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The meaning of a "forced move" by Paul
I would think that a "forced move" means any move such that playing anything different to it would be clearly wrong. However, suppose that a player has a position which can't be lost but could either be won or drawn. Suppose also that there is only one move which keeps winning chances alive. I would call this unique winning attempt "forced". But I've been told (by someone whose name I don't...
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November 11th 16 12:07 PM
by The Horny Goat Go to last post
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73rd World Chess Championship, Carlsen v Karjakin by Offramp
On the 9th November the Swede Magnet Carcrash will begin the defence of his title against Mr Vlad the Karjacker at 1102, Nelson Mandela Blvd, Bronx River, Bronx New York. It is scheduled to last 12 games. I reckon it'll be 2-1 to Carcrash with 9 draws.
November 11th 16 06:15 AM
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Announcing future mates by Paul
Is it legal to announce mate in n? For example, is it legal to make a move that will force checkmate in three moves or less and say "mate in three"? Some might ask "But why on earth would anyone want to do that?" There is actually a good competitive reason to do this in my opinion. If you think you've got a definite checkmate, correct technique is to go through the lines again and again and...
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November 11th 16 03:22 AM
by The Horny Goat Go to last post
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Two McFarland books by Offramp
That crazy publishing house McFarland has bought out another niche book: "H.E. Bird, A Chess Biography with 1,198 Games by Hans Renette, the male partner of Hans Ree. Foreword by Richard Forster. Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-7578-0 Ebook ISBN: 978-1-4766-2462-4. 85 photos, 1,198 games, 376 diagrams, tables, appendices, notes, bibliography, indexes!! 608pp. Price, only 75 buckaroos!! Buy...
November 5th 16 07:44 AM
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Relocation (swap) chess by M Winther[_2_]
An alternative to Chess960 is to allow players to relocate (swap) pieces on the first row before play begins: http://mlwi.magix.net/bg/relocationvariants.htm The various relocation methods allow the players optionally to relocate king and/or queen before the play begins, whilst retaining the castling rights (the rooks remain in their position). The players may abstain from this should they...
November 2nd 16 05:48 AM
by M Winther[_2_] Go to last post
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We all know Kasparov is still a world-class blitz player but is hisopening play a strength or a weakness? by Paul
I've been debating this point with Phil Innes who says that Kasparov's particular strength is in the opening. I said that, on the contrary, his opening play is a weakness and that he's good in spite of this. He then said that GMs agree with him. Well, Caruana agrees with me. This is what Caruana said: "He’s still a very strong player. I don’t think that really came as a surprise to...
November 1st 16 04:10 AM
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List of Authors Banned or Blacklisted by USCF Sales by Sam Sloan
I have posted on Wikipedia a List of Authors Banned or Blacklisted by USCF Sales. It is a very distinguished list, which many authors would aspire to be on. However, the list is undoubtedly incomplete. I would welcome any additions to the list. For example, I am not sure whether Bobby Fischer is on the list or not. Here is the...
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October 28th 16 10:22 PM
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Lasker Schlechter +2 clause. by Offramp
This is a note, in fine print, at http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chess.pl?tid=54100 "Since the final conditions for the match have never been published, there are rumors that Schlechter had to win the match by a score of +2 to become world champion. A +2 clause existed in the conditions issued by both players on 3 December 1908 (Wiener Schachzeitung, December 1908, p. 376. In ANNO /...
October 27th 16 06:09 PM
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US chess star won't go to championships in Iran: 'I will NOT weara hijab' by Quadibloc
On Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 9:19:44 AM UTC-6, Aramis Gunton wrote: When in Rome. You want to play chess in the Islamic heaven of Iran you wear a ****ing bag!!!! Nothing wrong with asking people to respect the laws of countries with different cultures.
October 27th 16 06:05 PM
by The Horny Goat Go to last post
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Touch Move Rule in Chinese Chess by samsloan
In the last round of the World Championship of Xiangqi in Munich, Germany in 2015 I made a horrific blunder. In a winning position, I moved a rook off my back rank, allowing my opponent a simple back rank mate with his cannon.. I realized I had made this mistake as soon as I made the move, but as my fingers had left the piece it was too late so instead I stared blankly at the board hoping that my...
October 17th 16 04:43 PM
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Hou Yifan -- Nigel Short prize money? by Paul
Does anyone know the prize money for the ongoing Hou -- Short match? Thanks. I don't know how to assess the first game. Should Hou be pleased for drawing with Black, or should Short be pleased for having an edge for most of the game? It depends how close Short came to winning, I suppose. Paul
October 17th 16 01:05 PM
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Millionaire chess by Paul
Why did the Millionaire Chess event not attract the elite like Carlsen, Caruana, Karjakin, So, Nakamura etc? (Yes, I know I'm probably leaving some out, and maybe putting the names in an unfortunate order but that's not my point.) I would have thought that the quality of the players is determined by the prize money (which was huge). So why did the elite stay away? Thanks,
October 16th 16 11:26 PM
by Rainer[_2_] Go to last post
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Paul Truong of Cambodia made member of FIDE media body by samsloan
Paul Truong of Cambodia made member of FIDE media body BAKU, AZERBAIJAN 13 September 2016 Paul Truong of Cambodia made member of FIDE media body When FIDE Deputy President Georgios Makropoulos read out a list of FIDE political appointments on September 12, I was surprised to hear the name of Paul Truong of Cambodia being made a member of a FIDE media body. First I thought it must be another Paul...
October 14th 16 03:04 PM
by Euclides Zoto[_3_] Go to last post
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Somebody Finally Said Something Nice About Chess Players by Quadibloc
Well, perhaps that's exaggerating a little, but https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/09/160913124722.htm is still one of the most positive things I've heard about people who play chess in general for a long time. Finally, evidence supporting one of the positive stereotypes about the game. John Savard
October 14th 16 08:30 AM
by Radrook Go to last post
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My Experience at ICC by Radrook
My experience at The Internet Chess club has been strange.. Having reached 1997 standard rating approx. 20 years ago, I expected to move higher not lower. However, suddenly and inexplicably the all the opponents I encountered began playing like experts and masters regardless of rating. This dropped me to the 1700range for many years. Then again suddenly and inexplicably all opponents,...
October 7th 16 06:23 PM
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Harikrishna v Karjakin 1-0, inspires divisive comments by Offramp
September 17th 16 09:45 AM
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1)...e6 by Philidor
If instead I keep my 1)...e6 I'm fairly happy with the French which I've only started playing in the last year. But I'm still somewhat skeptical of the Dutch, having almost always crushed it as white. So I'm still tinkering with what to do vs d4. The Lenningrad is ruled out via the 1)...e6 move order. And I like the idea of avoiding all the specialists in 2)Bg5 (my own preference when playing...
September 16th 16 01:57 AM
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1)...d6 by Philidor
What do you think of 1)...d6 versus e4? I used it in the past vs d4 and was successful with that. However I eventually stopped using it except now and then in blitz because I didn't much care for the Pirc positions arising after 1)d4,d6 2)e4, Nf6 3)Nc3 (or plenty of other third moves for that matter),g6. However it seems that the modern way of getting into the Philidor might be ok based on...
September 16th 16 01:44 AM
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Versatile Pawn by Offramp
In this game the white e-pawn does everything. Double step, single step, left-capture, right-capture, check, en passant and promotion!
September 15th 16 11:30 AM
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Effect of computer cheating scandals on blitz chess by Paul
It occurs to me that it would be far more difficult to computer-cheat at blitz chess (for example 3 mins for each side per game + an extra two seconds per move) than under conventional time limits. Firstly, players stay seated at the board, and secondly most cheating methods would seem to take way too much time to work in blitz. As more and more cheating scandals are uncovered, is that likely to...
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September 13th 16 03:55 PM
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