Chess is one of the most popular two-player strategy games. It has survived centuries of strategical analysis and continues to thrive amongst players of all skills and ages.

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Dominant strategy in chess

Is there any proof ensuring there can be no dominant strategy for chess? By dominant strategy, I mean a way of playing that always works regardless what the opponent do.
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What are the standard time settings in chess

What are some of the most popular time limits for chess games? I'm looking for those used today as well as historically.
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Do bridge champions retain their abilities to a later age than those of chess or go?

My understanding is that bridge champions can continue winning tournaments into their sixties, and even later in life. On the other hand, chess champions often seem to lose their crowns in their ...
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What techniques should I use to teach my 5-year old to play chess?

The other night while playing checkers with my 5 year old, he told me that he wanted to make up a game using the checkerboard which had different pieces that could do different things. I told him that ...
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Are Bishops more valuable than Knights?

Bishops and Knights are both traditionally considered to have a similar value, worth roughly three pawns each. However, I have heard arguments that under certain circumstances they are not so closely ...
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Using the King as an attacking piece

Are there examples of expert-level games where the King is used as an attacking piece early in the game? I.e. brought out into the center of the board behind the bishops, pawns and knights, to gain a ...
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Help with the rules of checkmate

I am playing white and it is my turn. I am currently in check. Can I capture the pawn in front of my king to escape the check, placing his king in checkmate? Or is it illegal and therefore I lose?
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what are the differences in timing for chess grading? [duplicate]

Can you clear something up as regards rating time bands. Official or standard grading I always assumed was an hour-and-a-half or more. Am I incorrect? Is Blitz an hour or less? Is Speedplay 0-15 ...
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Why are Elo ratings for go higher than for chess?

If we compare Elo(-like) ratings in chess and in go, we see that the highest ratings published for go (3621 for Ke Jie as of 2016-03-13 at goratings.org) are higher than those in chess (2851 for ...
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What is the purpose of castling in chess? [duplicate]

Having played chess on occasion I know the basic rules and moves to the game. However, it seems like a possibly wasted move when there are players who play a dominant game of chess and don't castle ...
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Does anyone use the P-K4 type of chess notation anymore?

I have several chess books, all of which use the P-K4 type of notation rather than the e4 type. I am still more used to the older form, since those books were my first introduction to chess ...
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Castling when in check

Chess has a rule that forbids castling when in check.What is the practical value of this rule?
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What is the “En passant” rule in chess?

How useful is that rule and how many times we can use that in one game? Under what conditions can the en passant rule be used? How often does it come up and is it a good idea to use it?
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“Analog” version of Kung Fu Chess?

Kung Fu Chess is a real-time chess variant without turns where players may freely move their pieces, subject to a delay period of a few seconds after a move during which a piece cannot be moved again. ...
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Is it okay to promote a pawn to another queen even your officials(knights,bishop etc) are not complete

My Classmate says that you can't have another queen if one of your chess officials (Knights,Bishop and Rook) are gone.
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Are there restrictions on pawn promotion if two pawns are on the same column?

I was playing white and I had one pawn at a7 and the other at a6. My opponent didn't let me promote the pawn to a Queen stating that when two pawns are in the same column then the pawn doesn't get ...
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Annotating “brilliant moves” and “blunders” in chess games

I have become familiar with chess algebraic notation, and have noticed that all of the software tools I've used to re-create the games so I can create videos of them lack one feature: they never ...
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Is it possible to position all chess pieces on the board such that all pieces defend at least one piece and attack at least one piece?

Is it possible to position all chess pieces on the board such that all pieces defend at least one piece and attack at least one piece?
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Is the four move checkmate the fastest way to win a game of chess?

Is the four move check mate (1. e4 e5 2.Qf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5?? 4.Qxf7#) the fastest way to win a game of chess, or is there a quicker way?
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Why can the first pawn move in chess move two spaces?

That is, what is the actual reasson this was written into the rules? I'm not very into chess so pardon me if there's an obvious answer.
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Optimal Dimensions for a Checkerboard-style board? [closed]

Let me clarify. First off: I have a sheet of paper, 8 1/2" by 8 1/2". What are the optimal dimensions (<# of squares> by <# of squares>) of a checkerboard-patterned board that I could print on ...
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Methods for handicapping chess

My four-and-a-half year old son is learning chess. He's got the moves of the pieces down and understands how to checkmate with two rooks (or rook and queen). I've read some good suggestions in this ...
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How are numerical chess rankings calculated for different ranking systems?

I know there are several different ranking systems for chess, but how do they work in general? How exactly do they approximate your skill and how you will fare against other players? How can I figure ...
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Postal board games out there besides chess [closed]

I am interested in board games which can be play through a period of time, e.g. one turn per day. The most typical is chess, there are a few websites including www.chess.com. Then recently I been ...
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Did tactics training improve your chess significantly?

There are quite a few sites for training in chess tactics. For those having experience with using any of these, how did these affect your rating? Is there a strong correlation between e.g. http://...
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Chess variant that allows humans to be competitive vs computers

It seems that computers can beat the majority of chess players out there, and at the current rate in which distributed computing is going, it seems like the #1 chess player out there will be computers ...
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Solid openings for Blitz Chess

Is there an accepted repertoire of openings that are solid in Blitz (3-5min per side) Chess? I guess the primary factors should be: reasonably solid simple structures minimal number of tactical ...
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Chess - Learning to Sacrifice Pieces for the Greater Good

I have trouble with learning what pieces to sacrifice when. Any good examples or playable scenarios on the web to help guide with that? My biggest problem is in the early game, learning what to ...
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Chesscademy exercise: material part 2 - why doesn't this move result in a 2 point material lead?

I'm trying to re-learn chess with the wonderful Chesscademy site. This exercise asks me to "make a move that will leave you up two points in total". As the hint suggests, I've counted up the ...
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Restrictions around promoting a pawn

I have tried to read the Wikipedia article but it is too confusing on what the current accepted standard is. My questions are: If a pawn makes it to the last row can they stay as a pawn? If a pawn ...
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Why would you not move pawn two spaces during first move in chess?

My Question: It seems like you'd want to make it across the board faster to take control of the board, so... Why would you not move your pawn TWO spaces (instead of one) during your first moves in ...
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Chess: Move 2 pawns one space each as first move

When I was young I remember that it was usual to move 2 pawns one space each on your first move, instead of one pawn two spaces. (ie b3 and g3 at the same time). I'm not sure if the 2 pawns had to be ...
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Chess: Efficient training for recreational players

What is an efficient way to train one's self at Chess? I really enjoy playing, perhaps 1-2 times per week. I used to play on an electronic board once per day and at one point I could start to beat it ...
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What's the name of the move where the player swaps King and Rook/Castle in Chess? Why is this move important?

I'm a chess beginner, and I was wondering: why was this movement introduced to chess, and why is it important to the game?
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Accepting Queen's Gambit

Why is it considered a disadvantage to accept Queen's Gambit? How should I play to take advantage of an accepted Queen's Gambit? (All online guides I've seen simply state not to do it, but don't ...
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Can a king capture an opposing queen?

A Beginner's Scenario: I castle kingside prior to ever being in check. Then, my son positions his queen and on a subsequent turn, takes out the middle pawn of three (see diagram below), thus exposing ...
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What is the name of the following chess opening? What are its pros and cons?

At some point, when I was young, I learned an opening that involves the following moves: possibly after moving queen's pawn to the centre (d4), move out king's knight to above the bishop (Nf3), move ...
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Can a single player have all nine potential queens in one game?

I would like to know whether it is possible to, in a single game, convert all eight pawns of one colour into queens while retaining the original queen. Presume that we are both playing chess ...
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What form of chess was played in seventh-century Arabia?

In Islam, there are a number of reports (of variable grades of authenticity) that the prophet Muhammad either forbade or explicitly disliked the playing of chess. As is known, he was centered in what ...
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What is the appropriate way to snipe a king that castles through check?

In lightning chess matches (matches with time controls of 3 minutes or less on each side), some players play with the rule of "king sniping" - that is, to save time, if the opponent played a move that ...
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What is this game, played with chess board and pieces, but with totally different rules?

Multiple decades ago, I was introduced to a game as described in the title of this question. What I can remember of it is: The two rooks had different functions. They were distinguished by placing ...
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What are good resources or techniques to improve one's offence or finishing game?

I'm a moderately skilled chess player; I can beat most casual players and survive quite a while against class A, expert, or master players. Unfortunately, virtually all of my skill is in control of ...
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How important is memorizing chess openings in casual play?

I've played chess since I was kid and after much practice have become a decent player. I still though, have little strategy to my opening moves besides starting with a King's Pawn Game. I know ...
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Periodical chess problems by RSS

Is there somehow I can find an RSS feed of daily chess problems at different difficulties? I like chess and would like to get reminded to practice now and then. Update: I've found Brian's Daily Chess ...
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Developing Chess Game After 20 moves

Suppose I start out a chess game in this manner: http://goo.gl/reCxP From this advantage, I have a few questions: Which item should I sacrifice so I can gain better ground position? Should I ...
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Most human-like chess AI [closed]

I have yet to find a chess AI that plays like a human opponent at an amateur level. Most AIs seem to do something like playing a tactically perfect game but throwing in a really bad move every now and ...
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What is a positional game in chess?

What does it mean to have a positional game, or to play a positional game? What is the opposite?
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Are There Any Real-Life Applications of Chess?

Chess seems to develop a specialized skill set that in my experience is mostly irrelevant to everyday life. However, I would like to know of any real-life applications that I have overlooked. I am a ...
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Was the blind chess match between Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty in the movie Game of Shadows real/plausible?

I saw the movie and was wowed by two things: the blind chess match in which Holmes wins with the move Bishop-Bishop 8, discovered check; and the mental fist fight they have in their minds. It's such a ...
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On chess what exactly is the “En passant” trick? [duplicate]

I've heard of a trick called "En passant" but what does it mean?