Questions relating to the first few moves in a game

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Can the Nc3+e3 Chebanenko Slav, the Exchange Slav and the 4…Bg4 Slow Slav transpose into each other?

I would like to know if the following three variations can transpose into each other? The Nc3+e3 Chebanenko Slav: 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 a6 The Exchange Slav: 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. cxd5 ...
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In the Slav, after 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6, what are all the differences between 4. Qc2 and 4. Qb3?

In the Slav, after 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 : What are all the differences between 4. Qc2 and 4. Qb3 ? Which one of them is better to reach some Catalan type positions? Which one of them tends ...
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What is the strongest reply to Czyzewski Opening?

I was exploring hypermodern openings and had found Czyzewski Opening. [fen ""] 1.e4 e5 2.b3 How I should react to this type of situation on the board. Is this some kind of trap?
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What are the best openings in Antichess?

I am experiencing Antichess and it's more forcing than normal chess. What are the best openings for white ? Is there any winning opening whatever the black does respond? Antichess, according to ...
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Yes or no: should Ruy Lopez be played as black?

I'm currently learning the Ruy Lopez opening and typical defences. But every single example I've seen, it is played as white. Is there any reason why you cannot or shouldn't play Ruy Lopez as black, ...
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Caro-Kann Bronstein-Larsen Variation For Black

Any good references (books/videos/tutorials) for this variation? [fen ""] [StartFlipped "1"] 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6+ gxf6 Thanks!
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Knight to h5 in the london system

In the London system, white wants to keep their dark squared bishop, Therefore after say 1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bf4, black can play 3...Nh5, doesn't it break white's position? [FEN ""] 1. d4 d5 2. ...
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Equalize - What does it really mean?

We often read or hear in books or video tutorials the following: "With this move, Black can equalize!". Some authors give 15-move or 20-move variations of some openings (e.g. Caro-Kann, Slav, ...
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Aggressive variation against Queen's Gambit Declined?

My style favors aggressive, complicated openings. I have constructed a suitable repertoire with White beginning with 1. d4 with one exception. I have so far been unable to find a satisfactory response ...
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What's the best continuation for white here?

Here's what I do when someone tries to copy my moves: [Date "????.??.??"] [Result "*"] [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nxe5 Nxe4 4.Qe2 Qe7 5.Qxe4 ...
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For Black, against the Caro-Kann Advance Shirov variation 4. Nc3 which move tends to lead to the most positional, slow, quiet and strategic positions?

I'm a 1800 Elo player that likes positional, quiet, drawish, slow, boring and strategic openings. As Black against 1. e4 I play the Caro-Kann. But there is one variation of the Caro-Kann that I ...
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Openings for pawn storms

I am a weak player and I always will be. After completing the opening I have no idea what to do and, since a bad plan is better than no plan, I decided to do this from now on in every game: wait for ...
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What are the best few opening moves for this simpler variant of chess?

I am implementing a program that is supposed to play this variant of chess... ...where the objective is to take all the pieces of the opponent, and pawns promote to rooks only. Otherwise, all the ...
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Are there decided recent games with 1. b4 at top level?

I would like to have a survey of the decided games with 1.b4 since 2010, where both players had at least 2600 Elo. chessgames.com allows to search games with given moves (with tight limits), but ...
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Is there a name for this variation ? (or just this setup in general)

Recently I played a game against an international master, which I won, with a variation I prepared by having Deep Fritz 14 analyze each move individually, and now I'm wondering is there a specific ...
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What is the best opening that i should learn [closed]

What is the best opening that i should learn , And how much time should be spent on learning an opening?
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Undrawable Openings

What are some openings that are extremely difficult to obtain a draw in? I have been recently playing openings like the Ruy Lopez and facing a lot of draws.
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Soundness of the King's Indian Defence

It is rarely seen at top level nowadays, but in the times of Fischer and Kasparov vs. Karpov matches, it was a very popular opening for Black. I heard that Kramnik made Kasparov stop playing KID and ...
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What openings provide “mini-objectives” in the early game?

As a beginner I've found that it is psychologically really nice playing QGA as white simply because I have a clear task at hand in the early game - namely recapture that pawn. Similarly, hedgehog for ...
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King's Gambit - Falkbeer Countergambit

I like to play blitz games online (mostly 3, occasionally 5 minutes per player). When I play those, it is usually for enjoyment and getting into wild games - romantic chess, if you will. This ...
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Why do some (many!) grandmasters play the opening so slowly?

I know it is never good to memorize opening lines and play them without understanding the plans and ideas, but still, I see so many grandmasters play moves from #5 to around #10 so slowly as if ...
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Is it better to reply to 1.Nf3 with …d5 or …b5?

After 1.Nf3 I can gain space with either of 1...d5 or 1...b5. Which of these two is better? I presume it's 1...d5, but I just want to make sure.
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With a pawn rush; should I take this knight?

Sorry; I am not familiar on how to ask this question. Just playing the computer who always starts with knight at B3, moves out his other night, and then plays his pawn. At this point; should I take ...
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Opening repertoire for different levels

everyone! I wander is there any book or article on what openings are good and appropriate for different levels, how it's done in 4th volume of John Watson's "Mastering the chess openings" and in that ...
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In the Caro-Kann Panov-Botvinnik Attack 5… e6 6. Nf3, what are the differences between 6… Be7 and 6… Bb4 ? Which one is more solid and quiet?

In the Caro-Kann Panov-Botvinnik Attack 5... e6 6. Nf3, I am hesitating between 6... Be7 and 6... Bb4 [StartPly "11"] [FEN ""] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. Nf3 Be7 ...
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Beat the Polish defence

I was playing a game against a FIDE master which started with the Polish defence, Spassky gambit: 1. d4 b5 2. e4 Bb7 3. Bxb5 f5 [White "Bad_Bishop"] [FEN ""] 1. d4 b5 2. e4 Bb7 3. Bxb5 f5 What are ...
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How to deal with the Wing Gambit?

The Wing Gambit is never popular with good players, thus, it is only played as a surprise. But, how to deal with this unexpected surprise ? It seems to me that all responses would just worsen Black's ...
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Ideas for white in closed sicilian?

What are the ideas for white in closed Sicilian? I am talking about 1 e4 c5 2 Nc3 Nc6 Where do I place my pieces? At which side should I play? What are the ideas for black and how can I prevent it.
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Which openings offer the best chances to reach an endgame quickly?

If you are strong at endgames, which openings are favorouble for you because they tend to lead quickly to an endgame ?
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Which common response against 1.e4 did Magnus Carlsen say is a bad opening? And what was Carlsen's exact quote?

I remember that a year ago or two, Magnus Carlsen said that one of the response against 1.e4 was bad. I don't remember exactly which of them he was calling bad, but I think it was the French (or the ...
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What should you do when opponent opens with excessive pawn moves?

As a beginner I'm not spending much time studying openings (there are so many!) but trying to work on opening principles. One principle I've read is not to move too many pawns in your opening moves. ...
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Struggling to find a good opening with black? (Fide Elo 1950)

Okay so, I'm rated around 1950 on the FIDE rating list, and I struggle finding a good opening with black so basically my game with white is more or less perfected (3 different openings where I learned ...
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Gambit openings for black recommendation?

I recently started to learn chess, but I play mid to advanced Chinese chess. So to get the most out of transferable skills, I would like to avoid positional/pawn play, but prefer aggressive openings ...
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Is this line of the Grunfeld playable for White?

So, I was playing this line of the exchange variation of the Grunfeld: 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Bc4 c5 8. Ne2 O-O 9. Be3 Nc6. [Fen ...
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When should you stop chasing a piece?

I'm only a beginner, and I've found that sometimes a piece of mine (esp Queen) will just get chased around relentlessly causing problems, so I've started trying to do the same, but I seem to sometimes ...
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How to search for a particular opening on the Internet

I am very new to forum and formal chess play. Please bear with me. I would like to be able to search for an opening that is being used. How would I search for that on Google or another search ...
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Very Confusing Openings

What are some openings that normally a player with less or no understanding of opening theory would suffer agonizingly? Or perhaps, openings that are extremely confusing to play against? To me, the ...
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Openings vs 1. d4

So, I played quite a bit a few years ago, at the 1500-1600 level, and now I'm getting back into things a bit. I figured I'd use the chance to shore up my opening repertoire. At the moment, I play 1. ...
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Why do Grandmasters play different openings but engines not?

Why do they change openings if engines only like one?
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What are some popular anti sicilians and what are their respective strengths and weaknesses?

I dislike the positions in the sicilian in which both sides kamikaze each other. What are some popular anti sicilians which will bring the black players out of their comfort zone?
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Moving the queen early in the game - beginner

Ok, I know this will be a vague question... I recently played against a friend three games, and lost all of them, and the problem was that he played his queen very early in the game (second move). I ...
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Describe White's performance in these two games

In these two games, can you describe the performance of White? Whether it was highly tactical, aggressive or positional...etc [fen ""] 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 3. d4 Bf5 4. c4 e6 5. dxe6 fxe6 6. Nc3 Bb4 ...
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London System: how to defeat copying moves?

I played the London system for the first time today and encountered a problem in my second game (I won my first). [fen "rn1qkb1r/ppp1pppp/5n2/3p1b2/3P1B2/5N2/PPP1PPPP/RN1QKB1R w KQkq - 4 4"] What ...
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The Ponziani - What are the plans?

We live in a strange country. Instead of having championships for all group ages(U10, U12, etc) they just place everyone in a tournament and ship the top people of each group-age. I am third best in ...
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Is 8…c5 good in this position, or does it restrict Black's mobility too much?

[fen "rn1qk2r/pbp2ppp/1p1bpn2/8/2P5/5NP1/PB1PPPBP/RN1Q1RK1 b kq - 0 8"] [White "Villain (2075)"] [Black "Hero (1950)"] 8... c5 I was Black in this position. To me, it immediately looks like the ...
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Battling the London System

I seem to have fairly good success against the London system and the Colle using the Queen's Indian defense. Has there been any games at the Senior master level where the Queen's Indian has been used? ...
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Opening with Nf3 - beginner

I came across the opening Nf3 wich I find very beatiful. I know that it could lead to the Réti opening. My question is: beside the Réti opening what are the most commun openings following the Nf3 and ...
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What is the difference between an opening and a defence?

I would like to know why some openings are called "defences" and other all called "openings." What is the difference?
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Why not 4.Bd2 in the Nimzo-Indian?

After the initial moves of the Nimzo-Indian 4.Bd2 is rarely played and it gets poor results according to databases. [FEN ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Bd2 It looks like the most natural move ...
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When Black opens with Nf6 after e4 - Beginner question

I would like to have some analysis in the following setting: 1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5. Now, what is best for white? The move 3. c4 continues the attack, but can create a "pawn weakness".