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The Queen is without question the most powerful piece on the board. I have a much different opinion on the 2nd most valuable piece(s) on the board, at least for all beginning to intermediate levels of skill. The Knights are extremely dangerous for their ability to threaten 8 widely separated positions at the same time and to immediately move to another ...


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I don't know your level, but after learning basic tactics etc so you don't blunder away material, and improving your experience in that area, it starts being a matter of understanding positional advantages and disadvantages and strategies. With regards to openings, always a thorn in the side for me. So I would adopt certain favourite openings as black I ...


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Some players will do anything to try to prevent them losing... From the position above, white promotes and black may as well resign. White can make a 2nd queen and give one of them up if necessary to prevent black's attack with the d and e pawns. You won't even need to do that though. If black moves Ke4 his pawn on d5 is pinned, if he plays d5-d4 you go ...


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The main purpose of castling is to "develop" the king, not the rook. The king is easier to defend towards the end squares but can be in danger anywhere. However around the e-file the king also gets in the way of the other pieces, in particular blocking the rook in. Thus the castling move "swaps" the positions of the king and rook simultaneously. The normal ...


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There are various "handicaps" that can be used to enable a weaker player to "even up" against a stronger opponent, and balance the odds as to who can win. Some handicaps could put the weaker player into a technically won position. e.g. if you remove black's 'f' pawn. Put me as white against Magnus Carlsen, remove his 'f' pawn and let me start by making 2 ...



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