Questions relating to the first few moves in a game

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What positional play strategy should white adopt when fighting against the Philidor exchange variation?

What are the key squares to control? What are ultra aggressive moves white can play at the advance level (expert or higher class)?
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Can I get by without a book for learning my opening repertoire (aside from the Sicilian Najdorf and KID)?

My opening repertoire is currently consisting of: White: 1.e4 Open Sicilian (5.Bg5 versus Najdorf, Yugoslav Attack versus Dragon) Versus 1...e5, Scotch Gambit Versus 1...e6, Tarrasch Variation: ...
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How do I go about learning the Najdorf Sicilian?

I want to play and learn the Najdorf Sicilian. I know that white has three main options: 6.Bg5 6.Be3 6.Bc4 But I don't know much more than that. Furthermore, I want to play the Open Sicilian as ...
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Books/Videos for the Caro-Kann

I just started playing the Caro-Kann recently and have seen a variety of moves on white's third move. Are there any good "all-in-one" resources to examine the different variations? I consider the ...
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What is the theoretical state of the Benoni Defense Fianchetto Variation? How big is White’s advantage in the Benoni Defense Fianchetto Variation?

I would like a very objective answer. What is the theoretical state of the Benoni Defense Fianchetto Variation? How big is White’s advantage in the Benoni Defense Fianchetto Variation? Is it ...
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In what cases is it good to play the Maroczy Bind in the Symmetrical English?

I'm thinking about playing the Maroczy Bind with White in the Symmetrical English (1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 - notice that I start with 1. Nf3). But I don't know exactly in what cases I should play it. So I ...
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book on black opening

I recently finished Neil McDonald's "Starting Out: 1.e4!". Now I would like to learn some black responses. Could someone recommend a book at similar level to Neil's, but focus on black? I'm not sure ...
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How opening moves determine the whole game play?

I started chess some time ago. I was studying opening theory and it seems most opening moves characterize the style of play. I want to ask how can a couple of moves determine the whole game play? For ...
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Trapped by this strange opening line, how to proceed?

I play this kid that does strange things in the game. I thought in this following game that he was using the Pirc defense as Black, when it opened 1.d4 d6 2.e4 Nf6 3.Nc3. Then he goes off with 3...d5. ...
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Evans Gambit b4 loss

I have already read the section here on the Evans Gambit but I still don't understand the value of sacrificing the b pawn unnecessarily, in the likely case that black's Bishop returns to the c5. White ...
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Why don't I have more success with the King's Indian Attack?

My last opening of choice as White was the King's Indian Attack to avoid having to learn a lot of opening lines, it being a system opening. I've read Eric Schiller's and Ken Smith's books on the KIA. ...
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After 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6, should White play 3. cxd5?

I play the Exchange variation as White when Black plays 2...e6 against the Queen's Gambit. Should I play 3. cxd5 to avoid the transpoition to the Slav 3. Nc3 (hoping for 3...Nf6 4. cxd5) c6!? [FEN ...
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Why is g4 the best move in this Queens Gambit accepted line?

Doesn't the extra tempo not make up for the lack of king safety?
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good responses to 1. Nf3

So I am a decent player, rated by my estimate at around 1000, even though my actual rating is 5 years and thousands of games out of date. In playing the chess engine in chess free on android, I ...
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Is Chess960 a desirable alternative to classical chess?

Considering the great depth to which most opening lines have been analyzed by computers now, requiring a voluminous memory to compete successfully at the highest levels, is substituting the variant ...
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Against the Slow Slav, after 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3, is the 4… a6 Chebanenko still good for Black?

Someone told me that: Against the move order 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 or 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3, the move 4...a6 is averagely effective. Against the move order 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3, the move 4...a6 is extremely ...
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Why is 2…e6 the most common move after 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4, but not after 1 d4 Nf6 2 Nf3?

This is the case on the Chesstempo database, and the Chessbase database. I don't understand why. Wouldn't people who favour Nimzo-type setups play 2...e6 against both moves, and people who favour ...
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Looking for pgn openings file

I am looking for a file containing several (>50 let's say) popular openings in PGN format. The aim is to use it with cutechess to do engine testing on different opening scenarios.
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What are the latest ideas for Black against the Samisch King's Indian Defense?

I am always afraid of the Samisch variation of the King's Indian. It's the main reason why I switched to Chebanenko Slav (or ..a6 Slav, or Kamsky's Slav). But my opponents seem to be always prepared ...
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Strategic and tactical ideas for White in this KIA game

What are the good strategic and tactical plans for White in this position? rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1 1. e4 e6 2. d3 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. g3 Nc6 5. Bg2 Nf6 6. Ngf3 Be7 7. O-O ...
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Should I play the Cozio defense deferred?

The Cozio defense to the Ruy Lopez: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nge7 4. O-O The Cozio defense deferred: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nge7 The deferred variation speaks ...
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How important is the opening first move?

I have played against various chess engines at extreme difficulty levels. From what i have learned, any moves other than d4, e4 results in quick defeat (fewer than 25 moves). How important are the ...
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Which type of openings generally lead their users not to waste much time on the clock: sharp/aggressive/tactical or positional/solid/quiet openings?

I’m only asking this question out of curiosity. The answers I’ll get won’t make me change my opening repertoire. OTB which type of openings generally lead their users not to waste too much time on ...
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Is there an effective attack as white after Nf3 with e5 response in Atomic chess?

I'm a typical player who enjoys the 1. Nf3 opening as white in Atomic chess games. Today in an online Atomic chess tournament, I come across a player who played the 1... e5 response. As 1... f6 is the ...
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What are all the possible combinations of openings which work well together? (like the Slav+Caro-Kann combo)

One well known very good combo is the Caro-Kann + the Slav: The main objective of both of these openings is to develop the light-squared Bishop to f5 before it gets locked inside the Pawn chain. ...
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How to defend from the crazy knight attack opening at Nf3 …, Nd4 in Atomic chess?

Here's a game of Atomic chess I played with a friend. As you may see, neither of us are very good at Atomic chess and the game ended in under twenty moves. [FEN ...
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Help for beginning player to start learning openings

Hi and thanks in advance for any help. Basically, I've been playing chess on and off for a long time, but only casually. Im not a beginner as such, but I only play against friends and occasional ...
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Openings that fianchetto on the king side

I'm a beginner and I really like openings that end up in a fianchetto, I mostly like playing on Black side because of Sicilian Dragon and King's Indian Defence. On White I play London System and ...
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What are all the most common transpositions between the Caro-Kann Panov–Botvinnik Attack with 5…e6 6. Nf3 Bb4 and the Nimzo-Indian Defence?

I would like to know what are all the most frequent transpositions between the two following openings: . The Caro-Kann Panov–Botvinnik Attack with 5...e6 6. Nf3 Bb4: [StartPly "12"] [FEN ""] ...
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What is black trying to accomplish when playing Bb4 after Nc3 in the opening?

This happens sometimes when you're playing a person, more often when playing the computer it seems. The lichess Android app for e.g., on the easiest setting, always follows Nc3 this way (usually ...
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What is the disadvantage of 3. ..h6 in the Queen's Gambit Declined?

One of my opponents keeps playing 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 h6!? against me, thus avoiding the main lines of the Queens' Gambit Declined that would start after the normal 3. ..Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. Nc3 ...
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Is the Reversed Sicilian / King's English 1. c4 e5 more of a positional and quiet opening or a wild and tactical opening?

The only thing that deters me from playing 1. c4 followed by a Kingside Fianchetto is 1...e5 the Reversed Sicilian (also called the King's English). I like quiet, positional, strategic and ...
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Why is it said that beginning with 1. Nf3 2. c4 avoids the Benoni but beginning with 1. d4 2. c4 does not?

I have read a lot of messages on different Forums about the merits of beginning with 1.Nf3 or beginning with 1.d4. And a very big number of people said essentially this: One of the advantages of ...
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Lowenthal-LabourdonnaisSicilian Kalashnikov Variation

I have been studying the Kalashnikov Sicilian: e4 c5 Nf3 Nc6 d4 cxd4 Nxd4 e5 (signaling the Lowenthal variation) Nb5 d6 (d6 signals the Kalashnikov variation) I have two books I have been studying ...
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Sicilian Lowenthal-Labourdonnais

I am very interested in the Lowenthal Sicilian, specifically the 5. Nb5 a6 line: e4 c5 Nf3 Nc6 d4 cxd4 Nxd4 e5 (signalling the Lowenthal) Nb5 a6 (5 ... d6 is the Kalashnikov variation or what Silman ...
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Opening theory versus strong AI suggestions

I have realised that Opening theory usually contains the highest quality chess, they have been pruned and honed. However sometimes when I am going through an opening with say Stockfish, I find that at ...
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In Queen's Indian - Classical Line, why is … Bb4+, Bd2 Be7 preferred over Be7 directly

Consider the following line [FEN ""] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 Bb4+ (5... Be7) 6.Bd2 Be7 (6... Bxd2+) Black hardly ever plays 5... Be7 directly (I could only find one such game), but ...
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Can the Nc3+e3 Chebanenko Slav, the Exchange Slav and the 4…Bg4 Slow Slav transpose into each other?

I would like to know if the following three variations can transpose into each other? The Nc3+e3 Chebanenko Slav: 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 a6 The Exchange Slav: 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. cxd5 ...
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In the Slav, after 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6, what are all the differences between 4. Qc2 and 4. Qb3?

In the Slav, after 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 : What are all the differences between 4. Qc2 and 4. Qb3 ? Which one of them is better to reach some Catalan type positions? Which one of them tends ...
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What is the strongest reply to Czyzewski Opening?

I was exploring hypermodern openings and had found Czyzewski Opening. [fen ""] 1.e4 e5 2.b3 How I should react to this type of situation on the board. Is this some kind of trap?
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What are the best openings in Antichess?

I am experiencing Antichess and it's more forcing than normal chess. What are the best openings for white ? Is there any winning opening whatever the black does respond? Antichess, according to ...
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Yes or no: should Ruy Lopez be played as black?

I'm currently learning the Ruy Lopez opening and typical defences. But every single example I've seen, it is played as white. Is there any reason why you cannot or shouldn't play Ruy Lopez as black, ...
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Caro-Kann Bronstein-Larsen Variation For Black

Any good references (books/videos/tutorials) for this variation? [fen ""] [StartFlipped "1"] 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6+ gxf6 Thanks!
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Knight to h5 in the london system

In the London system, white wants to keep their dark squared bishop, Therefore after say 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bf4, black can play 3...Nh5, doesn't it break white's position? [FEN ""] 1. d4 d5 2. ...
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Equalize - What does it really mean?

We often read or hear in books or video tutorials the following: "With this move, Black can equalize!". Some authors give 15-move or 20-move variations of some openings (e.g. Caro-Kann, Slav, ...
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Aggressive variation against Queen's Gambit Declined?

My style favors aggressive, complicated openings. I have constructed a suitable repertoire with White beginning with 1. d4 with one exception. I have so far been unable to find a satisfactory response ...
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What's the best continuation for white here?

Here's what I do when someone tries to copy my moves: [Date "????.??.??"] [Result "*"] [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 Nxe4 4.Qe2 Qe7 5.Qxe4 ...
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For Black, against the Caro-Kann Advance Shirov variation 4. Nc3 which move tends to lead to the most positional, slow, solid and strategic positions?

I'm a 1800 Elo player that likes positional, quiet, drawish, slow, boring and strategic openings. As Black against 1. e4 I play the Caro-Kann. But there is one variation of the Caro-Kann that I ...
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Openings for pawn storms

I am a weak player and I always will be. After completing the opening I have no idea what to do and, since a bad plan is better than no plan, I decided to do this from now on in every game: wait for ...
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What are the best few opening moves for this simpler variant of chess?

I am implementing a program that is supposed to play this variant of chess... ...where the objective is to take all the pieces of the opponent, and pawns promote to rooks only. Otherwise, all the ...