Questions tagged [1.d4]

1. d4 is one of White's two most common first moves. It tends to produce closed games.

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What is a good French-like defense against 1. d4?

I enjoy playing the French Defence as black against 1. e4, for the following reasons. It often creates a closed position without wild tactics It takes white away from the more familiar lines (1... e5 ...
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Openings - e4 vs d4

In more than 90% of chess games I play in, the first move is either d4 or e4. When I am black, I try to counter e4 with Caro-Kann and Sicilian, and against d4 I usually just play d5 and see where ...
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Looking for an aggressive opening for black vs 1. d4

I like the King's Gambit a lot, and even the Latvian Gambit as black (with dubious results), so my style is very aggressive openings with potentially sharp lines and hack n' slash type of tactical ...
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What are the common themes in the Catalan?

I have looked over some of the main lines of the Catalan in MCO-15 and feel pretty lost as to what's going on in them. What are some of the key positions and goals for either side? Or is the opening ...
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What can I play against 1.d4?

I've been playing chess for some time and I've studied lots of theory, but I don't know what to play against 1. d4. I'm searching for something with good chances for black but without much theory. ...
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Why does Black want to trade off her King's Bishop in many d4 lines?

I feel that in many lines starting with d4, such as the Queen's Gambit Declined, or especially the Nimzo-Indian, Black is more than happy to trade her King's Bishop for White's knight on c3. For ...
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What are the main ideas and goals in the Queen's Indian Defense?

There's no real surprise when it comes to the strategy for the King's Indian Defence: storm white's king side, maybe sac a few things, and mate (ideally). But what does a practitioner of the QID hope ...
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What are the main plans for black and white in the main-line Slav after 5…Bf5 6.e3?

I'm thinking about adding the Slav defense to my opening repertoire. I'm looking at the following line, which I believe is the main line: [fen ""] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 ...
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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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Why is 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Bg5 almost never played?

Why is [fen ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Bg5 almost never played? Isn't it a logical opening move? OK, it goes against the rule of "Knights before Bishops in the Opening", but is a general rule ...
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Modified move-order in the KID 4. ..0-0. What is the point and how to react?

A main line in the King's Indian Defense is this 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6. However, black could castle instead of d6: [FEN " "] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 O-O Is this a more-...
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Why doesn't white take after 8..c5 in the Grünfeld, Spassky variation?

I was looking through the titular variation and am confused why there are no master games with 9.dxc5. Is it simply because white doesn't want to give up the central pawn, even if they can gain a ...
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After 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6, should White play 3. cxd5?

I play the Exchange variation as White when Black plays 2...e6 against the Queen's Gambit. Should I play 3. cxd5 to avoid the transpoition to the Slav 3. Nc3 (hoping for 3...Nf6 4. cxd5) c6!? [FEN ""]...
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What are the ideas behind the Blackmar-Diemer gambit?

I have a new chess student who likes risky openings. We conducted an exercise where we played the first 4 or 5 moves to see which openings come naturally to him. He chose the Scandinavian Defence and ...
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Difference between 7. Qc2 vs 7. Qa4 in the Catalan

This is a position from the main tabia of Catalan Opening: [FEN "rnbq1rk1/ppp1bppp/4pn2/8/2pP4/5NP1/PP2PPBP/RNBQ1RK1 w - - 0 7"] [StartPly "12"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Nf3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6....
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Early f3 in d4 openings?

Are these openings playable for white? I use the first move order to counter my friend's very well prepared Benoni, and manage to whoop him many times, but its only in blitz. I was wondering if early ...
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Looking for way to “punish” the d5 push after 1. d4 Nf6

All is said in the title. I find the move 2. d5 after 1. d4 Nf6 pretty annoying even if it's probably not a great move. What are suitable moves to "punish” Blockquote this opening play? I will add ...
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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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Move-order issue in the Grunfeld: …Nc6-a5 vs …Nc6-e7

My question relates to certain lines given by Avrukh (2018). [FEN "..."] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Nf3 Nb6 7. Nc3 Nc6 8. e3 e5 9. d5 Here 9...Ne7 is the most popular ...
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Switching from 1.e4 to 1.d4?

I've only played 1.e4 as white so far (in clubs, tournaments, online, everywhere!), in the past 5 years since I learned chess. And it has been very fun, but I want to explore the dark side as well, as ...
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Why not 1.d4 Nf6 2.d5?

Why isn't 1.d4 Nf6 2.d5 a good move? It gains space in the center. As beginners we are told that after 1.d4, 1...d5 directly opposes White's ambitions in the center, stopping d4-d5 (similarly, in some ...
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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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Black's reply against anti-Grünfeld (3.d5)

This is not the most famous anti-Grünfeld out there, but the move 3. d5 is a bit unconfortable for a Grünfeld player, at least for me. Main moves are 3...Bg7 and 3...c6 challenging the d5 pawn right ...
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In the Delayed Open Catalan, after 1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. g3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Ne5 c5 8. dxc5 Bxc5, which move should I play?

In the Delayed Open Catalan, after 1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. g3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Ne5 c5 8. dxc5 Bxc5, we reach this position: [Title "White to move"] [fen "rnbq1rk1/pp3ppp/4pn3/...
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Which variation of the Grunfeld Defense for White will lead to the most strategic and least sharp position?

[fen ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 After 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5, which variation of the Grunfeld Defense leads to the most solid and strategic position? If possible, I prefer a variation ...
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Achieving Catalan-like structure against Slav response

Being primarily a 1. d4 player, I often face Slav defense. However, I have much more experience and understanding of Catalan structures and would like to get something similar against the Slav ...
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Does 1) d4 Nc6 have a name?

1) e4 Nc6 is Nimzowitch Defence. The 1) d4 Nf6 defences are classed as Indian Systems (King's Indian, Queen's Indian, Bogo Indian, Old Indian, etc.) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Defence ...
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Why is the Budapest Defense considered not fully sound or even dubious? What theoretical difficulties arise for Black?

[fen ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e5 3. dxe5 Ng4 4. Bf4 (4. Nf3 Bc5 5. e3) (4. e4 Nxe5 5. f4) (4. e3 Nxe5 5. Nh3) White can choose from multiple setups, most common are 4. Bf4, 4. Nf3, 4. e4 or even ...
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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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What to play vs. 1. d4 when Sicilian is my favorite defense?

I've been playing chess since my childhood however just recently got into chess very seriously and my online balance was approx. 90-60 out of 150 games and then I lost 25 games due to a broken phone. ...
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Why is 7 Bd3 in the Cambridge Springs QGD more often met with 7…Ne4 than 7…dxc4?

My question relates the Cambridge Springs QGD when Black deviates from the main line by playing the well-known inaccuracy 7 Bd3. [FEN "..."] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Nbd7 5. e3 c6 6. ...
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How to play against the Noteboom variation?

In online games I sometimes have this happen: [fen ""] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 e6 4.Nc3 dxc4 and Black plays the famous "Noteboom variation". I checked my database and I have in fact lost every ...
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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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Move orders in the 6.Qc2 Anti-Meran Semi-Slav

After 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 White can play the so-called Shabalov-Shirov Gambit‎ with 7.g4!? on the grounds that 7...Nxg4 allows 8.Rg1 and the important g7 Pawn is ...
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Why is it said that beginning with 1. Nf3 2. c4 avoids the Benoni but beginning with 1. d4 2. c4 does not?

I have read a lot of messages on different Forums about the merits of beginning with 1.Nf3 or beginning with 1.d4. And a very big number of people said essentially this: One of the advantages of ...
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On the Mason Attack

What are the main points, tactical or otherwise, backing up the Mason Attack? I got the idea reading about the London System, but the Lichess engine calls it "Mason Attack". It starts out as follows: ...
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Who revitalized 5. Bf4 vs the Queen's Gambit Declined?

It seems to me that after the popular move order [fen ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 the most popular option - at least at top GM level - is currently 5. Bf4. Yet, back in the 1980s ...
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King's Indian move order

Isn't 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 d6 (Old Indian Defense) a more flexible move-order than 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 (King's Indian Defense)? I don't see why any Black player who wants to play the King's Indian would ...
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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 = White'...
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Why is 2…e6 the most common move after 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4, but not after 1 d4 Nf6 2 Nf3?

This is the case on the Chesstempo database, and the Chessbase database. I don't understand why. Wouldn't people who favour Nimzo-type setups play 2...e6 against both moves, and people who favour ...
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e3 vs e4 in 1.d4 openings

In some openings, like Nimzo-Indian, the usual e-pawn move is e3, while in openings like the KID, White can play e4. Is there some guidelines to know when you can play e2-e4?
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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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Tarrasch defense with 6. dxc5

Chesstempo database gives white over 65% in all the variations after 6. dxc5 (130 games with both players 2200+). It has been used by Anand and Ivanchuk. So why the main line 6. g3 is way (2800+ games ...
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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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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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Suitable defence for 1.d4

I am a 1900 (approximately) and still get depressed every time my white opponent opens with 1.d4. I just don't seem to find my way with this opening. Currently i play nimzo and QID but both are quite ...
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Strongest / most aggressive 1. d4 openings

I'm curious to know what are some of the 1. d4 openings (Queen's Pawn), especially if they are highly agressive and/or are regularly used at higher GM level of play. I really want to learn all I can ...
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What's the best answer to 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.a3?

As title above, What's the best answer to 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.a3? Assuming that I, as Black, am a Nimzo-Indian Player, there is no hope for a Nimzo now. Would you go for 3...d5 (QGD with no ...
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Plan against QGD Janowski variation (3…a6)

This is the so called Janowski variation of the QGD is the following [FEN ""] [StartPly "6"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 a6 It's quite rare, even if sometimes played at top level. White usually ...
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Ideas and tactics behind the 4.h4 (or 5.h4) attack vs. the Gruenfeld?

What are the main ideas and tactical themes behind the early h2-h4 attack vs. the Gruenfeld? I mean, the 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.h4 (or 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.h4, which seems to me a fairly related line) ...