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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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How can I use chess piece value to balance my homemade TCG?

I want to make use of the chess piece value to make 2 decks equally strong and Powerful. I have read the full article on Wikipedia but it didn't helped at all. Can one of you suggest a way to use it ...
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Which Reference Materials are Allowed During a Chess Match?

Do the rules of chess permit a player to refer to certain reference materials during a match? For example, it is clear that materials which would assist a player with strategy are not permitted. A ...
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In chess, how many times can a piece be attacked at once?

Sometimes a chess player concentrates many attacks on a single enemy piece (including pawns). For example, on the diagram provided above the black pawn on d5 is attacked by ten white pieces. One of ...
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Chess with Sudoku limitations [closed]

The past few months I was working on a fun project which basically uses the traditional chess pieces and their move sets. On top of that I added Sudoku limitations to restrict movements. In order to ...
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In chess, what is the name for the tactics when a piece makes an attack by itself but also opens line(s) of attack for a friendly piece(s)?

For example, let us look at the following chess diagram. It is white's turn. Until now, black queen and rook were safe, but white plays d6! White pawn makes an active attack on the black rook but also ...
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In chess, may a player resign, offer a draw or claim a draw at any time, or not?

My question is mostly about pure rules and not about etiquette. I wonder if during a chess game I am allowed to resign, offer a draw or claim a draw at any time. But I want to ask about two specific ...
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In chess, if a player ran out of time, how to determine if his/her opponent has the 'possibility of checkmating'?

From English Wikipedia, article 'Rules of chess': If a player delivers a checkmate, the game is over and that player wins, no matter what is subsequently noticed about the time on the clock. ...
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Are there any chess sets with more than 32 pieces?

In every single chess set which I have purchased in my city (I'm from Moldova), there are exactly 32 pieces (16 white and 16 black). No more, no less. By pieces I mean kings, queens, rooks, bishops, ...
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Which are chess variants that are helpful in teaching chess? [closed]

Some chess variants are really helpful in teaching chess to beginners. Here is an example variant. This one is similar to knight chase. Both players have only a knight. White has a knight at a8 and ...
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What are some simple strategy games to play with a friend online? [closed]

I am looking for something we could play online and which is free. We had a lot of fun when we were just starting to play chess, and after a while it became a bit boring as there wasn't enough room ...
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Crazyhouse Chess: is it possible to get all eighteen queens?

Over here it was previously discussed whether one can end up with all nine queens. There is a variant of chess called Crazyhouse in which captured pieces may be reintroduced as the capturer's. In ...
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Table for both 2-person and multi-person games

Is there a type of table that can be arranged for both 2-person games, like chess and then re-arranged for a round-table game like Dungeons & Dragons? I have looked at trapezoidal tables. They do ...
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Pawn movement in Chess?

My opponent moved his pawn to the 7th rank. It was blocked by my bishop. He captures the bishop and promotes the pawn to a queen. I was under the impression that a pawn captures diagonally and not in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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Can a pawn be promoted to queen if the player is missing a knight, bishop or rook?

My classmate says that you can't have another queen if one of your chess officials (knights, bishops and rooks) are captured and not yet replaced. Is this true?
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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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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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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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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 number ...
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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: 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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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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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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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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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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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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On chess what exactly is the “En passant” trick? [duplicate]

I've heard of a trick called "En passant" but what does it mean?
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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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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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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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Can a pawn move to the last line in chess as part of a promotion even if the square is blocked by an opponent's piece?

My reason for asking is I believe the promotion to be instant: As the pawn's toe crosses the line into the square, it transforms into the promotion piece's toe... Meaning that even though the route ...
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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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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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How can I learn to play chess blindfold?

I'm an intermediate-level amateur chess player. How would I go about learning how to accurately play a complete game of chess, blindfolded? What skills are needed, and how are they practiced? In ...
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Database of chess games for evaluating ranking systems?

I would like to test my ranking system based on information theory. I need a database of games with outcomes and ranks of the single players. Where can I find this?
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What is the best way to learn chess strategy and tactics? [closed]

I am interested in learning chess. I am already familiar with the rules of the game, but I am very weak when it comes to tactics and strategy. I am afraid that if I just register at chess.com and ...
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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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Is pawn promotion to rook or bishop something that is seen in play?

Reading What is the proper Algebraic Notation for a pawn being promoted? made me wonder whether pawn promotion to rook or bishop ever happens. The only time I can think this might happen is when ...
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What is the proper Algebraic Notation for a pawn being promoted?

Are you supposed to use an arrow → or not. Pe8→Q Pe8Q Where 'P' is the piece being moved (Pawn) , 'Q' is promotion to (Queen), 'e8' is the file ('e') and rank ('8')?
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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 advance ...
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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 ...