Mobeus Zoom
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What if both players always play the worst engine move?
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You may find this game interesting: https://lichess.org/A9ZRnDcE. Here Stockfish (black) is programmed to select the move leading to the most negative eval position. White is a human who is aiming to ...

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Where can I watch World Chess Championship 2021?
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Chess24 Global is providing commentary with David Howell, Jovanka Houska and Kaja Snare. Chess24 Deep Dive is providing commentary with Anish Giri and Judit Polgar. Chess.com is providing commentary ...

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What previous results match/compare to Alireza Firouzja's 3000+ performance in the European Team Championships?
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An unofficial list of the highest Tournament Performance Ratings (TPRs) on record in standard FIDE classical tournaments since 1970 is here: https://deletionpedia.org/en/...

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Why is Lichess keyboard input opposed?
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First some background: An 'input mechanism' is a tool to enact the moves you want to be played on a chessboard. The perfect input mechanism is probably "play whatever move I have in my mind ...

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Would there be more decisive games if we began to see stalemates as checkmates? And hence more "interesting" chess?
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More decisive games? Certainly. But that does make it a better game? (I.E. is it a satisfactory solution to the problem of high drawrate?) Stalemates can occur in positions which are not vastly ...

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What is the history behind the famous author H. G. Wells writing against the game of chess?
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One cannot do better than simply refer you to the work of chess historian Bill Wall on this subject: https://billwall.phpwebhosting.com/articles/hgwells.htm Wells did not hate chess. He revered it for ...

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Why don't these statistics disprove white's supposed larger (practical?) advantage in chess960?
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For the time being, without being certain one way or the other, I simply challenge the hypothesis: You could look at eval tables and computer games (or human games, if a sufficient number are ...

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Why is it acceptable to resign?
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Many of the other answers haven't sufficiently highlighted the key point here: Defeat in chess can be theoretically inevitable The critical reason it's acceptable to resign in chess and not in ...

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What is the need for repetition rules given the 50 & 75 move rules?
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An important, but not the sole, reason for allowing draws in chess (outside of stalemate) is to prevent infinitely long games. Hence, when helpmate is unachievable for either side (a condition loosely ...

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Who did Nigel Short really play on the ICC in 2001 when he thought he was playing Fischer?
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Well, as of 2021 a much more concrete answer can be provided: https://www.reddit.com/r/UnresolvedMysteries/comments/mv0vz5/solving_the_fischer_chess_games_in_2001_gm_nigel/ In short (pun not intended):...

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Bughouse sitting/stalling full strategic breakdown
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I will give an (impractical but I think interesting) answer to when it theoretically makes sense to stall in Bughouse, since on a mathematical level this is a definitive factor in the game. In ...

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Are there statistics on the results of armageddon games at the GM level?
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Just wanted to augment the excellent answer above with some further examples: Smirin vs Anand, 1994, 0-1 Mamedyarov vs Lputian, 2004, 1-0 Ye Jiangchuan vs Ni Hua, 2004, 1-0 G. Sargissian vs Tiviakov, ...

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Is there a sequence to force a draw in crazyhouse?
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Not only is there no "9 move sequence to force a draw" in Crazyhouse, but it is quite possible - rather likely in fact - that a draw cannot be forced in Crazyhouse in any number of moves, ...

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How do I find data to determine records like the youngest person to obtain a certain title?
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A rather half-fledged answer but here goes: Check out https://ratings.fide.com/download.phtml. Download the data files for each month from the archive and parse them into a single database or ...

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Rating system (glicko, elo, etc): is 'predict the outcome of games' the same thing as 'reduce the number of upsets'?
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Basically correct. (Note that these rating systems don't natively deal with draws, only with binary wins/losses. Draws are incorporated by summarizing results as point-score = wins + 0.5 * draws.)

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