Ian Bush
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Is there a chess engine that does NOT use brute-force search?
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You might take a look at Giraffe which was recently in the news: https://thestack.com/iot/2015/09/14/neural-network-chess-computer-abandons-brute-force-for-selective-human-approach/ The hype is that ...

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Examples of hidden gems
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"Positional" Queen Sacs? Hidden Gems? Surely we must mention Mr Nezhmetdinov here! [Event "Rostov"] [Site "Rostov"] [Date "1962.??.??"] [EventDate "?"] [Round "?"] [Result "1-0"] [White "Rashid ...

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Von Popiel - Marco, Monte Carlo 1902, how to win as black?
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Yes - loss of the queen for insufficient compensation at most levels of chess will result in the resignation of the player who has lost the queen. The difficulty lies in judging what amounts to ...

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2. e5 in the Robatsch (Modern) Defence
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OK, not really an answer as it's looking entirely at what I, a complete Pirc addict, would play, there may well be better lines. But unfortunately you can't stick a pgn in a comment, so here's a few ...

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When is it the right time to resign?
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All the above answers refer to individual tournaments, but in a team what has happened or is happening on other boards might affect your decision. Admittedly it's more likely to affect what happens ...

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What's the difference between a USCF 1600 and 1700
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I agree with the answer from Cleveland, but as somebody who has gone 126 to 139 ECF (1645 to 1742 FIDE according to the official translation) over the last year I thought I'd add just a few words on ...

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King taking pieces when check
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Because that would move the king into check - the queen is defended by the bishop on c5. More generally there is no problem with a king taking a piece that is checking it, provided the capture does ...

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How to best respond to an early black Qa5 in the Smith-Morra gambit?
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Marc Esserman in "Mayhem in the Morra" gives 3 ... Qa5 a ?! and recommends 4 Bd2 followed by 5 Nxc3 giving "An enhanced Morra Accepted". If you play the Morra I can strongly recommend this book. In ...

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How does the "French Defense, Winawer Variation, Fingerslip Variation" get its name?
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According to "The Batsford Guide to Chess Openings" by Leonard Barden and Tim Harding: "This move had its introduction into master play as the result of a fingerslip by Alekhine against Flohr, at ...

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