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Does it ever make sense to stall for time?
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There was a game where Korchnoi was completely lost and deliberately ran himself into time trouble so that the opponent would try to take advantage of it rather than playing the merits of the position....

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Unusual replies to Scandinavian Defense
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1.e4 d5 2.d4 tranposes to the Blackmar-Diemer gambit (1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3)

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Castling in the French Defense
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If you can block the pawn structure on the queenside then you can consider castling queenside, for example in this line [StartPly "12"] [White "White"] [Black "Black&...

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Stalemating the opponent in order to not lose
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Here is an example of such a position. [FEN "4k2K/7P/8/8/8/8/8/8 b - - 0 1"] [startflipped ""] The only ways to draw are Kf8 and Kf7, since both stop Kg8 and stalemate the opponent. This has surely ...

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Why is the g3 and Bg2 set up so strong vs the Dutch?
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The g3 and Bg2 setup is strong defensively and strong offensively. White wants to play e4 to challenge the f5 pawn and Black's kingside white square complex. g3 and Bg2 is one of the best ways to ...

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Patt undecided?
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It means the position is stalemate. By chess rules if one side is to move and is unable to move and is not in check then the game ends in a draw. That is what happened here to you.

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PGN viewer / replayer for Atomic Chess
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Winboard/XBoard should do the job. http://www.tim-mann.org/xboard.html

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Beat the Polish defence
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I have the book "1.d4 Volume 2" by Grandmaster Boris Avrukh in front of me. Not the line you're looking at but Avrukh says 3.Bxb5 Bxe4 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.0-0 e6 6. c4 Be7 7.Nc3 Bb7 is perfectly playable for ...

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Just for fun and curiosity: is there cheating on professional chess tournaments/games?
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Tech mate? Top grandmaster claims chess is riddled with cheats using smartphones. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/11487515/Tech-mate-Top-grandmaster-claims-chess-is-riddled-with-...

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Why are there separate tournaments for men and women?
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Excellent question. There's no good reason for it. Gender differentiation probably has a negative effect on female achievement in chess. Notably Judit Polgar (until recently the highest rated woman ...

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What openings are good for the repertoire of a tactical player?
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The Chigorin is a good opening for tactical players. As in the Sveshnikov the pawn structure is half fixed half dynamic if you know what I mean. Play 1...Nc6 by C. Wisneweski is the best book in my ...

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Why can't knights lose tempo?
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Yes - A king can take two moves to go from e1 to d2 - Ke1-d1-d2 and also one move - Ke1-d2. Taking two moves is called triangulation or losing a tempo. A rook can take two moves to go from e1 to e3 ...

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Which variation of the Grunfeld Defense for White will lead to the most strategic and least sharp position?
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Bg5 on move 4 is a strategic move, prioritising a minority attack in some lines. The line 6.cxd5 with this plan is covered in Richard Palliser's Play 1.d4! Also 6.Bf4 is possible, see the game below ...

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Books/Videos for the Caro-Kann
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Here is another high-level book - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Play-Caro-Kann-Complete-Repertoire-Everyman/dp/1857444345

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How to study a chess tactics book?
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If you can solve straight from the diagram then do that. Otherwise it's more effective for over the board play to set up the positions on a real chess board. By moving the pieces you train your ...

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Are there any grandmasters who always play until checkmate?
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Here is an example of a master playing on 2 queens down in the British Championship http://streathambrixtonchess.blogspot.co.uk/2010/01/ray-could-play-iv.html

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What next? I'm stuck!
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You played fine, denying him play but he really lost on time before the game started.

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The moves leading to the winning combination
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Possibly the most pertinent question I have seen on here so far. For me the answer is simple, get a book on attacking. The classic "Art of Attack in Chess" by V. Vukovic is highly regarded, and a for ...

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Evans Gambit b4 loss
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White gains time to gain control of the centre after Bxb4 by c3 which can be followed by d4 at some point. Black's bishop will be kicked back from c5 then White can develop an initiative. Also after ...

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How do I get a well-rounded understanding of chess openings?
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A book series to buy is Mastering the Chess Openings Volumes 1-3 by John Watson. Anything written by John Watson is worth reading.

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What is/are the bests poems about chess?
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I like this one - I'd be a happier man if I could play the Caro-Kann But it seems to me when I play pawn to QB3 White gets a knight on K5, and then as sure as I'm alive My Rook file's opened and my ...

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Is the Sicilian Defense a good opening for beginners?
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No, you should learn simpler games like the Open Games first. Kasparov has said the Sicilian should only be played by GMs. You will learn a lot more about chess playing the Open Games or the French ...

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Good master games for learning how to win from a superior position
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Just look for collections of their best games. Off the top of my head Capablanca's Best Games by Harry Golombek is one. Test Your Positional Play by Bellin and Ponzetto also covers winning games ...

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Against Alekhine's defense, can White avoid 2. e5?
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2.Nc3 is a move and I'm surprised it hasn't been mentioned yet. If Black plays 2...e5 the game transposes into a Vienna game, if Black plays 2...d5 play can go [Title "Alekhine's defense"] [...

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Which openings lead to unbalanced endgames?
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First note that it is impossible to force your opponent into an endgame - chess doesn't work like that. Second, strategically the endgame may be one of the better choices for the opponent eg in the ...

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Looking for books specializing in chess play from black
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The books of Victor Korchnoi the archetypal counterpuncher himself - Chess is my life (1977) My best games : with Black (2002) Korchnoi's 400 best games (1978) And what IGM_AA said.

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Sicilian Lowenthal-Labourdonnais
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Any book covering the Open Sicilian from White's point of view should have a line against it. From memory White has a queen exchange, Qc7 or Qd1 in one of those variations. EDIT: For starters try ...

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What are some helpful chess tactics training websites?
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chess24.com 5 free problems a day.

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Suitable defence for 1.d4
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Play the Chigorin! I went from 1900 to 2000 FIDE playing it. A good book is play 1...Nc6 by Christoph Wisnewski. Good luck.

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What can I play against 1.d4?
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What is your rating? If it is 1800-2000 FIDE/ 1900-2100 USCF then the Chigorin is a great choice. The best book in my opinion is the misleadingly titled Play 1...Nc6 by Christoph Wisnewski (Scheerer) ...

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