Questions relating to the first few moves in a game

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Why not 1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 Nf6 against the Reti opening?

The reply 2...Nf6 to the Reti opening 1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 Nf6 is not even mentioned in my three Reti opening books. What is wrong with that? There must be a well-known answer that is simply part of the ...
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Can't decide an opening for white?

My opening repertoire so far includes pretty much exclusively French Defense as Black against e4 and that is about it. What does this indicate about what type of player I am? Also what would be some ...
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Facing irregular or uncommon openings

How do you deal with this? I'm a bit of a chess perfectionist and I always want to play the best move so when I go up against an irregular opening I don't do bad but its hard be 100% sure you made the ...
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What are the most popular defences White should be prepared to fight against in the Ruy Lopez?

Could you put the move orders as well as briefly explain the idea of the defenses?
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In the Ruy Lopez, does White play on the queenside or King side?

I always play on the kingside, but I recently heard from Expert class that White plays on the queenside. I also seen another Expert class play on the queenside. If this is true, then why does White ...
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How does one become a theoretician?

What does it mean to be an opening theoretician, and how does one achieve this status? Does it imply that one should not be an active tournament player? Apart from opening theoreticians are there ...
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MOVING 2 PIECES TOGETHER

Can one open by moving two pawns one square forward for each? (I hope you don't think I'm being funny - I was taught this when playing at school and have always played with this option).
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What is a good opening software program?

I am trying to find a good program to help me perfect my opening play. It needs to be something simple because I am no computer expert. I don't understand the opening trees and all that high tech ...
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Opening repertoire for pre-Fide Masters (reformulation) [duplicate]

I am so free to ask you which openings a +- 2250-2300 Fide player (yes, it's not a joke), not young but still hoping to progress, should play against 1.e4 and 1.d4, if he is aggressive-minded, ...
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Which openings are playable at (pre-)Fide Master level - International Master level? [closed]

Which defences against 1. e4 and 1. d4 should a 2250-2300 Fide player use to become an international Master, if he is: Aggressive-minded Tactically proficient Keen on dynamics ...
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What to do in an opening trap

In light of the recent game Nakamura vs Anand, the second time, in the recent candidate's tournament, Anand fell into Nakamura's opening preparation trap out of the reversed sicilian. If he [Anand] ...
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Just don't get f6 break in french?

I'm really struggling to understand this move tbh. Even after carefully reading a similar question posted here Why is the f6 pawn break in Advanced French so important for black? I still just don't ...
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Sicilian defense answer to Bc4 and Qf3

I am a very beginning player and something I see a lot in response to the Sicilian defense is Bc4, with white intending to play Qf3 next turn. I found that e6 is a good answer but I feel where I take ...
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How to decide what openings to stick with?

I've come to the conclusion that I'm at the point where it would be better for me to stick with a handful of openings I can know well as oppose to how I would normally just play quite a large range of ...
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Is it still possible to develop new openings?

I have been using this opening that I accidentally started using a lot and then got good results in Blitz games. I'm almost sure it won't last a chance in standard games but it made me curious about a ...
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Tournament strategy to gain maximum points

My question may seem a little odd. But, nevertheless: Planning to play in the tournament. 15 + 0 Swiss system. There will be players from beginner to CM. What do you consider best openings to ...
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How to go about learning openings as a beginner? [duplicate]

I would like to learn more about openings. What should I start with and how would you do this?
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Exchanged Slav defense. Gambit the c6 pawn. Why not?

[Update:] It's called "Tan gambit" after an Alekhine game. Analyzed below. White should dicline the pawn, since. It can be played as a drawing line for black (no queens). d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. cxd5 ...
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What are the ideas behind the Blackmar-Diemer gambit?

I have a new chess student who likes risky openings. We conducted an exercise where we played the first 4 or 5 moves to see which openings come naturally to him. He chose the Scandinavian Defence and ...
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Queen's gambit continuation

I have reached this same position a number of times, what would be the most sound continuation for white? [fen "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 ...
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SCID not recognising transpositions

I like going through open variations and taking notes and saving them in my database. However I have a problem. When I get to two of the exact same board positions and same color to play, if I got ...
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Does it make sense for White to play as “Black” when he's lost the initiative?

In this game, White appears to have lost the initiative against the Nimzo Indian defense as early as the fourth move, and certainly by the eighth move. If White's next four moves were 1) e3, 2) Nf3, ...
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How to take advantage of under-development of opposing pieces?

Gambit openings are usually based on sacrificing pieces to have much better piece development. Some gambits, like Queen's gambit, or King's gambit, I can understand the idea. However, I cannot ...
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Because of the distortion of the computer era, is it preferable to study mainly old opening lines?

I realize that you get rather a lot of questions from lower-rated players who ask, should I try this? should I play that? how can I improve? Many of you have been extraordinarily patient with these ...
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What is a Gambit?

I am a chess beginner, having played over 500 games. I never understood about gambits, despite the fact that I am very good at openings. I always play queens opening, kings opening or knight opening ...
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Has any chess engine developed its own opening book?

I'm referring to an engine that plays repeated games against itself and human opponents... and uses that data to develop its own opening book. I'd think computers would have been used to develop new ...
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Caro-Kann Apocalypse Attack

What are the main points, tactical or otherwise, backing up the so-called Apocalypse Attack vs the Caro-Kann? [Title "Caro-Kann Apocalypse Attack"] [fen "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR ...
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How to see average game length for specific chess opening (number of moves)?

How to see average game lenght for specific chess opening? Is there some chess database which allow me to see specific opening game length? For example: Sicilian defense (average length is: 80.5) ...
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How to play against the Noteboom variation?

In online games I sometimes have this happen: [fen ""] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 e6 4.Nc3 dxc4 and Black plays the famous "Noteboom variation". I checked my database and I have in fact lost every ...
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Books dealing with the g3 Queen's Indian

What are the best repertoire or opening books, if any, advocating the g3 variation vs the Queen's Indian for White, in terms of analysis and verbal explanations of the main plans / ideas?
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The borg against d4?

Until recently, I played the London System, which served be well and was very solid, but every game I played was very similar and dull. However, I have now started playing "Grob's Attack" as white, ...
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Beginners question: Controlling the center

As a beginner I've been studying openings for center control. I am having a hard time finding the next lessons and steps when I actually have the upper hand in the center. Now I realise I don't ...
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Why almost nobody plays …6…b5 here?

[FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 After 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 everybody plays 6... e6 and then ...b5. Is 6...b5 right now a mistake? I ...
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Meaning of move stats in opening databases

I naively thought that if I picked the biggest winning move (for example using white) in the database and kept picking moves that white would always win, but at some point the advantage for white ...
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Why is the Scheveningen Sicilian almost never seen nowadays at top-level chess?

It seems to me that although we see lots of Sicilians, especially Najdorfs, Tajmanovs, and Kans, the once popular Scheveningen variation (1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 -- or 2...e6 ...
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Repertoire book on the Ruy Lopez exchange variation?

[FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 Is there a good opening repertoire book for White advocating the Ruy Lopez exchange variation?
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Why is taking the e4 Pawn considered risky here?

[FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 b5 8.f4?! Almost nobody takes the e4 Pawn with 8...b4, and then N or B takes e4. Is there a clear refutation by White, or is it ...
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Why is …e5 dubious here?

[fen ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5?! Why is ...e5 considered dubious for Black here, although it is considered sort of a refutation after the move 5.f3?! e5! What's the ...
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What are some good books on the Italian game, including the Evans Gambit and Two Knights Defense family of openings?

It's been about 10 years since I played tournament chess regularly. My last rating was 1586 USCF, but it had been as high as 1717. I recently decided to get back into playing chess, and am looking ...
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Queen's Gambit Accepted, how to continue after 3. e3 c6

I was playing Queen's Gambit Accepted. How should I continue after 3. e3 c6? I had no idea what to do after that. [FEN ""] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e3 c6
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What's the name of this opening for white?

What's the name of this structure after white castling ?
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Is this a legitimate defence to Ruy Lopez openings?

When I play the Ruy Lopez opening, I usually get my bishop chased all the way down to the second rank by two pawns. I don't know if this is common at higher levels of play but it seems like a ...
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4 Player chess strategies

Are there any nice strategies for 4 player chess? (Bughouse chess) How to open, how to win? I have not found anything good on the web.
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What are Black's plans in this position from the Breyer defence?

I'm considering taking up the Breyer defence to the Ruy Lopez as Black and played an internet game which went [StartPly "29"] [White "White"] [Black "Black"] [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. ...
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Two Knights Defense 4. Ng5 - Strategy?

I've been trying do some research on the defence against 4. Ng5, since it has been a really big thorn in my side for a bit of time. [FEN ""] [StartPly "7"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 ...
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Let's beat the Benko Gambit!

I play 1. d4 as White and I have success against almost all Black defences, except the Benko Gambit, where I score about 30%. My style is that I like solid, closed, positional games if I can, but I ...
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Chess Opening Puzzle App

I like chess puzzle apps. But they all focus on the end or middle game. The reason is clear: In the opening there is no single truth. But there is some common sense what's good and what's not. Is ...
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Is it always better to accept gambits?

Among chess players circulate the idea that any gambit should be accepted. It's an old and popular idea; if you don't want trouble, accept the gambit. Should this be consider a valid principle?
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White openings for counter-attacking players

I would like to get suggestions of openings for white that suits a counter-attacking player. As black I really enjoy playing the alekhine and the modern. As white, lately, I started playing 1.g3, but ...
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Statistically, what is the best opening?

Statistically, what opening has white won with the most? Such as, 1.e4 e5 2? What is the move that white makes that has won the most games?