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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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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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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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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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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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Is It Good Or Bad To Trade Too Much?
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Besides the pure chess reasoning others have given, One other thing is player strength at different phase of the game. If you are good at endgame and you know you opponent isn't, then you would ...

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h6 as a prophylactic move in the opening
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Play a3/a6 type of prophylactic move only if it's in your opening preparation, or after you have fully developed (ie rooks connected). If not, find ways to live with Bb5/Nb5 and develop first. As in ...

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