AndyM
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Can a pawn put a king in check?
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A particularly unpleasant pawn check happened to me in a tournament during the endgame. My opponent's pawn took my recently advanced g-pawn en passant delivering check to my king and attacking my rook....

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Is allowing takebacks in friendly games a bad practice?
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My opinion: bad habit. Never ask for a takeback (unless it was a mouse slip online). If it's a dreadful move then learn from it. If it's only a piece or a rook then it will force you to be ...

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How do strong players react to being paired with a (much) weaker player in a tournament?
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I'm not a strong player (1850), but to me one of the more intimidating circumstances is meeting a 'lower ranked' junior towards the end of the tournament with say 3.5/4. Clearly they deserve respect,...

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How to prepare for an opponent
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For club players with 1/2 - 1 hour: Find out what colour you are likely to have and try to find out what your prospective opponent's favourite opening(s) is/are with that colour (ask friends, lookup ...

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Does this opening have a name? 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4
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If you are interested in the history of this opening, there is a very interesting article here on the Edinburgh Chess Club's website. It tells of the series of correspondence games between Edinburgh ...

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Should a beginner move from fundamentals to opening theory?
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Once you have learnt the moves of the game, in my opinion it's time to have some fun and start playing lots of games, gain some experience and catch the chess 'bug'! A good way to do this would be ...

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Where to keep the scoresheet
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I've built some software that makes it possible to 'scan' your paper scoresheet into electronic .pgn format just by taking a picture of it with your phone after the game (you have to use a particular ...

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How to gauge someone's chess strength quickly?
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Get the class to play a blitz round robin. This is then a measurement of strength as opposed to a subjective guess. Plus it's fun.

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Can playing against Computer help?
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I play against a computer and humans regularly. The difference is that a computer is quite happy to throw the 'rule' book away and just do what works in a given position, whereas humans can get ...

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What are some chess songs?
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"It's no sacrifice" - Elton John

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Can Black always choose seating position and clock position?
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If your opponent is blind or has another physical disability, it is generally good etiquette to allow them to set-up the board, seating and clock to their preference.

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Do professional level chess players mainly stay consistent in their opening play?
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I can tell you as an strong player looking to improve (1900), playing a diverse set of openings opens your mind to different themes of the game. If you always play the same lines, it is easy to get ...

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