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Questions relating to the first few moves in a game

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How to deal with the pinned knight on f3 in the Ruy Lopez (as white)?

I find myself in positions like this a lot when playing the Ruy Lopez: [fen ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 d6 4. O-O Bg4 If I try to kick the bishop out with 5. h3, they back up to h5 and I'm in ...
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Is it ethical to refer to opening book for the first few moves of a correspondence game? [duplicate]

I am still learning chess (been playing ~6 months steadily now and am at ~1300) and have recently been enjoying correspondence chess with a 3 day time control. I find it gives me time to really ...
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The Sicilian Defense Kalashnikov Variation: Why shouldn’t white play 5.Nxc6 here?

I get a lot of weaker players, who opt out of main lines, and they play 5.Nxc6?! against me. It has seemed to happen a lot lately. Why is that bad, and why shouldn’t white play that? Note: This is ...
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What to do when your opponent doesn't play along in the opening?

I looked around and could not find an answer for this. I've studied a pretty good amount of opening theory and so I know the "correct" moves for some basic lines. Most e4 openings and a fair amount ...
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Ideas and tactics behind the 4.h4 (or 5.h4) attack vs. the Gruenfeld?

What are the main ideas and tactical themes behind the early h2-h4 attack vs. the Gruenfeld? I mean, the 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.h4 (or 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.h4, which seems to me a fairly related line) ...
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Move orders in the 6.Qc2 Anti-Meran Semi-Slav

After 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Qc2 Bd6 White can play the so-called Shabalov-Shirov Gambit‎ with 7.g4!? on the grounds that 7...Nxg4 allows 8.Rg1 and the important g7 Pawn is ...
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Why Black should play Max Lange attack, when its favorable for white only.?

In Max Lange attack..when white is giving gambit of d and e pawns and can grab a piece or good attacking favorable position. Then why black should accept it? Is there any solid defense against it?
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Why doesn't white take after 8..c5 in the Grünfeld, Spassky variation?

I was looking through the titular variation and am confused why there are no master games with 9.dxc5. Is it simply because white doesn't want to give up the central pawn, even if they can gain a ...
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What are pros and cons around banning castling?

Vladimir Kramnik has proposed on chess.com that castling be banned for the good of the game. What are the kinds of objective points that might be made for & against this idea? Based on these, do ...
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How important is the opening first move?

I have played against various chess engines at extreme difficulty levels. From what i have learned, any moves other than d4, e4 results in quick defeat (fewer than 25 moves). How important are the ...
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Knight's opening move

I generally play 1.Nf3 as white . I actually wonder whether there would be any major difference if I play 1.Na3 instead of 1.Nf3 . I am a novice player . An illustration will definitely help me in ...
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Examples of harmony?

Recently my chess tutor used a word which in hindsight is very interesting: harmony. He mentioned I should not just develop my pieces in the opening, but develop them harmoniously. Since then, I've ...
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What should I do about the dilemma of castling early?

OK, it has been said that one of the opening fundamentals is to castle early, but I have a dilemma with this and it may very well be a natural dilemma that has to be dealt with or there many be signs ...
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D5 move closing my bishop activity

I would like to know why playing d5 in these two positions is useful for me (Black).
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Why isn’t Black forced to prevent e4 in this Queen’s Indian Game?

Today, I played this game in which I played the Queen’s Indian Defense. This position was reached: I played Be7, which is a correct move. I wonder however, why Black isn’t forced to play Bb7 in ...
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Why is 1. Nf3 not nearly as popular as 1.e4 and 1.d4?

The opening move 1. Nf3 is considered as a perfectly sound opening and it is popular, but not nearly as popular as 1.e4 and 1.d4. Here are my thoughts about this: In most openings, white will make ...
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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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What is black’s compensation in the main line of the Caro Kann?

After move 10 in the main line of Caro Kann, black has already moved its light-squared bishop four times, while white manages to develop quite a bit. What exactly is blacks compensation for the lack ...
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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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Firouzja vs Kovalev: what went wrong for black in the opening?

In the first round of the ongoing Wijk aan zee Masters tournament, Firouzja won vs Kovalev. Apparently, right out of the opening white had gained a winning edge. In particular, somewhere around 16......
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Books on opening theory organized around tactical/strategic motives, not opening lines

"Understand your openings, not just memorize lines" is a common advice given to a club level player. However, most opening books are still organized around lines, amended with some explanations that ...
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Did Kasparov refute over the board Karpov's 1987 novelty?

In the second game of the 1987 World Championship, Kasparov played an English opening. In the ninth move Karpov played a novelty that he had prepared for his 1981 match with Korchnoi (the usual play ...
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What are some of the best chess opening moves, for white and black? [closed]

I am wondering the best opening moves are for both white and black, because I have won games with the pawn move 1. d2-d4.
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How good is this variant of the Sicilian defense?

I am relatively new to chess SE, so I am not sure how to include the chessboard thing. [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Bc4?! Nxe4 6. Bxf7+ Kxf7 7. Qh5+ ... 8. Qd5+ and ...
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What are some good tactical opening moves?

I have been playing chess for about an year now. But, I am unable to get past 1300 USCF rating. There are three phases in a chess game: opening phase, middle-game phase and end-game phase. When I get ...
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In the Damiano Variation of Petrov's Defense, should white play d4 or f4?

Here is the opening in question: [FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 Nxe4? 4. Qe2! Qe7 5. Qxe4 d6 White has the advantage no matter which pawn is moved next, 6. d4 or 6. f4 (there is no way to ...
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Myths and conventional WhizDumb of the internet [closed]

What is good advice and what were myths and whizdumb of the internet that kept you from improving as much/fast as you could have? Play more games? NO! Focused training helps more than playing random ...
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How to break through a stubborn Semi-Slav?

With every other middlegame formation, I know more or less what I would do if I were given a load of free tempi, and thus, what I should aim for in the present. However, concerning a highly defensive ...
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With a pawn rush, should I take the knight?

I was just playing the computer, and it always starts with the knight on b1, moves out his other knight, and then plays his pawn. At this point, should I take his knight with my pawn, or do something ...
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To what extent is the openness/closedness of positions determined by white? By black?

Say I am playing as white and I strongly prefer closed positions while my opponent strongly prefers open positions. To what extent do I have control over this? Will the game more likely end with a ...
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What does black achieve with 1.d4 c6?

I have faced 1...c6 as a reply to my 1.d4 quite a few times recently, and this makes me wonder why people play this as oppose to 1...d5. In addition to playing the Slav with 2.c4, I have an option of ...
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What is the opening value of 1. e4 in 2020?

Bobby Fischer: e4 -- best by test. What is the current theory or trend in theory behind this statement? We have seen huge strides taken in chess AI in the past two years. How is this affecting ...
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Is the Reversed Sicilian / King's English 1. c4 e5 more of a positional and quiet opening or a wild and tactical opening?

The only thing that deters me from playing 1. c4 followed by a Kingside Fianchetto is 1...e5 the Reversed Sicilian (also called the King's English). I like quiet, positional, strategic and ...
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How to counter white's attempt to get a massive center in the Giucco Piano?

[FEN ""] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 When white plays 4. c3 and prepares to push d4 to get a massive center, how is it possible to prevent them from doing so, or at least put a lot of ...
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Why do some players play bizarre openings?

I saw blitz games on the Internet (http://en.chessbase.com) between very high Elo rated players (above 2700) that played bizarre openings like: 1. a4 x 2. h4 xx 3. Ra3(or Rh3) xxx 4. Rae3 xxxx. The ...
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What are all the possible combinations of openings which work well together? (like the Slav+Caro-Kann combo)

One well known very good combo is the Caro-Kann + the Slav: The main objective of both of these openings is to develop the light-squared Bishop to f5 before it gets locked inside the Pawn chain. They ...
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What is the most effective openings to beat a 2200-2400 rated computer at chess?(With White and Black)

I have had good positions with the Hippopotamus opening with its Kings Indian structure(ranging up to +3 in evaluation) but in the end, the tactical superiority of the computer always gets in the way ...
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In the Dutch Defense, why does white play b3 and Ba3?

In the Stonewall Dutch Defense, why does white play b3 and Ba3? Should I try to avoid it, or does it not matter? [fen ""] 1. Nf3 e6 2. d4 f5 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 d5 5. O-O Bd6 6. b3 O-O 7. c4 c6 8. Ba3
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Are there any moves that are more popular in databases of GM games but are objectively inferior?

Usually in a particular opening position, if move A is more popular (in GM games) than move B, then either move A is objectively better than move B, or move A is equally good as move B. Are there ...
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Why isn't 3.e4 more popular in the QGA?

According to the chess.com DB, 3.e4 is the third most popular reply in the Queen's Gambit Accepted - but why isn't it the most popular by a long shot? Isn't the entire point to remove black's central ...
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Does it make sense for White to play as “Black” when he's lost the initiative?

In this game, White appears to have lost the initiative against the Nimzo Indian defense as early as the fourth move, and certainly by the eighth move. If White's next four moves were 1) e3, 2) Nf3, ...
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How can a Stonewall Attack player respond to 1. … f5?

In Chess Psycholoyg: The Will to Win, William Stewart recommends playing the Stonewall Attack as white. This recommendation is one of a set of openings that are very similar and are therefore suitable ...
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Playing for a stalemate? [closed]

How difficult would it be to come into a match trying to get a stalemate? Is it also possible to repeat this? Could one raise their elo with the ability to just stalemate every game?
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Position from the Dutch Defence / Blackmar-Diemer gambit

In the Dutch Defence, the following gambit isn't very popular anymore. [FEN ""] 1. d4 f5 2. Nc3 d5 3. e4 dxe4 (3... fxe4 4. Qh5+) The same position can arise from the Blackmar-Diemer gambit if black ...
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Why 4… Nxb4 is not played in Evans gambit?

4... Nxb4 is never played on chesstempo database for +2200 players games, being Bxb4 the most popular move. I don't find any significant change after capturing the pawn with the knight unless after 5....
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Difference between 7. Qc2 vs 7. Qa4 in the Catalan

This is a position from the main tabia of Catalan Opening: rnbq1rk1/ppp1bppp/4pn2/8/2pP4/5NP1/PP2PPBP/RNBQ1RK1 w - - 0 7 d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3.g3 d5 4. Nf3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 The main move for ...
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Carlsen beat a high ranking GM with 1 Nh3. Conclusions?

In 2018, Magnus Carlsen played a rapid game on chess.com agaisnt Grandmaster Aleksey Dreev in which his opening move was 1. Nh3. [Title "Magnus Carlsen-Alexey Dreev, Pro Chess League, chess.com INT, ...
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How bad is 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. a3?

Is this move clearly losing for white? Chessgames.com shows 1 win and 2 losses for white only, and I could not find any other reference for this move.
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Is there a reason for MC's second move?

In this game, Magnus Carlsen made an unusual poor first move Nh3. Presumably, it was to throw off his opponent, especially since the game was under fast time controls, so that is understandable. But I ...
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Ways to quickly beat beginners

Are there any common tactics or combinations used to beat complete beginners quickly (or gain large material advantages)? By "beginner" I mean someone who is good enough not to get caught out by ...