Questions relating to the first few moves in a game

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h6 as a prophylactic move in the opening

As a low rated player myself, I often see people play h6 as black before playing Nf6, presumably to stop pins on g5 and things like the Fried Liver. Example: [fen ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 h6?! ...
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Advice on how to draw with White

I read opening books a lot and they are always focused on finding a way to draw for Black and finding a way for White to play for a win. This makes me wonder why people are not writing opening books ...
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What is wrong with taking the e4 pawn in the Najdorf Sicilian after 6.Bc4?

[FEN ""] [StartPly "18"] [Title "What is wrong with taking the pawn here?"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 b5 8.O-O b4 9.Na4 Nxe4 I have known this position for 25 ...
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Why does 6.Bc4 prevent 6…e5 in the Sicilian Najdorf?

[FEN ""] [StartPly "12"] [Title "What is wrong with 6..e5?"] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e5 Please do not reply that it weakens the d5 square and allows the white bishop to ...
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Suggest a line for a player who does not want to be dragged into the Sicilian

I am a very bad Sicilian player and I am easily played out of book in the Sicilian defense. I need a line that would prevent my opponents fom going into the Sicilian defense. I have tried c4, but ...
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White's c5 in Semi-Slav (or Slav) Defense

Lately, I've been experimenting as white with pushing c-Pawn in Semi-Slav Defence, but mostly in blitz games, so I would be very thankful if some of you could analyze a bit and point out if there are ...
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Is 1.e4 the best first move for White from a theoretical point of view?

Assuming that the principles of classical chess in the opening are still valid (which thing I very much believe), may we say that "from a theoretical point of view" 1.e4 is the best first move for ...
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Why 6.Nc3 in the following position in Grob opening?

[StartPly "10"] [fen ""] 1.g4 e5 2.Bg2 Bc5 3.e3 d6 4.d4 exd4 5.exd4 Bb6 * In the Grob attack opening database posted in this answer the suggested next move is 6.Nc3. However, in most variations of ...
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What is wrong with f2-f4 against the French Defense?

[fen ""] [Startply "3"] [Title "2.f4 against the French Defense"] 1.e4 e6 2.f4 What is so obviously wrong with this approach? I ask because it is not even mentioned in the complete Black repertoire ...
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Why not 6.Ng3 against the French Rubinstein?

[fen ""] [Title "6.Ng3 against the French Rubinstein"] [Startply "11"] 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nd7 5.Nf3 Ngf6 6.Ng3 What is so obviously wrong with the move 6.Ng3 against the French ...
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Is it worth it to transition into more open lines when one is used to closed, positional games?

I've played the French and Queen's Gambit, which tend to lead to more closed, positional play. I've played these openings consistently for roughly 25+ years now, with no set opening before then ...
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How to respond to atypical black defense of Ruy Lopez

I've recently begun studying openings, and I've been practicing the Ruy Lopez. My game began: e4 e5 Nf3 Nc6 Bb5 Generally the black response is ... a6 and then I can either play the exchange ...
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book/resource on scotch (as white) and petroff (both sides but mainly as black)

Could someone recommend books or online resources on those two openings for intermediate player (about 1800)? Since my opponents at this level are likely to go out of theory on move 4 or 5, I want ...
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Why is the g3 and Bg2 set up so strong vs the Dutch?

Why is the g3 and Bg2 plan so strong vs the Dutch? For example, in other main openings (KID, Gruenfeld, Queen's Gambit, Queen's Indian) it's just an alternative to the "classical" systems, those with ...
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What's is a good plan for white against Rubinstein variation in the french defense?

I always play the tarrasch variation against the french defense and i have quite some good results with it. Nevertheless when black exchanges on e4 and the game transposes into the Rubinstein ...
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5…Nf6 in Sicilian defense

[StartPly "10"] [fen ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 Nf6 * 5...Nf6 looks like a good move for black, however I failed to find analysis about this variation. Am I overseeing ...
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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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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 ...