Questions tagged [minor-variations]

A minor variation is a variation that is not among the main lines in an opening.

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What is the idea behind the Sicilian Flohr Variation?

[FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Qc7 Is this merely a transpositional device to avoid some lines of the Taimanov Sicilian, or does it have any independent ideas?
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Rejected game variant for adding a new chess piece

Some time ago İ had a book on chess, that proposed new chess variant invented by some guy, in which a new chess piece was added. so instead the usual 8 by 8 board would get replaced by a bigger 9 by 9 ...
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About how to respond to this atypical black defense in the Ruy Lopez

I've recently begun studying openings, and I've been practicing the Ruy Lopez. I played a game that began as follows. [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 d5 4. O-O dxe4 5. Nxe5 Qd5 6. Bxc6+ bxc6 7. ...
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A tactic on the Chekhover variation of the Sicilian?

Recently I found the game Tal vs. Byrne (1976), that opens with Chekhover Variation of the Sicilian Defense. What got my attention in this variation was move 7, for, just like Tal did, every engine ...
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Frankenstein-Dracula variation and other variations with funny names

I recently discovered that on January 2016 the ICCF will start a thematic tournament on the Frankenstein-Dracula variation of the Vienna game. [FEN "..."] 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bc4 Nxe4 4.Qh5 Nd6 5.Bb3 ...
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Open Sicilian Variation, newbie question

Im pretty new and i was analyzing the opening stages of one of my recent games. I was playing white and we started off 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 e6 [StartPly "6"] [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. ...
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Deviating from standard Danish gambit

I like to play the Danish gambit opening. Frequently, black won't take the last pawn to complete the standard opening, but instead plays the knight as shown below. I'll generally play Queen to b3 or ...
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In the modern benoni, what should I do if this happens?

Let's say the position looks like this: [Title "Black to move"] [FEN ""] 1.d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 dxc5 I usually do this: [Title "Black to move"] [FEN ""] 1.d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. dxc5 e6 4. b4 a5 I have ...
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