GreenMatt
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Why isn't Chess960 the standard?
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To start with, standard chess in its current form has been the standard for a well over a century. It is well known and well established. It also enjoys a fair amount of popularity. It is widely seen ...

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What are some activities besides chess which help improve chess play?
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May I suggest meditation? In my experience it improves concentration. One or two daily meditation sessions of 15 - 20 minutes each increases my ability to focus on tasks. Unfortunately, I have no ...

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Why is there a minimum rating gain when you win?
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For starters, eight-tenths of a point really isn't that much of a ratings gain, especially for someone rated 2600 or more. At that rate, it would take 100 wins (without an upset loss) against these ...

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What defines the name of a gambit?
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As the other answers indicate, gambits - and openings in general - can receive their names from different factors. A few examples: The King's Gambit gets its name from opening with the king's pawn ...

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Why is the FIDE name in French?
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As noted in the Wikipedia list of linguas franca, French was the international language of diplomacy for over 150 years. As a result, many international organizations, especially those based in, with ...

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Why isn't Gata Kamsky considered the first American since Bobby Fischer to fight for the World Championship?
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Kamsky played Anatoly Karpov for the championship during the time after Garry Kasparov and Nigel Short had split from FIDE to form the Professional Chess Association and hold their championship match ...

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Losing to low rated players
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Since it seems your 1600+ rating is over the board (OTB) and the times you tend to lose to players with ratings much lower than yours is when you play online, I will mention a possibility not raised ...

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What are the downsides of fast tie-breaks after drawn games?
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For at least some of us, the sort of scheme you propose is an unsatisfactory way to break a tie/settle a draw. If the tournament is being played under classical time controls, but then every draw is ...

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chess24 castling rules
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After clicking on the king, the rook is outlined in green, as shown in your both your own image, and mine below. If you click the rook after clicking the king, castling will occur, shown in the ...

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What happens if I realize that I made an illegal move?
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It is possible for a position to change in such a way that an illegal move becomes legal. As one example, if a move would result in your king being in check, then it is illegal, but if you make one (...

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What's the name of this pieces' design?
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The shape of the pieces is a standard Staunton chess set. However, the marbled material makes it look rather unusual. I am not up on the rules about color use, but I have my doubts that it would be ...

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Identify this chess set with heavy painted metal pieces
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Some of the colors are a bit different, but that could be age or the nature of being hand painted. Also, you don't say how tall it is. That said, it looks very similar to a Crusaders vs. Saracens set, ...

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Books that help improve your chess without a chessboard
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A nice book for beginners is How To Beat Your Dad At Chess. It lists 50 tactics - mostly checkmating attacks. Each tactic appears on two pages, with a brief explanation and a few diagrams showing ...

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How to minimise your opponent's fun in a game?
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There are a lot of issues raised here and I'm going to take them in a different order than presented: Is the idea of destroying your opponent's fun good? Not in my opinion. From the perspective of ...

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What is the most effective way of reducing blunders?
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Practice a different sort of tactics! According to chess teacher and author Dan Heisman, traditional tactics puzzles (e.g. "Mate in 3" puzzles) present you with a situation in which you are trying to ...

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Is the game done if your only movement is getting out of check?
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Is the game done if your only movement is getting out of check? No. By rule, your only legal move when in check is to get out of check if you can. If you cannot, the game is over, as it is checkmate. ...

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Blind and Visually Impaired Chess Players
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Searching the web, I haven't found anything directly answering your question. However, the rules supplements for blind chess apply to games between a sighted player and one who is legally blind. Thus ...

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I need help Identifying where exactly this set came from
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Other than colors, that looks identical to a set my mother made for me back in the 1970's or early 80's at a local ceramic studio. She made it from molded greenware (unfired clay) and hand painted it....

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Why do so many children stop playing chess?
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As someone who is also interested in and participates in other sports, and who is currently coaching youth baseball, let me first state that the issue of kids leaving is not unique to chess. Young ...

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