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Questions relating to the initial moves of the game and their aims

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Why does Black play b6 in these lines of the King's Indian?

In this position, White is threatening to play some combo of Bxc5 / Nxe5: [FEN ""] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 O-O 6.Be2 Nbd7 7.O-O e5 8.d5 Nc5 9.Qc2 a5 10. Bg5 h6 11.Be3 Here ...
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KID, Fianchetto Variation: 7…e5 vs 7…a6

In the Lichess database, this is the most popular way to play against the Fianchetto Variation of the KID: [FEN ""] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 O-O 5.Nc3 d6 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.O-O e5 But at ...
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Do main lines score significantly better?

Even at highest levels players make significantly but human mistakes. On the other hand there exist a great opening theory with lines studied in deepth, especially the mainlines. Isn't the precision ...
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Is the Dunst Opening with 3. Nce2 unsound?

I am trying to find a line in the Dunst Opening where: White's guaranteed to develop his bishop to an active square such as c4 or b5. Black doesn't get to suffocate White by playing d3. So far I ...
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What's the accurate move order for this line?

[FEN ""] 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c6 4.f4 d5 (4...Qb6 5.Nf3 d5 6.e5 Bg4 7.Be2) 5.e5 Qb6 According to the Lichess Masters database, both 4...Qb6 and 4...d5 5.e5 Qb6 are sidelines for Black ...
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Resources for learning about the Gurgenidze System of the Caro-Kann as Black

I'm ~1900 rapid on Lichess. As Black, I like to play this defense against 1.e4 (picked up from watching Hikaru's streams): [FEN ""] 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 c6 4.Nf3 d5 (4.f4) (4.Be3) Are ...
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Where can I download chess games from a specific position into a PGN file?

Is there a website that will let me search for master-level games from a specific chess position and download them into a PGN file for free?
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Cloud-based chess database solutions for opening preparation

I needed to collaborate with two other players on a chess opening database. I tried out Lichess, but it seems to have a limit (64 chapters per study) and it's a bit difficult to add game references (...
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Rep Suggestions for Petrosian System in Gruenfeld

I was wondering what people suggest against the Petrosian System in the Gruenfeld. I'm "club strength" and am just starting to learn the Gruenfeld. I'm especially curious about this c5-b5-...
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Best theory-knowledge rewarding openings?

I wonder which are the openings (for both White and Black) where an advantage (or at least equality against great players) is granted. Also, if you could refer to some good books / resources linked to ...
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Why are side pawns better than center pawns in this position?

So center pawns are usually regarded as more powerful than side pawns, which is why I have a question about this position. After 1. d4 d5 2. Bf4 c5 the engine and theory recommend playing 3. e3 to ...
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Looking for tactical Sicilian lines besides the Dragon and Najdorf

I am looking for a tactical Sicilian. But I don't want a really popular line like the Najdorf or Dragon that has been analyzed to death.
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What's the etymology behind the Great Snake Variation?

This is called the Modern Defense: [FEN ""] 1.e4 g6 This is called the Modern Defense: [FEN ""] 1.d4 g6 This is called the "English Opening: Great Snake Variation": [...
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Looking for polyglot opening books

I understand the Polyglot opening format is open source, but I can't find available opening books for polyglot. I'm looking to use a book to automatically identify (and exclude) opening moves from a ...
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What is the point of c3 in the Sicilian Alapin?

In the Alapin variation of the Sicilian, the game goes 1. e4 c5 2. c3. However, this sequence just blocks the b1 knight from its best square, and it doesn't develop anything. Both squares attacked by ...
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Trouble with Opening ideas for 3. g3 in the Vienna game, Falkbeer Variation

I have been trying to practice my ability to strategize in positions and form long-term ideas, and this position has stumped me for a little bit. [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 ...
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Why did Lichess annotate this as a blunder?

Lichess analysis annotated 4. Nf3?? as a blunder preferring (4. Nc3) (see on Lichess). I am trying to understand the ideas that make this a blunder. At depth 23 with Stockfish 13+ NNEU, both were ...
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What is the idea behind 2…e6 in some Sicilian lines?

I've learned a bit of the Taimanov and have been playing it with some decent results, although I have not gotten very deep at all into it. Still, it bothers me that even though I've looked at a couple ...
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What's the etymology behind this chess opening?

This line is called the Brooklyn Variation of Alekhine's Defense: [FEN ""] 1.e4 Nf6 2. e5 Ng8!? How did it get its name?
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Depth vs breadth of opening knowledge

When searching the web about how people learn about chess openings, I see many questions regarding the depth of the opening knowledge one has (with answers such as "I know some lines 20 moves ...
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Strategic plans for Black in Fianchetto Variation of KID

As an intermediate-level KID player, I'm starting to face Catalan-style setups with d4 / c4 / g3 more often: [FEN ""] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 O-O 5.Nf3 d6 6.O-O Nbd7 7.Nc3 e5 I ...
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Regarding a pawn sac in the Neo Grunfeld

I have been looking at the Neo Grunfeld. [FEN ""] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 d5 I am considering Nf3 followed by castling, thereby giving up the pawn. Does White has compensation for the ...
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Who is the Ross Gambit named after?

Recently in an infamous online charity simul, against Vishy Anand's Zukertort opening 1. Nf3, Indian billionaire Nikhil Kamath played the dubious 1...e5?, the so-called "Ross Gambit" by ...
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Most Dynamic Continuation for White in the Reti Advance variation (1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 d4)

I have been playing the reti with 1NF3 2C4 for the past 1 month and want to find a dynamic response to the advance variation (...2 d4) as the engine considers it to be the most critical try for black
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Looking to improve my tactics and possibly develop an opening repertoire at the beginner/intermediate level [closed]

I am new to the game and I so far like it. I have watched people on the internet play, tried to copy their moves and have been maintaining an 800 rating on Chess.com and around 1000 on Lichess. I have ...
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Why is 1.g3 so much less common than the main opening moves?

1.g3 is by some databases one of the most successful opening moves, yet it is also much rarer than 1.e4, 1.d4, 1.c4 and 1.Nf3. Why? Related: Why do masters open 1.d4 more often than 1.c4? and Why is 1....
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Why does White trade off into an endgame in the main line of the Hungarian Defense?

I'm having trouble understanding the point of White's play in this variation (specifically 5.dxe5): [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Be7 4. d4 d6 5. dxe5!? dxe5 6. Qxd8+ Bxd8 Why does ...
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Why is 1. d4 2. c4 3. b3 so bad for white?

I recently played a game that opened like this: 1. d4 c6 2. c4 d5 { D10 Slav Defense } 3. b3 [FEN ""] My third move, 3. b3 is apparently so uncommon that Lichess doesn't have it in its ...
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Looking for an opening where stockfish puts out a queen early

I am by no means a chess person (like 1200 haha). I am designing a computer science challenge where the player has to find a bug in my chess program to beat stockfish in a game of chess. The bug is ...
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Why is the King's Indian often used to play for a win against 1. d4 when it allows an early queen trade?

Lichess's opening explorer database shows a 49% win rate for White wins compared to Black's 41% in the King's Indian, Exchange Variation. Meanwhile, the Master's database shows a whopping 64% draw ...
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How to realize this +2 evaluation in the Ruy Lopez, Steinitz defense

I played a game as White using the Ruy Lopez: Steinitz defense against a lower-rated player (1594 vs. 1500 on chess.com). While I won the game due to a blunder by my opponent in a drawn endgame, the ...
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Knights on c3 & f3, bishops on d3 & e3 - what is this called, and is it sound?

Sometimes when opening I fall into this odd rut of developing knights to C3 and F3, and bishops to D3 and E3. (Or, as black, C6, F6, D6 and E6). For instance, the position after 7.Be3: [FEN "&...
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Openings that tempt opponents to overextend?

What are examples of provocative openings where the opponent can be baited into playing more aggressively than they normally would, ie. pushing a lot of pawns or sacrificing material to keep an ...
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Resources on Italian Game, Two Knights Defense with 4. d3 h6 and quick …g5

Do any books or other resources discuss this variation for Black? Does it have a name? The general idea is to go 4...h6, then ...d6 and ...g5 in some order, depending on what White does. S. Mamedyarov ...
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Why do modern Grandmasters prefer playing quiet openings?

I am rated 1450 and I am have been analyzing GM level games since I began playing chess. I noticed that most GMs consistently play balanced almost boring openings against each other and that only a ...
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Franco-Sicilian Defense Theory [duplicate]

I am wondering what the main lines and point of the Franco-Sicilian Defense are for Black. I could barely find any theory about it online, and it' is my favorite opening as Black. As such, I am ...
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What does columns 1-24 mean?

I was reading Modern Chess Openings by Nick de Firmian, and found "columns 1-24 deals with 2...exf4 " in relation to a theory table. So what does "columns 1-24" mean?
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What are the ideas behind the 4.Qxd4 variation of Philidor's Defense?

I recently learned that this is a valid way for White to play for advantage against the Philidor: [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Qxd4 Nc6 5.Bb5 Bd7 6.Bxc6 Bxc6 According to the ...
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Why are English setups with g3 like the Catalan considered solid for White, while the Sicilian Dragon is risky for Black?

I know that the Sicilian Dragon is considered very risky for Black if White knows what they're doing; they can go for the Yugoslav Attack setup, play h4-h5 to break open the h-file, try and exchange ...
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Why does black gain from this “center fork trick”?

In the following position, Bc4 by white is evaluated as a bad move that can be punished by ...Nxe4. Although I can see why it tactically works, I fail to see how the resulting position favors black. ...
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Is Whale Variation a successful opening?

I am an early, intermediate in chess. I played the Whale Variation and won some games as White. But there is an issue when Black moves their knight to d4. I have a problem with it. Is the Whale ...
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Can one theoretically prove that these moves are marginally better?

I heard that for the first move, 1. e4, 1. d4, 1. c4 and 1. Nf3 are equally good and none of them is better than others, even marginally. However, after 1. e4, both 1... e5 and 1... c5 are marginally ...
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Does one need to know all popular openings if they wants to be a top-level player?

Let's say there is a player who knows nothing about Sicilian Defense. If they always start the game with 1. d4 or 1. c4 as white and play the Caro-Kann as black against 1. e4, it seems to me that they ...
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How did chess change over the 2010s and should I keep anything in mind for buying books from before 2010?

I presume I am being overly paranoid regarding this, and I definitely don't intend to turn away from older books at all, but were there any developments opening-wise, middlegame-wise, or endgame-wise ...
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Two Knights of the Caro-Kann: 2.Nc3 vs 2.Nf3

Is there any difference at all in playing 2.Nc3 or 2.Nf3 in the Two Knights of the Caro-Kann? On Lichess, why is 2.Nc3 the second most common move in the Masters database, and 2.Nf3 played almost one-...
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Intuitive play vs learning strategies

When I first 'learned' chess, it was just the moves of each piece and then I started playing. I had no plan at all other than just moving pieces and trying to take from my opponent and protecting ...
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Why are avoidable openings played instead of systems?

It's been a while since I've played OTB chess, but I've gotten back into playing it online. Before my break (I was rated ~1400 USCF), I was a heavy advocate of the English Opening: rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/...
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Is there a free online chess repertoire tool?

Is there a free online chess repertoire tool? It can be some place where you register, save variations and comments, and navigate with a board what you do. I was used to chessply, but apparently it ...
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Openings that lead to opposite side castling

I really enjoy opposite side castling positions where I'm able to launch a kingside/queenside pawn storm and put my opponent under pressure. For this reason, I actually enjoy the Exchange French as ...
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Where can I play against specific openings?

Is there a website where you can play against real people with an opening already installed by default? For example, I want to play against the English opening, but my opponents rarely play it, so I ...

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