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Questions tagged [1.e4]

1. e4 is White's most common first move (except at the top grandmaster level). It tends to produce open games.

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What next after 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 for the White tactical player?

How should a tactical player as White play after 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6? The openings I am looking at are: Ruy Lopez Italian game Scotch game Three Knights I am currently playing Scotch since it opens ...
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Giuoco Piano / Two Knights Defense / Fried Liver Attack

[FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 Nxd5 6. Nxf7 Kxf7 7. Qf3+ Ke6 8. Nc3 Ncb4 White can play 9. Qe4 (Old variation protecting c2 square from ... Nxc2+ forking King and Rook and ...
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How to play vs 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 Nxd4?

How to play vs 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 Nxd4? Assuming that we want to recapture, is it better to take the d4 Knight or the e5 Pawn?
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How does White crumble Black's center?

Negi suggests 18.Kh1!N but it seems Black can continue to push his pawns. [FEN ""] [White ""] [Black ""] [Event ""] [Site ""] [Result "*"] [ECO "B33"] [Date "????.??.??"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 ...
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On 1.e4, Fischer and opening theory

2 dumb/challenging conventional wisdom questions: Why would anyone play 1.e4? How is Fischer's saying that 1.e4 is best by test consistent with his saying that 'chess is dead'? (Quotes below) On ...
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Accelerated Dragon, Modern Bc4 Variation (B35) 10.Ndb5!

After: [FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nd4 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 O-O 8.Bb3 a5 9.O-O d6 It appears 10.Ndb5 is difficult for Black to play against. I only found some games from 2008. ...
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Ruy Lopez 3…a6 & 6…Bc5 setup - a4 vs c3+d4 idea for White?

Here's the position after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 [StartPly "12"] [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 There are 2 main ...
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Looking for a repertoire book on the Spanish with 5.d3 (4.d3 vs the Berlin)?

Does anyone know of a good (or not so) repertoire book on the Spanish with 5.d3 vs the main line and 4.d3 vs the Berlin? Is there such a thing on the market? I've already got Andrew Martin's DVD The ...
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What is a sharp line against the Lion?

What is a sharp line for White against the Philidor Lion: [FEN ""] 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nbd7 with 4...e5 The majority of games seem to be slow positional battles where Black is quite solid. 4....
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How could I have played this opening better?

This was a recent game on chess.com. The "Maximum" analysis tool they have says my first mistake isn't until move 9, but I felt like I misplayed the opening even earlier. Indeed black's white squared ...
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Why is 5.c3 the most common move in the Ruy Lopez, Berlin defence, Beverwijk variation?

Disclaimer: I'm a very, very green player. After the first 4 moves, all of which seem natural given my understanding of basic opening principles (control the center, develop your knights, etc.), I ...
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Najdorf poisoned pawn with or without 7..h6 8 Bh4

In the Sicilian Najdorf poisoned pawn variation what is the difference between including the moves 7...h6 8 Bh4 (as many top players do) and not including them? [FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4....
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Scotch opening 5.Nf3

Yesterday Anish Giri played the scotch opening at the Tata Steel Tournament with the strange looking move(to me) 5.Nf3. [fen "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 ...
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1. e4 with backup plan

I recently started playing 1. e4. Since black has a big choice of replies, I would like to learn one opening at a time. If black plays something I haven't learned yet, I would like to resort to a ...
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Sicilian Najdorf 6. Bg5 line

In the Najdorf can white play 7. Qd2 and plan later 0-0-0 for faster development? It looks very interesting. But we do not find such games with these move orders. Chess experts, please explain with ...
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Ruy Lopez Open Variation

[FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Nxe4 Why is 6. Re1 not played, prefer players 6. d4 only? Please answer with explanation and variations so that it could help all players.
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What to play as black after Bishop's Opening: 1. e4 e5; 2. Bc4

I keep losing at my chess club to the bishop's opening 1. e4 e5; 2. Bc4... I have no idea what to play after that, any help?
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Are there any lines in the Lopez Opening / MacLeod Attack that are actually good for White?

In an event I played in this past weekend, I was surprised when (playing Black) I encountered: 1. e4 e5 2. c3. I'd never seen this opening before - later web searching told me that it is the Lopez ...
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Why is 7. f3 so ubiquitous in the Yugoslav Sicilian?

I'm a mid-level player just starting to systematically study openings, and I'm wondering why it is that after the signature Yugoslav initiation 6. Be3 by White, and the certain follow-up 6. ... Bg7, ...
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Unusual Caro-Kann Variation

I'm looking for information about the unusual Caro-Kann variation that appears to be a sort of Pirc. I recently ran across this line and I'm struggling to understand why you would deviate from 2... d5....
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Bishop's opening - what's the point of 4. Qe2?

In Panov and Estrin's Kurs debuytov the following line is proposed in response to 3. d3: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d3 c6 4. Qe2 What's the point of 4. Qe2? Basically you should avoid moving ...
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What is the name of this variation: 1. e4 b6 2. e5?

I had started playing Owen's Defense. My opponent pushed the pawn one step forward. What variation did he try, securing this pawn he may play well. r1bqkbnr/p1pppppp/1pn5/4P3/8/8/PPPP1PPP/RNBQKBNR w ...
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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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Best reply against the Italian Game after 3…h6 4. d4?

After 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 h6 4. d4: [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 h6 4. d4 What is the best answer to avoid pile up of opponent ...
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Caro-Kann Apocalypse Attack

What are the main points, tactical or otherwise, backing up the so-called Apocalypse Attack vs the Caro-Kann? [Title "Caro-Kann Apocalypse Attack"] [fen "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR ...
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Repertoire book on the Ruy Lopez exchange variation?

[FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 Is there a good opening repertoire book for White advocating the Ruy Lopez exchange variation?
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How to learn e4 e5 as black?

I'm about 1800 FIDE and I wanted to incorporate e4 e5 to my repertoire as black, however, as soon as i started studying it, it became clear to me that its one of the most complex openings to prepare. ...
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Traps and alternate variations in the Spanish Game

Which opening traps do the Spanish Game (ruy lopez) offer - and are there experimental/alternate variations (apart from non 3. ...a6 variations) to the opening that could be forced on either side of ...
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What's the best move against this variation in the Philidor Defense?

What's the best Knight move for White against this variation (loved by beginners) in the Philidor Defense? [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 c5
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What's wrong with 4…e5 in the Open Sicilian?

I like to play 4...e5 in the Open Sicilian in my games, usually facing something like this: [StartPly "8"] [fen ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 5. Nb3 Nc6 I do this to: Chase the ...
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In the Berlin Defense(ruy lopez), why has the Ne7 Ng6 plan gone out of fashion?

It seems that after 9. h3 or 9. Nc3, black usually plays Ke8, Bd7, h6, and sometimes Ne7. My question is: why isn't 9... Ne7 played more often, with the plan of putting the Knight on g6? Situation: [...
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What is the current theoretical state for the Chinese Dragon?

I use this line a lot, as it tends to lead to interesting games, and I was wondering whether any advances in theory have been made here. [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6....
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Why was 5…Nf6 traditionally preferred to 5…e6 in the Two Knights Caro-Kann?

Wells (2007) p165 asserts that 5...Nf6 was traditionally preferred over 5...e6 because [FEN "..."] 1. e4 c6 2. Nf3 d5 3. Nc3 Bg4 4. h3 Bxf3 5. Qxf3 Nf6 6. d4 dxe4 7. Nxe4 Qxd4 8. Bd3 Nbd7! "is an ...
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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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In sicilian defence, why would white always exchange the c5 pawn. What harm would it do otherwise?

In 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4, why does white play and exchange the c5 pawn? If white does not do so, how can I take advantage of this? As an example: 1.e4 c5 2.Bc4 e6 3.Bb3 Nc6 4.Nf3 what is the best ...
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An Aggressive Opening for Black against E4

I am a novice at chess. I am around 1400-1600 chess rating. I have struggled to find any sound aggressive openings for black against E4. As white I play the Scotch Gambit which I have great success ...
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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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Best black opening move for E4 [closed]

Can some one tell me which is the best opening move when white plays e4, read somewhere, to counter e4 Sicilian Defence is one of the best?
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How to best respond to an early black Qa5 in the Smith-Morra gambit?

I often play the Smith-Morra gambit. Recently I've been seeing black play an early Qa5, such as [fen ""] 1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 Qa5 4. * or [fen ""] 1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. Nf3 Qa5+ 4. * It ...
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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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Is the Ulvestad variation playable for black?

The Ulvestad variation starts with 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 b5 Now white's best is 6.Bf1 Nd4 7.c3 leading to this position: [FEN ""] [StartPly "13"] 1.e4 e5 2....