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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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 there a 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 play a tactically perfect game but throwing in a really bad move every now and then. Has anyone ...
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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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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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Chess puzzle: white to move

In this chess puzzle, white is to move. Find a checkmate for black.
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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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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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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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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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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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When is it a good time to offer a draw in chess, and when should I accept one?

Professional players often offer draws in chess and accept them. While draws can be very common in professional play, they appear to be very rare in casual play. Naturally, if you're winning, ...
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Go, MahJong, and Chess. Together? [closed]

Do you think these games have enough in common to start a serious, competitive club focusing around them? There's definitely enough between Go and Chess, but what about MahJong? I know there is plenty ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Opening strategies in Chess 960 (Fisher Random Chess)

I had a go at Chess 960 the other day, but whereas I thought I might do better against the computer as it didn't have an opening book, in fact the opposite happened as it quickly found holes in my ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Did tactics training improve your chess significantly? [closed]

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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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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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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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 ...