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Questions tagged [opening]

Questions relating to the first few moves in a game

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Getting the most out of chess books

I have a bunch of chess books that have been given to me on my favorite openings. I usually try to do a few games from them after I play my daily games and go over how I could improve with a chess ...
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Traps and tricks for White in the 4.Bf4 variation vs the Grunfeld

I read in a book (I no longer remember what book) that there are a few traps for White in the 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 variation vs the Grunfeld, and that the line is somehow popular among GMs, ...
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What is considered the current main line for Black against the Smith-Morra gambit?

I am referring to main lines where the pawn sacrifice is accepted.
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Sites which provide annotated openings (preferably interactive)

I'm looking for a site that provides well-annotated openings, giving at least the first 15-20 moves of major openings and allowing me to explore their main variations and lines (by clicking on the ...
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London System with Nc3 — what's the idea?

Recently top GMs are playing a London system type setup with Nc3 before c4. I can't imagine they are going for cheap tricks with Nb5, but I am not seeing a valid positional idea behind the move ...
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White's non-e4 opening, do they all need a solid understanding of 1.d4 first?

I'm talking about the two major alternatives apart from e4/d4, ie c4 and Nf3. It seems to me that a lot of the lines will transpose to a d4 type. Sometimes white plays d4 and transpose. Sometimes ...
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1. c4 vs c3 Sicilian

I am a chess player ranked at around 1400. As white I play 1. e4 and am confident playing against most responses except for the Sicilian. I don't want to go into the main lines so I am studying the c3 ...
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Why is f4 considered as bad in the opening?

I really like to play openings that contain f4 (f5 as black) for a number of reasons. It cannot be challenged with d pawn, which is initially protected by the queen. When the king knight is developed,...
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What is the state of the Panno variation of the King's Indian Defense Saemisch?

In the Saemisch King's Indian [FEN ""] [StartPly "10"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f3 O-O It seems current (2017) literature and practice promotes Black's play 6...c5. What I am ...
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Why not Ng4 in Sicilian after Nf3?

After [FEN ""] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be3 e5 7. Nf3 (which is trendy at top level in 2017) I am wondering why Black doesn't play 7...Ng4. I only found a couple old ...
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Are there any “underground” openings or gambits?

Playing a lot of blitz online, from time to time I meet quite strong players who regularly use very dubious lines that can have some shock or practical value in blitz or bullet chess, such as these, ...
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Why develop knights before bishops?

So, I've found the general advice that you should develop your knights before your bishops. Reasons I think are: 1) The knights almost always go to the main squares (c3,c6,f3,f6) (or sometimes to d7 ...
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Why are opening books so popular?

As title above, why are opening books so popular? I am sure that most players know that middlegame and endgame books are ultimately much more important for improving one's chess strength. That is not ...
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Ruy Lopez 3…a6 & 6…Bc5 setup - a4 vs c3+d4 idea for White?

Here's the position after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 [StartPly "12"] [FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 There are 2 main ...
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What are some ways to get better at Antichess?

I have recently found out about a new chess variant called antichess. I was wondering how to get better at it. Are there any opening moves or strategies in antichess that might help beginners in this ...
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4 player chess tips

I recently looked into chess.com's four player chess. Its fun but had little success until now. I usually try and play moves to open my diagonal pieces but centre queen rushes always bring trouble. I ...
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Looking for a repertoire book on the Spanish with 5.d3 (4.d3 vs the Berlin)?

Does anyone know of a good (or not so) repertoire book on the Spanish with 5.d3 vs the main line and 4.d3 vs the Berlin? Is there such a thing on the market? I've already got Andrew Martin's DVD The ...
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Is there any published research into the Mighty Thor gambit against the French Defense?

Are there any annotations on the obscure Mighty Thor Gambit? [FEN ""] 1.e4 e6 2.a3 d5 3.e5 c5 4.b4 (which is different from The Wing Gambit:) [FEN ""] 1.e4 e6 2.Nf3 d5 3.e5 c5 4.b4 At a ...
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What is a sharp line against the Lion?

What is a sharp line for White against the Philidor Lion: [FEN ""] 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Nbd7 with 4...e5 The majority of games seem to be slow positional battles where Black is quite solid. 4....
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What are good sources to learn the Torre Attack?

I am particularly interested in the Torre Attack against the King's Indian formation. What dvd or books, etc. are good, or is it best to dig up old games and Chess Informants?
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Out of theory pgns collection

Looking for pgn files that end in taking the most popular openings out of theory. Something like 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. a3 Where I can practice them in chessable.com
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How to use masks in scid for opening training

I've been trying to understand how the "mask" feature works in scid and how to use it for training opening lines. So far I did the following: open a database of master games in scid open the tree ...
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Best opening in blind simultaneous chess

I am interested in blind simultaneous chess, where one person plays (blind) vs multiple (non-blind) opponents. What would be the best openings for either side? I would assume anything slow would be ...
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Chess Engine Opening book

I'm trying to evaluate the differences between Opening books. For example: Have Fritz 12 Book and Rybka Aquarium (CTG format). For many of the standard openings. I've tried with atleast main lines ...
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Opening classification and transpositions

Positions in an opening can often be reached in a variety of (meaningful) ways, i.e. by transpositions. When classifying chess games (e.g. in databases or books) by , are there rules or other ...
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Is there an easy way to find out the name of a variation?

I want to know the names of the variations in the Ruy Lopez Chigorin, for example: [FEN ""] 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 Na5 10.Bc2 c5 11.d4 Nd7 I ...
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Queens Gambit Accepted 3rd move Side Lines (White)

What are rationals/inherent preferences behind the following novelties performed by White? I'm open to those to either logically deduced them or explain the deviated lines through experience/practice ...
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In the Giuoco Piano, why is 4.0-0 currently so popular at top level?

[FEN ""] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.0-0 In recent years, the move 4.0-0 has taken over from 4.d3 almost entirely -- in my database of TWIC games, if I look at 2750+ games from the last year, I ...
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Website to practise thematic games [blitz]?

As stated in the title, are there any websites out there to play thematic games in Blitz (or quick time control) ? The idea is to practise a specific opening, starting from a precise position (arising ...
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What happened to the Giuoco Pianissimo?

Throughout a fairly long chess career, I have always regarded 4.d3 after 1.e4 e5, 2.Nf3 Nc6, 3.Bc4 Bc5 as a good beginner's move but not threatening, and I have felt sure that most strong players ...
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Black's reply against anti-Grünfeld (3.d5)

This is not the most famous anti-Grünfeld out there, but the move 3. d5 is a bit unconfortable for a Grünfeld player, at least for me. Main moves are 3...Bg7 and 3...c6 challenging the d5 pawn right ...
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Facing its own weapons

It's not a technically oriented question but rather a "psychological" one. Personally, I don't especially like to play against my own lines especially sidelines. If I decided to play a precise line ...
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How could I have played this opening better?

This was a recent game on chess.com. The "Maximum" analysis tool they have says my first mistake isn't until move 9, but I felt like I misplayed the opening even earlier. Indeed black's white squared ...
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How many initial moves are possible in Chess, 20 or 21?

Each pawn, of which there are 8 white, can move 1 or 2 squares forward. Each knight, of which there are 2 white can move forward and left or forward and right. That gives 20. But white can also ...
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What is a good line against the King's Indian Defense for blitz play?

I am looking for a line as White against the King's Indian Defense to play in blitz. With the short time I find it hard to play the lines where White might be winning on the queenside, but has too ...
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Countering the Horowitz Defense

Since my last post I've successfully learned how to counter the wayward queen attack, and now I've run into an interesting opening that I don't immediately lose to, but I feel I can play against ...
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What's the best approach to adopting 1.d4?

As a long time 1.e4 player and short time 1.c4 player, I'd like to add 1.d4 but there are so many defenses. I am considering the London system against things, while adding mainlines vs. all the ...
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Plan against QGD Janowski variation (3…a6)

This is the so called Janowski variation of the QGD is the following [FEN ""] [StartPly "6"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 a6 It's quite rare, even if sometimes played at top level. White usually ...
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Positional principles in chess openings

I am a d4 player as white and I really don't like to memorize tatical lines in the opening altought I know most commons lines very well in the first 8 - 15 moves depend on the opening based on my ...
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Saving opening tabiyas in scid

When I use scid to study an opening I do the following: start new game play through the opening up to a position I am interested in search database for "current board" I am sure there must be a more ...
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unusual line slav defense

[FEN ""] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Here we reach slav defense main line and theory goes with 4...e6 As a way to avoid theory as black I used to play in blitz 4...g6, goes with bishop ...
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Is there any benefit at all to a rooks' pawn opening?

Many beginners open the game with moving their a or h pawns. Is there any benefit at all with this opening?
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Answering slow Sicilian set up (including Bc4) as Black

I usually answer 1. e4 with the Sicilian, then after 2. Nf3 I play 2...d6 hoping for a Najdorf or other open Sicilian lines. I have quite a hard time though with slow set up like 3. Bc4 followed by d3 ...
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White's reply against Reti advance (2…d4)

I enjoy playing 1.Nf3 as an interesting transposition device, and for other reasons, but after 1...d5 2. c4 don't find a proper answer to the advance variation, 2...d4: [FEN ""] 1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 d4 ...
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What is the name of this Sicilian Variation?

What is the name of this variation: [FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 Nbd7
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Modified move-order in the KID 4. ..0-0. What is the point and how to react?

A main line in the King's Indian Defense is this 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6. However, black could castle instead of d6: [FEN " "] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 O-O Is this a more-...
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Who is the best player for the opening Four knights Defense? [closed]

I want a player who is a master in 4 knights defence , mainly i am having a problem with the scotch of 4 knights (don't ask me to play mieses variation).
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Countering the Wayward Queen Attack

I'm a really new Chess player - I just started playing again after an over 10 year hiatus. I'm (sadly) in the 600s. I've been studying openings and I seem to do better in games where I can use the ...
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Chess Alien vs Predator [closed]

Maybe someone knows where to buy chess (Alien vs Predator). Or maybe someone has it and wants to sell? :) Something like that.
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Why is `a5` a better move in this position?

I was playing with a friend and we come to the following position (me white): My friend played b5 but computer analysis says that this is a mistake and he should have played a5. Now, I don't see why ...