Questions relating to the first few moves in a game

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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?
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Why white is better? [on hold]

We know that white has the advantage. We know that all we want to play the white. I do not understand why?
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King's Gambit, Fischer's Defence 6. Ng1. Wait, what?

I'd like to play the king's gambit without getting into piece sacrifices, but Fischer's Defence is unsettling me. This appears to be described as the "main line". [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Nf3 d6 ...
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How did I still lose with 1 piece advantage?

Throughout the game, I thought I had a positional and piece advantage, but I STILL LOST! What did I do wrong? (using Ruy Lopez btw) [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. Nc3 a6 5. Bxc6 ...
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Opening book series with “complete” explanations

I am looking for opening books, preferably a series that explain different openings, where the opening is explained with a complete view: strategic plans for main variants, main tactical ideas, ...
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Is there a name for this attack against Sicilian defense?

Sometimes against Sicilian Najdorf (or french) defense I play like this: [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nf5 Bxf5 8. exf5 d5 9. Bg5 d4 10. Ne4 Be7 My plan ...
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How did the Grand Prix Attack get its name?

The moves 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. f4 characterize the Grand Prix Attack in the Sicilian defense. [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. f4 ...
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Is this line of vienna attack a draw?

Most chess players will recognize this position from the so called immortal draw: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Bc5 3. Na4 Bxf2 4. Kxf2 Qh4 5. Ke3 Qf4 6. Kd3 d5 7. Kc3 Qxe4 8. Kb3 Na6 9. a3 Qxa4 10. Kxa4 ...
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I played 2.f3 by accident! How do I save my position?

So in a correspondence chess game, the opening is the standard 1.e4 e5. I meant to play 2.Nf3 as always, but I completely misclicked and didn't realize until too late that I played f3 instead. It's ...
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What are the main strategic concepts in the Grunfeld?

I recently picked up on the Grunfeld and I am quite pleased with this opening. To improve my skill at playing this opening; What are the most important strategic/thematic concepts that I should ...
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Instructive games with a white h-pawn push in the Smith-Morra gambit?

I like to play the Smith-Morra gambit. Recently, a friend showed me a game where he (as white) successfully played a h-pawn push in the Smith-Morra gambit, which both damaged black's kingside while ...
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Midgame Ideas in the Caro-Kann

Most of the writing I've found on the Caro-Kann online simply makes vague assertions about how "Black's endgame is better" or how White should try [some dubious move or other] to get a good attack in ...
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I need to get rid of Black's light-square Bishop

I've self-taught myself Chess, and played against computers (as in the board shaped ones) and I quite quickly found an opening that isn't strong, but it is not bad. I'm fairly new at this "Algebraic ...
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Which notable players in chess history successfully used dubious openings?

I am reminded of a famous game between Karpov and Tony Miles where Miles played 1...a6 against Karpov's 1. e4 and still won the game. [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/4P3/8/PPPP1PPP/RNBQKBNR b KQkq ...
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Automatically annotating the beginning of my games

I play chess online and use an engine to review the game afterwards. This works well when I get out of the opening, but under my current configuration (Raptor GUI running StockFish) I don't get great ...
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Are computers destroying chess?

These days I have been watching the candidates tournament, and I couldn't avoid noticing that players are reeling/scared of computer home preparation "little bit too much". For example: in the ...
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B50: Sicilian Defense 3. Bc4

First a bit of background: I really like playing the Sicilian Defense as Black and it is my preferred choice of action against 1. e4. I prefer the Open Sicilian with Dragon and Najdorf being my ...
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What are good strategies or principles to prolonging the first stage of a game?

Is there a particular strategy or principle you can use to drag out the first stage of a game, namely, to preserve all your pieces as long as possible. One way I can imagine this being useful, if ...
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Kramnik - Karjakin in the FIDE Candidates 2014, was 8…f5 correct?

In the game between Kramnik and Karjakin shown below, the opening was a bit strange and the resulting position was odd. I am wondering, was 8...f5 correct? Was it a novelty of sorts or when did the ...
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What are the first moves chosen (White), by brute force chess engines?

Title says it all. Feel free to add comment, theory, or explanation. Just to clarify, this is only regarding turn 1 of White, and no proceeding turns after it.
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Did Aronian make a mistake in the opening against Anand in round 1 of the FIDE Candidates 2014?

Here is the game [Event "FIDE Candidates 2014"] [Site "Khanty-Mansiysk RUS"] [Date "2014.03.13"] [Round "1.3"] [White "Anand, Viswanathan"] [Black "Aronian, Levon"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2770"] ...
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Has the King's Indian Defense been refuted at the Grandmaster level?

I know about b4 in the bayonet and the Kramnik-Kasparov games of course. I also know that Mr. Radjabov has been unhealthy (hope he gets better soon) lately. Thanks in advance, your site is awesome, ...
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Caro-Kann, Smyslov variation : Can Black punish early 5.c4 in this position?

Recently I have posted a question about declining the Marshall gambit in the QGD, and asked if Black can transpose into another solid opening, as one way of defense. After analyzing the first ...
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Queen's Gambit Declined: Alatortsev variation, is there a high quality resource covering this line?

I am working on my opening repertoire, and I need ways to dodge the Exchange variation of the Queen's Gambit Declined with Nge2. Many masters use the Alatortsev variation to do this. After the ...
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Queen's Gambit Declined: Marshall Gambit, how to decline it and keep full equality?

I wish to play a specific move order of the QGD as Black, but the problem is that White can throw Marshall gambit at me. I do not want to play the sharp lines, I need a solid and fully equal ...
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openings for white which don't involve a central pawn push

It appears that black has more choices with regard to openings rather than white. While white would typically start with either e4 or d4, or sometimes c4, black has numerous choices for each of these ...
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Pawn structure in king's indian or grünfeld

I'm trying out kings indian against d4 openings but there is one problem... I get mated. I can't defend after castling under the h7 g6 f7 pawn structure. Somehow it works as an opening with an ...
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Positional opening for Black

I have recently (two months ago) become very interested in chess, after playing it for about 10 years at a club, spending time on it only one evening per week. Previously, I did not think about my ...
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I don't understand the central-control difference between 1. e4 and 1. e3

The books/articles tell me that the center is d4, d5, e4, and e5. 1. e4 controls d5, but 1. e3 controls d4. Both control one square in the center, no? Yet 1. e4 is apparently a vast improvement ...
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What is the best Black reply to 1. d4 in regards to getting an open game?

What is a good reply to 1.d4 that will give me an open game?
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Rauzer Attack, Sicilian defense - why not play 6…Nxd4?

I'm just learning on how to play Sicilian and none of the books I have at hand shows this move. So I consider, that this move is a mistake and there is some strong counter play on whites part, but I ...
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Push e and d pawns in semi open openings

I recently met the French defence as white which turned into the advanced version. In short, I got crushed in a humiliating way, kicked while lying and spat on. So now I am reforming and ...
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Sicilian with 1.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.Nf3?

I don't know much "Sicilian" theory, and decided to develop instead to defend e4. My opponent captured, and I got the pawn back with the obvious Qa4 check. Although he tried to start a queen hunt, she ...
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Can you recommend a closed opening for black against 1.e4?

What is a good opening system for black that leads to closed play against 1.e4? E.G. - against 1.d4 I like to play the Slav & am looking into the Czech Benoni. I am looking for something similar ...
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Do any openings result in a lost game for black?

Based on this comment I'd like to know which openings, if any, are considered unplayable (i.e. lost) for black? My own understanding is that in some opening lines it's harder for black to equalise, ...
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What are some good books for chess opening?

I am not new to chess, I have been playing for around 6 years. But I don't know much about chess openings technically. What are some of the very good books to to learn important opening moves. Thank ...
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Morphy Defence in Ruy Lopez

I don't get the point of Morphy's Defence in the Ruy Lopez opening: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 If White's purpose was to exchange Bishop for Knight and take the e5 pawn after it ...
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chess book for kids (9-11 y.o.)

Are there any chess books accessible for kids in the 9-11 age range that don't waste the first half of the book teaching how the pieces move, castling rules and en-passant capture? I am expecting some ...
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How many materially equal positions are there?

Reading about the Shannon number, I see that there are about 1043 positions in chess, but how many of them are even? That is, materially (as an approximation). A position with one king vs 8 pawns and ...
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Why does Black play 10…a6 in the A39 variation of the English opening?

I observed that after [fen ""] 1.c4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.g3 Bg7 7.Bg2 O-O 8.O-O Nxd4 9.Qxd4 d6 10.Qd3 In many games, Black played the strange move 10...a6!? It has been ...
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Ways to quickly beat beginners

Are there any common tactics or combinations used to beat complete beginners quickly (or gain large material advantages)? By "beginner" I mean someone who is good enough not to get caught out by ...
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Queen's Gambit Accepted with 3. Nf3

According to wikipedia in the main line of the Queen's Gambit Accepted White's 3rd move is: 3.Nf3: [FEN ""] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. Nf3 Doesn't that pretty much turn the opening into a real ...
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What makes chess engines so good at chess?

Computers are thought to calculate every possible move. However, for eg. there are about 20 possible first moves and 20 possible responses to that and so by this logic the no. of positions after for ...
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How should black develop the dark squared bishop in the advance variation of the French Defense?

The following is the French defence, advance variation: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 * My question is how Black should play his King's Bishop. Any time that Bishop moves the White Queen can go ...
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What are the key ideas for white in the Keres Attack (Sicilian Scheveningen)?

The Keres Attack (Sicilian Scheveningen) has the following starting position [FEN ""] [White "Keres Attack"] [Black "Sicilian Scheveningen"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. g4 ...
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Do symmetric positions have a higher draw ratio?

From my experience in chess, I have observed that my draw ratio in symmetric positions (e.g. the Italian opening) is higher than in non-symmetric positions (e.g. the Spanish opening or different ...
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What is the benefit of making the first move with a Knight?

I knew that some moves from some opening can transpose to another.. but if I move my knight first, does it's have benefit to me since in my Houdini, it's shows lower value than I move pawn first.. ...
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Why does 6.Bg5 prevent 6…e5 in the Sicilian Najdorf?

In Gufeld's book, after 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5!, [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5! he writes: "In this way White solves three ...
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QGD :: should Black fiancheto his King's Bishop?

A common line in the orthodox line of the QGD goes something like this: [FEN ""] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 Here's the part that puzzles me. According to the database in 365chess ...