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    Should chess be updated?

    Chess is so easy because we know all the moves, like the infamous check mate move. I think we should update the game to make it harder.

    I see my grand kids playing fortnite and that game looks harder than chess because there is no check mate

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    In your opinion, should all politicians know how to play chess?

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    King Khusros II was a violent man, who waged war and executed people with little provocation. As such, one could interpret the quote as meaning that anyone who plays chess is prone to psychopathy; therefore, chess should be avoided by any sane politician! (n.b., of course, one could argue that a "king" is not a politician in the purest sense, but, that's for another discussion!)

    6 Answers2 months ago
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    Best books to read or best advice to receive to improve my chess game? ?

    I’m really bad. Like really really bad. I’ve only played for 3 weeks now but I should be a lot better for how much I’ve read about chess. I’ve read into how to open my chess board so my pieces have mobility towards the start, how forks and pins work, how to pile up attackers on crucial squares, when to make good trades, and etc, and I still really suck. Everyone I play against on chess.com always beat me. 

    7 Answers2 months ago
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    Are you a decent chess player?

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    I have played my share of games and begun to strategize openings, mid game, and closing. I am not ranked in any way though. 

    11 Answers2 months ago
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    How come sometimes in Chess, I don’t have to check the king before a checkmate and then other times I do and it results in an annoying draw?

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    When playing against a computer, the computer will announce check first (as the King is threatened) before announcing checkmate (the player cannot neutralize threat to the King by any mean) immediately afterwards.

    Most players will usually say "Check & Mate" or will reserve declaring checkmate as they have to review the opposing player's options to ensure they cannot get out of check before declaring mate (or checkmate).  If the game is timed, players may mutually stop the clock to access the state of the board as there's only 3 ways to get out of check.

    1) Moving the King to a safe space, not threatened by an opponent's piece.

    2) Capturing the piece threatening the King

    3) Blocking the threat by moving another piece between the King & the opponent's piece.

    In the cases of double-checks, Option 1 (Moving the King) is typically the only viable option since there's 2 pieces threatening the King at the same time.  Option 3 (blocking) isn't available since you're only able to block one threat.  Option 2 (capturing a threat) is rarely available since you would have to move the King to capture one threat & evade the other threat.  It's noted that it's impossible to get triple-checks or higher under standard rules as it would require a player to move into check (which is an illegal move).

    IF the player can get out of check, they resume the game & make a valid move they discovered.  Otherwise, they confirm the checkmate & end the game.

    YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PUT THE KING IN CHECK FOR ONE MOVE BEFORE GOING FOR THE CHECKMATE!  You can put the king in check & then confirm they're mated before ending the game.

    The only time the game would end in a draw after a check is if the player moves their King out of check & the opposing player moves their pieces to prevent the King from moving, but not threatening their current position AND that player has no other pieces they can move (since players CANNOT pass their turn under standard rules).  Such actions occur when a player is inexperienced OR made an end-game blunder.

    5 Answers2 months ago
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    Do all successful chess players have photographic memory?

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    They might. I have gone down allot in defeat many times. Boy they are good.

    7 Answers2 months ago
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    Will chess make me blonde?

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    Can I get cursed by a oujia board if I’ve never played it or even seen one in real life?

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    You can't get cursed by an ouija board in any way shape or form, no matter how close or how long you have been in contact or someone thinks about you when in contact.  It is a fairy tale.  Ouija boards work by simple subconscious micro-actions, not due to any mysterious spirit.

    4 Answers2 months ago
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    My boyfriend gets angry when I beat him at chess...?

    He wins most games but then whenever I win a game, he gets angry and starts a fight about something seemingly unrelated. I’ve noticed this pattern.. He’s a good player and I enjoy playing with him. How do I get him to play chess with me again?

    6 Answers2 months ago
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    Any tips on chess? ?

    I can't even win one game! I know how each piece moves. I am a beginner. Do you have any useful tips to win? 

    18 Answers3 months ago
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    ➜ is true that Fischer only have weak opponents in chess?

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    With the caveat that we are only talking about the American portion of his career. His 8 US Championships out of 8 attempts, his perfect 11 out of 11 in the 64 US Championship, his being the youngest winner of the US Championship, you can put a little bit of an asterisk by these accomplishments because US Chess was comparatively weak at the time. Larry Evans was probably his top domestic rival in the era and was probably a full 300 points below Fischer. But obviously Fischer eventually won the World Championship and had to play the best in order to do so.

    4 Answers2 months ago
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    What was the strongest opponent Fischer had in chess?

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    I'd say Mikhail Tal. Spassky was the strongest at the time Fischer won the World Champion title, but I'd say Tal circa 59-60 was the strongest in his entire career.

    5 Answers2 months ago
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    Family safe Scrabble game modifications?

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    Why can't you - or she - understand that NOBODY can make her use a word she doesn't want to use? If the tiles she has will only produce something she doesn't like, she has the option to swap tiles on her turn and wait until her next turn to play them.

    5 Answers3 months ago
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