Rauan Sagit
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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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How to fix 1 turn tactical errors
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It is a common problem to calculate all the variations and then suddenly realize that the first move was simply terrible. Actually, there is a rule that should be applied after finishing a complicated ...

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Can playing blindfold chess be learned or is it a natural skill?
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I learned to play blindfolded chess by practicing it from 2001 to 2005. In my opinion, it is a skill that can be learned, practice will give results. What I do is to try to visualize the chess board ...

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What was the point of Shirov's 47...Bh3?
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I interpret the question as follows How can a player arrive at ...Bh3? This is tightly connected to the point behind ...Bh3. With a material advantage, black is clearly looking for a win. Yet, it ...

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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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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 with single Bishop or single Knight?
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1. Bishop -vs- Knight The pawn structure decides. If the bishop side has pawns on opposite colors to the bishop => the opponent has pawns on the same color as bishop => bishop can attack the enemy ...

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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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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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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 it theoretically possible for Carlsen to reach Elo 3000?
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The average Elo rating of the e.g. top 10 players in the world is rising every year. I think that the relative distance between the number one rated player and the other 9 players in the top 10 ...

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I played 2.f3 by accident! How do I save my position?
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You are correct that 2.f3 is a terrible idea. The f2, e3 and g3 squares become weak. But it isn't bad enough to resign the game. After all, the game has just begun and the material is still equal. ...

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Can Grandmasters beat computers when given time-odds?
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Yes. A grandmaster or a team of grandmasters can hold a draw or win against an engine when given time odds. I think that there is a minimum time control at which an engine can perform equally good or ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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What does it mean to win "by force"?
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"Wins by force" means that the move leads to a series of moves that makes it impossible for the losing side to defend the position. Here, the definition of "winning" can vary between annotators. ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Queenside vs Kingside pawn majority: Looking for comprehensive resources
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The main idea can be summarized as follows The deciding factor is the control over the open d-file Thus, you should play this position with one, two or three heavy pieces each still on the board ...

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