Rauan Sagit
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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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How to sort a chess PGN game by date
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I am sure there are many programs that include this functionality. I would be surprised if SCID (http://scid.sourceforge.net/) did not have it. There should be one or more online services that provide ...

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Opening assistance for a beginner
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This opening is known as the Petrov three knights game. You can use this link to do a bit more research (http://www.365chess.com/eco/C42_Petrov_three_knights_game). I usually grab directly on e5 ...

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Is using a 2D magnetic board in tournament play legal?
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I think that in most chess tournaments with classical time controls, having a 2D chess board next to you while playing is not allowed. That being said, I would recommend against this sort of practice ...

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Why would black resign in this situation?
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White gave up two pawns, the g-pawn and the h-pawn, without any compensation. Black's position is objectively winning. So my guess is that black had some non chess reason to resign the game. If this ...

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Forcing a pawn move
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I can think of 4 ways of forcing a pawn forward: Threaten a pawn Provoke a pawn to move forward to protect from e.g. a check Provoke a pawn to move forward to chase away one of your pieces Create a ...

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Can I still win if I take knight while the opponent has two pawns with king remained?
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A quick answer is that it is legal as long as you are not in check and you will not be in check immediately after making the move and you are moving your pieces according to the rules. The only risk I ...

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Centre pawn vs. side pawn?
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I think that powerful should not be mixed with valuable. The value of a pawn is relative to the concrete position on the board. The a-pawn or h-pawn might play a minor role in the middlegame. While in ...

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Always capture toward the center?
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Capture towards the center is often valid when the choice stands between the a-pawn and c-pawn (as well as f-pawn and h-pawn). For example, axb3 is often better than cxb3, hxg3 is often better than ...

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Existence Flanking against Center Control
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The center (e4, d4, e5 and d5) has to be firmly controlled before a flank attack can be initiated. The reasons are many. A piece in the center can quickly enter the battle on either flank, while a ...

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What is the purpose of 3...a6 in the Ruy Lopez?
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The point of a7-a6 is to enter variations where white's light squared bishop will be kicked back to c2 and black will grab space in the center with c7-c5. See for instance this variation: [FEN ""] 1....

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Why is the Ruy Lopez such a common opening?
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I use the Spanish system on a daily basis. During my early years, I have been told that the Spanish system is one of the most complicated systems and should be learned at a later stage of the chess ...

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Endgame player vs middlegame player: Is the result inevitable?
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My point was that Anand could prevail in dynamic middlegame positions, while Carlsen could prevail in endgames with a minimal advantage. Of course, Carlsen masters all three phases of the game on a ...

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Sicilian Scheveningen versus Najdorf: What are some of the characteristics that differentiate the two openings?
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I just adore the Najdorf. So I cannot help favoring it over the Scheveningen. Yes, these two variations differ. They differ because white uses a bit different attacking strategies. The great thing ...

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Scotch gambit: 4... f6
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First of all, 4...f6 is not the strongest option for black. The move f7-f6 weakens the light squares around the black king (e6, f7 and g6). Also, it occupies the f6-square where the Ng8 is headed. ...

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What proofs for refuted gambits are there?
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A gambit can be proven to be unsound by using a modern chess engine. Having said this, I would like to mention a comic gambit, known as the Fred defense: [FEN ""] 1.e4 f5 2.exf5 Kf7 3.Qh5+ g6 4.fxg6+ ...

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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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What is the significance of openings?
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The general idea of the opening (first 10-20 moves) is to control the center (e4, d4, e5 and d5), develop the light pieces (knights and bishops) and castle the king. This can be done in many different ...

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A chess player's weakness assessed
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To discover your strong and weak skills requires you to also understand what types of skills that are relevant for your chess strength. I think the process of understanding the complete skill set is a ...

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Danish Gambit - What next?
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The general idea of a gambit is to sacrifice a pawn in order to grab the initiative. The goal of the Danish gambit is to attack the black king before it has time to castle. Try the more sharp [FEN ""]...

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Is takeback allowed in real chess?
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The short answer is "no". The long answer is as follows. There are different kinds of mistakes that you can make during a game. The simple mistakes that cost you material or checkmate are known as "...

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How can one determine the opening or transposed opening from the existing pawn formation/structure?
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Consider this example [FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 d5 4.e5 Nc6 5.c3 Here, we see a transition from the Sicilian system to the French system. Black decided to transpose by playing 3...d5 instead of ...

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Do I have to follow the openings moves when the response is different?
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The opening is the first 10-20 moves of a chess game. The move order is critical. In an opening system, you aim to reach a certain position after the opening phase is completed. This position can be ...

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How many points is each chess piece worth?
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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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Take away which pawns?
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As black, I would remove the white f2 pawn and the black e7 pawn. This way, the dark squares around the white king are weakened, while black's dark squared bishop and queen are ready for action. ...

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Good openings for a beginner (for white)
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For beginners, I generally recommend to begin from the end and start by learning endgames. Having said this, I can recommend a general plan of developing your pieces and securing your king that you ...

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Looking for a good and non main line variation against the Sicilian
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The Sicilian defense is an excellent weapon to fight for the initiative with the black pieces. Perhaps 1.d4 is better if you want to learn a smaller volume of variations. Having said this, I think ...

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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 much time should be spent playing versus studying?
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There is a difference between playing for fun, training and competing. In general, progress is reached by combining training with competitive games. Playing for fun is gradually removed out of the ...

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What are examples of very aggressive openings?
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Let me recommend two sharp opening variations for the black pieces: the Sicilian Najdorf and Semi-Slav Botvinnik variation. They lead to dynamic and complicated positions with chances for both sides. ...

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