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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can a player be forced to neatly center their pieces on the board?
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No. That is subjective and personal. You may adjust anything during your move. You cannot make the other player adjust them to your liking. It would be interesting to see an adjustment battle ...

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What is a winning position in chess?
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Not easy to answer in great detail. In General checkmate is a winning position as are the positions from the moves leading up to that happening. Any position the opponent resigns in is a winning ...

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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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Positional thinking by Grandmasters
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GMs think differently. Most players would use pattern recognition, intuition, and calculation of variations for candidate moves. Some GMs will often think past the board and consider the opponent. ...

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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 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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Why have engines not increased top rated chess players' Elo?
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People are not computers. They learn and memorize as much as possible but they can not do as much as a computer can nor as fast. The top players are doing everything they can but they can not do it ...

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Has anyone attempted to characterize chess mathematically?
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Not really. At least not serious mathematicians. It is covered somewhat in Game Theory but other approaches like Group Theory do not seem to fit; although there might some higher dimensional non-...

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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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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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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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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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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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Chess Tournaments Without Studying Theory?
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What chess theory? How much theory? Back when I started playing in tournaments there was very little material to help learn "theory". What passed for theory was very basic information and simple ...

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Does it make sense for White to play as "Black" when he's lost the initiative?
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Makes no sense as stated. Either you have the initiative and use it to improve your position or you do not have the initiative and you are responding to the other players moves rather than forcing ...

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Is there a name attributed to this type of checkmate pattern?
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The OP had two different patterns. One is simple mate with two pieces attacking two files. The other one is just a pin and a back rank rook mate.

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Do major chess publishers use custom software for typesetting chess books?
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All publishers have their own software and standards for publishing. Are you self publishing and printing your own book? If not then you must ask whoever will print or publish the book what their ...

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How should a beginner improve gameplay speed?
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Everybody learns in a different way. I found that playing at exactly ten seconds per move, which was the original speed chess standard before these digital clocks, forced me to think 20 seconds ...

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What are some games I can watch to become better in playing chess?
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I would suggest to play over GM games from a book. It goes at your pace. Easy to see, no audio problems like so many videos have. Easy to go back if you want to see the last couple moves again. ...

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How to play vs the 1...e6 and 2...d6 Pawn structure?
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Create a pawn center and develop your pieces. A breakthrough should be easy when you have prepared for it. I would play 3 f4 next then develop some pieces before more pawn moves. One master wrote ...

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What are some of the most unsportsmanlike conducts witnessed in over-the-board play?
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Trash talking during a game and calling the opponent fish or patzer. Usually only seen during casual games with relatively fast time controls. I have seen it with IMs and GMs doing it , usually I ...

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Is rotating a pawn so that it faces a different direction and then moves in that direction technically permitted according to the 2018 FIDE Laws?
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Front is meant to be the next square that the pawn could normally advance to unless it were making a diagonal capture. Pawns and pieces per se have no front or back. Maybe FIDE should define it that ...

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