Rauan Sagit
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What is the best way to get games for the multiple editions of The Week In Chess?
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Write a script that downloads the files, one at the time. The filename structure will allow you to use a loop to capture all the files you wish to get. Then, write a script that unzips the files and ...

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How to recover from a blunder?
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If the blunder has been noticed by the opponent and the opponent captures e.g. the lost pawn, do the following. Make a fresh evaluation of the position on the board. What plan can you have in the new ...

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Best ways for improving "tactics"
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Tactics, calculation, dynamic play. Topics often talked about but seldomly understood at their very depth. I cannot claim to cover the whole subject in this post. Yet hopefully I will scratch the ...

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In Chess, are there simple "mechanics" that amateurs can learn to improve their game?
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Maximum distance between knight and any piece. Distance between king and passed pawns. Distance between knight and passed pawns (has to be calculated because the knight can give a check to gain time). ...

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How can one get the best possible result against a player of very different strength?
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By training and competing on a regular basis. The fact that the opponent has e.g. 2100 in rating means that the opponent has reached this rating by training and competing. To increase your chance of ...

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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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In Spassky v Fischer '72 game 11, why is 14. Nb1 considered such a great move?
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The idea Nc3-b1 has gradually become well known. In general, the idea is to get the knight to a better square, e.g. the c4 square. Another consequence is that the a1-h8 diagonal opens and can be ...

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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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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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What are some activities besides chess which help improve chess play?
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Good sleep and food habits. Fitness training. Meditation and mindfulness.

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Is allowing takebacks in friendly games a bad practice?
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It is a bad habit, if you want to improve your chess. The downside of allowing a second chance after a blunder is that you do not practice remaining focused during the entire game. Blunders occur when ...

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The path of learning chess
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Studying should be combined with over the board competitions. Compete over the board on a regular basis, at least one tournament with normal time controls (90 min / 40 moves + 30 min / rest of the ...

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What should I do about the dilemma of castling early?
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The purpose of castling is to protect your king. Yet, the opponent can wait with castling to see which side you will castle and then launch a pawn assault on that flank. This is possible, because the ...

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How do chess openings work?
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The opening is actually the first 10-20 moves in the game. The purpose of the opening is to develop your knights and bishops and protect your king by castling either kingside or queenside. Another ...

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How do I analyze my game after playing?
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The goal of analyzing a game is to understand what happened in the game, step by step. Following Kasparov's advice, you should analyze all your games, regardless of the final result (loss, draw or win)...

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What are the consequences of an early a6 in the Sicilian?
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The point of ...a6 is to control the square b5 where white can otherwise place a knight or bishop at some point. Another point is to prepare b7-b5 followed by Bc8-b7 and perhaps b5-b4 to chase a white ...

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When is castling possible?
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You can castle when all of these conditions hold true: The King and the Rook did not make any moves so far. The King is not in check. The King will not pass a threatened square during castling. The ...

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What is the earliest possible age to start teaching children how to play chess?
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In my opinion, it is possible to teach children chess from as early as two years old. It all depends on what results you expect to see and at what age. The goal of a chess game is to win by defeating ...

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How do I learn a new opening?
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Books, grandmaster games and using the opening in your games whenever you get the chance. One option is to look at games played by grandmasters. Try to notice positions that suit your style and ...

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When does the middlegame end and the endgame begin?
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The endgame begins when the kings can wander out from their hiding places without risking being checkmated.

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Is it possible to force checkmate with King, Knight, and Bishop vs. King?
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Yes it is. Check out this video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3EqM17jvOc The general rule is to get the opponent king in the same corner as your bishop. Use the knight and king to control the ...

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How do I learn to understand the middlegame?
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Major edit (no intro, just straight to the point): Is there a good place to get a real understanding of the middle game, or is it just raw calculation? Maybe I am missing a positional ...

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...e5 in response to the Keres Attack?
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Here is another game between GM Tukhaev - GM Nisipeanu (2012). After 7...e5, black loses control over d5 and f5, as well as exposing the a2-g8 diagonal for white's light squared bishop. Yet in a ...

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How to master the openings?
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One option is to learn one opening at the time. If you are a beginner in chess, you should also consider to learn endgames, because you need a solid endgame to bring home the victory points. That ...

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Shortest possible game with 18 queens?
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How about this strategy: [FEN ""] 1. a4 b5 2. Na3 b4 3. h4 bxa3 4. b4 a5 5. b5 Na6 6. bxa6 Rb8 7. a7 Rb5 8. axb5 c5 9. Rb1 c4 10. Rb3 cxb3 11. Nh3 g5 12. c4 g4 13. c5 gxh3 14. g4 h5 15. g5 Nh6 16. ...

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Weak and strong squares
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A square becomes weak when a pawn cannot protect it. For example, after white plays e2-e4 followed by c2-c4, the square on d4 becomes weak for white. Yet, the square on d4 becomes weak only when black ...

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How to automatically evaluate a player's performance in a game?
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Here are a few ideas on what parameters to measure. Number of blunders per game. How often you have an equal or better position after 10 moves, 15 moves, 20 moves. How often you succeed on using your ...

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Opening tree graph
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You can build your own with e.g. a mind map tool (http://www.xmind.net/) together with a complete listing of chess openings (e.g. at http://www.chess.com/openings/).

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Why Anand and Carlsen insisted on playing the same opening/defense
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In my view, in terms of opening preparation, the Anand team failed to obtain middle game positions that suited Anand's style. In general, I think that Anand should have aimed for long middlegames with ...

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Is it ethical to tell your opponent how you are going to checkmate them?
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It is not allowed to talk to your opponent, unless you offer draw. You can discuss the game with your opponent after the game is completed. This is known as the game analysis.

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