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Based on their separate and mutual records, what chance does Karjakin have against Carlsen?
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One of the Russians (Filatov?, maybe even Karjakin himself?) brown-nosed to the media that every match is 50-50 odds on the face of it... But more seriously, Carlsen's rating has consistently been ...

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How is this retrograde analysis position legal?
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White has made 6 captures. Clearly the h-pawn made at least 2, and the g-pawn 1. Meanwhile, the b-pawn made at least 1 (a7/c7), and the a-pawn at least 2 (to the b-file, then to either a7/c7). So ...

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Is there a way to get a FIDE ID without playing in FIDE rated events?
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See the licensing regulations from FIDE Handbook, particularly 1.13.3. 1.1 Registration is the procedure of entering a player’s personal details into the FIDE players’ database. 1.2 A ...

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Would it be a decisive advantage, if the opponent would not be allowed to castle?
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In fact, Larry Kaufman (Komodo) did computer testing on this with Komodo, and found that White has about 50% winning chances when Black starts with no castling privileges. So it's a toss-up. http://...

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I'm confused by UCI Pondering and Time Control
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First the GUI sends the position string with the ponder move as the last move in this string. Then the GUI sends "go ponder". This makes little sense to me, but UCI is very much a kludge. Note that ...

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What is the current highest rated chess engine?
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CCRL has not tested Komodo 10.1 yet. IPON has: http://inwoba.de/ 2016.07.23 Komodo 10.1 with a plus of 8 Elo in the full list and 11 Elo from one RRRL to the next. This version would not be tested ...

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Was Paul Morphy a slow player?
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My item here does not "explain the controversy", but for a contemporary tournament comment concerning Morphy, see top of page 90 here: https://archive.org/details/bookoffirstameri00fisk From the ...

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Live viewers for top chess events
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http://web.archive.org/web/20100605121529/http://www.dnevnik.bg/sport/2010/05/31/909514_organizatorite_na_macha_topalov_-_anand_ochakvat_pone/ It says (in Bulgarian): "The match Topalov - Anand (2010)...

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Based on their separate and mutual records, what chance does Karjakin have against Carlsen?
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Pinnacle has put the odds at about 75-80% for Carlsen, and Gelfand suggested 65-70%. I personally think both of these are low. Nigel Short now says only 60%. Maybe the players know more than I do!

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Is any chess software specifically for forced mates?
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Chest UCI, which is Franz Huber's UCI-adapter for Heiner Marxen's problem solver Chest, is the obvious bet.

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