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Why don't people play the Englund Gambit?
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Many people play this gambit. Even some grandmasters. At the highest level white's scoring chances are overwhelming. That says the gambit is unsound. At lower levels black does a little better which ...

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What is the meaning of "dead draw"?
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A dead draw is a position in which no player has any chance of winning. Sometimes erroneously used in a position where theoretically someone could win but both players believe it is so basic and ...

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Do sacrifices work mostly for masters?
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It may seem that way because masters would make sacrifices based on their judgement of how well it work. Beginners often make sacrifices that are total nonsense. They might beat some other weak player ...

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Were my sacrifices sound in this game?
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Yes and no. On an absolute basis definitely not. On a relative basis yes because you won. What makes a sacrifice sound is whether it works or not. Not what some engine says is perfection, just what ...

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Bishop sacrifices to prevent castling
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Not worth it. Tactic used by low rated players which might work against other low rated players but would fail to a halfway decent player. Run the position through an engine of your choice and see ...

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Better moves-game analysis
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Win? What are you serious? This looks like a draw at best for white. You would have had to play a lot better a lot earlier for white to have chance to win. You were done when you lost that pawn ...

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Can Black save this Knight vs Bishop endgame with a pawn down?
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Against a human it could certainly happen. Black should not resign! But against a computer maybe, my intuition say no. More importantly is how good are white and black at endgames. That could be ...

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Can you objectively determine who was the best chess player of all time?
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NO! Trying would be comparing kumquats and kummerbunds and be meaningless. Chess playing strength has improved steadily over the past few centuries. So an objective test is impossible as so many ...

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Illegal swiss pairings?
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TDs have a wide latitude within some reasonable guidelines for a specific event. Sounds more like sour grapes that your team/players did not do as well as you wished and you are trying to find an ...

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How good is this variant of the Sicilian defense?
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Good for who? Short answer no. If it were good more people would be playing it. It is more an example of a slash and burn tactical player that should fall short if black plays carefully. If you play ...

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What are some good tactical opening moves?
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The question is essentially meaningless. Tactics and moves all depend on which line and which variation of which opening happened to be done by BOTH white and black with their moves. You need to ...

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English/KID loss as white to a 2300+ player
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f5 was definitely premature. You need to develop better before you start attacking especially in a positional type game. Nothing wrong with f4 but f5 was not called for yet. Do you realize that ...

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How to improve positional chess understanding?
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For me it was decades of experience and not trying to slash and burn to a win with tactics like I was tempted to do when I first started out. Along the way it was examples where I was forced to ...

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Why wasn’t Rashid Nezhmetdinov a grandmaster?
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If one is not a GM then apparently they did not satisfy the written FIDE rules for getting to be a GM. Maybe russia had their version of GM titles for players like USA does with USCF. Was his rating ...

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Difficulty of attaining USCF rating in different states.
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Absolutely! The problem is that players do not play enough players in other regions to even out discrepancies due to number of kids and how fast they improve. And while perhaps fixed/improved now,...

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Are USCF regular ratings more accurate than quick or blitz ratings in regards to quick or blitz games?
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No. They are used because too few people have faster ratings in many tournaments. They are generally as accurate for pairing as other rating would be although some players do play better at fast ...

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Why are USCF quick ratings lower than USCF regular ratings?
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They are not really lower. That depends on the person. Most lower rated players train the wrong way to be able to play speedier chess well, or at least better than very slow chess games. GMs can ...

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How to improve from ~1200?
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1200 on what scale? Elo USCF some inflated online site?? You do not need theory at all. What you need is useful tactics training. And you need endgames. That will help you more than theory. Do ...

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Need I be concerned about being classed as a "cheater" if I sometimes play good classical games on LiChess?
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There are some fools who will call you a cheater no matter what. I played one guy who made 4 blunders and other mistakes then accused me of cheating when I won. Said he was going to report it and ...

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In the Damiano Variation of Petrov's Defense, should white play d4 or f4?
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It depends what your goal is. Play for win or play for best average result? 6d4 will win about 33% and draw 48% for a score of about 57% vs 43% for black. 6f4 will win about 50% and draw 25% for a ...

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Minimax with alpha-beta pruning for chess
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No. You have to go to the end of that branch to decide if it is bad. pruning is done to help make the problem computationally feasible. But there are risks that you might have eliminated a better ...

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Minimax and alpha beta
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You can't use minimax properly with this sort of problem. The problem is that you cannot see far enough and evaluate that position accurately enough to know. You will need to make assumptions and ...

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Puzzle training: rotating tactical themes or exhausting each one?
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Yes. Play at least 10 of the same type of problems at one sitting so your brain gets better at seeing the underlying pattern and remembering it. Repeat as needed after two days until you have no ...

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Which online database is the best?
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Chesstempo.com has the best I have found for free online. https://chesstempo.com/game-database.html Also has index by opening, player, and comments. Plus other features. If you will pay then ...

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With a pawn rush, should I take the knight?
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Always take the material unless there is a very clear reason not to. White has nothing that is worth the horsie that he can do to you. next play bn5 and pk3 and then develop your other pieces. of ...

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Is this endgame scenario winnable for white?
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Is it winnable? Maybe. Against a person that could happen. Against a good engine more unclear. The final result is past the horizon that people and likely machine can compute. I see white ...

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What is the highest value of pieces on this particular 6x6 board, without any of them attacking each other?
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The max is 90 +Q + K = 105 + K as I understand the problem. You can place six rooks at 15 each. Then if you replace any of the rooks with a Q you lose two rooks by being attacked by that new ...

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To what extent is the openness/closedness of positions determined by white? By black?
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Both players have some control. Neither one alone can dictate it. If they try they risk getting an inferior position albeit of the type they want. One example is the hedgehog type openings. They ...

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What level of player is Kasparov's MasterClass suited for?
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My experience says those lessons are about right for a true 1400 player. The real question is whether the OP is really 1400 or whether that is some online inflated rating and if so then these lessons ...

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What is the opening value of 1. e4 in 2020?
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No. AI has not changed the evaluation of 1pe4. AI is too limited to be able to see far enough into the game to evaluate the first move that accurately. Best you can do is estimate it even with AI. ...

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