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Questions tagged [opening]

Questions relating to the first few moves in a game

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Opening theory overlooking simple moves?

What is the most obvious move, (or simple sequence of moves) long overlooked by opening theory in the last 50 years or so, completely changing the evaluation of a well-known position? EDIT: Well, I ...
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What should a beginner focus on to improve his level?

I've learnt chess only about 1 month ago. Of course, my first game was terrible. But with reading some tips I've proceeded a little. Learning basics of few openings (like Spanish, Vienna and Urusov) ...
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Simple Openings for Beginners? [duplicate]

I'm a beginner and I don't know any openings - what are the best openings for beginners?
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Why 2.d5 is much less common than other responses to the Mikenas Defense(1.d4 Nc6)?

I recently came across 1.d4 Nc6 while playing a game and I was immediatly tempted to play 2.d5, and so I did it, then my opponent continued the game with Ne5. After the game I went to an online ...
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Can White get a theoretical advantage against the Sveshnikov Sicilian in today's theory?

I'm looking for an opening expert or an experienced Sveshnikov player that knows the answer to this. The Sveshnikov has been increasingly popular and it has also proven to be very good for draws. ...
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Scandinavian Defense with 3.c4

I've recently played some games as Black that opened like this: [White "Opponent"] [Black "Me"] [Result "*"] [ECO "B01"] [FEN ""] [CurrentPosition "rnb1kbnr/ppp1pppp/8/3q4/2P5/8/PP1P1PPP/RNBQKBNR b ...
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Why is it called the Max Lange attack?

Why is it called the Max Lange attack and not simply the Lange attack? After all, we don't have openings called the Richard Reti opening or the Wilhelm Steinitz defense or the Frank Marshall attack. ...
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Max Lange Attack - Materials to Study

I am looking for quality materials such as books, magazines and video series to help me to study Max Lange Attack. I'll be grateful if you recommend one and share the link. Thanks.
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Please critique my game (Caro-Kann, Fantasy variation)

I'm an avid player of the caro-kann, yet I recently came across the Fantasy Variation for the first time. Although I won, I wanted to post my game for review: [FEN ""] [White ""] [Black "Bad_Bishop"] ...
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Can you recommend a dynamic, concrete, or easy-to-play line against the London System?

I hate playing against the London because it allows 800 FIDE rated players to survive for 50+ moves. By the way, I play the Grunfeld against d4, the Sicilian Najdorf against e4, and the triangle ...
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What are good defenses of black King with Bishop on f8 or g7?

As black, I like to return my dark square Bishop to the King after castling short. I want to develop my skills in defending that position. In what openings does it occur? And how should one in ...
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Is there any good app for learning openings

My great fail is that I cannot learn opening or initial play. Normally I only play when I can connect to my mobile app (Chess Free on iOS), and play at a very low level (adjusted as a single bar), ...
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Estimating probability of player playing move in the opening

For position you never played, book probability is perfectly fine for me. The question starts when you already played position x-times. I'm looking for function that will update book probabilities ...
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Is a loss of two pawns worth the negation of opponents castling?

Consider a move where a bishop takes a pawn and gives check but without any defense, so the King can take the bishop. In many openings there is a opportunity in the first moves to do so. Can this ...
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Why is 5.c3 the most common move in the Ruy Lopez, Berlin defence, Beverwijk variation?

Disclaimer: I'm a very, very green player. After the first 4 moves, all of which seem natural given my understanding of basic opening principles (control the center, develop your knights, etc.), I ...
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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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How do I respond to 8. g3?! in the 4. e3 Slav?

This is taken from a rapid game where my opponent threw me by playing 8. g3, coming out of book in the 4. e3 Slav: [FEN ""] [StartPly "17"] 1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c6 ...
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Is the 6.h4 Najdorf that bad?

I see that a few strong GMs are playing 6.h4 vs the Najdorf Sicilian. And I have also seen this move given a dubious (?!) value. Apart from its surprise value (always important in chess), I see it as ...
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What's the point of early a2-a4 in the Modern Italian?

It seems that just every top GM is now playing the modern interpretation of the Italian Game (with c3 and d3) with an early a2 to a4 Pawn move, something that only a few years back was considered a ...
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How can I play sharp in positional openings (English, Closed Sicilian, Giuoco Pianissimo)?

Learning to trust your intuition is an important part of developing as a strong player. If you sacrifice and you are wrong, you will probably lose. On the other hand, if you do not sacrifice and you ...
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What's the point of 7 Kf1(Krakow Variation) of the Italian game?

The variation goes(I will do it through the scotch gambit) [fen "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR b KQkq - 0 1"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Bc4 Bc5 5.c3 Nf6 6.cxd4 Bb4+ 7.Kf1 (7.Bd2)(7....
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The London System

I'm rated on Chess.com in 1400 right now (elo). But sometimes my rating fluctuates between 1200 to 1500. As I searched on internet, I'm a beginner that is going to the intermediate level. Should I, as ...
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What is the best opening for a beginner who wants few pieces on the board?

I am a beginner and someone who likes less pieces on board. I don't like complexity and have weak point for knights. My rating is 950 rn and has touched 1010 at best. So far I have used the Stone ...
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London System as White: exchange of the light-squared bishops

The following is a position that frequently arises in my games when I play the London System as White: [FEN ""] 1. d4 d5 2. Bf4 Nf6 3. e3 Bf5 At this point I am unable to place my light-squared ...
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Doubling pawns on the c file in King's Indian

Usually King's Indian players don't seem to be afraid to double the pawns on the c file if that means trading a knight for the dark-squared bishop. I was just wondering what are the plans that Black ...
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False calculation of chess moves

At the start I must admit that I am not the brightest chess player, so this just might be a stupid question but: Calculated Chess moves have been determined to be infinite, as I am given to ...
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Plans in the Scandinavian Defence

I'm playing the Scandinavian Defence with 3...Qd8 a lot and I really like that opening. But I can't seem to find the right plan. I just develop my pieces towards the center (I don't fianchetto my ...
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What's the problem with the Austrian Defense? [duplicate]

So, I looked on the lichess analysis board and played around with it for a while, and I couldn't find any reason why 2...c5 isn't considered an accurate response to 1 d4 d5 2 c4. Does anyone know why ...
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Why is 14..Qd8 the most popular move in this variation of the Caro Kann?

According to chessbase, 14..Qd8 is by far the most popular continuation in this position (196 games), even though Stockfish 8 seems to prefer 14..Ngf6 (1 game). I'm struggling to understand the ...
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Why is it a good idea to retreat the bishop into the pawn chain in this variation of the Caro Kann?

I am reading a book about the Caro-Kann defence. In this position the author suggests playing 5...Bd7. (Although they assert that Bg6 is not a bad move either). In fact, the whole idea of playing Qb6 ...
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What to play vs. 1. d4 when Sicilian is my favorite defense?

I've been playing chess since my childhood however just recently got into chess very seriously and my online balance was approx. 90-60 out of 150 games and then I lost 25 games due to a broken phone. ...
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What is covered in “Grunfeld Defense: Russian Variations” (1988) by Eric Schiller?

I'm interested in the Russian system of the grunfeld-defense: [FEN ""] [StartPly "10"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d54. Nf3 Bg7 5. Qb3 I'd like to buy a book on this line alone (I'm not interested in ...
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Open Sicilian Defense

Has the dragon variation of the Sicilian defense lost favor to the Najdorf variation since I rarely see a fianchettoed bishop in the Najdorf defense
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In this QGD Exchange variation, how should white deal with 6 …Bg4?

[FEN ""] 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 Be7 6.e3 Bg4!? The Shredder Opening Database indicates no games played with this move, and my edition of John Watson's A Strategic Chess Opening ...
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Is there a site with preparation ideas for opening tabiyas?

I deal with this problem every time. I have some 'default' repertoire and when preparing against concrete opponent, I find that it is highly probable we will reach some concrete well known position ...
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Is 1.d4 2.Nc3 3.Bf4 bad?

My usual way of opening as white is as follows, usually regardless of what my opponent plays (although there are exceptions and I do play some other openings): d4. 2. Nc3 3. Bf4 However, I have ...
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Better opening than Ruy Lopez Exchange? [closed]

I currently use the Ruy Lopez Exchange (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6). Is there a simpler and/or better opening to use instead?
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Attack Opening For White

I'm kinda new to chess and I'm trying to learn new openings that are aggressive. I've used the Fried Liver attack many times. Are there any other opening(s) which are close to the Fried Liver attack ...
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What is a good flexible opening for beginner with white?

After I learned the Sicilian, I started to love to play as black, while before it my win rate with white was bigger than black (as expected due to white first move advantage). When I learned Sicilian ...
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Question about KIA?

Why is the KIA preferably played when black has already committed to e6? What's the purpose of spending an extra move (g3) to develop the bishop to g2? What are the general plans and strategy that ...
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What to play after 4.d3 in the Two Knights for Black

Against 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 I usually play the Two Knights Defense, but I don't really know what to play after 4.d3. I'm bored to death in the Giuoco Pianissimo (4...Bc5) and 4...Be7 is a bit dull....
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Outsmarting an intelligent copycat in the Ultrasymmetrical English

I used to be a fan of the English, but some ultrasymmetrical variations bugged me, especially if a lower rated player decided to play for a draw against me with them. There seemed to be a lot to ...
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Way to punish the d5 push after 1.d4 Nf6

All is said in the title, I find the move 2.d5 after 1.d4 Nf6 pretty annoying even if it's probably not a great move. What are the suitable moves to "punish' this opening play? I add that I am rather ...
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Najdorf poisoned pawn with or without 7..h6 8 Bh4

In the Sicilian Najdorf poisoned pawn variation what is the difference between including the moves 7...h6 8 Bh4 (as many top players do) and not including them? [FEN ""] 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4....
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Why is pawn to c4 opening advantageous?

Why is pawn to c4 opening advantageous in the screenshot above?
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How could I have extracted an opening advantage in this Owen's defence game?

I played as white against Owen's defence from black, which is seen as being quite dubious. After 21 moves, we agreed to a draw. My question is, how could white have extracted an opening edge here? [...
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Is the advance Caro-Kann becoming less popular?

In my own games I have seen fewer advance Caro-Kann games (1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5) than the semi-open games (3. Nc3 or 3. Nd2) or the Botvinnik systems (3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4 or 2. c4). My questions ...
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Why …g6 before …Bxa6 in the Benko Gambit?

[FEN ""] 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 g6 6.Nc3 Bxa6 This is a main line of the Benko Gambit. Black could also have played 5...Bxa6, followed by 6...g6 to get the same position. However,...
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Is there any way to gain equality with the QGD Marshall Defence?

The Marshall defence goes 1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nf6?! I played this game recently as white. It was the first time I saw the Marshall in a game and the real contest was over by move 14. [FEN ""] [StartPly "...
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Stop pinned knight opening

How can I stop my knight getting pinned like this in an opening. I'd like to advance my knight and avoid the pin.