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Going into Wed.'s tiebreak, how can I best enjoy the world chess match?

The World Chess Championship is tied after 12 games, and goes to tiebreakers on Wednesday. I haven't played chess in years, but do understand the rules and can anticipate and avoid fool's mate. How can I get up to speed to best appreciate Wednesday's tiebreaker? [more inside]
posted by cyclicker on Nov 29, 2016 - 5 answers

Chess Game with Built-in Tutor?

In 1996, Sierra released a program called "Power Chess" for Windows 95 and 98. It was based on the WChess engine and had a fantastic teaching mode. Your primary opponent, the King, would learn from you as you played. Games would get progressively harder as he tailored his strategy around your weaknesses. Once each game against him ended, you could play it back move by move and the "Queen" would explain his strategy and suggest how you could have played differently. Power Chess is no longer supported by Sierra/Activision and won't run on Windows 10. Does an Android or Windows equivalent exist? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jul 11, 2016 - 4 answers

Help me plan a chess roadmap

I'm looking to step up my chess game, but right now I can't commit to traditional chess clubs or similars because of reasons. So, I'm looking to plan ahead using every other available resource. Special considerations inside. [more inside]
posted by andycyca on May 16, 2016 - 11 answers

RAM use for computer chess engine

A chess program I have allows users to build and customize their own engine, which is like the brain the computer uses when playing. Every time I open the engine to work on it, a box pops up that says "Hash Tables" on the top, then "1026 MB free memory" below it, then below that there's a box with a blank space for me to type in how many megabytes I want to use. Could someone please explain to me what "hash tables" are, and what effect(s), if any, allocating more or less free MB's to the engine will have?
posted by BadgerDoctor on Apr 25, 2016 - 3 answers

Help a first grader level up his chess skills

After a challenging chess tournament, my first grader wants to improve his chess game. I'm not very good at chess. How do I help? [more inside]
posted by rouftop on Mar 20, 2016 - 17 answers

40's movie, master chess player in prison, makes chess pieces from bread

This is for a friend, who saw this movie on tv as a kid: Chess player in prison, uses scraps of bread to make chess pieces, plays all the time. Upon release from prison, goes into a cafe (?) and seeing the floor made of black and white square tiles, "goes crazy." The End. [more inside]
posted by kestralwing on Jan 18, 2016 - 5 answers

Why do pianists get somebody to turn the page for them?

What about for violinists, clarinetists, and stuff like that? Is it because, since they're basically playing one note at a time, they're expected to memorize the entire score, unlike the pianist? Why don't you ever see somebody turning a page for a violinist?
posted by Opengreen on Apr 24, 2015 - 18 answers

Queen Me through the interweb!

What's the best cross-compatible online chess app/site/program? [more inside]
posted by Meagan on Mar 16, 2015 - 3 answers

Giant numbers (Ex: how many primes are smaller than the largest known?)

Many sites say that the largest known prime is "2^57,885,161 − 1, a number with 17,425,170 digits." Given this and well known research about the density of primes, I think it's at least possible to estimate the number of primes between 1 and 2^57,885,161 − 1. But I don't know how to do this myself. I really want the answer to this one (the order of magnitude at least), but I've got lots of these, and I'd ideally like more cool ones. :) [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh on Feb 7, 2015 - 15 answers

Can anyone suggest a chess game that won't slaughter me?

People advised Rybka. It has difficulty settings! I'm not a beginner, but playing against a computer that can slaughter me effortlessly is dispiriting. [more inside]
posted by Opengreen on Jan 31, 2015 - 8 answers

Convergent board positions in chess

How many common convergent board positions are there? What are they? What's their distribution across a game length spectrum? If end-game results are available, is there are correlation between the state-history and the outcome? [more inside]
posted by Gowellja on Jan 11, 2015 - 5 answers

Is there an Android chess app that has a full audio mode?

Is there a chess app for Android that works like the Mac desktop chess program in voice command mode? [more inside]
posted by mzurer on Dec 13, 2014 - 2 answers

Blog reviewing games of chess in fiction?

I'm sure I remember reading some entries from a blog that pithily reviewed games of chess from fiction (novels, TV shows, movies) for plausibility and quality, but I'm coming up with nothing when I google for it. [more inside]
posted by spielzebub on Dec 8, 2014 - 3 answers

Want to find a chess club for my kids in millbrae CA

I want to join a chess club or start a chess club for children (beginning level) in the millbrae, San Bruno area of California. I appreciate any related information. Thanks
posted by akomom on Nov 11, 2014 - 2 answers

Simple, clean, non-realtime online chess options?

I'm looking to play chess long distance with an elderly relative, one move every day or so. Looking for: dead simple/clean interface and email notification when a move has been made. No need for a login and ad free would be nice, but not a deal breaker.
posted by gwint on Sep 30, 2014 - 5 answers

Can you get good at chess just by playing a lot of games?

If I just keep playing games online over and over, whether I win or lose, will I inevitably improve my game, or is it necessary that I do some outside study? [more inside]
posted by PlasticSupernova on Jul 26, 2014 - 8 answers

What should I get someone who likes chess?

I'd like to get a thank-you gift for someone who likes chess (probably a book but I'd be open to other suggestions). I don't know anything about chess; what should I get him? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Jul 8, 2014 - 13 answers

Finding Computer Chess Analysis

When I was little I had a version of Chessmaster on a Windows computer, and the feature I found the most fascinating was that you could have the program analyze an entire game and the moves in it. [more inside]
posted by KChasm on Jun 18, 2014 - 5 answers

What books or resources would you use to teach a kindergartner chess?

My question is twofold:
  1. What books, websites, or other resources do you recommend?
  2. Any tips for teaching a very young player?
He already knows all the basic moves and rules. [more inside]
posted by axoplasm on May 28, 2014 - 15 answers

Looking for quotes about chess.

I'm trying to find particularly insightful or interesting quotes (or other pieces of evidence) about chess. Not only on it as an art form, but also about its psychological effects and also as the giant cultural phenomenon it has been over the past two centuries. [more inside]
posted by Quilford on May 23, 2014 - 18 answers

Tips for watching speed chess

I'm going to watch some chessboxing in a in a few weeks with some friends. I know the rules of chess but nothing beyond that, no strategies or anything, ways to tell a good move from a bad one or see who dominating. Are there some key things I can know/read/watch in order to have a vague understanding of what's going on? [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on Mar 24, 2014 - 5 answers

This game doesn't have immanuel.

Did Immanuel Kant ever say anything about chess? What about other board games? [more inside]
posted by matkline on Feb 11, 2014 - 7 answers

Apps and websites to improve my chess game

Help me get better at chess! [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Jan 1, 2014 - 8 answers

Chess engine that would always resign

I remember reading about how, in the early days of computer chess, someone wrote this engine that played pretty poorly, but knew when the game was no longer in his favor and would resign. Does anyone know what I'm talking about? Or would this have been a pretty common feature among many engines?
posted by Busoni on Nov 11, 2013 - 6 answers

Does learning chess (as an adult) help you become better at life?

Ok, so someone told me that chess is a lot like life in many ways and that becoming better at the game will also therefore make you better at seeing opportunities in life. Is this true? I'm no spring Chicken and I just learned how to play this game. I'm not ashamed to say it- This game literally hurts my brain. It is really hard and I feel so stupid when I play this. I suppose that makes sense since my life sucks from bad decisions I've made... assuming there's any truth to what this guy told me.
posted by manderin on Oct 29, 2013 - 28 answers

Help improve my chess openings

I've been playing chess casually since I was a kid. I feel like my middle and end games are decent, but my openings are weak, mostly because I haven't properly studied common openings and mostly make moves intuitively. What is the best method/resource (preferably online/interactive, but book suggestions are fine too) that would work as an "introduction" and later a way to strengthen my opening game for a non-beginner?
posted by coffee and minarets on Aug 18, 2013 - 8 answers

Word Freak for Chess?

Can you recommend a good chess book with as much history, context, stories, and culture as strategy? [more inside]
posted by suprenant on Feb 27, 2013 - 10 answers

Multiple board game set?

I'm looking for an all-in-one game set with multiple games: chess, checkers, backgammon, etc. The hard part: should also include go and shogi. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Dec 8, 2012 - 3 answers


What iPad app(s) will record a chess game and email the resulting PGN file to two email addresses? (Bonus points if we don't have to enter the email address anew each time.)
posted by Soliloquy on Nov 30, 2012 - 3 answers

Fischer versus Kasparov

Which player is more highly regarded, in terms of skill and mastery of the game, by the world chess community: Bobby Fischer or Garry Kasparov? [more inside]
posted by mousepad on Sep 29, 2012 - 10 answers

We know how the pieces move. What's next?

We know how the pieces move. What's the next step for a dad and six-year old learning chess together? [more inside]
posted by alms on May 29, 2012 - 14 answers

Chess: how can I best review and learn from my PGN notated games?

Chess: how can I best review and learn from my PGN notated games? I've been playing games on my phone, and I've got the option to export the PGN files. Is there a program I can use to import the games, that will give me easy to follow analysis or suggestions, or is there a forum where people give feedback on uploaded games? I'm not the most advanced chess player, so I'd rather something quite user friendly. Thanks in advance.
posted by surenoproblem on Apr 28, 2012 - 6 answers

Teaching chess to someone who's not a total NERD

A friend and I would like to start playing chess together. The only problem is that I'm a fairly strong player and he's not (knows the rules, hasn't played much, and not in a long time). Have any of you been in this situation? What to do? [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Mar 12, 2012 - 22 answers

Help me find a chess set for my brother's 40th birthday

My brother surprise birthday party is in a few weeks. He's an avid chess player. What is the dream chess set for the chess lover ?
posted by Baud on Jan 25, 2012 - 27 answers

Chess in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows chess question. (Spoilers inside) [more inside]
posted by StephenF on Jan 5, 2012 - 4 answers

Chess Filter: The strangest loss of all

Chess Filter: The strangest loss of all [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Nov 23, 2011 - 21 answers

Best single and multiplayer iPhone chess

What is the best single-player and multiplayer (like by mail, except push notifications) chess app for iPhone/iTouch? [more inside]
posted by nrobertson on Aug 28, 2011 - 4 answers

Chess.com on the Kindle 3G?

Is it possible to use chess.com on the Kindle 3G using the built-in web browser and 3G connection? [more inside]
posted by Spamfactor on Jul 2, 2011 - 1 answer

Activities For The Blind

Some fun and unusual activities for the blind or hard of sight, blind golf, Braille chess and Goal ball. Can you help me come up with more ideas?
posted by walee on Jun 16, 2011 - 7 answers

Each game of chess means there's one less variation left to be played

Is there sheet music available for the newer production of Chess as performed two years ago at the Royal Albert Hall with Josh Groban and Idina Menzel (http://www.chessinconcert.com)? Specifically I am looking for the arrangement of "Quartet (A Model of Decorum and Tranquility)" (youtube video here). All the versions of sheet music that I have been able to find are from the original concept album, which is substantially different. Not only lyrical differences, but the ending is completely different with a modulation and extended fugue with all four vocal parts. If nothing else, can anyone recommend a UK source for sheet music that might have something?
posted by Lokheed on May 17, 2011 - 2 answers


Hoping this exists: A website where I can set up a scenario on a chess board and then have it tell me what the next move should be.
posted by rastapasta on Apr 27, 2011 - 7 answers

Pity the child that can't find a production of his favorite musical

I love the musical "Chess." It is rarely ever produced, though. How or where can I get alerts in my email when a production of "Chess" is in the Los Angeles area? [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game on Apr 27, 2011 - 7 answers

Chess sites wanted

I'm looking for free sites on which to play chess against live people. [more inside]
posted by wansac on Apr 15, 2011 - 20 answers

What's a lightweight, hassle-free site for playing Go

Is there any site which is as awesome for playing Go with a friend as lichess is for chess? "Awesome" means more specifically lightweight (dial-up friendly), browser-based, ad-free, no registration required.
posted by Wolfdog on Apr 6, 2011 - 6 answers

Learning to play chess in NYC

I live in New York and I want to learn to play chess. Can anyone recommend somewhere I can get lessons? General tips on learning to play would be great too. [more inside]
posted by SpaceWarp13 on Mar 27, 2011 - 18 answers

Fischer deliberately makes wrong chess move?

There was a chess match once between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky where Fischer deliberately made a wrong move to confound and confuse Spassky. Does anyone the details of this story? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Mar 20, 2011 - 5 answers

I am looking for tips to improve my chess game.

I am looking for tips to improve my chess game. [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Jan 26, 2011 - 18 answers

Chess in Austin, TX

Where in Austin, TX do people hang out and PLAY CHESS? [more inside]
posted by noonknight on Jan 17, 2011 - 5 answers

Resiny to move and mate in three

I am an intermediate/ advanced beginner chess player. How can I best improve? And what software, if any, should I buy? [more inside]
posted by resiny on Jan 6, 2011 - 14 answers

Unscientific comparisons

In the Dorling Kindersley book 'Learn Chess in a Weekend,' Ken Whyld, the author, says 'potentially there are more different games of chess than there are atoms in the universe.' Is this true? I have been wondering this for way too long.
posted by westerly on Oct 9, 2010 - 8 answers

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