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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 ...
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Best way to play against Glek system?

I just wanted to ask which is the best way to play against glek system..Its quite a rare opening...So there are two lines one line is with Bc5 and the other is with d5...Which line according to you is ...
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Can playing against Computer help?

I am a begineer level player on chess.com with rating around 1500. I play daily 2-3 games with 15|10 mins time control for each player. I find it difficult to get time to study chess books, and was ...
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Which opening is most defensive as black?

I am relatively a new chess player and been improving my strength in the opening for a while and would like to know which opening is the most defensive. 1.e5 seems a little too aggressive.
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Open Sicilian Variation, newbie question

Im pretty new and i was analyzing the opening stages of one of my recent games. I was playing white and we started off 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 e6 [StartPly "6"] [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. ...
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Why is it rare to see unusual “special” opening preparation by trailing player late in a match?

Taking the recent Anand-Carlsen match as an example, I know that grandmasters spend incredible amounts of time in opening preparation, and Anand's play to refute certain lines of the Berlin defense ...
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How to build a simplified Sicilian defence reperoire

I have been playing chess practically all of my life but during phases, I would play a lot for a couple of months and then spend a whole year without playing. Right now I am in one of those phases ...
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Open Ruy Lopez for Black

Why there are no good videos on Open Ruy Lopez for Black? Is the variation too bad for Black? There are lots of videos from the White side, but I did not find any good videos from the black side; why ...
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Is this continuation of D85, Gruenfeld Defence, Exchange Variation, tenable?

I am watching some commentary on the World Championship Games. This is from Game 1: [FEN "rnbq1rk1/ppp1ppbp/6p1/8/3PP3/2B5/PP1Q1PPP/R3KBNR b KQ - 0 8"] [White "Anand"] [Black "Carlsen"] The ...
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Resources on the Bogo-Indian opening

I'm looking for good resources to learning the Bogo-Indian opening: [FEN ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Bb4+. For background purposes, I play at around the 1750 elo level. I like closed positions ...
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Is this Sicilian opening dubious?

I have used this opening some times and I won.But sometimes I was almost destroyed.Is the move 6.Qd4 dubious or am I doing something wrong later? [FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 ...
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Why different openings are used by computer players?

If few best computer players would be playing against themselves, chances of white winning would depend on the opening used. That way after simulating thousands of games the best opening would be ...
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In the Delayed Open Catalan, what is the best move after 7. Ne5 c5 8. dxc5 Qc7 9. Nxc4 Rd8?

I'm building my White repertoire. 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 Qc7 9. Nxc4 Rd8 we reach the following position: [FEN ...
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FIDE-approved opening names

The Wikipedia article on the Latvian Gambit says that the name Latvian Gambit was made official by the FIDE Congress of 1937. I didn't realise that FIDE was in the business of approving names of ...
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Analysis of a chess position?

Is there a site I can go to or a software which I can use which will help me to analyse a chess position?
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Is it important to have pawns at the centre of the board?

Is there any strategic importance in having pawns at the centre of the board? Please provide a detailed explanation.
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Why is the move 4.Nc3 rare in Bird's defence?

After: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nd4 4. Nc3 it looks like white is leading in development at the moment.
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Examples of recent early opening novelties at the top level

The world elite usually practises extremely deep opening preparation based on established theory, with the first move that has never been played before often coming after the 20th turn. What are some ...
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Is Bg4+ good in this position in the Alekhine Defense?

This is one of my games [FEN ""] 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.Bc4 Nb6 5.Bb3 Nc6 6.Bf4 dxe5 7.dxe5 Qxd1+ 8.Kxd1, Bg4+ 9.f3 Bh5 10.g4 Bg6 Black to move, I played dxe5, dxe5, Qxd1 Kxd1 and now I ...
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How can the french opening be avoided?

I'm really not good at the french when I'm with white, is there a good way to avoid it and get my opponent outside of their preparation?
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What is the best way to beat a French?

I have a tournament game tomorrow, and I'm white against a Pirc/French guy. What is the easiest way, learnable in 10 mins or so, to play against it. In addition to the Pirc question, I play the ...
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How do I prepare against someone if I have a database of his games

ChessTempo offers a service to see all the games of your opponent. The thing is, it also shows what the opponents played. So if I see 100 times e4 was played, 60 of the times might be because of the ...
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Best way to prepare files with openings for future use

I am looking for advice how to prepare opening, so i could easily skim over it after a while. Create databases for every opening with analyzed games? But some positions can occur after different ...
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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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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.