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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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AI effect on chess openings and variations

I'm writing an essay related to AI and chess. However I am not a chess player, but a Go player. There are many AI chess engines nowadays that significantly overwhelm the chess ability of human. Go has ...
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A tournament chess game with board sides reversed. Will it be considered valid?

I think I've already asked this question earlier. No answers were received and I was told my question makes no sense at all. I disagree though. I think it has good sense and is pretty clear. Imagine ...
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Live statistics chess960 from chess.com?

Both lichess and chess.com have the feature to play the variant chess960 live. However, only lichess has a graph showing how your live chess960 rating has changed over time. Lichess also shows other ...
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Checkmate but confused why

Could someone please let me know why this is checkmate, could I not have captured that queen with my king?
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Does anyone know where this weird blue and green laughing chess set is from?

I found this really weird chess set at a thrift store. Does anyone know where it’s from? (I bought it because, obviously).
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Can I capture threatening chess piece?

I’m a newbie at chess and I was wondering why I am unable to capture the black rook threatening my king?
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Can you identify this likely chess variant?

I frequent a thrifting board game thread on BGG (BoardGameGeek). Recently a nice copy of a supposed chess variant appeared and we cannot seem to identify it. From that post the game is described ...
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How to sell a new game, similar to chess [closed]

I designed a board game that is similar to chess, but on a hexagonal board and fundamentally different in a number of significant ways. For instance it can be two or three player, and the moves of ...
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Female world chess champion?

Has there ever been a female world chess champion (or, before the title existed, any woman who was widely regarded as the best chess player in the community or region)?
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Chess puzzle: white to move

In this chess puzzle, white is to move. Find a checkmate for black.
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How can white checkmate black in this chess puzzle?

I was thinking about making some good chess puzzles and I found an interesting approach . White to move. Assuming both players try to checkmate their opponent's kings , who will win the game?
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Is it true that all computer chess programs can be forced into a three-fold repetition draw?

Disclaimer: I know very little about chess: basically, how to put pieces on the board, how to move them, and how to lose (I'm a pro at this). I have no idea about my Elo rating, but I guess it's in ...
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What's the chess pieces starting position in Chess?

Me and my dad keep arguing where the Rooks and Bishops go. What goes in the corners, the rooks or the bishops?
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Is a pawn allowed to capture onto a promotion square?

I was playing chess with my father. My pawn was on the second-to-last square before promotion. He had two rooks side-by-side blocking my pawn, therefore I naturally took the rook beside it because a ...
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A knight's movement

In chess, the knight moves in an 'L' shape. I have not found any additional name for this. Does this movement have a name other than 'L' shaped?
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Is Chess with more than three players exists or would be playable? [closed]

Chess board as a function of the number of players: 2 players - 8x8 square board 3 players - a special hexagonal board 4+ players - theoretically a (players * 2) gonal board. First Question: Does ...
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Is it possible to bluff in board games like chess generally?

Let's think of games like chess or go, where everyone can see everything, but also games like uno where it's hard to predict what color or value the person has with one card. Can you bluff here? ...
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What are the rules for playing Four way Chess [closed]

In 4 way chess on what square do pawns get promoted?
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Pawn Promotion Limit? [duplicate]

We bought a chess set in which the rules state that pawn promotion occurs when the pawn moves to the light square in the upper left corner of the opponent's first row. So, this cannot occur when the ...
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Card Chess with Playing Cards?

What is the name of the card game where you have two players and a "board" of cards 4 cards by 13 cards. The cards are face down. Each player takes a turn by either flipping a card (first card flip ...
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Which player is responsible for completing a pawn promotion in tournament-level chess?

Given that players want to conserve their clock time, which player is responsible for placing a pawn-promoted piece on the board, is it the pawn-promoter or the opponent? Related: is there a rule ...
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Can other pieces capture a threatening piece and prevent a checkmate?

Total beginner here. I have a board setup that an app I'm using to learn described as a "checkmate" -- see below (the white pawn just moved below the rook and is threatening the king): If I were ...
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Chess. What is it called when a pawn takes a pawn by being passed [duplicate]

What is it called when a pawn takes a pawn by being passed by another pawn?
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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. If ...
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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? How would chess without this rule compare to chess with 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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