equally strong. Three equally strong moves is already less likely, unless of course the best move is for ...

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Why does 6.Bg5 prevent 6...e5 in the Sicilian Najdorf?
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Let's look at the position after [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e5 The downside of e7-e5 is that black loses control over the d5 square (e7-e6 is no longer ...

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Old Indian defense variation: 1. d4 d6 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Nc6 : how should White respond?
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I think that the following options are available for white [FEN ""] 1. d4 d6 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Nc6 4.Bg5 e5 5.d5 Ne7 6.Bxf6 gxf6 7.e3 Bg7 8.Nge2 f5 9.Ng3 f4 10.Nh5 O-O 11.Nxg7 Kxg7 12.exf4 exf4 13.Qd4+...

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FICS rating vs FIDE Elo
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In this case, I will have to quote from the FICS FAQ (http://www.freechess.org/Help/HelpFiles/fics_faq.html): 39.My rating is over/under inflated. Don't worry! Ratings are all relative anyway,...

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1. e4 e6 2. Nc3 - how should Black respond?
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Well, let's start by looking at the position [FEN ""] 1.e4 e6 2.Nc3 Why does white play 2.Nc3? Because white gets two options after the standard (!) 2...d5, namely 3.d4 or 3.Nf3 as shown below [FEN ...

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What can I play against 1.d4?
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If you want a variation that is rarely seen but still offers decent positions (depending on the strength of your opponent of course) you can try [FEN ""] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6 Yet, if you want good ...

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Can the King be attacked by a pinned piece?
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Nope. It is illegal to move your King to a threatened square. Also, please see this related question: Bizarre pin rule: pinned pieces do not attack Cheers!

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What is the correct definition of a bad bishop?
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Every piece has a strength that depends on the position on the board. More specifically, it depends on the pawn structure and piece placement. As you correctly point out, a bishop trapped behind its ...

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Should Black avoid the Two Knights Defense because of the Fried Liver Attack?
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I recently showed an interesting variation for black to a few friends at a tournament. There were the good old times when me and my chess club buddies spent hours on end analyzing these sorts of ...

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Najdorf Variation: strategy after taking poisoned pawn?
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Let's try to understand the position after ...Qa3 (see below). First of all, the name itself (Poisoned Pawn) already indicates that black should be careful in this variation. Let's look at the ...

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Is the following Knight sac in the Sicilian Najdorf justified?
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Let's try to understand the position after Nxe6 (see below). The material balance after fxe6 will be as follows: pawns are equal, so black will be one light piece up. Next, let's look at King safety. ...

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What is the correct resignation procedure?
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I resign by Waiting until the opponent makes a move. Stretching my hand forward and nodding a bit and shaking hands with the opponent. Stopping the clock and signing my score sheet. This can be ...

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What would happen if multiple GMs played on both sides of a chess match?
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I think that the draw rate does not have to be higher than games between individual Grandmasters. In a team versus team game, a small mistake will be severely punished. Most probably, grabbing the ...

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How to write out analysis of a game?
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Analyzing your own games is important in order to improve your skills. The analysis can be documented on a piece of paper or on your computer using a chess software. Today, computer software (...

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Is it possible to play the Najdorf Defense if white played 1. d4?
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You can try [FEN ""] 1.d4 c5 2.e4 cxd4 3.Nf3 d6 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 In general, it is not easy to transpose to an "e4" opening when white begins with d2-d4. It is easy for white to avoid the ...

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Guidelines for preparation for a Blitz tournament
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This seems to be a 2 in 1 question. How do you (prepare) perform well in a (FIDE) rated blitz tournament? Will there be a difference between online blitz and over the board blitz? In general, blitz ...

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Is this case considered an ambiguity or not?
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Formally, both Nfe3 and Ne3 are valid notations in this situation. As far as I know, the convention is to write Ne3, because the Nd1 cannot move due to the pin Qa1-e1. But it is not impossible that ...

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Humans against computers
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I think that the whole theme of human against machine is unfair. After all, the computers use excellent algorithms and are trained on games played by human grandmasters and hooked up to high quality ...

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Are two knights generally worth less than two bishops?
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If you look at the clean case of having an endgame with two knights against two bishops, then for the majority of cases, two bishops are stronger. Yet, this depends on the pawn structure and the ...

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