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The process of activating and coordinating your pieces in the opening of the game

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Not Developing a Piece in the First Five Moves

Here are the first few moves: 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Bb4 3.Nd5 Bc5 4.Nf3 e4 5.d4 Bf8 After the fifth move, black has essentially essentially only pushed one pawn, while while has developed two knights and ...
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Why develop knights before bishops?

So, I've found the general advice that you should develop your knights before your bishops. Reasons I think are: 1) The knights almost always go to the main squares (c3,c6,f3,f6) (or sometimes to d7 ...
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Is 1… Bf5 playable in this position?

In the below position, black is about to play 1... Bf5, developing the bishop to eventually play Nd7-Nb6. a) Is 2. Nh4 a threat? b) In the game Karpov-Kasparov, White played 2. 0-0 (after 1... Bf5) ...
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How does black break into the position? What is a good plan for black?

[fen ""] 1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.d4 Bd6 5.Be2 Ne7 6.c3? O-O 7.O-O Ng6 8.Nbd2 Nf4 9.Re1 Nxe2+ 10.Rxe2 Black's plan in the beginning was to take advantage of the (to-be) weak light squares ...
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Where do black's centre pawns and light square bishop belong in the symmetrical English?

I played a rapid game last night and got this symmetrical English position as black: [FEN ""] [StartPly "116"] 1. c4 c5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. g3 g6 5. Bg2 Bg7 6. d4 cxd4 7. Nxd4 O-O 8. Nxc6 bxc6 ...
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Neither Attacking nor Defending?

I am a novice in chess. After about ten moves, I sometimes get into a situation where I am neither attacking nor defending and really can't figure out what my next move should be (that is I don't want ...
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How to take advantage of under-development of opposing pieces?

Gambit openings are usually based on sacrificing pieces to have much better piece development. Some gambits, like Queen's gambit, or King's gambit, I can understand the idea. However, I cannot ...
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How should rooks be developed in the opening?

The opening is definitely a weak area in my chess game and I always feel like my rooks sit unused until well into the middle game (?). Is that just how things go, or is there a strategy that allows ...