Questions tagged [opening]

Questions relating to the first few moves in a game

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What is this opening trap called, and how should I play afterwards? How can I refute the gambit, and play if I accept it?

I played a short and funky game as Black on Lichess not too long ago, in which I fell victim to a gambit trap that caught me totally off guard. Due to the mental blow that I received, I didn't play ...
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Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation

[FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. Nc3 f6 Theory recommends 5. ... f6. Why? What is the specific reason behind this move? How this move helps Black? Other than 5. ... f6, are ...
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Sicilian Defence, Dragon Variation

[FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 O-O 8. Qd2 Nc6 9. O-O-O d5 10. exd5 Nxd5 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. Bd4 What is White's plan & idea behind 12. Bd4 move?
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Why is c4 bad when playing the London against a King's Indian?

Recently I (rated ~1900 "classical" on Lichess) played the following opening: 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bf4 g6 3.e3 Bg7 4.Nf3 O-O 5.Nbd2 d6 6.c4 [FEN "rnbq1rk1/ppp1ppbp/3p1np1/8/2PP1B2/4PN2/PP1N1PPP/R2QKB1R w KQ - ...
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Openings in King of the hill

As you probably know, "King of the hill" (KOTH) is a variant of chess where one can win either like in classical chess or by putting the king in the central squares, namely d4, e4, d5 and e5, by a ...
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Which opening requires the longest amount of chess moves? [closed]

For most openings that I play (e4 and d4 openings) I have observed that they take exactly 4 moves (e.g. Giuoco Piano Game without variation). C50: Giuoco Pianissimo, Italian four knights variation ...
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What is the reason (if any) for 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Nc3?

As title above, what is the point of playing 3.Nc3 (before d2-d4) after 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6? Compared to the “normal” 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4? [fen ""] [Variant "Standard"] [ECO "B50"] [Opening "Sicilian ...
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What’s the point of early …a6 move in Queen’s Gambit Declined?

As title above, what is the point or the main idea of a very early ...a6 Pawn move in Queen’s Gambit Declined? I see that the move is fairly popular at GM and even top level.
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Is it racist that white pieces move first in a chess game? [closed]

There is a movement in chess endorsed by several grandmasters called “MoveForEquality”, which revolves around the idea that the black pieces should start first instead of the white pieces. The ...
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What is this opening/position called, and what is white’s best move?

[FEN "r1bqk2r/pppp1ppp/2n2n2/2b3B1/4P3/8/PPP2PPP/RN1QKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] Do you know the name of this opening/position? Additionally, please tell me what white’s best move is in this position. I ask ...
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Trompowsky: why does 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 d5 3.e3 e6 score so highly for white in master games?

I'm trying to find a suitable response to the Trompowsky using LiChess. I saw the following line, which looks like it might transpose into more familiar QGD territory. [fen ""] 1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 d5 3....
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What's a good way to learn openings when coming back to chess as a former 1400-1600 player? [duplicate]

my question can be seen in the title. I used to play chess competitively in my teenager-years and would like to come back to it now. The important stuff is still in my head and I am not doing too bad ...
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(For training purposes) Are there any openings with rook pawns that are more effective than others (and if so, what are they)?

Don't get me wrong, I don't want to play first moves like a4, h4, a5 or h5. However, in a recent scholastic tournament my middle school kid got thrown off their game by an opposing player opening with ...
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How to play vs. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 d6?

As title above, how to play vs. 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 d6? I see that this move (3...d6) is generally considered inferior in books, or not even mentioned in books about 3.Bc4, but I cannot see a ...
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In Caro-Kann Defense, what are the differences between 3. Nc3 and 3. Nd2?

After 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5, what are the differences between 3. Nc3 and 3. Nd2? It seems 3. Nc3 is more popular, though after 3. ... dxe4, I failed to see the difference.
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Why is the Advance Variation considered strong vs the Caro-Kann but not vs the Scandinavian?

As title above, why is the Advance Variation in these recent years considered strong vs the Caro-Kann, especially owing to White's early space advantage in the center, but not vs the Scandinavian? In ...
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Why aren't 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bh6, and 1.e4 b6 2.d4 Ba6 considered by theory?

As the title above, why aren't 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bh6, and 1.e4 b6 2.d4 Ba6 (or eventually beginning with 1.d4) for Black not even considered by theory? Isn't the eventual early trade-off of White's strong ...
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Is the English opening the most suitable for beginners?

Here are my understandings of the English opening: The English opening is as good as 1.d4. Since it is less common than 1.e4 and 1.d4; it is more likely that an average amateur player is less ...
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Why is 7…Ne4 8.Bd2 such a popular line in this variation of the Queen's Indian Defence?

This is the opening I'm referring to: [fen ""] 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3 b6 4.Bg2 Bb7 5.O-O Be7 6.c4 O-O 7.Nc3 Ne4 8.Bd2!? The other white book moves at this point seem sensible 8.Qc2 or 8.Qd3, or even ...
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How to beat King's Fianchetto Opening Modified (White)

I have a few friends who I play with. As of recent they have picked up on one of our better players openings and its surprisingly effective for development of white pieces and positioning. I can't ...
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Why always 4…dxc6 and not 4…bxc6 in the Ruy Lopez Exchange?

[FEN "r1bqkbnr/1ppp1ppp/p1B5/4p3/4P3/5N2/PPPP1PPP/RNBQK2R b - - 0 1"] In the Ruy Lopez Exchange, black always takes back the bishop with 4...dxc6. In Timothy Taylor's 2011 book Slay the Spanish, he ...
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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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Using the tree window in SCID on a subset of games in the database

With a database open in SCID, one can use the tree window to explore openings. Among other things, it shows the frequency of each move that has been played in the current position and how well that ...
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If 1. e4 c6 is considered as a sound defense for black, why is 1. c3 so rare?

At 365chess.com, 1.c3 is ranked as the 14th most common first move for white. If the Caro-Kann defense is considered as a sound defense, why is the Saragossa opening so rare for white? After all, ...
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Is there a good opening that revolves around a “crab” pawn structure? [closed]

I have often (or this one video just got it stuck in my head) heard Youtube videos (time 2:37, nothing else relevant) refer to this kind of pawn structure as a “crab” pawn structure (below, white ...
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Is this the only opening that allows one side to end up with three knights?

In Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin counter-gambit, Lasker trap, black ended up with three knights, which should be rare. Here white should not capture the additional knight in the next move (8. Rxg1 ...
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How would one respond to the Sodium attack?

The Sodium attack is characterised by the move 1.Na3, tending to be followed by the fianchetto of the bishop. This opening has never been played by myself, but I seem to encounter it quite frequently ...
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Is learning the English Opening helpful for learning the Sicilian Defence? How about vice versa?

Is learning the opening 1. c4 e5 as white helpful in learning the opening 1. e4 c5? How about vice versa? Are the ideas behind the Sicilian Defence as black very similar to the ideas behind the ...
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Top players move order when playing QGD?

Why is typical move order for QGD among top grandmasters 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5? Why does not black immediatelly go 1. ..d5? Also, why is QID via 3. ..b6 almost never played?
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Why is 3. Nc3 played in mainline of the Modern Defense?

After: [FEN ""] 1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 by far the most common third move is 3. Nc3. This goes against the principle of not blocking the c pawn with the knight as white, now of course principles can be ...
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KID Gligoric-Taimanov Variation [E92] Black inaccuracy? Move 7 … Nc6

Is there a specific reason why Stockfish thinks Black's 7th move is an inaccuracy? Reference Game Aronian v Carlsen I'm currently going over The King's Indian in Thirty Classic Games at Chessable ...
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For those who play the Catalan Opening, what are typical responses to the KID and slav defense?

I'm trying to form a 1d4 repertoire (exculsively 1e4 player) around the Catalan Opening. What are some lines that Catalan players play against the KID and slav defense(it seems the normal catalan ...
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Traxler Counter Attack [duplicate]

e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 Bc5 5. Nxf7 Bxf2+ 6. Kf1 Qe7 1) Chess.com computer at Level 10 plays 5. Nxf7. Theory recommends 5. Bxf7. Which line to follow in my game in tournaments? Please ...
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Is 9…Nxe5 recommended in this line of the Short Variation of the Advance Caro-Kann?

This question relates to the following possible continuation of the Short Variation of the Advance Caro-Kann: [fen ""] 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Nf3 e6 5.Be2 c5 6.O-O Nc6 7.c3 Bg6 8.a3 cxd4 9.Nxd4 ...
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What are some ideas for black in the Ruy Lopez when white plays an early d3?

If white plays an early d3 in the Ruy Lopez (presumably after c3 to give the light-squared bishop a retreat square) what are some ideas for black? I'm talking about those lines where white doesn't ...
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Comparing 9…a6 to 9…b6 in the Panov-Botvinnik Attack

This question is motivated by a recent LiChess game where I was black where I played the Caro-Kann and white played the Panov-Botvinnik Attack: [fen ""] [Site "https://lichess.org/J9cdDkL5"] [Date "...
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Do chess AIs still use old-style opening books?

(See also this related question and this related off-site discussion.) Do state-of-the-art chess AIs still normally start games in human-compiled opening books of master games? Years ago, as far as ...
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How can the Danish Gambit be exploited?

When dealing with gambits, especially ones where your opponent could have a lot more active pieces to pressure you. Is declining the best approach? A friend of mine usually always wrecks me with the ...
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Are AlphaZero's openings objectively better than the others? [closed]

Are AlphaZero's openings objectively better than the others? If so, why haven't top grandmasters like Carlsen exlusively adopted them in their own games?
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In the Berlin Defence, why is 4.0-0 prefered to 4.Nc3?

In the Berlin Defence, why is 4.0-0 preferred to 4.Nc3, as then White can transition into the four knights?
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Is 6…Bf5 inferior to 6…Bd6 in the Caro-Kann Tartakower after 6. Bc4? And if so, why?

I'm trying out the Tartakower variation of the Caro-Kann. It begins [fen ""] [startply "11"] [startflipped "0"] 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nf6 5. Nxf6+ exf6 6. Bc4 Bf5 (6... Bd6) I have ...
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What is the best way to respond for white? [closed]

It’s move seven I’m playing white and I’d like to know if anybody has any thoughts on what my best next move would be from this current position because I feel this next move is very crucial.
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How do I make the right move after an opening? [duplicate]

I'm slowly getting better at my chess skills, but the one thing that bugs me the most right now is not knowing which piece to move after many of my pieces have been developed and the king has been ...
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How do opening books in engine chess work?

I thought opening books were just big compilations of opening moves that engines have access to, and they choose at random which move to play from the list of moves that the opening book says is good. ...
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Playing Ba4 in this position

Recently, I played a game and after running the computer analysis, it seems like playing 5. Ba4 was a mistake, being better Bxc6. However, I cannot find the reason why. By retreating the bishop, ...
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Poor gambit for white

I was white and played this against a 1589 rated player on Lichess. The gambit happens at move 10 and it is characterized as a blunder by stockfish analysis. However, black does some inaccuracies and ...
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In the opening stage, can we determine that one move is better than another by looking at winning percentage?

After 1.c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 g6, thousands of games have been played with the following two moves of white: 3.g3 and 3.e4. It seems that the winning percentage suggested that 3.e4 is clearly better than 3....
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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 only pushed one pawn, while while has developed two knights and his c-pawn ...
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What is the purpose of 12.a3 in the QGD Lasker Defence?

this is about queen gambit declined lasker defence : [fen ""] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e3 O-O 6. Nf3 h6 7. Bh4 Ne4 8. Bxe7 Qxe7 9. Rc1 Nxc3 10. Rxc3 c6 11. Qc2 Nd7 12. a3 why or ...
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What is this opening, can't remember name, driving me crazy

Image attached. May not be exactly right but looks something similar to this! Thanks]1