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White to play and checkmate in two moves
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Use the fact that the rook is pinned, and that the king has few squares left; I'm thinking that 1.Rd8 Kd3 (only possible move) 2.Nc5# should be the solution. [White "NN"] [Black "NN"] [FEN "7R/1B1N4/...

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Is it bad etiquette to keep playing in a clearly hopeless position?
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As a general rule, if something is not done out of malice then it's not bad etiquette in my book (especially if it's allowed in the rules). So if all you do is play on in a lost position, then I don't ...

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Two knights can move to e7, but the move is only specified as Ne7
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The c6 knight is pinned by the bishop on b5. Note that if the c6 knight were to move it would leave Black's king in check, which renders any such move illegal. Therefore it is ok in this case to ...

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Does using a less common opening make you a stronger player?
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In general, less common openings tend to give weaker opponents issues, since they have yet to properly grasp many fundamental ideas of opening play and middlegame strategy, and if they don't know the ...

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In this game, should white sacrifice their bishop to expose black's king?
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The sacrifice makes very little sense here. A weakness is only a weakness if it can be exploited, and in this case white won't really have anything substantial to go on after giving up the bishop. But ...

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Is chess a good game for recovering addicts?
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Addiction is a complicated and multi-faceted issue, and although dopamine plays a role it's far from the only important factor to consider; this also depends on which type of addiction we're dealing ...

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Why does the London System have the reputation it has?
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There is a prerequisite to any aspect of playing chess: NEVER EVER IGNORE YOUR OPPONENT AND THEIR INTENTIONS, FOR ANY REASON WHATSOEVER! This is of course not very surprising, but nobody has ever ...

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What is a fortress in chess?
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A fortress in chess is a position in where the weaker side defends by making waiting moves, and where the stronger side cannot make any progress as long as the defender does not make a crazy move. A ...

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I developed all the pieces I could. Now what?
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Let's look at the position and try to evaluate the situation on the board. This is always a good idea, especially if you're struggling to come up with a concrete plan. r1b2rk1/4n3/p1p1p1p1/1p1pPp1p/...

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Why do masters open 1.d4 more often than 1.c4?
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This has nothing to do with 1.d4 being an objectively better move than 1.c4. The moves are just about as good as one another, and sometimes even transpose as you've noted. But 1.d4 was historically ...

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Euwe-Aljechin Amsterdam 1935 problem
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After 1.Ra2, black's rook and bishop are both stuck; 1...Bb5, defending the rook on a6 while attacking the rook on a2 is no longer effective since 2.cxb5 defends the rook on a2. After this, black's ...

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Are there any chances that the Fischer who reappeared in 1992 was not the real one?
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At the very least we know that in 1992 a man that looked and sounded like an aged version of Bobby Fischer played Boris Spassky in a match, and won it. Assuming that this old man was actually not ...

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Can computer analysis really understand human behavior?
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This response will be very critical of OP's attitude to chess analysis, and I realize that it may even come across as somewhat harsh. However, it is assumed below that OP is interested in improving, ...

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How to keep improving when missing advanced knowledge prevents finding the answer to tactical puzzles
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I think the most important thing to do right now is to clarify exactly what the problem you're having is. From the somewhat vague example you gave I have a suspicion, but I can't be sure. I think that ...

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Is this endgame drawn after the rook sacrifice?
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Let's note the following: 1.Rxc2 and 1.Kxf4 and 1.Rd8+ are equally good, since they all draw. If we ignore 1.Rd8+ for now, 1.Rxc2 is clearly at least as good as 1.Kxf4 in the position, since it drives ...

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Pawn Sacrifice Justification
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As was stated in the answer to this post made by D M, one idea of capturing in this manner is to open up the g-file for white's rooks to attack black's king. In the game this proved to be a very ...

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Can you save white from checkmate?
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First off: I suspect White resigned due to the material disadvantage rather than some immediate mating threat. Having said that, I don't see any reason not to give check on c8 and try to setup some ...

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Find color of the pieces
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The difficult part of this puzzle is the realization that the pawn on b7 can actually be black. When this is established, the rest of the puzzle can be figured out without too much difficulty. Thus, ...

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Why is exchanging the queens bad in this position?
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The reason why a computer makes this type of suggestion i a completely winning position, where a human would choose another completely winning continuation, is because the computer is not human, and ...

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Why was the founder of chess killed?
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The exact origins of chess are not known, but there are several stories about it out there. At the top of my head I can think of at least four different ones that I've heard myself, and after reading ...

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How do I become less materialistic?
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A suggestion I have is to start playing gambits, and high-risk-high-reward openings. For example, playing the King's Gambit as White forces you to utilize any initiative you are given. Playing the KID ...

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Why not take the bishop with the knight (Guseinov vs. Bauer)?
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One way of thinking in these situations in the opening is the following: while white gains the bishop pair after taking on b6, it also opens up the a-file for black's rook. Moreover (as Brian Towers ...

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How do I raise my tactic trainer rating to 2300?
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As noted in the comments, 2300+ tactical ability is a ridiculous goal to aim for, if your current level is 1600-1700. This will only lead to disappointment on your part, as improving your tactical ...

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How useful is a 40-year-old chess book?
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Well, Aaron Nimzowitsch wrote a book called "My System" in the late 1920's, and it's still worth reading today, so just because a book is old doesn't mean it's bad. It's hard to say whether a book ...

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Intuitive play vs learning strategies
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If you compare games of past masters with modern master games you will find that the modern masters are playing at a significantly higher level. This is because modern chess masters are able to draw ...

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Being an Anti-Sicilian vs. Sicilian player
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The first question that needs answering is the following: what is your current playing level? The Grand Prix, and other anti-sicilians as well, can be a good way to trip up some sicilian players at ...

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A difficult rook ending
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This answer is intended to expand upon my comments, and give some concrete lines. Let's discuss the position as I (mistakenly) first thought it was presented: [fen "R7/6p1/P3p1k1/7p/8/6PP/r7/4K3 ...

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Is it beneficial to play themed practice games?
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It really depends on what your end goal is. Themed games in a specific opening are good to get familiar with a specific opening, and get a "feel" for the positions arising in the resulting middlegames....

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Is this a legitimate defence to Ruy Lopez openings?
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It is extremely uncommon for Black to play like this at the higher levels, and that is because, as you stated, it's pointless. Black achieves nothing in particular by this chase, and White ends up ...

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In French Defense Advance Variation, why does white play an early f4?
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As suggested, I'll convert my comment to an answer. Given this format however, I reckon a list makes more sense. So let's see how the move 5.f4 changes the position: 5.f4 is a slow move that wastes ...

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