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Is there a set of general rules of material sacrifice?
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Yes. You sacrifice material to gain an edge in position that is worth more than the material. Mate is often the motivator for much sacrificing of material. Tactics where you regain the ...

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Why is this the solution to this puzzle?
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It wins a piece. If you take the rook black gets mated in two more moves else he wins the queen too if you try to avoid the mate.

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ELO rating and experience
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It all depends on the quality of the experience. And also the frequency although quality is more important. Playing vs the strongest engine will not help you learn and improve as much as more ...

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What are the mistakes committed by players who take many years to become an expert?
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It depends. One key is having the wrong parents and not being smart enough or being naturally capable of playing at a high level. Other factors would be when did they start learning? How ...

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Early line in english opening not in the chessbase powerbook 2019 but seen by stockfish 10 64bits under latest fritz
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All engine/computer combinations have different strengths/weaknesses. That is a relatively minor line and 5 .. Bd7 is better than Nf7 and was played by Bistric vs. Mestrovic ½-½ in 2001. Looks ...

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What is the technique to win an endgame with B + B vs R?
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I would say the engine is just an engine not perfection. White is up one 'point' for material. Maybe two if you count the two bishops versus rook as another one. Not sure why the engine would say 2....

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How useful is a 40-year-old chess book?
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It depends on the book and your needs/interests. Some are worthless some have value for a new player who can use that content to improve. The good news is that old chess books are dirt cheap. The ...

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How can I open a .cbh databse
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cbh is a FILE created by ChessBase, a program used for replaying chess games; saves header information about played chess games; saved with several other files that together comprise the total ...

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How to counter white's attempt to get a massive center in the Giucco Piano?
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In short you counterattack and fight hard not roll up into a fetal position. See the gory details above by Phishmaster. N-KB3 = Nf6 by black is the strongest although d6 actually has a slightly ...

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Can K + N vs K force black into any corner?
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If KNN vs KP is a win in some cases then white has to be able to corner the black king while the other knight blockades the pawn. After cornering the king the other knight releases the pawn and then ...

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How to play this bishop & pawn endgame?
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Who is on move? If it is white to move this looks won for white. If it is black you need to get the king on the Qside to hold a draw. NOTE: human analysis not done by computer. It might be wrong ...

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How is this checkmate? I’m new to chess
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do'H! black is in check. black king has no moves to get out of check as all other squares it can move to are covered. black has no other pieces to use to stop the check with. how new are you to ...

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Blindfold chess tournaments
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Never heard of such a tournament. It would be a nightmare for arbiters to figure out when problems arise. It would require someone keeping track of the moves and maybe a board in a separat room. And ...

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Unable to understand why N.McDonald - A. Stromer (1991) is a draw and not a win
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This looks like a win for black. They should play Kc8, not Kc7, ans then they can bring the king up. White can never take the pawn as it will just move. If the knight moves onto the d-file,then the ...

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Convert ctg to abk
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I answered this question earlier on this site. Is there some way to search? The best I could say with my research is that there is a program being written to do it but it is not out yet. And ...

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Chess.com insufficient material draw
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Because you cannot mate with KNN vs K but you can mate, in certain positions, with KNN vs K&P, the game was a draw as soon as you took the pawn. Lesson: If you have KNN let them keep at least ...

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Are blindfold players allowed to look at the list of moves?
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Not in the casual games I played, and mostly won. Nor in an exhibition by an IM that I helped by relaying moves to the IM and making his responses on the boards. He played 6 games simultaneously. ...

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Blindfold Chess
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I played and even won blindfold games. But I did not do a lot of them. What helped me was descriptive notation. That made it so much easier and logical to visualize the board. I would never have ...

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How was the FIDE rating system introduced?
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USCF had a similar rating system in the 1950s. But it was all manual and rating lists came out infrequently. After that a number of people have tried to improve on it. USCF has even changed their ...

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What is the proper etiquette in Team Chess Championships?
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Proper etiquette is to obey the rules including the spirit of them and not try to game them for advantage. Usually players have to play boards in order of their ratings. And except for wide open ...

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Does playing bughouse have any benefits on your chess game?
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No. It will likely hurt your OTB ability. If you want to really improve then play Go. Go is so much harder than chess that when you come back to chess you will feel much more confident with your ...

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Longest Sequence For Any Piece To Reach A Certain Square
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It depends on the exact position. If white only has the king left, and in your position black only their rook, bishop and king, then it would take forever. Or at least untill the 50 move rule kicks ...

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What should a player do in blitz if he knocks a piece on to the floor after pressing the clock?
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I do not know what FIDE and their rules are, but for our local games I would just push the clock and tell the other player to put all the pieces on the board properly before any of my time gets used ...

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What is the most effective openings to beat a 2200-2400 rated computer at chess?(With White and Black)
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Wrong question. If you want to beat a 2200-2400 opponent then you need to be a 2200-2400 level player. The hippopotamus type openings are doomed to failure according to one old GM. I find them ...

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Determine ELO strength without playing in FIDE tournaments
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There was one psychologists site studying such things who had a sample test that would estimate your rating. While you really need to play enough games OTB and get a real FIDE rating you could use ...

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Rating rise: luck or actual increase in playing strength?
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When your new rating, over a large number of games , has a minimum rating that is higher than your previous highest rating then you are sure you have improved. A handful of games and certainly ...

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Can playing blindfold improve playing non-blindfold?
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Did not help me. I used my OTB skills to be able to play blindfold. I have seen no data that blindfold play helps your OTB skills.

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How can a >2000 player stop making basic errors?
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Rated 2050 where? Is that FIDE OTB?; or some online site with inflated ratings? One old GM said to sit on your hands. That was to keep you from moving impulsively until you really thought about ...

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Worrying inconsistency in playing strength
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Fluctuation in results is more normal for lower rated players than experienced GMs. 1900 is rather in the middle of the range, and since that is online, it is slightly to the lower end. Although ...

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Is h6 or g6 better to defend the h7 square against a combined attack by a queen and bishop?
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There is NO answer. It all depends on the exact position. You defend differently, then white will attack differently. The better move would be what worked best against the person you are playing. ...

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