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King's Gambit - Falkbeer Countergambit

I like to play blitz games online (mostly 3, occasionally 5 minutes per player). When I play those, it is usually for enjoyment and getting into wild games - romantic chess, if you will. This ...
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Why do some (many!) grandmasters play the opening so slowly?

I know it is never good to memorize opening lines and play them without understanding the plans and ideas, but still, I see so many grandmasters play moves from #5 to around #10 so slowly as if ...
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D5 or B5; Which pawn is better to rush a KB3 opening?

I can do D5 or B5 to rush; which is better to open with? I presume its D5, but I just want to make sure.
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With a pawn rush; should I take this knight?

Sorry; I am not familiar on how to ask this question. Just playing the computer who always starts with knight at B3, moves out his other night, and then plays his pawn. At this point; should I take ...
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Opening repertoire for different levels

everyone! I wander is there any book or article on what openings are good and appropriate for different levels, how it's done in 4th volume of John Watson's "Mastering the chess openings" and in that ...
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In the Caro-Kann Panov-Botvinnik Attack 5… e6 6. Nf3, what are the differences between 6… Be7 and 6… Bb4 ? Which one is more solid and quiet?

In the Caro-Kann Panov-Botvinnik Attack 5... e6 6. Nf3, I am hesitating between 6... Be7 and 6... Bb4 [StartPly "11"] [FEN ""] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. Nf3 Be7 ...
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Beat the Polish defence

I was playing a game against a FIDE master which started with the Polish defence, Spassky gambit: 1. d4 b5 2. e4 Bb7 3. Bxb5 f5 [White "Bad_Bishop"] [FEN ""] 1. d4 b5 2. e4 Bb7 3. Bxb5 f5 What are ...
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How to deal with the Wing Gambit?

The Wing Gambit is never popular with good players, thus, it is only played as a surprise. But, how to deal with this unexpected surprise ? It seems to me that all responses would just worsen Black's ...
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Ideas for white in closed sicilian?

What are the ideas for white in closed Sicilian? I am talking about 1 e4 c5 2 Nc3 Nc6 Where do I place my pieces? At which side should I play? What are the ideas for black and how can I prevent it.
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Which openings offer the best chances to reach an endgame quickly?

If you are strong at endgames, which openings are favorouble for you because they tend to lead quickly to an endgame ?
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Which common response against 1.e4 did Magnus Carlsen say is a bad opening? And what was Carlsen's exact quote?

I remember that a year ago or two, Magnus Carlsen said that one of the response against 1.e4 was bad. I don't remember exactly which of them he was calling bad, but I think it was the French (or the ...
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What should you do when opponent opens with excessive pawn moves?

As a beginner I'm not spending much time studying openings (there are so many!) but trying to work on opening principles. One principle I've read is not to move too many pawns in your opening moves. ...
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Struggling to find a good opening with black? (Fide Elo 1950)

Okay so, I'm rated around 1950 on the FIDE rating list, and I struggle finding a good opening with black so basically my game with white is more or less perfected (3 different openings where I learned ...
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Gambit openings for black recommendation?

I recently started to learn chess, but I play mid to advanced Chinese chess. So to get the most out of transferable skills, I would like to avoid positional/pawn play, but prefer aggressive openings ...
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Is this line of the Grunfeld playable for White?

So, I was playing this line of the exchange variation of the Grunfeld: 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Bc4 c5 8. Ne2 O-O 9. Be3 Nc6. [Fen ...
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When should you stop chasing a piece?

I'm only a beginner, and I've found that sometimes a piece of mine (esp Queen) will just get chased around relentlessly causing problems, so I've started trying to do the same, but I seem to sometimes ...
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How to search for a particular opening on the Internet

I am very new to forum and formal chess play. Please bear with me. I would like to be able to search for an opening that is being used. How would I search for that on Google or another search ...
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Very Confusing Openings

What are some openings that normally a player with less or no understanding of opening theory would suffer agonizingly? Or perhaps, openings that are extremely confusing to play against? To me, the ...
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Openings vs 1. d4

So, I played quite a bit a few years ago, at the 1500-1600 level, and now I'm getting back into things a bit. I figured I'd use the chance to shore up my opening repertoire. At the moment, I play 1. ...
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Why do Grandmasters play different openings but engines not?

Why do they change openings if engines only like one?
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What are some popular anti sicilians and what are their respective strengths and weaknesses?

I dislike the positions in the sicilian in which both sides kamikaze each other. What are some popular anti sicilians which will bring the black players out of their comfort zone?
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Moving the queen early in the game - beginner

Ok, I know this will be a vague question... I recently played against a friend three games, and lost all of them, and the problem was that he played his queen very early in the game (second move). I ...
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Describe White's performance in these two games

In these two games, can you describe the performance of White? Whether it was highly tactical, aggressive or positional...etc [fen ""] 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 3. d4 Bf5 4. c4 e6 5. dxe6 fxe6 6. Nc3 Bb4 ...
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London System: how to defeat copying moves?

I played the London system for the first time today and encountered a problem in my second game (I won my first). [fen "rn1qkb1r/ppp1pppp/5n2/3p1b2/3P1B2/5N2/PPP1PPPP/RN1QKB1R w KQkq - 4 4"] What ...
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The Ponziani - What are the plans?

We live in a strange country. Instead of having championships for all group ages(U10, U12, etc) they just place everyone in a tournament and ship the top people of each group-age. I am third best in ...
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Is 8…c5 good in this position, or does it restrict Black's mobility too much?

[fen "rn1qk2r/pbp2ppp/1p1bpn2/8/2P5/5NP1/PB1PPPBP/RN1Q1RK1 b kq - 0 8"] [White "Villain (2075)"] [Black "Hero (1950)"] 8... c5 I was Black in this position. To me, it immediately looks like the ...
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Battling the London System

I seem to have fairly good success against the London system and the Colle using the Queen's Indian defense. Has there been any games at the Senior master level where the Queen's Indian has been used? ...
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Opening with Nf3 - beginner

I came across the opening Nf3 wich I find very beatiful. I know that it could lead to the Réti opening. My question is: beside the Réti opening what are the most commun openings following the Nf3 and ...
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What is the difference between an opening and a defence?

I would like to know why some openings are called "defences" and other all called "openings." What is the difference?
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Why not 4.Bd2 in the Nimzo-Indian?

After the initial moves of the Nimzo-Indian 4.Bd2 is rarely played and it gets poor results according to databases. [FEN ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Bd2 It looks like the most natural move ...
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When Black opens with Nf6 after e4 - Beginner question

I would like to have some analysis in the following setting: 1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5. Now, what is best for white? The move 3. c4 continues the attack, but can create a "pawn weakness".
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Chess opening and chess master to look up to

I'm lazy doing long calculations for each chess move though I like the open-line games which of course would require longer calculations than the closed ones which target simplification. Question ...
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Problematic lines for black in accelerated dragon [closed]

What are Difficult lines for black in accelerated dragon?the most problematic line for black in the accelerated dragon
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In an opening tree on ChessBase, how can we fix the statistics so that transpositions are not taken into account in the total number of games?

In an opening tree (also called "opening explorer" or "openings book") on ChessBase 12, here are the statistics that we get after 1. Nf3 c5 : So it seems that after 1. Nf3 c5 White will play 2. e4 ...
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in the pirc, bringing a dragon pawn structure fails

[FEN ""] 1. d4 d6 2. e4 g6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 c5 5. dxc5 Qa5 6. cxd6 * hello, above you can see the first moves of a pirc game, to study this opening I learn with the book "Pirc Alert!", from lev ...
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In a ChessBase opening tree how can we put a column that displays the percent of time each move is played or a column that displays “Perf” minus “Av”?

Here are the columns displayed in an opening tree on ChessBase 12: I would be interested in adding two columns: A column which displays the percent of time each move is played in the position. So ...
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(Opening) Traps whose only solution is to grab material

There are some opening lines where grabbing material is very dangerous – another question of mine servers as a good example. However, are there some trick lines where the only reasonable choice is to ...
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Understanding Bb5 after Nc6 in the opening

In the opening, when the black knight goes to c6 white often responds with bishop to b5. What is the purpose of this move? For example the Ruy Lopez/Spanish opening: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. ...
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Suitable defence for 1.d4

I am a 1900 (approximately) and still get depressed every time my white opponent opens with 1.d4. I just don't seem to find my way with this opening. Currently i play nimzo and QID but both are quite ...
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Is there a list of unsound openings?

Not so long ago I was looking for a comprehensive list of openings (and received an excellent answer with a huge list). Hearing a lot about unsound openings, I am curious whether I can have a ...
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11. ..Qg5 in Svesnikov possible?

As a Svesnikvov player (rated ~1800) the following idea was shown to me recently: [Title "11. ..Qg5!?"] [StartFlipped "1"] [fen "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1.e4 c5 ...
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What are some good books on the Caro-Kann which propose a Black repertoire based on positional, strategic, solid, boring and quiet variations?

I'm a 1750 Elo player, and 6 months ago I bought the book Grandmaster Repertoire: The Caro-Kann by Lars Schandorff, and I was disappointed. In my opinion, the repertoire proposed in the book is too ...
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Is there an opening where both knights get behind c4 and f4 pawns?

I like to get my knight behind c4 and I don't mind exchanging that pawn, I just don't like it to get stuck behind my knight, therefore I often play the English opening. Is there an established ...
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In the Classical Variation of the Caro-Kann, what is the most positional, strategic, quiet, slow, closed, boring, dry and solid variation for Black?

I am not sure what to play as Black in the Classical Variation of the Caro-Kann, after 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 Nd7 8. h5 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 ...
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Should I be afraid of the Slav Tolush-Geller Gambit?

As Black, after 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3, I like to play 4... dxc4 5. a4 Bf5, but I am afraid to play 4... dxc4 because of 5. e4, the Tolush-Geller Gambit (always followed by 5... b5 6. e5 ...
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What's the most offensive opening for Black?

I'm black a lot and I really like being offensive, but turning it around on white can be really hard, so what's a good opening? Please don't say fools mate or scholar's mate etc.
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Is studying computer games legal in correspondence chess?

I have recently umm downloaded the Dragon Cookbook from Chessbase. It is filled with human and computer games in the dragon. The thing is, are previously played computer games allowed to be seen in ...
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Opening book for stockfish

I am looking for a relatively up to date opening book for stockfish5 chess engine. I do not need it to be created by a stockfish team (only to work together with stockfish). Up till now the only ...
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slav defense, black's bishop early development punishment

After: [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Bf5 I want to put a lot of pressure in black's position, I used to follow the game with: ...
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Caro-kann advanced variation pawn sacrifice

I use to play a lot the caro-kann as black. One line that I reached many times in advanced variation is: [FEN ""] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. g4 In this position I saw one game that Anand ...