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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 does strategy change in the infinite variant of chess?
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I think this is a valid 2-Rook mate on an infinite board. You use one rook as the wall and the other rook to cooperate with K to give KR vs K mate conventionally. [FEN "2R5/3k4/8/8/8/8/8/4R2K w - - 0 ...

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As a Class B, how do I improve my chess against A level or higher?
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Silman's How to reassess your chess book is invaluable. Give it a thorough reading if you haven't yet. My advice would be Replay your game with an engine. Find out the moves you did wrong. if most ...

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Plan from the position
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It's hard to ask for plan when opponent is on the move. This is my understanding without help of engine. White is now exchange up but 2 pawns down. However, Black's 3 isolated pawns look worrying. ...

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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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Pinned Vs. Checkmate
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Basically if you are confused about pin/checkmate rule, just play the game out until one king is captured. You move you Q to threat taking his king in your NEXT move. Unfortunately it's now his move ...

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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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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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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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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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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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Why is Chinese chess (xiangqi) harder for computers than international chess?
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Xiangqi has more theoretical complexity mainly due to larger board. So if you need to do exhaustive search, it has larger search space. Xiangqi is also more positional. For attacking each side has ...

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What is a good, aggressive response against the Sicilian Defense?
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Smith Morra gambit is even more aggressive than Grand Prix (It's a gambit!) You'll have more decisive wins (lots of sacrifices) and more tragic losses.

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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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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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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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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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If you exploit Article 12.9 in FIDE's Laws of Chess, is it possible to benefit yourself by purposely receiving a penalty?
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Just speculating. Increasing the points scored by opponent. In a tournament (Swiss rounds) when players with equal points are ordered (all else being equal) by opponent's points, then you might want ...

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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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