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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 a Colorado Gambit?

I recently heard of a Colorado Gambit. My chess opening is pretty weak and my friend suggested me of Colorado Gambit. I wanted to know what is Colorado Gambit and if someone can explain me 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 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, ...
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Can Black defend in this difficult position?

Can Black reach solid and defensible position in the below diagram? I understand that Black will have to apply "equalize over time" method, so to help posters keep the analysis brief, I am interested ...
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Between 1.d4 and 1.Nf3, what is the White first move that generally leads to the most solid, positional, slow, closed, strategic and quiet positions?

I'm a ~1750 Elo player and I've been thinking of switching my opening repertoire for White. So my question is: between 1.d4 and 1.Nf3, what is the White first move that generally leads to the most ...
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High quality resource for Exchanged Slav defense?

I am preparing the Semi-Slav defense with David Vigorito-Play the Semi-Slav ( Quality Chess, 2008 ). The exchange line is covered well, but recently GMs try to steer clear from dull ...Bf5 lines and ...
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What factors define changing popularity of different Openings over time?

Recently I found some rather interesting graph displaying how popularity of different openings changed over time. Image courtesy of; see also fullsize there As far as I understand, new researches ...
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Queen's Indian Defense question that has me stumped

After the moves 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 if White plays 3.Nf3, Black often plays the Queen's Indian Defense with 3...b6. But if White plays 3.Nc3, then Black rarely plays 3...b6. [FEN ""] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 ...
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Playing for a stalemate?

How difficult would it be to come into a match trying to get a stalemate? Is it also possible to repeat this? Could one raise their elo with the ability to just stalemate every game?
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Unbeatable openings [closed]

I am a new chess player and after some days me and my friends decided to set a chess tournament. . As i am new to chess, I want some unbeatable (read: solid and sensible) openings so I can beat my ...
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How to play against Grob attack 1.g4

I am looking for resources/ideas (ie, ECO doesn't seem to have a lot on this opening) to play against the Grob attack. (Both for facing it and to prepare to play it as White). So far what I have ...
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Similar opening positions and structures

When I first started chess, my mentor asked me to learn one opening that I like and stick to it, study it and master it. But things will not always go the way you think, your opponent might not always ...
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Chess traps without positional loss

Most of the common chess traps are ill advised (at least in standard games), as you sacrifice better moves. Traps that I have tried out with some success are the fishing pole, and the blackbourne ...
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How should I play wiith White and Black in the Sicilian Dragon? [closed]

How should I play wiith White and Black in the Sicilian Dragon? [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7
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Is the Grand Prix Attack a poor response to the Sicilian?

The Grand Prix Attack begins 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. f4. It is an anti-Sicilian for white that is popular among club players because playing it requires memorizing significantly less theory than the ...
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What are black's possible plans in the exchange variation of the Queen's Gambit?

I've reached this position, or something similar, a zillion times as both black and white (main line exchange queen's gambit): [fen ""] 1.d4 e6 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 c6 6.e3 Be7 7.Bd3 ...
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Is there a concept of 'good' knight and 'bad' knight?

We've all heard about the concepts of 'good' bishop and 'bad' bishop. [FEN "r1bqk1nr/ppp2ppp/2np4/2b1p3/2B1P3/5N2/PPPP1PPP/RNBQ1RK1 w kq - 0 5"] In the position above, the white knight at f3 does ...
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Larsen Ideas in the semi-slav

Once when I was reading a book from Kasparov he quoted that most of the modern ideas in the semi-Slav came from Larsen games. Does anyone know good novelties that Larsen brings in this opening?
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What is the best move in this situation?

This is my first post to chess.SE so I appreciate any guidance on how to frame my questions from now on. Here is my question: I want to know what is the best move in this sitiation: 1.e4 c5 2.d4 e6 ...
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How to deal with Stonewall Attack 'counter'?

I've been tryin out the Stonewall Attack opening and have had quite a lot of success with it, my main problem arises when my opposition doesn't castle on the king side and instead moves their king ...
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Understanding vs. Memorization

Is memorization necessary in modern chess? Whenever I play chess I always running out of time because I move slowly in the opening. Unlike others they move fast in the opening because they memorize it ...
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1. e4, 1. d4, 1. c4, or 1. Nf3? Which opening move has given the greatest scoring percentage for White in World Championship Matches?

Which opening move out of 1. e4, 1. d4, 1. c4 and 1.Nf3 has given the best scoring percentage for White in World Championship matches? What are the percentages?