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How to avoid falling into unfamiliar traps in the opening stage?
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Well, study your opening more. At this level, your opponent isn't capable of creatively playing a new gambit. It's not hard to find some material of known gambits of your particular opening.

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Is blocking a check with a check an illegal move?
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Yes, that move even has a proper name called cross-check Nowadays most chess programs/apps/websites implement complete FIDE rules. A quicker way to check might be to set up the board that reflects ...

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Karpov vs Kasparov, Game 41
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White is winning. White's plan is to bring his king to the queen side and help the a pawn. Meanwhile white can stop black's counter plans with the combination of the points below. Rook ending after ...

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Can luck be used as a strategy in chess?
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Just a few examples of GMs talking about luck in chess. Kasparov: in chess everything is visible but the result is random (as opposite of election in Russia, where everything is hidden but the result ...

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Mismatch between my puzzle rating and game rating on chess.com
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Rating method. On chess.com, my puzzle rating is 700 points higher than my game rating, but my chesstempo puzzle rating is only about 100 points higher than my chess.com game rating. In other words, ...

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How should one take advantage of the "premove" function on chess.com?
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If you play without any increment (that I really hate), then sometimes premove is necessary, eg you have 3 sec left in a KQ vs KP ending. Apart from that, the only time I use premove for is when I ...

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Must one say "queen check" before capturing a queen?
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No, as others have said, not even (king) check needs to be announced. Queens can be traded or sacrificed. It's not possible to define precisely when the Q is under threat and needs response. However ...

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How to make an AI chess engine which can play like a human of similar rating?
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In theory, chess is a Markovian game -- the current state says it all, how you reach the current state, ie all the previous moves, doesn't matter. This is how computers play chess. For humans, ...

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How to play around outposts?
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Nf5 in front of castled king is no normal outpost that you can play around with. It will kill you before you know it. At the very least, it costs you time to calculate Nxh6, Bxh6, Nxg7 and various Q ...

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Fun variants in teaching chess to children
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Chess fighters Idea is taken from the battle chess game. Play normal chess. When piece A takes piece B, the two players play a street fighter (or whatever fighting game) match. The defender can ...

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Why does a knight combine better with the queen than a bishop does?
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Knights are harder to defend by pawns. In the rare events that you are attacking an open K, Q+B is equally lethal as Q+N. However two connected pawns can hold Q+B for a few turns or until new ...

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How likely am I to beat a grandmaster through random play?
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For question 2, it might be best to combine yourself and random play. As you stated, you are blind to some good moves, and a GM could probably beat you with rook odds. So you might as well let random ...

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When can king and pawn win against another king and pawn?
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I think this is winning for white -- if pawn can still move 2 squares on move 1. [FEN "6pk/8/8/8/8/8/8/PK6 w - - 0 1"]

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A rook up, can black end the checks and thereby win (LiChess.org puzzle 74754)?
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My feeling is that since black has mate in 1 threat, he can leave the rook undefended and march the K to go behind white's a/b/c pawns and end the checks. How exactly to get there I'm not sure, but I ...

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Can you improve a supercomputer evaluation on your own move?
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Yes, all the moves would have been included in the evaluation, but that evaluation isn't perfect. Supercomputer is still a normal computer, just faster. In your example, the chess god will see that +...

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Whose games should I collect for Scotch Opening?
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I religiously play scotch in e4/e5 games. Sergei Rublevsky is the star I follow.

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What is the simplest method to win Queen vs Knight endgame?
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Always keep your K and Q on opposite colour squares, or have your K diagonally 1 gap away from the N, so that you will never be forked. Beyond that, just as Glorfindel said, fork the N if it's ...

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What should a chess beginner do with his/her knights after 2. Nf3 or 2. Nc3?
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The most general opening goals are Develop your knights and bishops (all of them, usually N before B) Castle Move the queen and connect your rooks At which point the opening stage is done and it is ...

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What are the ideas of 6. Qf3 in the Scotch?
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After 6.Qf3, black can Not initiate Q trade 6... gxc6 7. Be2 or Nd2. In this case black's N has some develop problem as Q is blocking its natural f6 square. Trade Qs 6... Qxf3 7. gxf3 bxc6 8 Be3. ...

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Should you always try your best (play as if your opponent is a grandmaster)?
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Depending on how "best" means. Say you play Sicilian Dragon the best against e4 but also have decent knowledge in French. Your opponent always play as white 1.c4 but never 1.e4. Now you two meet at ...

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Is it unsportsmanlike to underpromote to improve my chances?
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It's ok, top players do it too. But be prepared to face the consequence when the underpromotion doesn't work out. http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1879525 (Move 77... f1=N by Nakamura)

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Kasparov said human+computer beats just computer. What does human bring to the table in such teams?
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This has been tested in 2014. A strong version of Stockfish (ELO 3200) was pitted against Nakamura (2800) with an early version of Rybka (3000) to help him. The Rybkamura team lost. https://www.chess....

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Which is better for an improving amateur to play even better: correspondence chess or faster time controls[both online]?
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Some combination of both. Rapid/Blitz helps a lot on opening to middlegame play. You play a lot of games, see many variations and be familiar with your choice of opening and their middlegame plans. ...

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How to beat 1.e4 g6/b6?
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I agree with @PhilipRoe. The Modern defense is a sound opening and OP's setup is sound against the defense. So if you keep losing, it's because the opponent is stronger, not because of the opening. ...

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What motivates you to play chess and continuously get better at it?
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To quote Judit Polgar Work hard and see yourself winning is very addictive (She said that at a presentation, probably not the exact words)

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The strength of Smith-Morra gambit
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I played Morra at 1500- level, and Morra is very fun to play. I have big lead in development and opponent will make obvious tactical mistakes for me to take advantage of. Now I'm at 1800-2000 level ...

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Why is pawn to c4 opening advantageous?
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c4 in general, controls more central square, opens Qa4 diagonal, gains Q side space. Your N can now hop to c3 without blocking your c-pawn (and in turn blocking your Q to a4 or b3). c4 in this ...

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How do I determine who has white or black?
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Another way is to bet for black in an armageddon setup (draw means win by black). For example, white will have say 60 min. Players bet for the time allowance of black. Whoever offers least amount ...

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What is the name of this variation: 1. e4 b6 2. e5?
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French defense Steinitz attack starts with 1. e4 e6 2. e5. It's very likely that after OP's initial moves, e6 will be played. So it might transpose.

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How can I remember Silman's imbalances?
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I remember them as DIMPS (development, initiative, minor, pawn, space).

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