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

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Marshall Defense transposition to Gruenfeld

Can this move order be considered a good surprise weapon against 1.d4 players since the Marshall Defense is known to be dubious and now black is trying to transpose it to a Gruenfeld. From my ...
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Transpose to the Slav as Black after 1. ...Nf6?

What is the best move order to transpose to the Slav after Nf6? The reason this may be interesting is that Nf6 is much more flexible than d5 and still allows to go for hypermodern setups, depending on ...
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Why is the immediate ...d5 in the 4. d3 Italian not played?

The line may seem suspicious at first, but after a few precise moves (some may say artificial moves) by Black an interesting middlegame position is reached. I did some analysis on my own and probably ...
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Does the opening 1. a4 a5 improve White's position? (a bit silly)

Thou shalt not play chess in your sleep as it happened to me this night, Corona caused deprival symptoms or not. Already arriving with German Bahn was a nightmare (now that was realistic), but somehow ...
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London system move order

The standard London System consists of the setup moves: d4, Bf4, e3, Nf3, Nbd2, c3, Bd3. I'm wondering about the nuances of what the most accurate move order is to play it in. Here are some of my ...
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What is the history of the Shanzi Wall Opening?

in a recent eric rosen video, he plays against someone who uses an opening which he calls the "shanzi wall opening". he briefly demonstrates the moves to this opening at the end, but he ...
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King's Indian Attack - "pet lines"

I am reading about the King's Indian Attack (aka Barcza System), and article says that this system is "rarely used at the highest levels except to avoid certain pet lines". I wonder what are ...
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Why do we need to exchange black bishop in A43 Benoni Defense?

[FEN "rnbqk1nr/pp1pppbp/6p1/2pP4/2P5/2N5/PP2PPPP/R1BQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"] The only reason for developing the black bishop was to snipe the border during middle game and endgame, but in the ...
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With what opening can I force the opponent to a quick endgame?

I'd like an opening in which I can force the opponent, either white or black, to an endgame as soon as possible. Is there such an opening?
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How good is 1. e4 c5 move for black? Why does Stockfish play it?

I've been running some engine vs engine games out of boredom and noticed Stockfish, when playing as black, 90% of the time played c7-c5 on white's e4. I've never actually seen a human play this, in ...
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What is this line/trap in the Caro-Kann called? After Bf5, White chases Black's bishop and plays e6

What is this line/trap in the Caro-Kann called? If Black plays Bf5 on move 3, White chases Black's bishop around with several aggressive pawn moves (similar to the Tal variation) with the ultimate ...
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Opening specific tactic material source

My chess course kiddies requested KID specific tactics material. Now I never play KID. For Sicilian, I would say "specific" means, for example, Nxb5,Nxe6,Nd5,Nf5...had my fair share of these ...
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Dynamic Black Openings against 1.e4 [closed]

What dynamic openings for Black are considered sound against 1.e4?
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Semi-Slav name origin

The name Semi-Slav suggests that somehow it's half of a Slav. How did this name come about? Or what does it mean? The two openings seem completely different to me due to the fate of the c8 bishop.
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Straightforward refutation of the Stafford gambit

I recently found the the following line that completely neutralizes the Stafford gambit, and lets white keep the pawn with a healthier structure and a calm game ahead with plenty of winning chances. [...
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What is the idea behind a d4 e3 f4 pawn setup?

I have seen this particular d4 e3 f4 pawn-setup played a few times, sometimes arising from the Bird opening (as below), sometimes from 1.d4: [FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w ...
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What is the the idea behind this popular double pawn sacrifice line In the Evans Gambit?

I am learning a bit of Evans Gambit theory lately, and when exploring a Master level games database, I have found this surprising line. [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5. ...
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Can a beginner's "opening repertoire" consist of only "opening principles"?

Let's say I play only e4/e5 (but this question might also come up on d4/d5). If I was a beginner - unaware of opening theory - but could count at least 3 moves ahead, could I survive (=not be lost at ...
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What factors make the Nimzowitsch Defense inferior to other 1.e4 defenses?

I was analyzing variations after 1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 d5 the other day. All of the following lines seem to score well for Black and lead to pretty comfortable positions: [FEN ""] 1. e4 Nc6 2. d4 d5 ...
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Move order in Samisch King's Indian, Panno Variation

This is the traditional move order given for the Panno Variation of the Samisch King's Indian: [FEN ""] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 O-O 6.Be3 Nc6 7.Nge2 a6 8.Qd2 Rb8 My question ...
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In the Benoni / Symmetric Benoni structures, what is Black supposed to do after a6/a4 is played?

In the Benoni (exd5 cxd5) and Symmetric Benoni (exd5 exd5) structures, Black will often try to play a6 to try and play b5, but White can easily stop this plan with a4 / a later a5. After this happens, ...
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How does the Grand Prix Attack compare to the Rossolimo/Canal Attack?

How does the Grand Prix Attack compare to the Rossolimo/Canal Variations for someone who wants to develop an anti-Sicilian repertoire? What are the pros and cons of each opening? Thanks.
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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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Why don't masters play 7...e5 against the Fianchetto Variation of the King's Indian?

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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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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