David Bateman
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Utterly senseless move sequence
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I located the game in my personal reference database, Chessbases Mega Databases as well as 3 online databases. In all databases the game presented as follows; [Event "Pamplona-A 18th"] [Site ...

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Linking online accounts with OTB real names in database
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The feature you are describing is not built into either SCID or Chessbase natively. You can quickly rename players in a database, or alternatively automate through scripting. I use the following API ...

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Jobava vs Milton 2005 Skandemborg game
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Original Game in Full Position occurs on blacks move 24 (Bxc6). [Event "Samba Cup"] [Site "Skanderborg DEN"] [Date "2005.10.23"] [EventDate "2005.10.14"] [Round ...

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Why can white not mate in this position?
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Based of your question it appears that you have correctly assessed and identified the critical piece holding blacks position together. The Bishop on c6. Rxc6 - Removing the Defender. [FEN "4r1k1/...

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Timed Games and improving play?
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This is a little bit of a tricky question to answer definitively. There are Right and Wrong approaches, there are multiple opinions on what is the best method. I am going to try and approach this ...

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Does learning chess make you smarter?
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This is somewhat of a tricky one because this answer is No , Yes and Maybe. Chess doesn't necessarily make you smarter and there is significant research on the topic. The most clinical being "...

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A rook endgame from a classical book
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So doing a reference cross check I managed to locate the game from which this position is derived from. The position occurs at the end of move 25. [FEN ""] [Event "Sarajevo Bosnia 28th&...

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Position Analysis - Win or Draw - Efimeko v Rublevsky 2009
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So perfect play is a tricky so allowed the engine to play it out. Analysis A review of the position using StockFish 14 indicates that White is winning with a positional advantage of +-1.51. This was ...

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Opening specific tactic material source
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Chessables has a lot of Kings Indian Defence material and much of it is free. Would strongly suggest having a look there first. Also have a look at the modern defence as its quite similar conceptually ...

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Dynamic Black Openings against 1.e4
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A few openings come to mind immediately come to mind and aren't to "theory heavy" for beginners. Two that I use to frequently come up against between the 800 - 1500 ELO rated players were ...

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Good online database, or do I need ChessBase?
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Chessbase by itself however is pretty useless. You need a decent reference database behind it eg; Mega Database 2020x. My Chessbase setup is the Mega Database 2021, Opening Reference Database 2021 and ...

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Why Aimchess rapid 2021 match results do not contribute to rapid ratings?
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FIDE operated tournaments are more likely to process the data and results more promptly as it doesn't require a significant amount of correspondence. I have played FIDE tournaments and had updates ...

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Was there a bug in Stockfish similar to the bug in Houdini 6.02?
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Reviewing the Stockfish Issues/Bugs and commits & Releases on GitHub https://github.com/mcostalba/Stockfish/releases/ would indicate that this has not been logged as an issue or a bug. In ...

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How is Stockfish so fast?
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There are a number of reasons. The Main one is its aggressive Alpha Beta pruning and late move reductions. To explain a bit further. AB Pruning is a search algorithm which basically cuts out the ...

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is The following position a win or a draw?
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The Position: Win or Draw It is as Draw! Which I am genuinely surprised about to be honest. My initial review of the board would say that with the following; White should be winning (which they are in ...

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Who is the Ross Gambit named after?
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The Name It originates from "Ross" which it German means "Horse". This is basically because you gambit and the knight takes. Pretty unexciting. Definitely not like the Jalalabad as ...

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Why exchange the knight for the bad light-squared bishop?
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Done a little bit of analysis on the position using a stronger engine (Stockfish 14) and honestly I wouldn't put much weight in it. I wouldn't be stressing this at all. Unless you really stress about ...

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Mismatch between my puzzle rating and game rating on chess.com
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Is 10 mins maybe too short of a game to find/apply tactics? Absolutely not. Tactics can be found and applied in all time controls. Its more about your ability to locate them and execute it. How do I ...

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How can I do batch analysis of games?
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Plenty of programs out there. You can use something like chessbase which is what I do. There are free alternatives like SCID. Another option is to write your own program that passes games to a engine ...

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A cramped opposite color Bishop endgame
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The analysis of this position seems quite reasonable based off an immediate glance of the board. Grachev has the advantageous position as he is first to move in this position which is essential for ...

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Is it too late for me to get into competitive chess?
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Definitely not to late. I know people who have taken up chess in retirement to reasonable club level success. There is literally nothing holding you back. Go get em.

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What are the most characteristic signatures if an opponent cheats in online game by using an engine?
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There are a range of factors sites use; Such as play style, move depth , skill level vs move skill level. Engines are emotionless and are willing to just commit. Things such as ; Move depth not ...

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Did Maria Teresa Mora Iturralde beat Capablanca 2.5-0.5?
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The databases are going to be entirely incomplete. She became the Cuban Champion early in the early 20's but there isn't a single game recorded anywhere. The only documented game I can find of her is ...

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Which open source chess engine has the most positional understanding?
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Stockfish 12 is objectively the best in the free engines that is publicly accessible. Estimated Elo ~ 3230. There is another engine mildly more powerful however I don't believe its available and the ...

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Stockfish vs Leela zero
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Without running any analysis. I can't see any moves that are deemed "Strong" for black. I ran a quick computer analysis through three engines and in each instance white is winning in the ...

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How should I configure Stockfish if I want it to play as a 2800 ELO player without the UCI_LimitStrength value?
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So couple of issues off the cuff; Do you have a particular version in mind? Chess engines don't exactly have "ELOs". Chess engines are about calculation speed, calculation depth. They ...

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What is the best way to research openings and endgames in a browser?
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I would strongly suggest looking into chess.com as they have an extensive "Learning" module on end game and end game tactics. You are limited to the amount of modules you can complete per ...

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Batch Solve Tactical Positions
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I use chessbase personally. I can bulk perform tactical analysis. Alternatively you can download an engine and learn to program with it to perform bulk analysis / positional analysis calculations.

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Does the new Netflix series "The Queen's Gambit" resemble any real life chess master?
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The character Beth Harmon is purely fictional. The series is based off a book by the same title by Walter Tevis. The author had a tendencie to base books drawing from personal experiences but he wasn'...

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Why didn't Carlsen try to force exchanging Queens on move 23 against Vokhidov?
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This is a tricky one, and really the only person best placed to answer it is Carlson himself. I ran the analysis through a few engines and in all instances the best move was Qxe5. This makes me think ...

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