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Why do some common openings move a pawn in front a bishop prior to moving the king's or queen's pawn?

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As a beginner, should I concern myself with pawn structure during opening, or just focus on developing my knights and bishops and winning time?

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Is the Advance section in Aagard & Ntirlis "Playing the French" outdated?

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What's the benefit to attacking f7 or f2 during the opening?

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When is it worth it to sacrifice a knight or bishop in order to force the opponent to move the king down a rank and lose castling rights?

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Are there known opening gambit lines for black in the French defence?

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Why did Bobby Fischer play the Queen's Gambit as White vs. Spassky?

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Is Whale Variation a successful opening?

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Where can I find free training tools like detailed annotated chess openings, middle games and endgames in the PGN format?

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After 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6, why are the Scotch (3.d4) and the Four Knights Scotch (3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4) not better for White than they really are?

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Why do modern Grandmasters prefer playing quiet openings?

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Why black plays h6 in Queen's Gambit declined?

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How do I prepare against someone if I have a database of his games

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How to use massive advantage in early opening - need help on where to learn

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