There are quite a lot of questions about chess, some of them are classified as , which is (sometimes) incorrect.

Chess it not a mathematical field; however, I can easily imagine people (like myself) that are interested in mathematical questions having chess as a "background" or as a "story" on which the question is being built.

A similar tag - - already exists.

Do you agree, such a tag should be added?

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    $\begingroup$ Sounds good to me. $\endgroup$ – Alexander Gruber Jun 23 '14 at 16:20
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    $\begingroup$ Sounds bad to me. I have no problem with question that is truely related to chess having a chess tag. But "most" chess problem I see really only use chessboard as a grid to present the problem and has nothing to do with chess. $\endgroup$ – achille hui Jun 23 '14 at 16:39
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    $\begingroup$ I strongly agree with @achille, most problems are not about chess. And while it is debatable whether or not many of the problems about cards relate to card games, we can always assume that there are sufficiently many games under the umbrella of card-games to make it so (but I wouldn't go and tag them with poker for example). In the case of chess this is rarely the case. If there are more than 30 problems about actual chess, then I'd be willing to give legitimacy to such tag, but I'm not sure that there are. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Jun 23 '14 at 16:58
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    $\begingroup$ Also note the existence of chess.SE. $\endgroup$ – Rebecca J. Stones Jun 24 '14 at 1:45
  • $\begingroup$ The voting total for this question - does it represent what people here are thinking about the question, or what they think about the idea? That is, should I improve the question somehow, or should I just conclude that the community dislikes the idea of having chess as a new tag? $\endgroup$ – Bach Jun 24 '14 at 11:24
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    $\begingroup$ @Asaf Clearly, various people have various thresholds. You say 30 questions, in a discussion about other tag J.M. says 10 questions. $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Jun 24 '14 at 12:11
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    $\begingroup$ @Martin: I used to think ten myself, things have changed since J.M. was around. And my threshold for starting a tag has changed. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Jun 24 '14 at 13:50
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    $\begingroup$ Although chess.SE exists, I'm pretty sure a math problem of moderate depth would be pointed right back here. Most math-based questions are impractical and probably not of much interest there. $\endgroup$ – rschwieb Jun 24 '14 at 17:35
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    $\begingroup$ We have dice also. $\endgroup$ – MJD Jun 25 '14 at 15:54
  • $\begingroup$ @MJD: But god doesn't play dice with the universe; no one said anything about an intergalactic game of chess. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Jun 25 '14 at 16:08
  • $\begingroup$ @AsafKaragila twitter.com/beranek/status/443489067221544961 $\endgroup$ – Andrés E. Caicedo Jun 26 '14 at 14:25
  • $\begingroup$ @Andres: I enjoyed the series oh so very much. It should have ended with the uncertainty of Marty and Rust stranded in Carcosa, bleeding badly. $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Jun 26 '14 at 15:05

If we are about to introduce tag, here is a sample of questions which could be considered for such tag. (I am making this post CW, feel free to add other questions. To avoid duplicities, let's order them by id. Also feel free to comment whether or not some questions would be suitable for the suggested tag, so that we can bet clarify its scope.)

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    $\begingroup$ This bunch of questions are really about chess. If there are enough of them, having a tag of them sounds reasonable. $\endgroup$ – achille hui Jun 24 '14 at 10:52
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    $\begingroup$ What about questions about knight's tours? $\endgroup$ – Bach Jun 24 '14 at 11:58
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    $\begingroup$ @Bach I would consider questions about knight's tours more of a combinatorial/graph-theoretical questions, than question about a game of chess. $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Jun 24 '14 at 12:08
  • $\begingroup$ Most of these questions fall under game-theory tag $\endgroup$ – Sergio Parreiras Jun 30 '14 at 14:55
  • $\begingroup$ Martin, what about questions regarding Knight's Landing? :) $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Jul 9 '14 at 9:18
  • $\begingroup$ New question: math.stackexchange.com/questions/901047/chess-and-mathematics (I will only bump the thread after a few of them appear.) $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Sep 22 '14 at 11:53

As Go player http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_%28game%29 i would be against the tag :)

It is much better to use a more specific tag as "game theory" "computability " etc. then other games can also profit from the gems that are found here.

But I can imagine that chess fans would like it. so maybe not as only tag or so.


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