Questions tagged [counterplay]

"Active maneuvering by the player in an inferior or defensive position" (from Wikipedia)

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How should I play after, or refute, the Tennison Gambit?

I played a game as Black in which I fell victim to a gambit trap and soon resigned. Stockfish labled it as the "Tennison Gambit." [FEN ""] 1. Nf3 d5 2. e4 dxe4 3. Ng5 Nf6 4. d3 ...
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As black, how should one respond to 4. Qe2 by white in the Russian Game, Damiano Variation?

I recently played a game on as black. My opponent and I transposed into, according to Lichess, the Russian Game, Damiano Variation, when white played Qe2 on move 4. I wasn’t sure how to reply, and I ...
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Main idea of Bird's opening

I want to ask a question about Bird's opening (1. f4). My question is: What's the main idea of this opening? Is 1. ... d5 the best counter to 1. f4? Why 1. ...d5?
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How do I become better at counter play when I'm down in material?

How do I practice counter play when I'm down material?
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What is counterplay?

I hear this term in online commentaries. I have a vague sense of what it means: you earn yourself some good moves by ignoring a portion of the board and focusing on more promising parts of your play....