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How to respond to the Taimanov attack in the Benoni?

[FEN ""] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4.Nc3 exd5 5.cxd5 d6 6.e4 g6 7.f4 Bg7 8.Bb5+ How can black respond in the following position?
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e3 vs e4 in 1.d4 openings

In some openings, like Nimzo-Indian, the usual e-pawn move is e3, while in openings like the KID, White can play e4. Is there some guidelines to know when you can play e2-e4?
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World's Greatest Chess Opening [closed]

There is an infinite amount of openings and their variations, some rank the glorious 1.e4 as the greatest opening of all time. Since 1.e4's roots have been traced back into the medieval ages, and the ...
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What is the most agressive, tactical, attacking, line in this Mieses?

[FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.e5 Qe7 7.Qe2 Nd5 8.c4 Nb6 There are two variations here. Nd2 and b3. Which fits best to the criteria?
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How can I use Scid to figure how I should divide study time for each opening line?

I have a database (Scid) that is mostly made up of games downloaded from TWIC. I know my rating (low 2000s). As an example, I want to play the Classical Sicilian as black. It can be reached either as ...
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Good books to learn Sveshnikov Sicilian

I'm a club player around 2100 FIDE rating trying to learn the Sicilian Sveshnikov, with the black pieces, for long time controls (2 hours/game). What books do I need to read in order to learn this ...
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Deviating from standard Danish gambit

I like to play the Danish gambit opening. Frequently, black won't take the last pawn to complete the standard opening, but instead plays the knight as shown below. I'll generally play Queen to b3 or ...
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What's the problem with 5. Nxe5 in Spanish Exchange?

Spanish exchange: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruy_Lopez,_Exchange_Variation Using the image in the Wiki page, after 4 ... dxc6, why can't white just respond by Nxe5, thereby gaining advantage by ...
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Looking for books on the Benoni

I am looking for books in the Benoni where this sequence of moves is played, so: [fen ""] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 e6 4. Nc3 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 And black's plan after that is g6. Also if possible that ...
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Alternative plan in the Caro-Kann

I'm a Caro-Kann player who is coming up against the line 1. e4 c6 2. c4. This line has a few names, such as the "Anti Caro-Kann" and the "Quasi Panov-Botvinnik". The books recommend 2...d5. Afterall ...
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How to beat 1.e4 g6/b6?

I am having some trouble on defeating this opening. Any general tips you can offer me? I use the d4-Nf3-Nc3-Bd3-Be3 formation.
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Playing the Queen's Indian. Which kind of players?

In general, the Queen's Indian is not much seen at top lever when arising from the ECO move order: [FEN ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 However, many games transpose from the Nimzo-Indian ...
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Comprehensive list of ECO codes together with the list of moves

I am looking for a comprehensive list of ECO codes with various variations together with a corresponding list of moves. Basically something like: B01 Scandinavian (centre counter) defence 1. e4 d5 ...
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Is the Dutch positional or tactical

I have had mixed opinions on if it is tactical or positional, so I'm asking it here as an tiebreaker.
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Why did Spassky play the King's Gambit?

If the King's Gambit is unsound, how could a world champion play it often?
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How to play against the polish opening?

1 b4 It seems like that black can some how equalize. Despite this, I somehow get tricked and lose my games against this opening.
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Does black have an advantage if white plays 1. h4

White would playing as if they are black, but with the insertion of h4. Does this insertion give enough advantage to white to at least equalize? Does the insertion of h4 weaken white's position even ...
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Scotch Opening - How to play

Does anybody have some indication of book, site, video, etc, which explore this variation of Scotch Opening for Black? [fen ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Bc5 5.Be3 Qf6 6.c3 I have lost ...
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What are some good defenses against the king's gambit?

The king's gambit has a lot of initiative and attack. Is there a good defense to neutralize this initiative?
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Resources on the caveman Caro-Kann

The caveman Caro-Kann goes: [fen ""] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4. h4 h5 5. Bg5!? Any anotated games, resourses, books, etc, are apreciated.
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A digital tree (With annotations) of all chess opening moves discovered by theoreticians

I am looking for a tree of sorts, like the one of Chessmaster XI, but with deeper analysis, like why is this move good. For example: e4 gets the center, with the idea of opening the bishop. e5 with ...
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An Aggressive Opening for Black against E4

I am a novice at chess. I am around 1400-1600 chess rating. I have struggled to find any sound aggressive openings for black against E4. As white I play the Scotch Gambit which I have great success ...
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Is there a refutation of the Muzio gambit?

Is there a 'refutation', i.e. a defense for black that leads to a guaranteed advantage assuming perfect play, against the Muzio gambit? [StartPly "11"] [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 g5 4.Bc4 g4 ...
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Average number of moves per game

What are the average number of moves per game with regards to what opening has been played?
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Tactical variations in the Caro-Kann?

I am currently using the exchange variation of the Caro-Kann, so the: [Title "Caro-Kann refutation"] [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 I am ...
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Top sources for opening theory

Can anyone recommend any good sources such as periodicals, websites, or what not to stay up to date on the latest opening theory? I am willing to pay if the source requires such. How do the top ...
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Queen's Gambit Declined: Why 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 rather than 2..Bf5?

Why has it become standard to decline the queen's gambit 1.d4 d5 2.c4 with 2..e6 blocking the bishop rather than 2..Bf5 by analogy to the king's gambit 1.e4 e5 2.f4 Bc5?
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Against Alekhine's defense, can White avoid 2. e5?

An opponent I have heretofore easily beaten has started playing Alekhine's defense against me. I am no longer easily beating my opponent, and indeed would be repeatedly losing to him, if only he had ...
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What are some stronger moves I can play next time in the King's Indian Defense?

[fen ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 e5 7. O-O Nc6 8. d5 Ne7 9. Ne1 Nd7 10. Be3 f5 11. f3 f4 12. Bf2 g5 13. b4 Nf6 14. c5 Ng6 15. cxd6 cxd6 16. Rc1 Rf7 17. Nb5 a6 18. Nc3 ...
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What are good books for learning Queen's Gambit opening

I am looking for book recommendations on the Queen's Gambit. I already own some general opening books, which cover many openings and also many variations in each opening. However, I am not advanced ...
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Chess Position Trainer

I just started playing with Chess Position Trainer and I really enjoy the experience of playing through the "Closed Sicilian” repetoir that comes pre-loaded. The manual mentions that you can build ...
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Busted openings

http://en.chessbase.com/post/rajlich-busting-the-king-s-gambit-this-time-for-sure The link is to a chessbase article speaking about a group of researchers who claim that that king's gambit is busted. ...
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Is there a chess engine that allows you to specify which opening it uses?

I would like to practice against a particular opening - outside of bribing smart guinea pigs who know how to play chess, is there any way I can get opponents who always use a certain opening?
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Novice question about openings

although I think I've played a lot of games, my ability is still very low. I've never read any books on chess, perhaps this is explains my poor games. As I'm starting to research some chess online, ...
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Opening books, theory on Maroczy Bind

I am just asking if there is any book that cover specifically on the Maroczy Bind structure, which can arise from Sicilian Accelerated Dragon [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq ...
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In the modern benoni, what should I do if this happens

Let's say the position is: [Title "Black to move"] [FEN "4k3/8/8/8/8/2P5/8/6K1 w - - 0 1"] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 dxc5 I usually do this: [Title "Black to move"] [FEN "4k3/8/8/8/8/2P5/8/6K1 w - - 0 ...
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Recommended mobile app or website to memorize openings?

I'm looking to improve my game's opening. Just wondering if any of you could recommend an app or website dedicated for this? Thanks
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In the Delayed Open Catalan, after 1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. g3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Ne5 c5 8. dxc5 Bxc5, which move should I play?

In the Delayed Open Catalan, after 1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. g3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Ne5 c5 8. dxc5 Bxc5, we reach this position: [Title "White to move"] [fen ...
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Multiple opening books in Arena?

In Arena, you can select an "Arena main book" which will be the chess opening book that will be displayed in the Book/TB tab. However, is there any way to merge multiple opening books into that tab? ...
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Openings that keep the king in the center on purpose?

Discounting cheap tricks to mate in only a few moves. Are there any serious openings that keep the king in the center with no intention of castling?
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Omega Gambit For white

My question is about Omega Gambit d4, Nf6, e4, Nxe4 Is it too dangerous for white? what are the ideas for white? And what is the winning percentage for white? Is it still played among titled players? ...
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Good chess opening for a beginner

I am a beginner and my chess opening is pretty weak. Can you suggest me an opening that is easy to learn and is suitable for a beginner like me?
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What is the Colorado Gambit?

I recently heard of an opening called the "Colorado Gambit". My chess opening is pretty weak and my friend suggested I might try it. What is Colorado Gambit and what is the reasoning behind the moves? ...
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How to make own opening book for chess engine?

I am currently working on a chess engine in java. I am using mini max algorithm with alpha beta pruning to select the best move. However it is inefficient to use the algorithm for selecting opening ...
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Can Black successfully finish this opening?

I am trying to revive old line in the Scandinavian defense. Among the many lines I am analyzing, there is one position that looks promising. I will leave out the lines / opening moves, to keep the ...
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Is 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 b6 a QID even though White hasn't played d4 yet? What would you recommend me against it?

I first thought that starting with 1. Nf3 would avoid the QID. But after thinking about it, this is only true if White plays 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 The move 3. Nc3 seems really cool since this ...
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In the books Wojo's Weapons, why was Wojo occasionally known to say “I'm too lazy!” when asked why he didn't play 1. d4 instead of 1. Nf3?

In Wojo's Weapons: Winning With White (Volume 1) by Jonathan Hilton and Dean Ippolito, it is written: Wojo's move order to reach any opening position almost always started with 1. Nf3 and then ...
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Why did the Berlin Defense of the Ruy Lopez disappear from the play of World Champions before Kramnik revived it?

The Berlin defense of the Ruy Lopez was played by the likes of Steinitz and Lasker. [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 However, it soon disappeared out of the play of World Champions and ...
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Why is King's Gambit said to be refuted?

We all known that Bobby Fischer has published the famous "A Bust to The King's Gambit", where the gambit is said to be losing for white. Why is it so? Is there any line that can secure black an ...
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Are there any hypermodern openings for white

I just want to ask if there is any kind of hypermodern opening for white. For black, i usually play benko gambit and alekhine defense, so preferably, I am opting for a tactical opening