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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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It always better to accept the 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 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?
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Which piece should I move and where should I move it when playing against black in chess when I have the first move of the game?

What is the first piece I should move as a novice chess player when beginning the game on the white side as a defensive strategy?
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Nimzowitsch Defence - 1. e4 Nc6 2. Nf3 variation

I was watching a YouTube video which explains the 1. e4 Nc6 2. Nf3 line of the Nimzowitsch Defence. In that video, the presenter was talking as if after 9... Nd4, white did not have any good move. ...
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How do I make my opening reportorie stronger, specifically my Grand Prix Attack against high level competition?

I saw the DVD Killer Grand Prix Attack from GM Gawain Jones. This helped a lot. However, I have some trouble with some concepts against 2 ...e6 lines. According to the DVD the second plan of the Grand ...
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The Meran System plan of attack

I've recently started to play the triangle system against the Queen's gambit, and so far it is okay. I've extensive knowledge in the Noteboom variation, but the problem with it is that the variation ...
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Aggressive Line against Alekhine's Defence?

I am looking to patch up a lot of my holes in my opening repertoire. One of them is the Alekhine's Defence. Do any of you know a good, aggressive line against the Alekhine's Defence? (If there is no ...
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French defense plans

I'm working with my 1300 USCF kid on his opening repertoire. In the French defense, I have a few questions/problems I'm trying to resolve: 1) In many of the closed lines (after e5) we go after ...
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King's indian defense plans

I'm working with my kid on playing KID (he's about 1300 USCF, I was peak 2000 years ago). I'm not too interested in learning exact lines (and I think that's beyond him right now anyway). I think we ...
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How to learn e4 e5 as black?

I'm about 1800 FIDE and I wanted to incorporate e4 e5 to my repertoire as black, however, as soon as i started studying it, it became clear to me that its one of the most complex openings to prepare. ...
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Why did the French Defense disappear at top level chess? [duplicate]

Why is the French Defense no longer played at the highest level?
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How do you stop white's queenside advance in the Reversed Sicilian?

My openings textbook gives this line (Closed Variation of the Reversed Sicilian): [FEN ""] 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.Nf3 d6 6.d3 Nf6 7.Rb1 with the note that the plan for white here ...
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King's Indian c5 against Samisch

I'm a 2000 Fide player and I played an interesting opening game last sunday. It was a King's Indian Samisch (I was playing white) and my opponent played the c5 gambit. That was the first time I saw ...
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Do players play “boring” openings before an important tournament?

The London Chess Classic is being held at the moment, just three months away from the Candidates, with some of the best players of the world and 6 of the participants of the candidates (Giri, ...
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What are White's main ideas in the exchange variation of the Ruy Lopez?

I was wondering what are the main ideas for white in the exchange variation, Ruy Lopez opening. [fen "r1bqkbnr/1pp2ppp/p1p5/4p3/4P3/5N2/PPPP1PPP/RNBQK2R w KQkq - 0 5"] Thank you.
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Is e5 an usual move in positions like this in the King's Indian?

I have played a game this morning where I reached the following position: [fen "r1bq1rk1/1p1nppbp/p2p1np1/2pP4/2P1P3/2N1BN2/PP2BPPP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 1"] I was playing with White. In this position my ...
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Which chess openings trade the most pieces?

The goal here, albeit heterodox, is to bring the game into a position with few pieces on the board, where yourself as a player has forced the other to trade all your major pieces, leaving both in a ...
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List of openings for poor openings player

I'm a poor opening player, I enjoy more tactical positions. I would like to know a list of openings that : Leads to tactical positions Don't require too much work on learning (typically not a ...
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Why is the French defence not played at the highest level?

I am a French defence player and I enjoy playing almost all the lines (Tarrasch, Winawer, advance variation, ...) because I think the play that follows the opening suits my style and I feel very ...
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How do you study opening theory using Stockfish?

Any tips to be up to date with recent opening theory?
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What's a good website to study recent grandmaster games?

I would like to study some opening theory on the Grand Prix Attack. What is a good website to study recent grandmaster games?
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What should I study?

My ELO is 2050. I had not played chess for 4 years until I moved to Amsterdam. In Amsterdam I joined a chess club which has many strong players. Every Tuesday we play 90min + 15sec incremental games ...
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Exploiting wrong deviations from theory in chess openings

What are some good sources about exploiting wrong deviations from standard chess theory during the opening? That is, given the fact that the opponent steps out of the canonical openings, and is not ...
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Why does the Hyper Accelerated Dragon avoid the Rossolimo?

After 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 Why is the Rossolimo line impossible for white? [fen ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6
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Traps and alternate variations in the Spanish Game

Which opening traps do the Spanish Game (ruy lopez) offer - and are there experimental/alternate variations (apart from non 3. ...a6 variations) to the opening that could be forced on either side of ...
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A Consistent Grunfeld Repertoire

I'm starting to play against stronger competition who know how to play their openings, so I'm trying to figure out my repertoire. I have recently decided to stick to playing the Grunfeld against 1.d4, ...
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Evans Gambit variation

The generally very useful and interesting book Bologan's Black Weapons suggests the following line as a practical way to meet the Evans Gambit. [FEN ""] [Title "Evans Gambit"] [Startply "12"] 1. e4 ...
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Any reference material on the Franco-Benoni defense?

The Franco-Benoni defense is characterized by the black moves: [fen "rnbqkbnr/pp1p1ppp/4p3/2p5/3PP3/8/PPP2PPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 c5 The books I've read on the French defense ...
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Opening creation, could it ever be possible?

I have invented (to the best of my knowledge) a really decent opening. I would like to note that over the ICC, I have actually beaten a few masters with this opening, one master being 2400 ICC (45 ...
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Where does the word 'gambit' come from?

According to Merriam Webster's Dictionary, a gambit is a chess opening in which a player risks one or more pawns or a minor piece to gain an advantage in position. But I was wondering, why do we ...
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Is there any opening line which is downright catastrophic?

I have played 1.a4, h4, f4 in an engine and it gave me the opening line's name. I mean, how could it be considered a line as it, at least IMO, don't do anything that defines a good opening. (fight for ...