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AfD for individual TCEC seasonsEdit

You are invited to join the discussion at Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/TCEC_Season_21. Banedon (talk) 09:32, 16 February 2022 (UTC)

2022 in chessEdit

The page 2022 in chess is a disaster. It's all mixed up, the two tours (GCT and CCT) should have their own box (not to mention that the names reported now are wrong). "FIDE events" doesn't make much sense, they have a new website for the world championship cycle, maybe we can highlight those events in the same way. Gibraltar wasn't open (and not relevant either). The World Team Championship is missing. Take care. -- (talk) 00:03, 5 March 2022 (UTC)

To be honest I don't pay much attention to the "year in chess" articles, their format is very inconsistent and no standard has really evolved. Not even sure wikipedia really needs them. MaxBrowne2 (talk) 09:47, 5 March 2022 (UTC)

This template from German wikipedia is pretty coolEdit

It gets a player's rating history from wikidata, which in turn gets its data from FIDE and Olimpbase. Worth copying for English wikipedia? Template:Elo-Diagramm MaxBrowne2 (talk) 11:02, 10 March 2022 (UTC)

Never mind, we already have it at Template:Elo chart. Fun example is Alexandru Crisan.
Elo development[1]

MaxBrowne2 (talk) 11:13, 10 March 2022 (UTC)


  1. ^ Numbers according to FIDE Elo lists. Data sources: FIDE (period since 2001), OlimpBase (period 1971 to 2001)

First sentence of "Castling" articleEdit

Need help settling a dispute. ISaveNewspapers (talk) 04:04, 21 March 2022 (UTC)

Promotion articleEdit

Need help settling a dispute. ISaveNewspapers (talk) 00:49, 26 March 2022 (UTC)

"Scholar's mate" and "Fool's mate" articlesEdit

(This isn't a third feud.)

Hello, everyone. I present to you a question: do we move Scholar's mate and Fool's mate (lowercase m) to Scholar's Mate and Fool's Mate (uppercase M)? Here are my main points for doing this:

  1. Most sources seem to use an uppercase M; thus, the page move would conform the spelling to general usage.
  2. The two aforementioned mates are technically openings, and opening names are always capitalized.
  3. Both of these articles use uppercase all the way through anyway; the titles are the only outliers.

Thanks for your consideration! ISaveNewspapers (talk) 08:40, 26 March 2022 (UTC)

MOS:GAMECAPS seems to agree that chess openings should be capitalized. (Although of course they are not technically openings.) I would boldly move the pages, if reverted, start a WP:RM. Pawnkingthree (talk) 09:21, 26 March 2022 (UTC)
I'm fairly indifferent, but I note that one of my most respected sources, Hooper & Whyld's The Oxford Companion to Chess, uses lower case for both words in its entries for "fool's mate" and "scholar's mate". MaxBrowne2 (talk) 10:24, 26 March 2022 (UTC)
I too would think of these as checkmate patterns first and foremost, not openings. (I once saw an actual tournament game go 1.e4 g6 2.d4 f5 3.ef gf 4.Qh5#. That's a fool's mate, not a Reversed Fool's Mate Deferred.) And every entry in Checkmate pattern uses lower case for "mate". Cobblet (talk) 14:40, 26 March 2022 (UTC)
Oh really? I was under the impression that Fool's Mate is very specifically a sequence in the opening in which White, on their first two moves, advances their f- and g-pawns, whereupon Black, on their second move, plays Qh4 and delivers mate. This is in accordance with every definition of the term I've ever heard—every definition, that is, until yours. ISaveNewspapers (talk) 03:21, 27 March 2022 (UTC)
An opening is the beginning of a chess game, not the whole game. Fool's Mate begins with 1.f3, Barnes Opening. Pawnkingthree (talk) 12:07, 27 March 2022 (UTC)

Changes in the airEdit

Looking at Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2022-03-27/Discussion_report#Major changes to WP:NSPORT, I thought perhaps the chess project should be paying attention, if we aren't already. Yeah, chess is not a sport; but chess players think it is. Proposal 5 particularly caught my attention. Bruce leverett (talk) 18:58, 30 March 2022 (UTC)

Wikipedians don't think chess is a sport either: we once asked to add the WP:NCHESS guidelines to NSPORT but were rebuffed. So Proposal 5 may not be applicable to chess biographies, but this may be a moot point since GNG still applies to chess biographies regardless of NCHESS or NSPORT. It surprises me that Proposal 1 did not achieve consensus. Cobblet (talk) 19:15, 30 March 2022 (UTC)
Got a beef with one of the participants of those RfC's, he snow closes things before the discussion has run its course. Only uninvolved editors should ever do that. MaxBrowne2 (talk) 01:38, 31 March 2022 (UTC)
I noted those changes to NSPORT. Causing a lot of issues in association football, etc. I'd like a clarification on FIDE Master. Does this confer eligibility in NCHESS? --Whiteguru (talk) 10:12, 24 April 2022 (UTC)
NCHESS mentions Grandmaster, but not the two "lesser" titles, International Master and FIDE Master. Bruce leverett (talk) 12:48, 25 April 2022 (UTC)


Should Two Knights Defense, Traxler Counterattack be moved to just Traxler Counterattack, like Two Knights Defense, Fried Liver Attack was moved to just Fried Liver Attack? 9ninety (talk) 10:34, 25 April 2022 (UTC)

Checkmate with three knightsEdit

It seems to me that three knights can force checkmate without using their king, but I don't have a reference (and I have a lot of references). This is mentioned in Two knights endgame and pawnless chess endgame. Does anyone have a reference for this? Bubba73 You talkin' to me? 02:03, 28 April 2022 (UTC)

Both Two knights endgame and pawnless chess endgame are citing Fine pp. 5-6, where it's talking about the three knights endgame, and the example definitely involves the king helping the three knights. "... without using their king" sounds like an unusual stipulation, why would anyone care whether or not the king helped out? Bruce leverett (talk) 02:54, 28 April 2022 (UTC)
I was just wondering. I've tried it about five times against the computer, K & 3N vs. K, but not using my king, and always forced checkmate with just the knights. Bubba73 You talkin' to me? 06:45, 28 April 2022 (UTC)

User script to detect unreliable sourcesEdit

I have (with the help of others) made a small user script to detect and highlight various links to unreliable sources and predatory journals. Some of you may already be familiar with it, given it is currently the 39th most imported script on Wikipedia. The idea is that it takes something like

  • John Smith "Article of things" Accessed 2020-02-14. (John Smith "[ Article of things]" ''''. Accessed 2020-02-14.)

and turns it into something like

It will work on a variety of links, including those from {{cite web}}, {{cite journal}} and {{doi}}.

The script is mostly based on WP:RSPSOURCES, WP:NPPSG and WP:CITEWATCH and a good dose of common sense. I'm always expanding coverage and tweaking the script's logic, so general feedback and suggestions to expand coverage to other unreliable sources are always welcomed.

Do note that this is not a script to be mindlessly used, and several caveats apply. Details and instructions are available at User:Headbomb/unreliable. Questions, comments and requests can be made at User talk:Headbomb/unreliable.

- Headbomb {t · c · p · b}

This is a one time notice and can't be unsubscribed from. Delivered by: MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 16:01, 29 April 2022 (UTC)

Article on Jaime Santos Latasa urgently needs workEdit

Jaime Santos Latasa is rapidly rising in the world ranking. I created a stub about him in March when he entered the Top 100 as No. 96. He subsequently improved to No. 81 in April and now No. 66 in May. The article is still just the stub that I created, in stark contrast to articles about other players of similar rank. I linked the stub to the articles in Catalan and Spanish that have more info on him – perhaps someone could use one of those to expand the article? Who knows where he'll be in the ranking in June... Joriki (talk) 07:34, 4 May 2022 (UTC)

Discussion of proposed additions to Four-player chessEdit

  You are invited to join the discussion at sandbox "Four-player chess" with proposed additions. Bedfordres (talk) 23:27, 7 May 2022 (UTC)

For reference, this is related to WP:THQ#Look at my sandbox?. The OP wants to make some major changes to Four-player chess and has worked up a new version for the article in User:Bedfordres/sandbox. Perhaps some of the members of WP:CHESS can help him sort through this and assess the sanbox content. -- Marchjuly (talk) 08:37, 8 May 2022 (UTC)

Discussion at Talk:Four-player chess § Content ChangesEdit

  You are invited to join the discussion at Talk:Four-player chess § Content Changes. Bedfordres (talk) 12:34, 8 May 2022 (UTC)

minor adjustments to the infobox. I plan to overhall the start section, add a definition section, overhall the history section, overhall the rules section, add a strategy section, and build upon the further reading/links section. For what I plan to add (mostly, not everything is different) to my sandbox, please see that. It should be noted that I'm concerned about: Too much information to impare clarity. Secondly, I don't think the sourcing is quite right, but I believe that it is up to wikipedia standards at least. anyways — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bedfordres (talkcontribs) 12:34, 8 May 2022 (UTC)