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What are the main ideas for White in the Queen's Gambit Accepted, 3.e4 variation?

What are the main ideas for White after 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e4? [FEN ""] [StartPly "5"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e4
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Problem in understanding the Queen's Gambit [on hold]

What is the Queen's Gambit? When should I play this strategy? What are its advantages and disadvantages? Please make me aware of these facts, because I have just completed the beginner step.
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Why did non-Russian masters allow Capablanca to play “standard” openings against them?

Former world champion JR Capablanca was not a particularly good opening player. Yet he was the "champ" because once he survived the opening, he played better middle and endgames than others. And this ...
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Did it make sense for Lasker to play the Exchange variation of the Ruy Lopez in 1914?

In 1914, world champion Emanuel Lasker was trailing future world champion J.R. Capablanca in a tournament, meaning that he needed to win, not just draw, against Capablanca. He played the exchange ...
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Best resources to learn the Chigorin variation of the Ruy Lopez for both colors?

I faced this opening 3 times recently in a tournament, and only scored 1 win and 2 losses. I would like to know: what are the best books or DVDs that cover the Chigorin variation of the Ruy Lopez?
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When should black make the cxd4 move in French?

[FEN ""] 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 Following the structures with black pawn on c5, there is a tension in the center. When does black usually decide to take the d4 pawn, what is usually the trigger?
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Opening g3 - Bg2

I couldn't find much sources on this opening. I'm teaching my young students for them not to bother with opening theory in their early chess experience. I push it as far as playing it black or white....
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Ideas behind the Grünfeld defense [duplicate]

I started a game (with the black pieces) where I have the possibilty to play the Grünfeld that I never played before. 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 I want to know what's the main idea behind it, ...
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King's indian attack vs defense relationship

Sorry for my chess ignorance. I'm organizing my understanding of openings and I thought it would be nice to know if there was a reason why kings indian defense it's called almost the same as kings ...
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English opening against Dutch defense

How the two system work against each other. In particular, let's say I'm playing white, and the opponent has played e7e5 after a Bird opening: [fen "rnbqkb1r/pppp2pp/5n2/4pp2/2PP4/2N5/PP2PPPP/...
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About 12…Bg5 and move orders in the 9.Nd5 Sveshnikov

After the moves [FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Ndb5 d6 7.Bg5 a6 8.Na3 b5 9.Nd5 Be7 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.c3 O-O 12.Nc2 12...Bg5 is considered the main move, to preserve the ...
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Does knowing your opponent's personality have any influence on the game-plan

From Reputation and badges should be kept hidden until the question is answered, the below assertion is presented: It is often asked in chess, that does the personality of the opponent player has any ...
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How do strong players know opening ideas, plans, etc?

A scenario that already happened many times. "GM X" comes out with this new book on "Defense Y" and this book becomes an instant classic for its lucid, clear explanations of the Defense's main themes, ...
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What is the idea behind 10.h3 in the Scotch Four Knights

Kramnik introduced this idea in a couple of his games against Aroninan, but I am struggling to justify such a slow move in a rather open position: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 ...
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What is the most controversial opening or variation?

I often read that the Sicilian Sveshnikov is "the most controversial of all chess openings", then I read the same for the Sicilian Poisoned Pawn... and then same for the Botvinnik Variation of Semi-...
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Is ECO still the best reference for all chess openings?

Is ECO, Encyclopedia of Chess Openings still considered the best printed reference work for all the chess openings, as it was back in the '80s?
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What are the shogi equivalents of Fool's and Scholar's mate?

In western chess, the Fool's mate and Scholar's mate are two well-known mates that take very few moves from the starting position. What would be the shogi equivalents to these, or more generally what ...
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How to play for a win with White without fighting for an opening advantage

I know that there are practical methods of playing for a win with White without bothering with an opening advantage. In Kasparov's multivolume work on his predecessors Bent Larsen is described as ...
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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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What is the name of this variation: 1. e4 b6 2. e5?

I had started playing Owen's Defense against 1. e4. My opponent pushed the pawn one step forward. What variation did he try, securing this pawn he got into place? r1bqkbnr/p1pppppp/1pn5/4P3/8/8/...
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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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Books/resources 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 players (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 is a good plan for white against the 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 on an opening for white

My opening repertoire so far includes pretty much exclusively the 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 ...
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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 Original/imaginative/...
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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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Please help me understand the f6 break in the French defense

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 ...