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What is the idea behind this move?

I was watching Nepomniachtchi - Liren match on Chess24 Legends Day 2. After having a pretty significant advantage [+7.1 (Stockfish 11)], White [Nepo] has played g4, and according to the...

Asked on 11/28/2021

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Why are my tactics ratings on chesstempo and puzzle rush different?

I just started puzzle rush today for the first time. My chesstempo blitz puzzle rating is 1567, but I can only get to 16-17 on puzzle rush, which is...

Asked on 11/28/2021

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Rook+Knight Endgame-Play For Checkmate?

I found myself in this position as Black during a recent endgame situation with White to move.[FEN "8/7k/2R4p/2p3p1/2N2p2/P4PnP/1P2r1K1/8 w - - 4 43"]What is a good way to approach...

Asked on 11/28/2021 by TrancendentalObject

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Has a woman ever defeated a reigning undisputed World Chess Champion in classical chess?

I know that the great Judit Polgar defeated Kasparov, but he was no longer World Champion at that point. She defeated Anand, but he was not yet World Champion at...

Asked on 11/23/2021 by Phil Winter

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How often do grandmasters miss checkmate?

Although top players are extremely good at finding checkmate, the number of permutations of moves in just 3 moves can be hundreds of thousands, and the farther out the possible...

Asked on 11/08/2021

4 answer

What is the maximum number of passed pawns in a position?

Something I have wondered about recently is the maximum number of passed pawns that is theoretically possible. What is the answer, and the fastest way to achieve that result?...

Asked on 11/08/2021

2 answer

Games won by the stalemated player?

Here is a quote from Davidson's "A short history of chess" (Link), chapter 8, which I used in an answer to an earlier question.[...]...

Asked on 11/08/2021 by Dag Oskar Madsen

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Is there value to learning openings as a new player?

Am a new player (had played before hadn't picked up a board for 3 years having never taken the game that seriously) and am going to try and commit to...

Asked on 10/05/2021 by user8812

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Why is Bd6 better than Be7, Bc5 and Bb4?

[FEN "r1bqkb1r/p4ppp/2p2n2/3p4/8/2N5/PPP1BPPP/R1BQK2R b KQkq - 1 9"]Be7 protects knight from getting pinned, Bc5 pins the pawn on f2 after Whites, castles, and Bb4 pins the knight. Whats logic behind...

Asked on 10/05/2021 by Shreyash Talpade

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Why is Qf3 better than Nf3?

I am training with an app and have played about 10 games in my life, most years apart. However, now I became interested in the game. I have this situation:...

Asked on 10/05/2021 by Ludi

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