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A game I might have read about, Kasparov had to analyse an opening line from scratch and ended up winning anyway?

If my memory isn't tricking me, didn't Kasparov once get a game where early in the opening he didn't know the line, so he sat down for 45 minutes and worked out that the best move is Qc7, and went on ...
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How to analyze new opening, in a tournament time-frame, as an intermediate?

This is a hypothetical question as I'm not actually taking part in tournaments but the question is I think worth posing. I was non-chalantly playing this as black against a chess.com bot: [StartPly &...
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Why do some common openings move a pawn in front a bishop prior to moving the king's or queen's pawn?

I've seen several people do this and assumed it was a beginner's mistake (since I'm a beginner myself and I play on the chess.com app usually only against other players within 25 points of my rating), ...
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As a beginner, should I concern myself with pawn structure during opening, or just focus on developing my knights and bishops and winning time?

If a makes a difference, I usually open with the King's pawn (or, if I'm playing black and my opponent starts with the Queen's pawn, I'll usually counter with the Queen's pawn as well, since I don't ...
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When is it worth it to sacrifice a knight or bishop in order to force the opponent to move the king down a rank and lose castling rights?

Specifically, I'm confused why the game review on chess.com says this move was a blunder: I did end up losing the knight, but that's what I expected to happen. I did it on purpose to force the king ...
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What's the benefit to attacking f7 or f2 during the opening?

I remember a specific chess.com lesson on common openings, and it seems like one of the most common and safest openings is to take control of the center with the king and queen pawns and the attack ...
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Is the Advance section in Aagard & Ntirlis "Playing the French" outdated?

I'm looking into starting playing the French as Black, at 2000 Elo. "Playing the French" by Aagard & Ntirlis is 11 years old. Are the chapters on the Advance variation still solid, or ...
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Why black plays h6 in Queen's Gambit declined?

After sequece of these moves: d4 d5 c4 e6 Nc3 Nf6 Nf3 Be7 Bg5 Black should play move h6. What is the point of it? Black should't play g5 as follow up and Knight is still attacked.
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What kinds of analysis can I do to improve my openings? [closed]

I am working in a project where I can analyze pgn games, so if I apply it to my own games, I would get a full map of the positions I have won as white/black and compare that directly with the ...
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After 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6, why are the Scotch (3.d4) and the Four Knights Scotch (3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d4) not better for White than they really are?

After 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6, if White plays 3.Nc3 or 3.Bc4 or 3.Bb5 and then Black answers with a bad passive move such as 3...d6, 3...h6, 3...g6, 3...Nge7, most often the best move for White is 4.d4. ...
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Why is Bc4 slightly worse than Be3 and many moves here?

FEN is: rn1qkb1r/pppb1ppp/3p1n2/8/3NP3/2N2P2/PPP3PP/R1BQKB1R b KQkq - 0 7 [StartFlipped "0"] [FEN "rn1qkb1r/pppb1ppp/3p1n2/8/3NP3/2N2P2/PPP3PP/R1BQKB1R b KQkq - 0 7"] ...
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does anyone know who Gubinsky is in the Gubinsky-Melts variation of the Scandinavian Defence

The Gubinsky-Melts variation of the Scandinavian defence is named after correspondence master Michael Melts and Gubinsky, however I can't seem to find out who this Gubinsky is. the opening starts 1. ...
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Difference between Ne6 and a6 on QGD

In the game Van der Berg - Kramer in 1950, they followed the following move order in the Queen's Gambit Declined [FEN ""] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. cxd5 exd5 4.Nc3 Nf6 5. Bg5 Be7 6. e3 c6 ...
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Why is 4. Ng5 in the Two Knights not common in current (2024) top-level chess?

When following the ongoing 2024 FIDE Candidates Tournament, I notice that Black often plays the Two Knights Defense in response to the Italian, but White goes for a quiet Giuoco Piano line instead of ...
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1.d4 and the Bc8

Can White choose a variant/move order such that there is no good way for Black to solve the standard problem of the Bc8 in d4 openings and the dude has to stay put for a while? (Doesn't mean Black has ...
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Steinitz vs Mainline classical French

After e4 e6 d4 d5 Nc3 Nf6 White has 2 main options, go for the Steinitz with 4) e5 or stick to the mainline or the Burn variation of the Classical French with Bg5. I want to know the differences ...
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How did the Omaha Gambit get its name?

I was recently playing the Vienna Gambit as white on chess.com and was surprised to see a variation called the "Omaha gambit." [Title "Vienna Game: Omaha Gambit"] [StartPly "5&...
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Percentage of "playable" openings

Google says 197,742 positions are possible after 4 halfmoves. Let's call a position playable if it is not worse than 0.5 pawn units on the engine of your choice (I use Lichess Stockfish). By this ...
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How to sense the 0.5 difference

In the below opening, after 10. O-O-O, the best move for black is 10... Re8, this is understandable, to control the half-open file; however, 10... Qd7 is also following the principle -- to connect the ...
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Decent e4 e5 opening for white

I'm seeking guidance from an experienced e4 player. Currently rated 1950 on Chess.com Rapid, I find myself struggling to reach positions that suit my style. Despite having played the Vienna Gambit for ...
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White defense against bishop check in b4

I'm a low ranking player and always wondering why for example after: [FEN ""] [StartPly "8"] 1. e4 b6 2. d4 Bb7 3. Bd3 e6 4. Nf3 Bb4+ white often plays Nc3, so why this and not ...
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Soundness and engine evaluation of the benko

Is the benko a sound gambit? Can I craft a "lifetime repertoire" around the benko? the engine disagrees but I have heard that the benko gives very long term compensation that may not be ...
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What e4 opening for an ELO below 1000? [closed]

As a player with an ELO below 1000, what e4 opening would you recommend I focus on, the Italian game, Giuoco Piano or the Ruy Lopez?
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Resources on the closed Italian

What are some good books, courses, etc to learn the slow Italian with d3? I want to start playing the slow Italian with d3 as it keeps lots of pieces on the board and leads to rich middle games and am ...
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"Daddy, why don't you take the e4 pawn?"

I play with my 8-year old daughter chess often and about half of our games start with these moves: [FEN ""] [StartFlipped "1"] [StartPly "7"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 ...
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What is an "opening edge" in computer terms

When analysing with stockfish on chessbase, there are often positions reached in openings where the engine's eval is around +0.2 ish and the verdict is "position is equal". So at what ...
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In the London, after 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 c5 3.dxc5 Nc6 4.Nf3, why is "blocking your bishop" the best move

In this situation: [FEN ""] [StartFlipped "1"] [StartPly "7"] 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 c5 3.dxc5 Nc6 4.Nf3 Stockfish 16 really does not value getting the bishop out (Bg4 and Bf5 ...
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How to use massive advantage in early opening - need help on where to learn

Context: I am around 15-1600 in terms of Chess.com blitz. My question was motivated by watching a Ben Finegold video where as a joke he played Ng8 Nf6 Ng8 Nf6 repeatedly at the start of the blitz game ...
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What is the shortest game that has never been played?

In the publicly available databases (at all levels of play, including Lichess), what is the shortest unique sequence of moves from the opening which has never occurred? (That is, if it were played, it ...
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How can white fight for the initiative in the open Tarrasch french

In the French tarrasch after black plays c5, how can white fight for the initiative. I played the closed tarrasch and really enjoy the positions reached after Korchnoi's gambit and want to reach a ...
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"Simplest" opening against 1.e4

What do you think is the "simplest" opening for black against 1.e4? With "simplest" I mean an opening which is solid enough to bring you equality (or even give you an advantage if ...
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Alternative to the Sämisch gambit

[FEN ""] [Startply "12"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 O-O 6. Be3 c5 I recently started playing the KID and am not comfortable with the c5 gambit against the ...
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Regarding the wide repertoires of world champions

I am making a Fischer-esque repertoire, E4 as white and KID and Sicilian against D4 and E4 respectively. But I cannot help but wonder why almost all the world champions except for Fischer had very ...
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A New idea in the old Marshall attack?

I was recently playing around with the game Capablanca vs Marshall (1918,new York) where Marshall unveiled his legendary attack, but with 12...Nf6?! (The dubious mark has been attached to this move ...
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5. c4 vs 5. Bd3 in the Tal variation of the Advance Caro Kann

In the Tal variation of the Advance Caro Kann after e4 c6 d4 d5 e5 Bf5 h4 h5 White has two main options, 5. c4 and 5. Bd3. What are the differences in the positions reached by each move in terms of ...
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Resources for an e4 repertoire

What are some good resources(courses,books etc) to craft a comprehensive and sound repertoire for white centered around E4, for a player of intermediate strength (2000 chess.com rapid)
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Classical french for a repertoire

I am crafting an E4 repertoire from scratch and I am looking for a dynamic approach for white against the french and have shortlisted the classical with Nc3, but here I am not sure whether the ...
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Understanding engine evals in positions with less space

In openings such as the closed Tarrasch and the KID or the pirc , engines often show an advantage for white of around 0.5 ( a bit higher generally), I remember reading around 5 years ago and this is a ...
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What are some of the best lines against the Queen's Gambit?

As Black, I frequently struggle to find effective strategies against 1.d4 d5 2.c4. While chess engines like Stockfish offer move suggestions, they often lack the underlying concepts and benefits of ...
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What, exactly, is "development"?

I am an intermediate player (around 1400 on chess dot com); I've been playing, off and on, a long time. I thought I knew what "development" meant: Getting your pieces (esp. minor pieces) off ...
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Bf5 in the Slav

I've read that it can be a tempting pitfall for Black in the Slav Defense to play an early Bf5, as this results in a weakening of the b7 square, which White might punish with Qb3. This is apparently ...
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After 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3, what are the differences between 2...e6 and 2...Nf6?

Black plays 2...e6 8% of the time, 2...Nf6 77% of time. It seems that by playing 2...Nf6, Black keeps open the option of playing ...Bg4 and ...Bf5 (which would be the Slav if White plays c4 and Black ...
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Is 9... Be6 a good move in this position?

[FEN ""] [Startply "19"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 O-O 9. h3 In this position, most top players will continue with 9...Na5, 9.....
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A question about the Najdorf sicilian

I've started to learn the Najdorf and a two-part questions: people mostly emphasise central control with sicilian defence, is this true for najdorf as well or are we more focused on attacking ...
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What openings fit the tastes of a positional player? [closed]

I am a very positional player, but, I cannot find good openings that suit my tastes. What are the lists of openings that result in strategic / positional positions?
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Opening name change of one game at Chess.com

Here are the first few moves of a game that I played at chess.com and the name of the openings is shown by the system: c4 (English Opening) c5 (English Opening; Symmetrical Variation) Nc3 Nc6 (...
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In a side line of the Italian Game: Classical Variation, Giuoco Pianissimo, why is blacks a point ahead here?

In this position, which seems very similar on both sides (with even a bit more center control from white because the pawns are higher up), the engine thinks black is up a whole point (-1.1 according ...
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Does this chess variant exist, and has it ever been considered for official tournaments?

Inspired by this question: Why did Magnus Carlsen not play the World Chess Championship in 2023? It's not the first time I've heard about GMs (not just Magnus Carlsen) being tired of the current state ...
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Center control - Model games

I'm searching for some games to explain 3rd/4th grade kids the concept of "good control over the center" opposed to "bad center control". Since I want them to somehow see that ...
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What do I do in unfamiliar openings?

Recently I lost to an FM in 28 moves due to lack of opening knowledge. Can someone help me out and summarize the general principles to follow in unfamiliar openings? Please make it easy to memorize.
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