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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
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Empowered Army Knight-move Opening

How powerful is it for the Empowered Army to open by using knight-moves for their Empowered Rooks and/or Bishops? In Chess 2: The Sequel, the knights, bishops, and rooks of the Empowered Army are ...
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As a beginner, what are the two or three must know openings? [duplicate]

I am new to chess and I don't really know any openings. What should be the first openings that I need to learn? Thanks
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In ChessBase 12, when viewing an Opening Tree, why do all the games always stop near move 26?

I have ChessBase 12 64Bit. To create an Opening Tree I do the following steps: I click on "Mega Database 2014". I filter all the 5.8 millions games like I want (for example, taking only the games ...
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For White, which variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined tends to lead to the most solid, positional, slow, closed, quiet and strategic positions?

I am a 1750 Elo player with a very positional, quiet and strategic style of play. I would like to know which variation I should play when, as White, I face the Queen's Gambit Declined. The variation ...
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Why some players play bizarre openings?

In blitz games, I saw in the Internet (http://en.chessbase.com) games between very high elo rating players (above 2700) that play bizarre openings like: 1. a4 x 2. h4 xx 3. Ra3(or Rh3) xxx 4. Rae3 ...
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Why is the Ragozin 4… Bb4 not even considered against 4. Bg5?

The Ragozin variation of the Queen's Gambit starts with 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Bb4: [StartPly "8"] [FEN ""] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Bb4 It seems that the Bb4 move is only sound in ...
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In the Caro-Kann Panov-Botvinnik Attack which move tends to lead to the most solid, positional, slow, closed, and quiet positions: 5… e6, Nc6 or g6?

In the Caro-Kann Panov-Botvinnik Attack, after 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4 Nf6 5. Nc3, which move tends to lead (on average) to the most solid, positional, slow, closed, quiet and strategic ...
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What is the worst possible first move for White: 1.f3 or 1.g4?

After making my engines evaluate the starting position for more than 10 hours each, here is what I got: . Fritz 12: Depth = 25/65 Time = 10 hours and 30 minutes 1.f3 : -0.90 1.g4 : -0.77 1.Nh3 ...
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Why is the f6 pawn break in Advanced French so important for black?

I am new to french (so forgive me if the question seems elementary) I've just came across the pawn break f6 for black in the french advance variation, and I find the pawn break quite dubious for me ...
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What are books about the French Defence which feature a Black repertoire that tends to lead to solid/positional/closed/slow/quiet/strategic positions?

I am a 1750 Elo player with a very positional, quiet and strategic style of play. I am looking for one or more books about the French Defence which fits these 3 conditions: It must offer a complete ...
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Aggressive Attacking Lines for Black in the French Defence Exchange Variation

I have recently taken a liking to the French Defence as black because I enjoy the counter-attacking options that black has to undermine white's center in the Tarrasch, Advance, and 3. Nc3 variations. ...
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For White, which variation of the King's Indian Defence tends to lead to the most solid, positional, slow, strategic, quiet and closed positions?

I am a 1750 Elo player with a very positional, quiet and strategic style of play. I would like to know which variation I should play when, as White, I face the King's Indian Defence: 1...Nf6 2...g6 ...
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What are the disadvantages of delaying c7-c5 in QGA?

In main lines of queen's gambit accepted, sometimes White has the option of playing dxc5, and entering a certain type of endgames that Black might find unpleasant. Is there any disadvantage to ...
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(How) should I avoid bishop exchange in Sicilian (Dragon) style setups?

I often play the Sicilian, and out of that, sometimes I end up in situations like the one below, when my dark square bishop is fianchettoed and my opponent is getting ready to get rid of my bishop ...
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Is there any transposition available in between QGA and other openings?

I'm a chess player with ELO 1600. Now i'm trying to learn transpositions in chess. QGA is my favorite opening as white.But most of the time black chooses queen gambit declined.So now i'm trying to ...
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As Black, against 1. d4, what opening would you recommend me which is solid, positional, slow, strategic, quiet, closed, and similar to the Caro-Kann?

I'm a 1750 Elo player. I have a very positional, quiet and strategic style of play. As White I play 1. d4, but I plan to also learn 1. Nf3 soon. As Black against 1. e4 I play the Caro-Kann. I would ...
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Best Continuation for this Counter to Queen's Gambit Accepted

[Title "White to move"] [fen ""] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e3 e5 I've tried just taking the pawn at c4, but he takes my pawn at d4 and after exchanging some pieces I end with a broken pawn structure ...
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Queen's Gambit Accepted, but Couldn't Capitalize

[StartPly "8"] [FEN ""] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e3 b5 4.a4 Ba6 White to move. How to capitalize on this variation of Queen's Gambit Accepted for white? I've never seen this counter before. Couldn't ...
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Can Black equalize?

I am working hard on improving certain line, and no matter how much I try I get no headway. I am forced to delve into risky lines, so I am asking for help to determine if Black can equalize in the ...
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Which side should i castle if i have opportunity to castle on both sides?

It's little bit confusion for me to make good decision when i have opportunity to castle on both sides. can somebody explain what are the factors should be considered if we have opportunity to castle ...
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In the Queen's Gambit Declined, after 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6, what is the difference between playing 3. Nc3 and 3. Nf3?

Here are Chessbase's statistics after 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 : Nc3 - N=116,000 - W=58.2% - Av=2152 - Perf=2176 Nf3 - N=54,000 - W=60.3% - Av=2239 - Perf=2264 . N = The number of games played W = ...
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If I like both the Caro-Kann and the Slav, is it a good idea to answer 1. d4 with 1… c6?

I was just wondering, if as Black I normally play the Caro-Kann and the Slav (but I slightly prefer the Caro-Kann), is it a good idea to answer 1. d4 with 1... c6!? I looked in an opening database, ...