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Questions tagged [fianchetto]

To fianchetto is to develop a bishop on one of the long diagonals, at b2/g2 (for white) or b7/g7 (for black).

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Response to King's fianchetto opening

Currently I am facing some difficulties playing as black when my opponent plays 1.g3. In the midgame actually my position gets cramped. Is there some strong response to 1.g3? I actually want some ...
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KID fiancetto variation - reason for c6 after Nd7

I've noticed that when black goes Nd7 in the KID fiancetto variation, then often he follows up with c6. What is the main reason(s) for this? Especially, I'm asking this question as often the d6 pawn ...
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When and why should I trade minor pieces?

After looking at bishop placement and bishops compared to knights i came to the following question: When would it be beneficial to trade a knight for a bishop, or vice versa? This includes the ...
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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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Why do you put a knight or pawn in front of a fianchetto bishop?

I've been asked whats the point of blocking the bishop with a knight or a pawn and don't know how to answer. It seems like quite a strange idea to fianchetto and not as straightforward and logical as ...
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In what cases is it good to play the Maroczy Bind in the Symmetrical English?

I'm thinking about playing the Maroczy Bind with White in the Symmetrical English (1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 - notice that I start with 1. Nf3). But I don't know exactly in what cases I should play it. So I ...
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Why fianchetto the bishop?

Why do people fianchetto the bishop? I know that fianchettoing two bishops (black and white) in b2 and g2 protects the entire black and white diagonals but honestly i never understood these reasons ...
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Openings that fianchetto on the king side

I'm a beginner and I really like openings that end up in a fianchetto, I mostly like playing on Black side because of Sicilian Dragon and King's Indian Defence. On White I play London System and ...
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Pawn structure in king's indian or grünfeld

I'm trying out kings indian against d4 openings but there is one problem... I get mated. I can't defend after castling under the h7 g6 f7 pawn structure. Somehow it works as an opening with an ...
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QGD :: should Black fiancheto his King's Bishop?

A common line in the orthodox line of the QGD goes something like this: [FEN ""] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 Here's the part that puzzles me. According to the database in 365chess Black's ...
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fianchetto bishop vs. normal bishop?

I have found the following disadvantages of the fianchetto bishop: 1) The diagonal it controls is often blocked by the knight in its natural square. 2) The diagonal it controls is often blocked by ...
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Did Indian systems really have fianchettos?

Wikipedia quotes: The Indian Defences by g6 coupled with d6, or b6 coupled with e6, were largely taught to European players by the example of Moheschunder and other Indians, to whom the ...
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How can I play Colle System against Kingside Fianchetto?

I enjoy the Colle System as white, because it often leads to a strong Kingside attack for white without exposing my own King to significant danger. However, when my opponent castles behind a ...
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Learning the hypermodern style

Which openings and middle game tactics are highly used when a player utilizes a hypermodern style of gameplay? What particular tactics are most effective when playing hypermodern?
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Why is it a good idea to fianchetto above the castled King? If I do that, should I make sure to leave the Bishop there for a while to guard the hole?

I understand why fianchettoing can be helpful, even deadly to an opponent, but should it really be done on the side which the King castles into? I realize that the King's Indian Defense/Attack ...